2.22.2011

Pack Your Bags: We're Heading to Loews Miami Beach Hotel


Courtesy of Loews Miami Beach Hotel Website

Spring Break is around the corner, and nothing could be hotter than Miami’s South Beach from what I've been told.  I'm sad to say that I've never been there!  However,  I have several friends who went recently, and they loved it.   Those lucky parents went to South Beach sans kids though, but Miami can actually be a great destination for your entire family and I mean EVERYONE IN YOUR FAMILY!


In honor of the Hines-Sight Blog’s dog photo contest running this week on Facebook,  I found you the most perfect hotel choice in Miami that not only accommodates children, but also rolls out the red carpet for your Fifi or Fido, too. 




Get ready to escape and pack your bags for the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.  This hotel recently completed a $50 million dollar renovation, and is ready to welcome your family for some sun and fun this spring break.   Loews Miami Beach Hotel prides itself as being the area's only true family, beachfront resort located in the heart of South Beach.    Last year, Parents magazine even named the hotel as one of the Top Ten Beach Resorts for Families.  That’s quite a prestigious honor!   And if you are planning a vacation with children, it is important for children to not only feel welcome, but to have something to do.  When a child says, "I don't know what to do!" it makes me cringe like hearing fingernails on a chalkboard.  I can't stand it!


The good news at this hotel is that in addition to the beach, and gorgeous swimming pool, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel has a great kids program that was redesigned by Pottery Barn Kids last year. Kids aged 4 -12 years old can enroll in the PBkids SoBe Kids Camp.   It offers full and half-day programs everyday and evening programs on Friday & Saturday nights; all packed with high energy activities like Arts & Crafts, Shell Finding, Sand Castle Contests, Beach Sports, Water Balloon Madness, Wii competitions, and scavenger hunts.   I would love to camp out in anything that looked like a Pottery Barn Kids catalogue.  It's probably the only type of camping I would do.   The hotel also has programs catering to tweens and teens in your family, too.   That's good because by the time my kids are tweens, my husband and I will be in our fifties, and probably seen by them as very old and uncool so they won't want to hang with us anyway.

I think your children will love hanging out in these programs while you relax and rejuvenate at the spa.


The Pool!


Or have dinner in one of the hotel’s fabulous restaurants.



When you are at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, you and your children won’t be the only ones with smiles on your faces on this trip.   The Loews Hotel brand has also made a name for itself by catering to your four-legged family members, too.  It was the first national luxury hotel chain to introduce a pet program eleven years ago.  The “Loews Loves Pets"  program treats family dogs and cats like VIPS (Very Important Pet) with amenities such as gourmet room service, specialized bedding, litter boxes, litter, and scoops, dog-walking, treats, and even a pet-sitting service.   If I were a dog or cat, I would be begging my owners to take me there!  Those lucky, pampered pooches!

Only some of the 769 hotel rooms and suites are are actually designated for pets though.   Loews pays special attention to the South Beach pet friendly hotel guest rooms by conducting an extra thorough cleaning following each guest's departure. Loews Hotels also charge a one-time fee of $25 per stay and they limits the number of pets to two per room and in the hotel overall.

Loews Hotel and Resorts even offers  Woofie Weekends” a special package where the pet fee is waived, and a pet room service meal is included in the nightly rate for Loews hotels across the US.   That particular package is not being offered currently at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel this week but they have some great packages listed now including a chance for your family to win a the Utlimate Family Sweepstakes.

If you decide to check-in to LoewsMiami Beach Hotel and take your dog then all I can say is "Lucky Dog!"

Don't forget to vote in the Hines-Sight Blog Dog Photo Contest on the Blog's Facebook Page.  The contest runs through Feb. 28th at 8 pm EST.  If you are a dog owner, there is still time to enter your dog.  My post, "Bow Wow! Your Dog is Picture Perfect" has all the details.

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