If you’re looking for a silver lining to the 2020 surprise attack of virtual school and remote working, we’ve found it. From hotels that have on-staff virtual learning officers to entire metro areas that have united to create a remote learning offering for visiting families, working remotely and remote learning have just found their swagger. Keep reading for our favorite hotel deals that just might redeem (a little of) 2020.
Monarch Beach Resort - Dana Point, CA
Stunning ocean views, expert on-demand homework help, and a dedicated private study room are just some of the perks you and your kids will enjoy while staying and studying at Monarch Beach Resort. After their homework is done for the day, take the kids to the Ocean Education Enrichment Center or head outdoors to enjoy surfing, cycling, SUP tours, family fitness classes, golfing and more. The package also includes one hour of homework help booked with a local tutor, as well as optional boxed lunch students can eat at the resort's swanky beach club
Cost: From $611 for a "sleep in one room/study in another room arrangement," plus homework help, $100 daily resort credit, and a tech welcome gift.
Extra Credit: Book now for a third night free.
Alderbrook Resort & Spa - Union, WA
Just-like-home cottages, complimentary boardroom reservations and curated learning kits from the local children’s museum are all part of the Remote Learning package offered at this peaceful Pacific Northwest resort. Kids can log on to learn from anywhere on the property and parents can work remotely with ease. After you've worked hard, it's time to play hard with a trip to the natural saltwater pool, kayak or SUP rentals to enjoy on the water or a scenic hike along the private, forested property trails. Make things even easier with dinner reservations (or takeout) from the award-winning on-site restaurant when the day is done.
Cost: The package includes 15% off accomodations, available all year, Thursdays through Sundays (excluding holidays and resort events).
Extra credit: Retire to the cottage lawn after dinner for campfire s’mores, yard games and a glass of wine while you take in the view.
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee - Greensboro, GA
Nestled among towering Georgia pines, the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia offers families a curated option to fit their remote working and learning needs. The Ritz Kids Study Buddy program gives kids dedicated tutors to help them follow their virtual class schedule, and families can pre-arrange extracurricular activities—like fishing on Lake Oconee, crafting, or biking along miles of nearby nature trails—before they arrive.
Cost: Room rates vary, but the additional cost of a Study Buddy program for a full day is $135 per child from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. including lunch, or a half-day for $110 per child from either 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m.
Extra Credit: Nightly s'mores around a giant fire pit will round out your evening, and a handful of elegantly appointed, lakefront guest homes on property are perfect options for larger families looking for a little extra space.
Gaylord Palms Resort - Kissimmee, FL
With every stay, the Gaylord Palms Resort is including a “Learn from Here" package, so that school-aged kids supplement their remote learning programs through edutainment activities. The Wildlife Rescue augmented reality experience guides kids to learn, discover and rescue up to 12 different animals by taking pictures of them on their phone. Other activities include horticulture tours, animal interactions, and an in-room Adventure Kids program teaching about personal sanitary practices and social distancing.
Cost: Complimentary with a hotel stay
Extra Credit: Disney isn't too far away! Plus, there are impressive water slides at the hotel pool.
Rosewood Miramar Beach - Montecito, CA
Southern California's Rosewood Miramar Beach launched the Rosewood Remote Office package to transform suite accommodations into fully-equipped office spaces for guests in need of an inspiring environment from which to work, and the Rosewood Remote Classroom add-on, which allows your students to plug-in and stay connected to their lessons from the privacy of a poolside cabana. Once work and school have wrapped for the day, a host of inspired amenities—including two pools, six dining outlets, bocce and shuffleboard courts and a fully-serviced beach—allow for well-deserved R&R for the whole family.
Cost: Guests pay a $195 daily rate per person plus $50 per additional child for the Remote Classroom, and a $295 daily rate per person plus $100 per additional adult for the Remote Office packages.
Extra Credit: Each cabana comes equipped with a flat-screen TV, Apple TV, iPad with case and stand, EarPods and classic school essentials. For lunch, children can use a $50 F&B credit to enjoy a meal delivered straight to their cabana.
