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Get Ready to Soar with Snowbird Travel Tips

During the winter months, many sun seekers put beach and desert destinations at the top of their travel lists. Chasing the winter sun can be a rewarding vacation experience, made even better when you can enjoy homelike accommodations.

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(Family Features) During the winter months, many sun seekers put beach and desert destinations at the top of their travel lists. Chasing the winter sun can be a rewarding vacation experience, made even better when you can enjoy homelike accommodations.

“Snowbirding isn’t just for retirees anymore,” said Melanie Fish, Vrbo travel expert. “More flexibility at work allows travelers of all ages to escape the cold and stay in warmer places for days or weeks. Private vacation rentals provide all the comforts of home and allow snowbirds to travel in flocks and spend the winter month with their family or close friends.”

Many snowbirds plan to travel for weeks or even months at a time, and that can translate into discounts for stays more than a week or month long, especially if you’ll be staying at a vacation home.

If you’re considering a sunshine-filled escape this winter, consider these popular destinations, which offer premium amenities, ample space and outstanding reviews, making them ideal places for family or friends to stay together and soak up the sun.

Akumal, Mexico: In the Mayan Riviera, attractions include the Yalku lagoon with its unique freshwater to saltwater snorkeling and restaurants serving up fine local cuisine. You can find a wide selection of rental homes, including options boasting rooftop sun decks, hand-painted murals and tropical enclosed yards with pools, spas and outdoor dining.

Destin, Florida: In the sought-after neighborhood of Destiny West, rental homes are situated directly on the lake and complemented by impressive views of the Gulf across the street. Look for options with added bonuses like built-in spa pools, sun shelfs, hot tubs and modern outdoor furnishings.

Galveston, Texas: In the heart of Beachside Village, guests can find both character and comfort. Rentals offer easy access to the beach; sought-after spots nearby for fishing, swimming and local shopping; and stunning views.

Guanacaste, Costa Rica: Nestled between the Costa Rican mountains, guests love the relaxing and private natural surroundings with 270-degree mountain views. For one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery, take those views in from a tropical villa with an infinity-edge pool.

Palm Springs, California: Breathtaking views of the San Jacinto Mountains are just part of the reason snowbirds flock to Palm Springs. Many rental options in the area blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and open layouts, along with fireside lounging areas to wind down each day.

Maui, Hawaii: At an elevation of 700 feet and only 10 minutes from Lahaina, guests enjoy premium access to nearby hiking and biking trails from luxury rental homes. Surrounded by 1 1/2 acres of lush tropical gardens, this retreat also offers unobstructed views of neighboring islands, floor-to-ceiling windows and a wraparound lanai.

Phoenix, Arizona: With a large backyard and heated pool, built-in grill and a fire pit, guests can take advantage of Tucson’s year-round outdoor living in a well-appointed, contemporary modern rental home.

For snowbirds planning an upcoming winter escape or just looking for future inspiration, visit Vrbo.com and explore the Trip Boards feature, where you can like, save and share favorite properties to make planning a group trip easy.

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Who Wants to Go to Four Seasons? Bring the Whole Family Along for an Unforgettable Vacation

From beach resorts and countryside getaways to urban exploration and epic outdoor adventures, Four Seasons welcomes families for tailormade holidays experienced together.

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TORONTO  /CNW/ — Who wants to go to Four Seasons? 56 million views on TikTok suggest that the natural answer to that question is: “Me!“. These are the types of beautiful and spontaneous moments that create cherished family memories that last a lifetime. From Orlando to Oahu or Toronto to Tokyo, leading luxury hospitality company Four Seasons brings you activities and adventures to excite families of all ages and sizes. With so many great options to choose from, the next question becomes: “which Four Seasons?”. 

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Four Seasons properties around the globe offer the fully-supervised Kids For All Seasons program where youngsters can make new friends while they play and learn about the destination around them. Knowing that sometimes the weather outdoors can be unpredictable, many resorts also have kids and teen centres stocked with the latest games and gadgets, weekly programming such as movie nights and themed parties, and of course, access to high-speed Wi-Fi.

