OK, I’ll be the first to say it. I know very little about planning a family vacation. As a single guy, the most important thing I need to figure out is who is going, and when can they go. However, I understand from co-workers and friends that finding the right kind of accommodations when taking your family requires a bit more planning.
So, we at Apple came up with the idea of creating a family- specific “microsite”, a scaled down version of our bigger website, to offer more in depth information to help address the different vacation needs of families.
Located at www.applevacations.com/familygetaways, our site offers family specific information about several topics, including a variety of shopping options, information on excursions, details about hotels and destinations, preparation tips, and specials offers and inclusions that are available at select times of the year.
We also understand that a family that travels together doesn’t necessarily want to spend the whole time “playing together”. Sometimes Mom and Dad need a little time alone. For Dad, we list family hotels offering some of the best deals on golf and adventure. For Mom, we have deals at family hotels offering some of the best spa treatments and all-inclusive services, like 24-hour room service. And to ensure Mom and Dad can relax and get a great value, the site lists resorts with the best kids clubs, discounted babysitting, and properties that offer Kids Stay, Play, and Eat Free programs.
The best feature of the site is our Family of Five Finder. Going back to the beginning of the post, I mentioned that for me, it doesn’t take much to find that perfect property. But for families, the accommodations are among the most basic, yet most important aspects of the trip. There’s nothing worse than a week on vacation in a room that just wasn’t sized properly for your family’s needs. The Family of Five Finder lists resorts with rooms that can accommodate from five to twelve people on a reservation. These accommodations range from Junior Suites to Four-Bedroom Oceanfront Suites.
With these tools at your disposal, you will find that planning your next family reunion or just a trip for your immediate family will be a breeze.