Club Wyndham - National
Club Wyndham's “School from Anywhere” package is available through October 31, and includes road-school basics—like complimentary Wi-Fi, an extra power strip to ensure everyone has a place to plug in, and back-to-school essentials like a Club Wyndham backpack filled with school supplies—and plenty of perks, too. While the kids tackle their schoolwork, parents will receive noise-canceling headphones and a complimentary bottle of wine so they can relax and enjoy time together in the living room after the kids have gone to bed (in their own bedroom).
Cost: Save up to 30% at 5 Club Wyndham resorts across the U.S.
Extra Credit: As a vacation club resort, all rooms are condo-style suites with the comforts of home, including a full kitchen, private bedrooms, separate living and dining areas, a washer and dryer and resort-style amenities.
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa - La Jolla, CA
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa’s #WFH or Work From Hotel Packages include 30% off stays of three nights or longer, or if you're local, you can pay a day rate of $99 for a change-of-scenery room. They are also offering a second room after you book a night’s stay for just $99 Sunday-Thursday for families, who might need additional space to work and school from the rooms.
Cost: Varies by room selection; see room rates for details.
Extra Credit: Situated on 10 acres between San Diego’s seaside villages of La Jolla and Del Mar, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is a hacienda-style retreat, which in addition to guest rooms offers 10 spacious Estate Suites and a Presidential Suite.
Mackinac Island, MI
Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel is offering a Back to School package through October. Children 17 and younger stay for free, and special pricing is available for multi-night stays. The hotel has set aside a new, large space for remote learners and boxed lunches are available for purchase. The package also includes a full breakfast and dinner daily, discounts on golf, local museums and ferry boat tickets.
Cost: Room rates vary, but stay three nights and get the fourth night free, stay two nights and get the third night half off, or stay one night and get the second night 25% off.
Extra Credit: No tipping is allowed at the Grand Hotel, so budgeting for your extended stay is a breeze.
Great Wolf Lodges in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, & Texas
Through Thanksgiving Weekend, Great Wolf Lodges is offering a special remote learning program called Howl ‘N Learn. Each property has dedicated an area called Wiley’s Schoolhouse with desks 8-10 feet apart, plexiglass barriers, and frequent sanitization. Masks are required and a facilitator from the lodge's entertainment team will be on-hand to help throughout the day.
Cost: $85 for one Howl 'N Learn package, which includes all kids in the room over five years old, in addition to the regular room rate.
Extra Credit: Recess breaks with kid-friendly yoga, craft projects and character visits are included.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL
Offering supervised schoolwork sessions in a quiet, dedicated learning space, followed by "recess" in the resort’s five-acre Explorer Island—think lazy river, water slides, sand volleyball, basketball, foosball, a table-tennis and more—the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World also offers nearby access to Walt Disney World parks.
Cost: The Resort’s Experience More package, available through December 18, 2020, includes a $200 nightly credit for stays in a guest room, or a $500 nightly credit for stays in a one or two-bedroom suite. The credit can be used toward any Resort activity, including supervised study sessions. The Advance Purchase offer is available through December 18, 2020, offering 20% off for guest room reservations booked at least seven days prior to arrival, with full pre-payment.
Extra Credit: A new in-room afternoon tea party service is available, just in case your remote learners need a fancy snack break (because really, who doesn't?), featuring an assortment of teas, tea sandwiches, scones and Devonshire cream, all to enjoy in the comfort of one’s guest room or furnished guest room terrace.
Miami Work and Learn Remotely
The entire city of Miami is getting in on the remote learning act, with the Work and Learn Remotely initiative. Over 30 hotels are enrolled and offer everything you need to take the education show on the road, with poolside work stations, after school camps, private tutor access, and even “Zoom lighting locations.”
Cost: Varies by property
Extra Credit: Shelborne South Beach is sweetening the deal with “after school” complimentary cabana rentals.
Auberge Resorts Collection, Various locations
The Auberge Resorts Collection, with hotels in Aspen, Utah and Napa Valley, just announced its Remote With Auberge program. It offers remote working via “office cabanas,” or an in-room office and remote learning setup, through a partnership with L.A.-based tutoring service Advantage Testing for in-person or virtual learning for kids.
