PARADISE, FOUND! FAMILY GETAWAY! CHILD CARE INCLUDED!

PARADISE, FOUND!  FAMILY GETAWAY! CHILD CARE INCLUDED!

By: Trend reporter Amy Tara Koch writes about everything from mascara to Miami. Her first book BUMP IT UP: TRANFORMING YOUR PREGNANCY INTO THE ULTIMATE STYLE STATEMENT(Ballantine) hits shelves March 23

Parenthood enforces a lifestyle change, it’s true. But, that change does not mean that you must sacrifice your well honed sense of style for your children. Let’s take the family vacation scenario. If the thought of travelling to Disney World, Lego Land or any of the cheesy brand name corporate countries, causes your breakfast to rise in your throat, retch not. There are superb (and reasonably priced) holiday spots that offer both style and substance for the whole family.

I just returned from one such property, the INTERCONTINENTAL’s MONTELUCIA RESORT & SPA in Paradise Valley, AZ. Nestled in the Sonoran Desert at the base of Camelback Mountain, this palm tree studded property is nothing short of an oasis for families. Decorative details- -antique wooden doors, brass lanterns, wrought iron chandeliers, colorful tiles and ceramics- lend the property a distinct Moorish vibe. There are five pools for sunning and swimming. Rooms are spacious with terraces and breezy bathrooms complete with oversized soaking tub. Beds, a destination dealmaker for me, are firm and swathed in luxe linens topped with comfy down comforters. Housekeeping service is prompt and thorough.

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