For adults yearning to hit the greens, sneak away for a pampering spa treatment, or head out on the town for the evening, all Four Seasons hotels and resorts can arrange qualified babysitting services, with some also offering night-time activities as part of Kids For All Seasons programming.

And, across the portfolio, Four Seasons makes packing for a family vacation easier with complimentary baby gear available including cribs, highchairs and more. 

Just for Kids

Children are VIPs at Four Seasons, with lots of surprises in store from personalized welcome gifts, mini-robes and slippers, and even a full in-room “camping” set-up with colourful tents and toys. 

  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort creates magic every day for the young and the young at heart. The animals often spotted among the award-winning Resort’s lush grounds and surrounding nature preserves served as inspiration for its new whimsical Explorer’s Activity Guide program. Nestled among lakes and woodlands, Four Seasons Resort Orlando boasts gorgeous landscaping throughout, including surrounding its expansive Explorer Island waterpark and 18-hole golf course, a certified Audubon Sanctuary for wildlife. The new colourful Explorer’s Activity Guide provides a delightful way for children to discover the many offerings at Four Seasons Resort Orlando – recently named the #1 Best Resort in Walt Disney World and the #4 Best Resort in the United States.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi’s Four Seasons Kids Academy pairs youngsters with chefs, door attendants, or housekeeping staff to learn the tricks of the trade. With their own Four Seasons uniform, kids will have fun imagining themselves as grown-ups, mastering new skills, and enjoying the excitement of working in a bustling hotel environment.
  • Another camera-ready moment is when children don adorable chef’s hats at Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou, where a variety of cooking classes show budding culinarians how to make cakes, pizza or sushi.
  • Meet the mischievous Shetland ponies Milo and Dougal at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, where kids can participate in a full program of lessons, hacks and a grooming experience at the estate’s equestrian centre. Riding experiences are available for guests as young as three years old. Families will also want to set aside time for Sharkie’s Reef, an indoor adventure pool for children that adults can’t resist diving into for splashes and laughs together.
  • At Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, book a mocktail-making class for the kids before the grown-ups get to have their own fun at a Private Residence transformed into an intimate cocktail lounge hosted by one of the Resort’s bartenders where adults can choose from a selection of local beers, wines and signature cocktails accompanied by chef-prepared canapés.

Family Adventures on Sea and Land

  • Led by a local captain renowned for his marine skills and colourful storytelling, guests of Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva will board an elegant motorboat for a family fishing expedition against the majestic backdrop of the Swiss Alps. They’ll be guided to Lake Geneva’s best fishing spots, learning tips and tricks along the way before returning to the Hotel where their catch of the day will be expertly prepared by the culinary team.
  • The Suite Family Memories package at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane includes a complimentary connecting room, with special surprises in store for little ones. Families can go on a city scavenger hunt as they discover London’s most famous landmarks including Westminster Abbey, Covent Gardens, Trafalgar Square, and Buckingham Palace.
  • At the new Four Seasons Hotel Suzhou – located on a private green island on one of the city’s many picturesque lakes – the Family Getaway package includes VIP tickets to the enchanting Night Tour of the Humble Administrator’s Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back at the hotel, families will enjoy daily breakfast together, as well as a customized pastel art experience.
  • New this season, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC is partnering with Sea Table DC to offer a sunset sail aboard a 47-foot (14 metre) luxury yacht while cruising Potomac River waters off The Wharf. This leisurely two-and-a-half-hour experience includes a four-course dinner menu with wine pairing.
  • Having a personal photographer capture every precious moment with the family is a great way to create lasting memories. Four Seasons Hotel Sydney can arrange for a professional photographer to accompany a family anywhere from an hour (great for those iconic Sydney Opera House shots) to an entire day of exploring the city.
  • Who doesn’t love toy trains? At Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, a special family package includes a unique in-room amenity in the form of a Takara Toma Plarail toy train system. Children (and adults alike) will love playing with the setup as real-life transit trains whiz by outside their window.
  • Renowned as one of the world’s greatest diving destinations, the Red Sea becomes a playground for exploration of shipwrecks, reef systems, and coral gardens home to turtles, lionfish, rays, eels and so much more. The full service Dive Centre at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh caters to divers and snorkellers of all ages and experience. Not ready to dive in? The Resort can also arrange a family cruise aboard a private yacht that winds along the coastline or heads out to sea for the chance to spot dolphins before the sunset.