Cost: Pricing varies by location and room rate; contact particular properties for details.
Extra Credit: Kids aren't the only ones who can flex their mind muscles at Auberge Resorts. Adult education opportunities for adults are available through Advantage Testing and range from statistics to Latin American avant-garde art.
The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, FL
With a Barrier Island Ecology Field Trip package, students will participate in a 4 ½ day program taught by the Executive Director of The Reef Institute. Materials and activities are prepared for elementary, middle and high school students, with some flexibility to adapt the material to age groups. Explore dunes, go on boat excursions to sample and study water systems, and analyze microscopic coastal biospheres during your "off the computer" hours, then wrap the day up finding shark's teeth in the sand. Additionally, two classrooms with 24-hour access and high-speed internet are also available for remote learning and quiet study.
Cost: To participate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For an extended stay, the property offers a Stay Longer Package for a savings of up to 20% through December 28. The Ecology Field Trip package costs an additional $1,100 tuition per child and covers all curriculum materials, excursions, and instruction.
Extra Credit: An Amelia Island past time is searching for sharks’ teeth, which are sourced due to the dredging of a nearby channel to the north and west of the island. Some teeth found on the sandy shores date back to a 20-million-year-old geological deposit.
Port Aransas, TX
Known for its low density, plenty of open green space and uncrowded natural surroundings, the Texas Gulf Coast beach town and island of Port Aransas is offering parents and kids a SchoolCation. Stay in a cozy beach cottage, conventional hotel room, luxury condominium or a private beach house while you show up virtually for your classes, then head out for Port A's extracurricular offerings, which include art classes at the Port Aransas Art Center, sandcastle building lessons with the Port Aransas sandcastle guy, an ecology tour on San Jose Island and more.
Cost: Varies depending on guest lodging choices and activity selections.
Extra Credit: Home to hundreds of permanent and migrating birds, nearby Mustang Island features six sites along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Visitors can also swim, surf, fish, hike, bike and kayak at Mustang Island State Park, or see stunning views of the island’s massive wetlands at the Port Aransas Wetland Park.
The Lodge at Jackson Hole - Jackson Hole WY
Just a stone’s throw from Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, The Lodge at Jackson Hole is the perfect spot to complete virtual learning (and work), then head out to explore the Wild West. With 154 well-appointed and spacious rooms, kiddos (and parents) can tackle their daily to-do lists before embarking on a curated, outfitter-led trip into the parks for hands-on learning. Families can embark on wildlife tours, horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking—or simply enjoy the laid-back vibe of this Western town.
Cost: Rooms start at $224.10 per night, with a Stay Longer, Play Longer option for additional discounts.
Extra Credit: The Jackson Rodeo is one of the oldest rodeos in the country, is completely open-air, and social distancing procedures are strictly enforced—making it a great place to visit if you're in town on a Saturday through September.
Hilton Head Island Field Trip Family Package - Hilton Head Island, SC
Hilton Head's Field Trip Family Package includes a stay at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island for a minimum of two nights, a $25 resort credit and tickets to the Coastal Discovery Museum—a Smithsonian affiliate—where students of all ages can enjoy the blue crab experience, a butterfly pavilion, and learn about the Island's unique history and ecosystem. Book your stay with the code FIELDTRIP.
Cost: Rates starting at $139 for a two-night minimum stay at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island.
Extra Credit: Wondering what else you could do after you shut the computers down on Hilton Head? Check out this guide to visiting the island with kids in tow.
Kimpton The Rowan - Palm Springs, CA
Head to beautiful Palm Springs from Sundays to Thursdays for access to a dedicated meeting room for distance learning during the day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., two daily lunch boxes—curated by Executive Chef Dan Grunbeck—and a limited one booking per week to promote social distancing for learners. Oh, and there's a gorgeous rooftop pool and multiple on-site dining options at this urban desert resort in Southern California.
Cost: Starting at $239 per night.
Extra Credit: Venture out to find Claude Bell’s Dinosaurs—now called Cabazon Dinosaur Museum—and check out the two ginormous steel and concrete dinosaurs called Dinny and Mr. Rex, lifelike dinosaur models and an unrivaled souvenir shop. There’s also a dinosaur trail with dinosaur digs and fossils.
