As I interviewed new and prospective parents for my book Travels with Baby, it became clear that one of the top trips many parents hoped to make with their child in the first few years would be to a relaxing all-inclusive resort, especially one where they might get a little help with childcare so they can truly relax and enjoy their vacation. Yet as I set out to find the best recommendations for my readers, I found that few all-inclusive family resorts were prepared to provide care for children under 3 years old or in diapers.
Franklyn D. Resort, however, on the north coast of Jamaica, has a team of Vacation Nannies that not only provides care for young infants on up, but one nanny will do so exclusively for your family each day of your stay. When you consider that your Vacation Nanny is included in the cost of your all-inclusive package, and that children under 6 years old always stay free, it’s clear that Franklyn D. Resort presents a significant vacation value for families with babies and young children. It’s also no wonder that the resort received a 2009 Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Award, as did its sister property FDR Pebbles, where you’ll also find Vacation Nannies.
Needless to say, I have been mentioning the Franklyn D. Resort and FDR Pebbles to parents on many occasions, and I was delighted to try it out firsthand with my own family on our recent trip to Jamaica. You can read my full review of “FDR” at TravelswithBaby.com, and take a virtual visit to the resort via Travels with Baby TV.
Need a (truly relaxing) family vacation?
If an all-inclusive family vacation with a personal nanny sounds good to you, do not pass go—you can answer a few trivia questions (answers all easily found at www.FDRholidays.com) to enter to win 3 free nights for a family of four at either Franklyn D. Resort or FDR Pebbles. The drawing will take place December 15th, 2009. They also have some other enticing specials going on now–including “Grandparents Stay Free” with a suite upgrade for your extended family, and “Parent’s Fly Free” in early 2010, which includes President’s Week vacation and spring break.
Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning guide Travels with Baby
The Ultimate Guide for Planning Trips with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschool-Age Children
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All photos, video, and content (c) 2009 by Shelly Rivoli. Accommodations courtesy of FDR Holidays.