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Old 09-26-2012, 04:38 PM
 
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So my husband and I have not had a vacation in years, and we're desperately needing one. We have a three year old we will be taking with us. We have about a week. Here are the criteria:

Relaxing. That means, a place where it is actually possible to just hang out without having to drive anywhere or do anything or work really hard if we don't feel like it. We want it to be an easy vacation. Foreign countries are out for that reason - they're just kind of a lot of work, and we're too tired for that. Likewise anything rustic or adventur-y, like camping or hiking are also out.

Simple stuff to do close by - as in, we don't have to drive - doesn't have to be anything fancy. Just walking along a busy street, visiting places kids like, going to see some animals, an aquarium, wild horses, etc. We like to go and see things, but not work to hard for it, and we'd like there to be things that our child will enjoy (i.e. not historic sites or shopping, which would bore him).

Accommodations must be nice. Somewhat luxurious. We don't want anything rustic or economy type lodges, cabins, etc.

We are going in January. Should not be cold in January (doesn't have to be tropical, though).

Would be ideal if it were driving distance from Dallas/Fort Worth. But not completely necessary.

No waterparks or amusement parks - we want stuff for us too, plus that's not relaxing.

Budget - we are thinking about 1500-2K, not including airfare.

Any ideas?
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:02 PM
 
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Have you considered an all inclusive resort? I have really enjoyed going to Sandls resorts .....if you really want a relaxing, no plans needed vacation...they really do it well. I am not sure where you are located , but a cruise might be something you could consider. Again, it is a relaxing no stress vacation.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:02 PM
 
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You want a weeks worth of luxurious accommodations with a daily budget of under $300--and you need to cover food and incidentals out of that as well? Not impossible, but you're asking for an awful lot unless your idea of luxury is different from the standard.

Best thing I can think of is maybe a cruise. Disney has a six night western Caribbean out of Galveston for around $2000 for the three of you. You'd have to add in tips, optional shore excursions, and incidentals, but your meals would be included and you could drive to the port which would save air fare.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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warmest place that you could drive to in the US would be Key West which would take 25 hours. You could easily find a top-shelf room for $300/night and much less for a very nice room. You could park your car the first day and not need it again until you left.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:34 AM
 
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Actually Key West is pretty expensive if you want even a three star place in January. You'd eat up 75% of your budget on hotels, and it's not an inexpensive place to eat, either. A four star hotel would be over $300 a night, most three star places start in the $250 range.

And a 25 hour drive with a three year old? Kill me now.

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Old 09-27-2012, 11:46 AM
 
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And a 25 hour drive with a three year old? Kill me now.
some of us would feel the same way about a boat full of 3,000 pushy blue-hairs.

TA has their #1 rated, Key West Hotel (3 1/2 star) listed for $214/night for January.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:03 PM
 
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some of us would feel the same way about a boat full of 3,000 pushy blue-hairs.

TA has their #1 rated, Key West Hotel (3 1/2 star) listed for $214/night for January.
Who suggested a boat full of 3000 blue hairs?

Not sure where you are seeing the TA #1 rated Key West hotel in that price range, the average rate is well over $300.

Orchid Key Inn - Hotel details
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:18 PM
 
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You want a weeks worth of luxurious accommodations with a daily budget of under $300--and you need to cover food and incidentals out of that as well? Not impossible, but you're asking for an awful lot unless your idea of luxury is different from the standard.

Best thing I can think of is maybe a cruise. Disney has a six night western Caribbean out of Galveston for around $2000 for the three of you. You'd have to add in tips, optional shore excursions, and incidentals, but your meals would be included and you could drive to the port which would save air fare.
No, that was just for accommodations - lodging, nothing else. I was actually thinking about that Disney cruise.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:27 PM
 
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Have you considered an all inclusive resort? I have really enjoyed going to Sandls resorts .....if you really want a relaxing, no plans needed vacation...they really do it well. I am not sure where you are located , but a cruise might be something you could consider. Again, it is a relaxing no stress vacation.
I thought Sandals didn't allow children. I can't actually tell from their website if they do or not.
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:01 PM
 
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I don't think Key West has much to interest young children. Here is a resort in FL we first went to when our oldest was 3:

Captiva Island Resorts - South Seas Island Resort & Yacht Harbor - Captiva Resort Vacations

ETA: there were lots of activities for children.
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