C Lazy U Ranch - Granby, CO
Head to Granby, Colorado to experience a premier luxury guest ranch getaway, where you'll find incredible service and western hospitality that's been served up for more than a century. Go to experience the rich traditions of the American West, and make use of the upgraded WiFi, a dedicated classroom for virtual learning and library space. Once you exit your last Zoom or Google Classroom call, you can head out for horseback riding, mountain biking, and even campfire evenings.
Cost: Adults Double Occupancy: $455 per night for adults double occupancy, $305 per night for children ages 3-17. Rate includes three gourmet meals a day, the Fall Kids’ Program, luxury lodging and most ranch activities.
Extra Credit: If being outdoors isn’t your thing, C Lazy U Ranch has a 12,000 square foot heated, indoor riding arena, providing year-round fun regardless of the weather. It is also an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing lodge, located just a stone's throw away from the Colorado River.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants - Nationwide
Select Kimpton hotels, listed below, offer guests with remote learners the services of an on-site Chief Virtual Learning Officer (CVLO), whose sole purpose is to take the hassle out of remote schooling for families who've decided to take the show on the road this fall. Whether it’s setting up their Zoom or troubleshooting when they click the wrong tab, Kimpton’s on-property CVLO is available 24/7 to help make sure your kids are set up for success—leaving parents with a bit more time to focus on their own work (or just sit back and enjoy some well-deserved R&R). Additionally, remote learners at the following select properties will enjoy kid-friendly Wi-Fi, a complimentary mid-day snack, on-hand school supplies, complimentary document printing, and kid desks and booster seats, upon request.
Find a CVLO at:
- Kimpton Cardinal Hotel (Winston-Salem NC)
- Kimpton Tryon Park (Charlotte, NC)
- Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt (Austin, TX)
- Kimpton Saint George (Toronto, Ontario)
- Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
- Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
- Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City
Cost: Room rates vary; see website for details. CVLO service is complimentary.
Extra Credit: The Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is located on one of the country's most historic square miles (the Liberty Bell is across the street)—perfect for kids learning about Revolutionary War history!
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa - Ponte Vedra, FL
Head to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida for Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa's answer to Zoom and Google Classroom fatigue. The Work Resortly package includes pet-friendly accommodations in a Villa, complete with home-like amenities including a kitchenette and separate bedrooms, high-speed Wi-Fi and complimentary access to a printer, plus 20% off one treatment for a much-needed reset at the Sawgrass Spa, a daily $25 Starbucks® credit, daily complimentary cocktails, and afternoon recess at the private Cabana Beach Club.
Cost: Rates start at$250 per night with an additional connecting Villa available for $99 per night (excluding taxes).
Extra Credit: Bring your golf clubs, because guests enjoy privileged access to the iconic TPC® Sawgrass—one of the nation’s most noteworthy golf clubs.
Kona Kai Resort & Spa - San Diego, CA
You'll find all-day coffee service, good grade rewards for kids, and adult happy hours by the pool at the waterfront Kona Kai Resort & Spa, located on San Diego's Shelter Island. If you're working from the hotel or having school at the pool, the Kona Kai offers unique activities that will help you make the best of it.
Cost: The “School at the Pool” package starts at $469 and is valid through 12/30/2020.
Extra Credit: Kona Kai’s beach is one of the only privately-owned beaches in California, and you'll find cozy beach fire pits there every night.
Work from Hyatt - U.S., Mexico & Caribbean locations
Now available at participating resorts in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, the Work from Hyatt package encourages work-life and school-life balance with the comforts of a premium resort experience. In addition to covering the essentials, including workspace options, housekeeping, free high-speed Wi-Fi internet access and discounted or complimentary laundry, guests will enjoy “perks” such as an adult pool cabana at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, a round of golf per stay and a spa treatment per stay at Park Hyatt Aviara, complimentary s'mores kits at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, and more.
Cost: Starting at $139 plus tax per night for stays of at least 7-nights.
Extra Credit:·Thinking of combining virtual learning with a ski vacation? The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa is participating in the Work from Hyatt program!
