What makes the best family summer vacations? A beach? Outdoor recreation? Amusement parks? Shopping and dining? Why not take a vacation that has it all?
“Going to the beach with the family is one of the all-time classics,” says Michelle Donato, founder and owner, Concierge Realty. “Whether you’re playing in the surf or buying little fish nets to get your children started on their marine biology careers, there’s always something to do at the beach. The trick is to find a balance of family time, kid time and couple time, so everyone leaves brimming with memories of a tremendous vacation.”
Concierge Realty has helped thousands of families book vacation homes and villas at significant savings – of up to 50 percent off. Along with the lower nightly rates, their clients find that renting a villa is less expensive than booking two separate hotel rooms and dining at restaurants for every meal.
The Concierge Realty portfolio is comprised of upscale and luxury properties in top destinations throughout the United States, Caribbean and Mexico. The collection features many of the biggest names in hospitality, including Disney, Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Wyndham and other leading vacation clubs. Resorts are close to family hotspots, including the beach, shopping, dining, and state and national parks. Perfect for families, they house elegant villas with multiple bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, private balconies, and spacious living and dining with plenty of space for family and friends.
Here are some of Concierge Realty’s top family vacation spots with exceptional villa resorts. These destinations combine sand and surf with fun outdoor activities and sophisticated amenities for mom and dad to set the scene for the perfect family vacation.
Continually ranked as one of America’s best family destinations, Myrtle Beach boasts more than 215 sunny days each year. The destination is a playground for young and old, with a seaside amusement park, a vibrant culinary scene, more than 100 golf courses and 60 miles of sandy shoreline.
Where To Stay: OceanWatch at Grande Dunes is a luxurious beachfront resort in the master-planned community of Grande Dunes℠, situated on 2,200 acres of prime coastal real estate near the area’s best golf, beaches and attractions. Tee off at one of the championship golf courses within Grande Dunes. Back at the Mediterranean-style OceanWatch, there are four outdoor swimming pools, two children’s pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center and charming walkways to the beach. Guests choose from onsite and nearby restaurants. Little ones delight in the resort’s multi-level tree house and play area.
Beaches: With its wide tawny beaches, downtown Myrtle Beach is a favorite for families. Not far away, Myrtle Beach State Park provides more than 300 acres of piney woods with hiking trails and access to an inviting beach and fishing pier. For a change of pace, kayaking the back bays of Murrells Inlet lends itself to quiet contemplation.
On Land: All summer long, the Boardwalk is home to Ocean Boulevard’s Hot Summer Nights. This free family fun celebration features live concerts, street performers, fireworks displays, balloon artists, jugglers and more. Not far away, Family Kingdom amusement park is home to the state’s largest Ferris wheel, serving up spectacular ocean views. Elsewhere, golf lovers choose from more than 100 courses, many designed by legends like Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones and Greg Norman. Set along the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway, the large Barefoot Landing complex is another big draw, mixing natural beauty with the fun and excitement of shopping, dining, entertainment and events for the entire family.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND
Rich in Southern charm and natural beauty, this unique barrier island is situated on the Atlantic border of South Carolina’s picturesque Low Country. This beach, golf and tennis destination has wide pristine beaches, history, culture and nearly 50 miles of nature trails.
Where To Stay: Be at the center of the Hilton Head’s culture and recreation at Grande Ocean Resort. This lushly landscaped oceanfront retreat features classic Mediterranean architecture and spectacular ocean views. Guests find it is easy to stay active with a high-tech fitness center, bike rentals and the Grande Ocean Resort Tennis Center. Afterwards, they relax at the resort’s eight pools, including three children’s pools, and nine whirlpool spas. Great vacations are made easy with a convenience store, pool bar and eateries, all onsite.
Beaches: Hilton Head’s public beaches have been ranked among the world’s most beautiful. They provide a firm surface for biking and jogging. Coligny Beach is the island’s busiest strip of sand, while Alder Lane is the choice for more tranquil beach time. Visitors here choose from a wealth of water sports, fishing and boating adventures.
On Land: One of the world’s premier golfing destinations, Hilton Head Island is home to numerous PGA-sanctioned courses, many of them designed by the game’s greatest legends. For other outdoor recreation, nature trails are perfect for discovering the area’s myriad rivers and lagoons. Horseback riding through maritime forests is reason enough to visit Hilton Head. This multi-faceted destination also has hundreds of restaurants serving everything from fresh seafood to international cuisine, plus a lively nightlife scene. Fashionistas and foodies head to picturesque Harbour Town, famous for its boutique shops, galleries, and gourmet and casual dining.
On the West Coast, Newport Beach lures visitors with its idyllic beaches, breathtaking seaside cliffs and harbor-front promenades. Visitors here enjoy shopping, spa treatments, championship golf, and a luxury lifestyle. With the largest recreational harbor on the West Coast, Newport Beach offers oceans of opportunities for vacation fun. There are aquatic adventures, from sunset cruises to stand-up paddle boarding, surfing and sailing. Art walks, wine tastings, film festivals, live entertainment and cultural venues add to the luxury allure.
Where To Stay: Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Newport Coast Villas is ideally located, close to Disneyland, Newport Beach, Balboa Beach, and Laguna Beach. This 75-acre, Tuscan-inspired enclave features sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. Guests can test their golf game at the adjacent Pelican Hill Golf Club. Back at the resort, enjoy La Vista Poolbar & Grill, three outdoor pools and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The Kids Night Out dinner program offers games and crafts. During the day, young guests stay busy with crafts and teen pool parties. After a full day of sightseeing, guests can soothe tired muscles at the full-service onsite Spa By The Sea.
Beaches: Balboa Beach is close to the Balboa Fun Zone, Balboa Pier and family-friendly restaurants for a day at the beach that’s easy and fun. Another favorite, Corona del Mar State Beach, is surrounded by cliffs, making for gentle waves and beautiful views. This beach has been the backdrop for Disney movies and family-favorite TV shows like “Gilligan’s Island.”
On Land: At Balboa Fun Zone, play old-fashioned games in the arcade and ride the Ferris wheel, while taking in breathtaking views of Newport Beach. Go fishing off Balboa Pier. For more outdoor fun, the 1,000-acre Upper Newport Bay Regional Park is a mecca for birders, joggers, bicyclists, hikers, horseback riders, educators and more. With more than 400 restaurants, dining is another favorite pastime in Newport Beach. The area is home to waterfront restaurants, Michelin-rated chefs, unique concept kitchens, dock-and-dine cruises and more. Visitors can capture a piece of the celebrated Newport Beach lifestyle while shopping in the destination’s famous boutiques featuring locally made products.
About Concierge Realty
Concierge Realty has a combined 30 years of vacation rental experience. Founded by Michelle Donato in 2011, the company offers comprehensive timeshare resale, rental and travel services to a wide variety of consumers and industry clients. Based in Orlando, Fla., the timeshare capital of the world, Concierge Realty boasts an outstanding track record with the Better Business Bureau. It also is affiliated with and accredited by leading industry associations, including the National Timeshare Owners Association (NTOA), Cooperative Association of Resort Exchangers (CARE), the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). For more information, visit http://www.conciergerealty.com.