Memorable Meals and More

  • With two young children of his own, Senior Executive Pastry Chef Nicolas Lambert knows how to make the intricate art of dessert making into something everyone will want to sink their teeth into. During two hours of hands-on fun at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Chef will share secrets to his signature creations, and each participant will be gifted a personalized kit of apron, spatula and other surprises.
  • At Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Michelin-starred dining isn’t just for adult connoisseurs. At highly lauded Lung King Heen, a thoughtfully crafted children’s menu introduces young guests to dishes that are both delectable and nourishing, such as sauteed fillet of garoupa with sweet corn, and braised tofu with minced beef and fresh crab meat.
  • During one of three 90-minute themed tasting tours of the Reading Terminal Market, family guests of Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia will learn about the terminal’s history while they taste their way through some of the city’s most-loved eateries, meeting the locals who make this landmark so special. Stay on after the tour and browse the shops selling handmade crafts, artisanal jewellery and more.
  • For families staying at the gracious Villa Beauchamp at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel, a highlight is a Mediterranean BBQ fully catered by the Hotel’s Michelin-starred culinary team. Grilled delicacies are prepared poolside or in the Villa’s private garden. Accommodating up to 10 guests, this may be the ultimate summer holiday destination on the French Riviera.
  • The Summer Suite Adventure package at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole includes a host of attractive inclusions, including Executive Pastry Chef Rhonda Ashton’s in-suite “build your own sundae” experience. The Resort is the ideal basecamp for wilderness adventures, including helicopter transfers to wildlife viewing experiences in nearby Yellowstone National Park.

Come Together. Stay Awhile.

When grandparents, in-laws and friends join in the fun, consider Four Seasons Private Retreat luxury villas and residences, the ultimate opportunity to spread out and enjoy the flexibility with highly personalized services and amenities, privacy and more space to spend time together under one roof.

  • With more than 40 different villas to choose from, families can find their Caribbean home-away-from-home at Four Seasons Resort Nevis. In-villa experiences and services include everything from bespoke, chef-prepared meals to a family yoga class by the private pool. The facilities of the Resort also include multiple dining options, pools, and the region’s largest tennis and pickleball complex and Pinney’s Beach are all just a golf-cart ride away.
  • With incredible views of the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and The Thames, in the Hotel Residences at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, families can make themselves at home in the heart of the City of London. Make it a quintessential British experience with a traditional afternoon tea enjoyed in-residence, or consider an elegant dinner and wine pairing menu prepared to individual tastes. The culinary team can even present a multi-course omakase menu, savoured at leisure in residence.
  • In the beautiful mountain setting of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, local artist Cassandra Dickinson brings her passion for the landscape to tailored art experiences for children and adults in the Resort’s Private Residences, with the added bonus of wonderful handmade souvenirs to display back at home.
  • Wellness can be a family affair at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, where customized yoga or a sound healing meditation can be arranged within one of the Resort’s Private Retreats Residences. Mindfulness activities that are easily shared by guests of all ages include t-shirt or umbrella painting or making Thailand’s famous krathong lanterns. Looking for something a bit more adrenalin-inducing? Book a Muay Thai boxing lesson with a local expert in the privacy of one’s residence.

Make a Difference

  • At Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, guests can get involved in extensive marine conservation initiatives, including the Trainee Marine Biologist program designed especially for teens and young adults ages 15 to 19. The immersive – and often transformative – experience can include hands-on time with the Resort’s scientists and conservationists in areas such as coral reef restoration, turtle rehabilitation, manta ray research and more.
  • Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island shares its tiny island home with a tortoise sanctuary, where guests of all ages can meet and learn about the local population of more than 150 giant Aldabra tortoises. Guests have the opportunity to support the important work being done to protect these gentle herbivores by “adopting” a juvenile, which they can then keep tabs on for a year when they get back home.
  • A private snorkelling tour of the Lagoon Sanctuary at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora with a WiseOceans marine biologist introduces guests to an underwater world of stunning beauty as they get to know the reef and its many inhabitants. Guests will also contribute to conservation efforts as they learn the science of coral grafting.
  • The Umah Rare Kids Club at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay sets the stage for a magical day of discovery as children learn the Balinese arts of dance, music and crafts along with sandcastle building and kite flying. The new multi-faceted facility was built with sustainability in mind as children are introduced to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship in a fun and nurturing environment.

