According to the team of experts from Villas of Distinction, the world’s premier villa rental company, the “Top 5 Family-Friendly Destinations for Spring/Summer 2012” are:
#5 – Tuscany, Italy – Travelers can discover the beauty and history of Italy by immersing themselves in local culture while vacationing in this picturesque destination, which prides itself on being a welcoming, family-oriented society. Day trips to the leaning Tower of Pisa, an array of medieval towns, beaches and quaint coffee/ice cream shops are easily accessible from the Villas of Distinction properties here.
#4 – Southern California – Combining glamorous hideaways that have welcomed Hollywood royalty, national parks, beaches and close proximity to Disneyland Resort, the California Riviera is the ultimate playground for family getaways. Villas of Distinction’s properties here – including the renowned Bing Crosby Estate – offer a variety of activities and accommodations to suit even the tiniest, most demanding tots.
#3 – Barbados – Families seeking stress-free tropical getaways should look no further than this island paradise. Most Barbados villas offer maids, laundresses and cooks who will prepare meals for even the most finicky eaters. The best part? Each Villas of Distinction Barbados booking now includes – for a limited time – a free rental car, perfect for toting the kids to the island’s beaches, parks and restaurants.
#2 – Riviera Maya, Mexico – Most Villas of Distinction properties here are in gated communities featuring round-the-clock security, allowing families to sit back and relax in their own private oasis. For those seeking a more thrilling adventure, Villas of Distinction’s expert team recommends day trips to the ancient Mayan ruins, swimming with dolphins and snorkeling excursions. The nearby Xcaret archaeological park boasts unforgettable experiences for all ages.
#1 – Maui – No passport? No problem! Mom, Dad, the kids and even grandparents will love the majestic Hawaiian island of Maui. Many villa rentals here provide everything needed for the ultimate family getaway, including private pools. Marco Polo, anyone? A Maui must is a hike to the 10,000-foot summit of Mt. Haleakala, the largest dormant volcanic crater in the world.
To learn more about special family rates and packages available in these – and other – destinations, visit Villas of Distinction.