Ten Hip Family Vacations

Hawaii: Body and Soul
The calm side of Hawaii (Comstock)

Instead of yelling at your kids, try chanting "om" with them instead at the peaceful, 113-acre Kalani Oceanside Retreat on the Hilo side of Hawaii's Big Island. Here, an array of yoga, dance, lei making, and art sessions are held for parents and kids to do together.

Stressed-out teens will especially love the renewing benefits of massage, tai chi, watsu, and hula lessons. The variety of sleeping options include campsites, lodge rooms, and cottages

Sometimes, as the early Hawaiians knew, the best journeys are inward.

Information:
A typical Kalani Escape package includes meals, classes, wellness treatment and a half-day adventure.


Away.com's resident family expert Candyce Stapen has written the book on family travel, having authored some 1,400 travel articles and 27 books, 26 of them on family travel. She is the winner of the 2004 "Caribbean Travel Writer of the Year for North America" award and a three-time winner of the Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award. Her articles have appeared in publications including Nick Jr , FamilyFun , Parents , Better Homes & Gardens , Conde Nast Traveler , National Geographic Traveler , and the Family Travel Network , among others. Her book, the National Geographic Guide to Caribbean Family Vacations is available from Amazon.com.

Published: 11 Apr 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

Best Hotels in Big Island

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Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows
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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
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Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village
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Castle Halii Kai At Waikoloa

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