For more inspiration in planning a family vacation at Four Seasons, click here.

To read more about Four Seasons Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) program, Four Seasons for Good, click here

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Staying Safe During Summer Vacations: 5 tips for traveling with health conditions

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(Family Features) From staycations and road trips to Caribbean getaways and coastal cruises, summertime offers the chance to escape and unwind with a much needed (and deserved) vacation. However, for people living with health conditions like heart disease or stroke, leaving home can pose special challenges.

As travel season takes shape, the experts at the American Heart Association – celebrating 100 years of lifesaving service as the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all – recommends a few important tips to ease on-the-go woes.

“As we look forward to summer, many people will be traveling to spend treasured time with family and friends, or maybe just to enjoy some relaxation on the beach,” said Gladys Velarde, M.D., FAHA, professor of medicine and national volunteer with the American Heart Association. “It’s not always that simple for people who have chronic health conditions that require multiple medications or special medical equipment. There are also considerations for how to maintain your health and not put yourself at increased risk.”

Velarde said that doesn’t mean travel is off limits if you have a chronic health condition. A little planning and preparation can reduce stress and prepare you for your next big adventure.

Check In with Your Health Care Provider
Speak with your primary care physician or specialist about your travel plans and any special considerations related to your health. He or she can offer guidance on any restrictions or precautions you should keep in mind. Carry a list of all medications, including dosages and pharmacy information. Also consider carrying a copy of key medical records and a list of phone numbers, including your doctors and emergency contacts.

Manage Your Medications
Ensure medications are clearly labeled and that you’ve packed enough to last the entire trip. If you’re traveling across time zones, enlist your health care provider to help adjust medication schedules. Some medications require refrigeration; research how to pack them appropriately for airport security and make sure you’ll have a refrigerator in your lodging.

Plan for Transportation
Whether you’re traveling by plane, bus, train, cruise ship or other means, it’s paramount to plan ahead for special medical equipment. For example, if you use a wheelchair, walker or other assistance for getting around, you may need to check in with the travel company to find out how to properly transport your devices.

Master the Airport
During this especially busy travel season, planning ahead can make the airport experience easier. If you have a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, you may need to go through a special security screening. Walking through a crowded terminal can take its toll, so consider requesting a wheelchair or courtesy cart to get to your gate when booking your ticket.

Long flights may increase your risk for blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Consider wearing compression socks and walk around the cabin while it’s safe and allowed to help improve your circulation.

Know the Signs
While it’s always important to know the signs of heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest, it’s particularly critical while away from home. If you or someone you’re with experience symptoms, call 911. Many airports even offer kiosks where you can learn Hands-Only CPR while waiting for your flight.

“Every individual’s condition is unique, and you’ll want to tailor your travel plans to your specific needs,” Velarde said. “By taking a little time now to plan and prepare, your vacation can be just what the doctor ordered to help you unwind and recharge.”

Learn more about healthy traveling at Heart.org.

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FOUR SEASONS RESORT MAUI ANNOUNCES DIVERSE NEW SUMMER EXPERIENCES IN 2024

From private wellness experiences at sea to complimentary kids and family activities designed to connect guests to the destination and each other, the luxury beachfront Resort is more ready than ever to welcome summer travelers

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WAILEA, Hawaii /PRNewswire/ — Hawaii’s five-star, five-diamond Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea announces an exciting calendar of new and returning summer programming, offering a wealth of experiences for travelers seeking a luxury beachfront escape this June through August, 2024. The offerings are infused with the Resort’s legendary spirit of aloha, and each is designed to connect guests to one another, creating Maui moments that will last a lifetime.

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Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea invites travelers to create family memories this summer, unveiling a variety of new experiences.

