For most families, vacations have
meant crowding into a single hotel room, arguing with siblings over who
gets the television remote control, and trying to share a double bed with
mom or dad. Although everyone enjoyed the vacation, getting home was usually
the best part. A new Orlando-area resort is working to change all of that,
by providing an unprecedented amount of space, privacy and amenities,
all within a budget most families can afford.
Family Suites Resort Lake Buena Vista features deluxe two and three
room suites, each with amenities every member of the family can appreciate.
"Let's face it ... most families spend a lot of
time, energy and money to make their vacations memorable," said Terry
Whaples, operating partner of the new resort. "But somewhere between
rental cars and theme park tickets, parents often forget their kids are
accustomed to sleeping in their own beds. A little added space can make
all the difference in the world, and can make a vacation much more enjoyable
The resort features the next generation of KidsuitesTM, special kid-friendly
hotel rooms launched by Whaples' team in 1996. These suites were among
the first in the industry to provide kids with their own fun-themed areas
with separate beds, TV, VCR and Nintendo 64. At Holiday Inn Family Suites
Resort, Kidsuites have evolved into two-bedroom suites, with a private
bedroom for parents, a fun-themed kids' bedroom and a parlor for family
"When we researched suite properties, we found much the same information
as when we originally developed Kidsuites," said Whaples. "The
typical suite brand offers a king bed with a pull-out couch in the living
room, which is usually right by the front door (not good for small children).
Now we can provide space for each member of the family."
"Ask any parent who has traveled with their kids, and they'll tell
you that while vacations can be great fun, they can also be stressful,"
said Raymond Thornton, a licensed marriage and family therapist who consulted
with the team on the development of Kidsuites. "From early mornings
and late nights to eating out all the time, families are often emotionally
and physically drained at the end of the day - especially younger children."
"By providing kids and parents a little space of their own, Kidsuites
help re-establish some normalcy to a non-stop, sometimes overwhelming
vacation," he continued.
In addition to two-bedroom Kidsuites, the Family Suites Resort offers
families a number of different one and two bedroom options that make family
travel more fun. All of the resort's 800 suites have a parlor area with
full-sized sleepersofa, entertainment center, kitchenette and full-sized
"Three years ago, Kidsuites were seen as a revolution in the way
hotels looked at family travel," said Whaples. "With Family
Suites there is an evolution, where all types and sizes of families can
enjoy the comforts of home - while enjoying the wonderful benefits of
Parents travelling with teenagers may find the resort's 212 Classic Two-Bedroom
suites the perfect fit. These suites feature two adult-sized bedrooms
with queen beds in each the master bedroom and the second (semi-private)
bedroom. Another economical option is the Residential Suite, which has
a full-service kitchen with dishwasher, stove/oven and refrigerator.
Most of the resort's suites interconnect, meaning larger families can
also bunk together. A connecting Residential Suite and Kidsuite can sleep
up to 11 people. And with five entertainment centers, fighting over the
remote is a thing of the past. The resort features many other fun suite
layouts designed for every individual's needs and tastes.
Additional concepts include the romantic SweetHeart Suites, with king
bedroom and a 117 gallon heartshaped whirlpool tub; CinemaSuites, featuring
a separate home theater with 60" TV and stereo surround sound; Fitness
Suites, designed especially for fitness fanatics; and Business Suites
for the working vacation. For reservations from the U.S. and Canada, or
for more information, call toll-free (877) 387-KIDS (5437) or (800 HOLIDAY,
or visit the resort's website at http://www.hifamilysuites.com.
Reservations are also available through major tour operators.