When looking for accommodations for a family trip, there are a number of things to consider aside from who you're going with and how many people are in your group. The resort or hotel you'll be staying at should meet your group's needs, and when traveling with children or elderly people, there are a few extra things you'll need to find out about. Here are ten things to look for in a family resort:
It is easy enough to divide a large group of adults into smaller groups that can each stay in one room, but when there are children involved, this can be a little more complicated. Families with kids are harder to separate, as both the parents and children (especially small children) tend to feel safer when staying in the same room while in an unfamiliar place. Check to see how many people can be accommodated in the different rooms at the resort, so that it will be easier to make sleeping arrangements during your trip.
Are there security guards on duty at all times? Can the doors to the room be locked only from the inside? These are questions that one must ask about the security measures taken at the resort, so that you know whether you, your companions, and your belongings will be safe during your stay. Look for reviews and ask friends who have stayed at the resort about the general security of the resort and the surrounding area before booking a room.
Amenities or Activities for the Whole Family
Kids are both easily entertained and easily bored. Ask about the amenities and activities offered at the resort, so that you know whether there is a kiddie pool or playground where your children can enjoy themselves, or if there are any family activities like games or sports everyone can enjoy together.
Before booking a room anywhere, find out whether the physical features of the place suit the people you'll be traveling with. Make sure there are ramps or elevators for trips when you have the baby stroller with you, or are traveling with an elderly person who needs a cane or a wheelchair to get around.
Long trips are tiring for most people, but even more so for children and elderly people, who may not have the same amount of patience or be as physically fit as you. Heading to a resort that will require you to take a bus, a plane, a van, a boat, and yet another van can really take it out of a person, and can take up a good chunk of your time and money. In order to lessen your transportation expenses, travel time, and keep everyone in good spirits, try to find a place that's easily accessible and won't require you and your family to be transferring from vehicle to vehicle.
Though you may save on accommodations by having more people in a room, as opposed to the usual one or two, food, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses can really add up. Make sure that the place you're staying at is within your budget, food, activities, transfers, and use of amenities for all included.
Safety measures taken/followed
Once you're at the resort, check to see what safety measures are taken at the resort, like whether they have fire exits, or if there is a lifeguard on duty by the pool. Knowing about these things will help you be prepared for any instance during your trip.
Extra services for families with children
Some resorts pride themselves on the fact that they have extra services and facilities for children. There are resorts that have playrooms and babysitting services, aside from a playground and a kiddie pool. Find out about these services so that you know when you can set time to relax on your own, and when and where your children will be at all times.
Proximity to emergency services
Having a clinic or hospital can make a very big difference during an emergency. Learn about the resort's general area to see if there is a nearby emergency facility or if the resort itself has a doctor on the premises at all times. Though it's unlikely that any of you will need a doctor during your trip, you'll feel safer knowing there's one around.
Flexibility with arrangements
Sometimes, things don't always go as planned. Though it is best that you inform the resort that you're traveling with children or an elderly person, check reviews and ask around to see if the resort is flexible with the arrangements made, like if they are opening to transferring your group to another room, or adding an extra bed and pillows, or if they can make adjustments to their menu if anyone in your group is on a special diet. Finding out about these small details can save you a lot of trouble and stress later on.