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May 27, 2009updated Feb 11, 2013

KSL Pumps Up Family Travel

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

With the economy still weighing on the minds of travelers as summer approaches, many families are scaling-back on plans for international travel, in favor of discovering – or rediscovering – classic American destinations and resorts. Many of these travelers, in turn, are searching for memorable experiences within driving distance of home. That’s good news, in an otherwise difficult climate, for resorts that offer an affordable escape in a unique setting. From The Homestead, in Hot Springs, Virginia (the legendary mountain resort that has welcomed guests since before the American Revolution) to the Hotel del Coronado, in San Diego (renowned since the 19th century) classic resorts are rolling out the red carpet for family travelers. Both resorts are a part of the KSL Resorts Collection, which has introduced a series of special offers for family travelers across its portfolio of seven resorts.

“We welcome guests from around the country, but this year, we’re already seeing a particularly strong increase in advance reservations for summer from ‘drive-market’ guests,” commented Arthur Berg, vice president of marketing for KSL Resorts. “Our travel agent partners,” he continued, “are noting the same trend.” Berg concluded, “We’ve put together really compelling packages that make rediscovering the classics irresistible. The memories that families create will make every, ‘are we there yet?’ from the backseat, worthwhile.”

California Dreaming
Four KSL Resort properties are located within driving distance of major markets in California, including: Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, in Rancho Mirage, Calif.; La Costa Resort and Spa, in Carlsbad, Calif.; Hotel del Coronado, in San Diego; and Beach Village at The Del, in San Diego. Special offers in California include:

Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Rancho Mirage ( Palm Springs )Calif.

The Family Summer Getaway at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa features Splashtopia – the most elaborate water feature at any resort in the desert where families can drift down a lazy river in inner tubes or catapult down 100-foot-long water slides.
Book exactly what you want and enjoy all of the new amenities the resort has to offer. Enjoy overnight accommodations and your choice of two of the following experiences:

Package includes choice of TWO options per day:
Breakfast at bluEmber for two
Splash Grill $50 resort credit towards dining, retail or recreation
Two Splashtopia Inner tubes

La Costa Resort and Spa
Carlsbad, Calif.

Guests can enjoy family togetherness and some personal space at the same time when they reserve a suite at a savings of 50 percent.

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Package includes:
La Costa Suites starting at $319* (50% Off) *Rate does not include taxes and a $22 daily resort charge.
La Costa Suite accommodations provide guests with a sitting area overlooking lush golf courses or gardens and spacious marble bathrooms
Family Suite from $519* (50% Off) *Taxes and $22 daily resort charge not included
Enjoy family togetherness and some space to yourself all at the same time when you reserve a Family Suite at a savings of 50%. Family Suites include a La Costa Suite (with a king bed) with a connecting Resort Room (either a king bed or two queen beds), providing you with two bedrooms, two spacious marble bathrooms and a sitting area with lush golf course or garden views.

Hotel del Coronado San Diego, Calif.

The Beach Break Package at the historic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego promises waves, whales and wild animals – an excellent adventure for the entire family.

Package includes:
Breakfast buffet for two adults and two children ages 12 and under
Two adult 3-for-1 passes valid for unlimited admission to SeaWorld, the world-famous San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park for five consecutive days
Kidtopia Kids Camp (one session for two children ages 4-12)
A special welcome gift

Beach Village at The Del, San Diego, Calif.

TheBeach Break Package at the new exclusive cottages and villas at Beach Village at The Del is perfect for a family island getaway.

Package includes:
Two adult 3-for-1 passes valid for unlimited admission to SeaWorld, the World-Famous San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park for five consecutive days
Kidtopia Kids Camp (one session for two children ages 4-12)
Breakfast buffet for two adults and two children ages 12 and under at Sheerwater or Windsor Club Cottage
A special welcome gift

Mid-Atlantic Marvel
Families in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Roanoke, and a range of Mid-Atlantic markets are within driving distance of one of America’s most renowned mountain resorts.

The Homestead
Hot Springs, Virginia

The Family Fun Package at the famous Homestead in Hot Springs offers guests the flexibility of choosing from among the resort’s diverse activities including falconry, horseback riding, tennis, hiking and canoeing or kayaking. Family Fun Package Rates Start at $245*
Package includes:
Room accommodations
50% off all outdoor activities
50% off KidsClub admissions
Children 12 and under (up to two kids) eat free

Family Travel:Texas Style
Austin is a favorite escape, and nobody does it better than Barton Creek Resort & Spa.

Barton Creek Resort & Spa
Austin, Texas
Family Bed & Breakfast Package
The Barton Creek Family Bed and Breakfast gives you a great room that accommodates up to four people and a great start to the day for all four of you in the AAA Four Diamond-rated Hill Country Dining Room, with a daily buffet that’s sure to please the pickiest of appetites.

Family Bed & Breakfast Package includes*:

· Luxurious resort accommodations
· Breakfast buffet in the AAA Four Diamond rated Hill Country Dining Room per night of stay

Colorado Summer Getaway

Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa
Vail, Colo.

Mountain Family Fun package: Enjoy time with family this summer! Relax in one of our luxury boutique rooms and experience all that the Vail Mountain Lodge has to offer. This getaway includes free breakfast for the family each morning in Terra Bistro and free access to the on-site, Vail Athletic Club, and classes during your stay.

Mountain Family Fun Package Includes:
3 Nights Lodging
1 Dinner at Terra Bistro for 4 – kids eat free
2 Semi-Private Climbing Lessons
2 Spa Treatments or 2 Rounds of Golf
Free Breakfast Daily at Terra Bistro
Free Entrance to Vail Athletic Club and classes during stay

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