Those looking to escape to a luxury residence with their family will find plenty of options with Inspirato, the first-ever subscription-based luxury travel company that manages, staffs, and maintains an exclusive collection of branded vacation homes. Inspirato’s service teams take care of everything from pre-trip planning to on-site concierge services, giving members additional peace of mind when they travel.
Cost: For $2500 a month, the new iteration of Inspirato Pass allows members to book luxury homes from Hawaii to the Hamptons with no nightly rates, taxes, or fees and the added flexibility to cancel the membership at any time.
Extra Credit: Inspirato homes are exclusively managed, maintained, and staffed by Inspirato and are only available for members and their guests. They closely oversee and enforce rigorous housekeeping standards to ensure that you and your family are entering into a clean home.
Montage Deer Valley, Laguna Beach, Los Cabos, & Palmetto Bluff, CA
Montage Academy allows students ages 6-17 to enroll in full “school” days including 24/7 virtual tutoring through Tutor.com, monitored study hall and educational programs like yoga and hiking, art, culinary classes, woodshop, conservation and more. Here's a sample schedule and curriculum overview.
Cost: $175 for a full day or $725 for a full school week, in addition to room rates
Extra Credit: Guests have access to an all-day monitored study hall during the school week, with start and finish times tailored to the individual participant's home school remote learning structure and time zone, plus access to The Princeton Review test prep for SAT/ACT exams, among other educational perks.
Ojai Valley Inn - Ojai, CA
Ojai Valley Inn,a luxury resort tucked away in the magical Ojai Valley north of Los Angeles, is welcoming fall with new outdoor and reservation-based activities and two travel packages geared toward working & learning remotely. The “Learn & Play in Ojai” package includes a luxury stay in a Fireplace Shangri-La guest room or graciously-appointed suite. Kids’ school desks in your guest room, a conference room available for individual use between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, a welcome gift of fresh-pressed juice, dried fruits & nuts delivered daily to your guest room, board games, an in-room movie and popcorn, and a one time 1-hour private rental of the Camp Oak playground and lawn games will complete your stay.
Cost: Enjoy a discount of 20% off stays of 4-6 nights and 30% off stays of 7 nights or more.
Extra Credit: Fall stays at Ojai Valley Inn include a pumpkin patch on the Artist Cottage lawn, daily pumpkin paintings, hay wagon rides and private playground breaks at Camp Oak. Winter stays include a pop-up arcade—available by reservation—and a holiday parade with Santa that ends with festive storytelling.
Hidden Pond Resort - Kennebunkport, ME
This luxe Maine resort is offering a Coastal Learning Package, which includes a complete home office setup upon arrival, equipped with the main essentials to get one through distance learning or remote working, including notebooks, pens, markers, flashcards and more. While this package is only available in one of the two-bedrooms cottages located on the property, you’ll only need to reserve one 72 hours in advance. After school is over, snag one of the beach cruiser bikes or golf carts to explore the 60-acre property or check out the other activities that Hidden Pond has organized to accompany little scholars. The restaurant is open six nights a week, but you can arrange to have a socially distanced outdoor dining experience as well.
Extra Credit: Hidden Pond also offers its own hands-on learning with the hotel's on-site Farm where guests can hand-pick a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit, as well as the property’s potting shed that has an assortment of vases and snipping shears to get one started.
Cost: Cottage rentals start at $945 a night, and the Coastal Learning package costs $399 for a full age-appropriate setup.
The Curtis Hotel - Denver, CO
From hyper-themed rooms to the smack-dab downtown Denver location, there's more than one reason to want to stay at The Curtis, and they've recently added another. Their new "Wi-Fi Why Not" remote space offerings include a private space for families to work and learn in a meeting room, high-speed internet (wired or wireless), stocked office amenities (staplers, tape, pens, paper, whiteboard, etc.). When the school day has ended, wander down to the 16th street mall or head for any of the local parks for outdoor fun.
Extra Credit: From joke books to games and even the Donkey Kong arcade console, this unique hotel stay is fun for the whole family.
Cost: If you book their Home Away From Home extended stay deal, rates start at just $79 per night, and the remote work/learning package is $45 a day.
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