Family-Friendly (And Zika-Free!) Destinations For Your Next Vacation

With most of the popular Caribbean and Mexican family-friendly destinations facing Zika travel warnings, many of my clients have expressed concern about how to plan their next family vacation. Even those who are not trying to get pregnant are worried about going away on vacation and getting sick from the Zika virus in a foreign place, with foreign health care.

And while you may no longer want to travel with your family to places like Jamaica or Puerto Vallarta, there are actually plenty of luxurious options for family travel here in the U.S. (and even Canada!).

If you’re still looking for viable Zika-free destinations for your next family trip, here are 6 properties that I recommend:

Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm

Walland, Tennessee

Located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, this charming farm has everything from fresh, delicious food, a large wine selection, plenty of outdoor activities to participate in a comprehensive wellness program that includes yoga and fitness, and a beautiful spa.

And for those traveling with younger children, Camp Blackberry, is a complimentary service during the high seasons (Memorial Day through Labor Day and Thanksgiving/Christmas). A program for children 4 and up, Camp Blackberry offers a variety of activities that include interaction with farm animals, culinary projects, arts and crafts, outdoor nature programs and gardening. According to their website, the goal of Camp Blackberry is to “instill an understanding of each area through hands on learning that children can then apply to their own daily lives.”

Book this trip through Simply Juicy Travel and you will have access to these exclusive amenities:

  • Daily full breakfast
  • $100 Equivalent Spa Services credit for daytime use only
  • Room upgrade, subject to availability
  • Special Welcome gift upon arrival
  • Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability

Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental New York City

Manhattan, New York

Wintertime in Manhattan is absolutely magical, especially when you stay at the Mandarin Oriental, near the southwest entrance to Central Park. And if you’re traveling with your family in tow, consider booking the “Mini-Manhattan Family Package,” which boasts floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of Central Park, a complimentary horse carriage ride through the park with hotel pick up and $100 daily food and beverage credit.

Families can add additional NYC experiences to their vacation like a guided tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the American Museum of Natural History led by an Art Smart guide, or tickets to Children’s Museum of Manhattan. For those guests seeking extra space for their family a second guestroom can be arranged at a special two-night rate in conjunction with the package if you book through Simply Juicy Travel.

Four Seasons Resort

Four Seasons Whistler

Whistler, Canada

Love to ski? Bypass Colorado and Utah this year for Whistler, Canada. Nestled in the mountains north of Vancouver, Whistler Village is truly charming—with stone walkways, luxury retail shops and plenty of options for après ski or dinner.

Let us book a stay for you and your family at the Four Seasons Resort in Whistler for a seven-night minimum stay in an Executive Suite or higher accommodation category and you will receive transfers to and from Vancouver International Airport for up to 4 people.

Book the Early Bird Family Ski Whistler package through Simply Juicy Travel sooner rather than later and you will also have access to:

  • Daily lift tickets for up to two adults and two children 12 years of age and under, beginning the day after arrival
  • Daily breakfast at Sidecut Modern Steak +Bar for up to two adults and two children 12 years of and and under
  • Complimentary round-trip transfers between Vancouver International Airport and the resort for up to 4 guests when booking a seven-night stay in a Four Seasons Executive Suite or higher accommodation category
  • Resort-village shuttle
  • Personal Ski Concierge
  • Daily wine reception
  • Afternoon hot chocolate
  • Complimentary fitness classes
  • Luxurious accommodations

La Cantera Resort and Spa


San Antonio, Texas

The La Cantera Resort and Spa is a family-friendly property with plenty of options that will appeal to the whole family. With a relaxing spa, five resort pools, yoga classes, nature jogging paths, a golf course and an arcade, La Cantera Resort and Spa makes it pretty tough to be bored! As a bonus, they also offer a Kid’s Club for children of all ages to give parents a break throughout the day.

This spa and resort is also within a short drive from the Alamo and the San Antonio Zoo should you want to venture off the property. Book your trip through us today and get an upgrade upon arrival, complimentary buffet breakfast and a $100 Resort credit to use during your stay.

The Ranch At Rock Creek

The Ranch at Rock Creek

Philipsburg, Montana

The Ranch at Rock Creek sits upon 10 square miles of rugged Montana ranchland, just outside Philipsburg,Montana. Guests can partake in limitless outdoor recreational opportunities, outstanding accommodations and cuisine, and a full-service spa. The Ranch at Rock Creek is a place that offers the feel of the ‘true West’ without sacrificing comfort.

Even better? The Ranch at Rock Creek offers plenty of all-inclusive options for both couples and families.

Let us book your trip and you’ll receive:

  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests (already included in the all-inclusive price)
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • 1 premium bottle of wine upon arrival
  • $100 Ranch Credit (may be used at The Granite Spa or The Mercantile)

The Resort at Paws Up

Resort at Paws Up

Greenough, Montana

Known by many as “The Last Best Place,” The Resort at Paws Up lives up to the name, taking full advantage of the Big Sky countryside. A pristine escape in the Rocky Mountains, this wilderness outpost offers something for all energy levels.

Explore the outdoors on horseback, go fly fishing in the nearby River, or simply indulge in spa treatments at their onsite spa, Spa Town. As for accommodations, you can choose from 28 luxurious vacation homes, or you can experience luxury camping in one of 30 luxury tents, with decadent furnishings, your own private bathroom and even a Camping Butler. It’s glamping at its finest!

Book this trip with Simply Juicy Travel and gain access to:

  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests served in restaurant
  • Complimentary round-trip private airport transfers
  • A $300 USD equivilant activity credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Bottle of wine in room on arrival

Simply Juicy, Simply Perfect

There are plenty of wonderful places to travel with your family without having to worry about any of you contracting the Zika virus. If none of the options above strike your fancy, feel free to contact me today to talk about additional destinations for you and your family. I aim to create the perfect experience for all of my clients, so all they have to focus on is making life-long memories!


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