Sometimes I feel as though in my head I am the same women now that I was in my 20s but then weeks like this past one come along and I realize just how much I have changed and dare I say it . . Grown older.
As much as I love New England, the winters just are not my scene. So I love a good chance to break free of the weighed-down parka in exchange for my now motherly bikini.
It was a week split between what I thought would be my cup of tea to pretty much a cup of tea.
Both hotels touted themselves to be “kid-friendly”, so with my rambunctious toddler in tow, we packed our suitcases and headed for the sunshine state.
The Ritz—Carlton Key Biscayne
Situated on a lovely stretch of sandy beach in a very quiet part of Miami, this hotel on the outside was everything I thought I disliked about a hotel. Very uppity (aka high-end) and quiet with a view that was seemingly lacking. I unfortunately did not partake much in our room’s balcony as I was not a fan of watching the comings and goings of cars down the street (aka resort view) but maybe that was my mistake. I will say that it was clean, the staff all went above and beyond and I thoroughly enjoyed the locations quite nature. It allowed for me to enjoy time with my son in the pool, on the beach and around the property without feeling like I would lose him easily or annoy the people next to me. As a parent, it felt safe. There was no concern for me losing him in a crowd, him being taken or anything like that. My only concern was how many times I would have to chase after him before he fell and skinned his knee (which happened almost daily).
They do have a kid’s club, called Ritz Kids but unfortunately for me, my little man was a bit too young to partake in the daily adventures or decked out space but maybe next time.
The pool area has plenty of umbrellas and shady bits with an awesome walk in feature for your little ones to be able to wade in and play without fear of going right for the deep end. They also have a plethora of toys and noodles for kids to play with that are all easily accessible to anyone. A variety of sunscreen, after sun lotion and aloe vera are also available at the front station along with swim diapers should you need to forget yours.
My favorite part though is that, although I will probably be up at the crack of dawn with my son, I don’t need to rush to the pool area at the time to snag a seat by the pool.
For those without kids, they do have two separate pool areas, one for “adults only” and one Family Pool.
We didn’t venture off property here, but found their hotel restaurants to be just what we needed.
- Quiet nature
- Friendly staff
- Family-oriented amenities
Loew’s Miami Beach
Welcome to Miami! The hustle and bustle upon entering the front doors to this modern hotel were not the only difference between the two hotels of our trip. While the wait to get to the check-in counter was long, a bit like Las Vegas, the staff at the start were all extra accommodating. Upon checking in and finding out our room was already ready (yeah for my napping son), he was presented with a treasure chest of toys to select, from rubber duckies to fuzzy turtles to mini “dump-dumps”.
Like, The Ritz-Carlton, the Loews also has their own kids club, SOBE Kids. Again, my little man was not old enough to partake in their activities, #wahwah. But I will admit that their club looked especially cool, complete with child-sized lifeguard station to club around on, evading corner with plenty of books and fun cushions to sit on.
Get your game face on when approaching the pool scene here because people get up at the crack of dawn (when the pool opens) to snag seats. So maybe this is where having kids is a bonus because you are more than likely to be up at the time anyways. So, you might as well make your way downstairs to secure some seats. Bonus here though is that like The Ritz, they also have a son area for the little ones to be able to walk in and splash around without going right for the deep end. My little guy was having a blast throwing his rubber sea creature and splashing around.
I loved the modern look and feel of the Loews Miami Beach, especially when it was paired with the close proximity to Lincoln Road for some shopping and great food and drink.
- You have all that Miami Beach has to offer at your fingertips
I would love to know, where has your favorite family vacation been?