“The Resort is thrilled to unveil a new chapter in family adventure,” says General Manager Ben Shank. “The team has developed activities that were inspired by the cherished nostalgia that summer evokes. From family-friendly pickleball tournaments to pool parties under the full moon, each experience has been crafted to build enduring memories.”

Kids for All Seasons
Young visitors ages 5 through 12 can immerse themselves in Hawaiian culture through hands-on learning experiences, marine exploration, culinary adventures, and enchanting storytelling under the stars at Wailea’s only complimentary children’s camp, Kids for All Seasons. Reinvigorated Four Seasons Maui Academy summer activities include: ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language), Hawaiian Star Stories, Tide Pool Exploration, Chef’s Garden Club, and more.

Camp Manitou
From July 16 through July 29, 2024, the Resort invites children ages 9 through 17 to join Camp Manitou, an adventure camp offering meaningful exploration around the island through counselor-led activities such as the Road to Hana, surfing excursions, island hikes, and more. For families, Camp Manitou also offers customizable family adventure days. And this summer, teens will enjoy an after-hours pool party for the first time, with special access to the Resort’s iconic Adult Pool.  

Sugar Shack
Summertime tastes even sweeter with the addition of Sugar Shack, an open-air pastry pop-up open nightly. Over-the-top desserts dreamed up by the Resort’s talented pastry team feature an array of decadent milkshakes and other sweet treats.

Tropical Pickleball Showdown
Join a pickleball round-robin family tournament on the Resort’s newly unveiled Laykold GEL Plus surface pickleball courts. Meet other families as you go head-to-head in this friendly and complimentary competition. Winners will be rewarded with sweet treats at the Sugar Shack.

Waves and Wellness
Sail into summer on Waves and Wellness, a private morning excursion that starts aboard a luxury Trilogy catamaran. The customizable morning includes options like a “deep blue” swim or exploring vibrant marine life on a tropical snorkel. As the sail concludes at Wailea Beach, guests trade in their catamaran for stand-up paddleboards (SUPs). An instructor will guide a SUP Yoga class to help increase balance and focus amidst Maui’s beautiful natural backdrop.  At the end of the class, guests paddle into their home away from home, where refreshing healthy green juice awaits before enjoying the rest of their day in paradise.
*Available beginning May 15, 2024.

MoonShine
The Resort proudly announces MoonShine, a summer full moon pool party series. Set for June 21, July 19, and August 16, 2024, at the Resort’s stunning Adult Pool, the event features classic tropical cocktails served alongside DJ-spun dance vibes. Whether they dip their toes into the shimmering pool, dive right in, or dance all night, the evening is guaranteed to transform a summer night into a lifetime memory.  Admission is complimentary for Resort guests.

Poke Pop Up
Sample different variations of Hawaii’s beloved dish: poke. Paired with Maui Brewing Co.’s handcrafted beer, this not-to-be-missed weekly complimentary gathering featuring the Resort’s talented culinary team has become a guest favorite.

The Resort’s summer experiences join a long list of activities and amenities available to families year-round. Favorite pastimes include a robust cultural calendar of complimentary activities that features hula lessons, lei making, ukulele lessons and more. For more information or reservations at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, visit fourseasons.com/maui.

About Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea 

Maui’s iconic Forbes Five-Star resort is nestled on 15 acres of the breathtaking Wailea Coast. The 383-room oceanfront property is world-renowned for its comfortable opulence, impeccable service, luxurious amenities, and for living in harmony with its environment and community.  The resort in Maui is also home to one of the nation’s top-rated spas committed to wellness and three of Hawai’i’s most acclaimed restaurants—Ferraro’s Restaurant & Bar, Spago Maui, and DUO Steak and Seafood. This sophisticated home away from home caters to the needs and interests of all generations—offering world-class activities and one-of-a-kind Unforgettable Experiences, a museum quality art collection, three pools overlooking the azure-blue Pacific Ocean including an infinity-edge Adult Pool with exclusive Missoni-designed cabanas, and more.  Four Seasons Resort Maui, a Hawaiian vacation destination geared to action adventurers, those guests wishing to practice the fine art of doing nothing at all, and everyone in between. For more information, please visit https://www.fourseasons.com/maui/ 

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