With elementary school and high school all over the world go to school virtually This fall, hotels are selling an unlikely travel option – “going to school”.
Families are lured out of their homes by hotels that promise a change of scene alongside tutoring, around-the-clock technical assistance, and after-school activities that are more fun than at home.
Relieve parents of technical duties
Kimpton Hotels is tackling one of the most grinding jobs parents have taken on since many schools closed this spring – the job of the unpaid technical support Employee.
“When we hear from parents, one of the biggest problems with virtual learning is that their children are signed up and online – especially for those who have young children – while managing their own workload and meetings,” said Kathleen Reidenbach, chief commercial Officer from Kimpton. “”Our goal is to give parents who travel with children some relief and get the part of online learning off their plate. “
School supplies and snacks are available for children at selected hotels in Kimpton.
Courtesy of the Kimpton Muse Hotel
The hotel brand has installed Chief Virtual Learning Officers to help children with anything from zoom registrations to printing issues. Those OfficersCalled or pre-booked if needed, they also offer snacks, school supplies, and child-sized desks.
Reidenbach said the program grew out of Kimpton’s “Work from Hotel” packages and the changing travel trends caused by distance learning.
“We’re seeing family vacations increasingly extend into fall,” she told CNBC’s Global Traveler.
The pilot program is starting at nine Kimpton locations in the US and Canada. Some allow booking additional rooms during school hours from $ 79 per day.
Tutors and outdoor electives
Luxury travelers can enroll children 6-17 years of age in the Montage Academy, a back-to-school package launched on September 8, and access to a “study room” and 24/7 virtual tutoring at more than 180 Topics offered through Tutor.com, a service from The Princeton Review.
“We have turned the meeting rooms in each building into their own study room,” said Jason Herthel, president and chief operating officer of Montage International. The halls have staff who “greet students, supervise the space and answer questions, ensure social distancing, help with IT needs, coordinate lunch arrival and exercise breaks throughout the day, and facilitate afternoon choices.”
Montage Los Cabos charges $ 125 per day or $ 500 per week for the Montage Academy program.
Courtesy of Montage International
One elective per day is offered, and options – from logging to cooking to fly fishing and astronomy – vary by hotel.
The program is designed to help families during this “very unusual time,” Herthel said.
It is available at Assembly hotels in Park City, Utah; Laguna Beach, California; Bluffton, South Carolina and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
A “school” for those interested in history
Families who want to experience history rather than just study it can explore Grand Back to School Package at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The program, launched on August 21, combines virtual study time with activities around the island, which is a National Historic Landmark in Lake Huron, Michigan.
Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel are both National Historic Landmarks, a recognition by the US Government of Historic Places of “National Importance”.
Courtesy of the Grand Hotel
“The package was created to encourage guests to make the Grand Hotel their home base during this era of virtual learning and remote working,” said Doug Dean, Executive Vice President of Operations, Grand Hotel. “”At the end of the day, families can take a break to spend time outdoors and experience all that Mackinac Island has to offer. “
The hotel, which was first opened in 1887, created a learning space for children in its 22,000 square meter meeting room. The room has socially distant work areas and a member of staff who helps with computer problems.
Children at the Mackinac Island Grand Hotel can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, play lawn games, and listen to lectures by the resident historian on the hotel’s veranda.
Courtesy of the Grand Hotel
Dean said 13 families have participated so far.
“We’re seeing shorter booking windows than ever and expect interest to pick up in October as more families become aware of the option and feel more comfortable … traveling away from home,” he told CNBC.
Children aged 17 and under stay free as part of the program, which includes two daily meals, golf for children, and admission and discounts to local museums and attractions.
Afternoons in the Magic Kingdom
Children who are struggling to finish their virtual work may have a new incentive to quit class – boisterous afternoons at Walt Disney World’s four theme parks.
The Four Seasons Resort Orlando has an on-site lazy river, two water slides, and a 7,590-square-foot family pool with an underwater audio system.
Don Riddle | Four Seasons
Learn Spanish classes and cabanas
The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, north of Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco, Mexico, announced a new “Knowledge for all seasons“Remote Learner Program. The program includes 24-hour technical support, study partners to help with class, and reserved pool and beach study cabins equipped with monitors, WiFi, portable chargers and snacks.
Children can learn about the history, cuisine and culture of Mexico in handicraft workshops and language courses at the hotel.
Children at the Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort can sign up for outdoor activities like yoga, surfing, tennis, and golf.
Courtesy of the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
Near St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, “Workcations” come with workstations and happy hours for parents and academic support for the kids.
The hotel can help coordinate courses or private tuition through The Punta Mita Homeschool, a local company that can assist with distance learning or coordinate art, music, physical education or Spanish classes.
The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort is located on a 1,500 acre resort and community north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Courtesy of the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
The company also runs environmental projects on Saturday mornings such as B. Turtle release and beach cleaning programs.