Virtuoso Travel Advising, Parenting Retreats, and a Podcast
The Best Family Vacations Start Here
I launched Luxe Recess seven years ago, and I am thrilled that it has evolved into the full service travel business for families I have dreamed about: the magazine, travel advising, and parenting retreats).
Luxe Recess features the world’s best hotels— detailing each property’s amenities and programs, to help parents choose their accommodations. Luxe Recess showcases unexpected kid-friendly luxury experiences, but we also like to help readers hit the most popular family destinations with a little more style and savvy.
Don’t invest your time and money into a family vacation you desperately need before reading what we have to say.
And be sure to join the conversation, get advice, and offer your favorite hotels in our Facebook groups: Luxury Hotels for Families to stay in the loop in noteworthy hotel openings and family discounts, our Orlando group for all details Disney travel, and Four Seasons Vacations for fans of the brand (Always voted #1 favorite brand by Luxe Recess readers.)
This is where you can get really specific answers from us and other parents in the know like:
- What are vacation ideas for toddlers with great kids clubs for 3-year-olds?
- Which Paris hotels are best for families of 5?
- What are the best Disney hotel suites?
- Which Hawaiian Four Seasons property is best for kids?
Why You Can Trust Our Advice
Luxe Recess doesn’t accept payment for content on this site. While many blogs and web sits do accept payment to create sponsored content around a hotel or destination, we do not.
Sometimes we pay, and sometimes hotels host us, but our editorial team researches and screens a property first to determine why it would be a great family choice in a given market. And the properties we feature don’t get any oversight on what we write.
We have been flown to places, for example, and found it was not a fit for our readers, so we had to apologize that an article would not be forthcoming.
We’ve tried many more properties than listed on this site for a reason. If we can’t stand behind them as recommendations for you, we don’t write about them.
A Luxury Family Travel Agency
Luxe Recess is an independent affiliate with Travel Experts, a Virtuoso member agency. Virtuoso partners with only the best travel brands in the world, giving Virtuoso travel advisors the ability to add extra amenities and value to each reservation at no extra cost. That means upgrades, resort credits, free breakfasts, and other amenities are included in Luxe Recess rates.
I have access to preferred rates with most luxury brands including:
Most Virtuoso properties can be booked through my Virtuoso site with my amenities when you create a Virtuoso account. (I still have to book certain brands and properties for you myself like Four Seasons, so please complete this form).
But I love getting to know you and your family so we can create the best possible options in a phone call.
What is a Luxe Recess?
You know those parenting moments when you are away from home, with no dishes to wash or emails to return? Free from the drain of your daily responsibilities, you have found a shared experience with your kids that makes you feel exhilarated, appreciate beauty, or absorb something new with curiosity. You are connected as a family.
You feel present in the moment. They are those deeper, more soul feeding moments that make a Luxe Recess. I wish you many, many of them during your family time together.
Children remember their childhood vacations more vividly than other events. I suspect the magic of being present together makes these memories the most enduring; it’s not where you are, it’s the experience you share. This drives my passion as a travel advisor. Approaching travel an experience designer means my end goal is deeper family connection, joy, and revitalization.
I encourage you to listen to our podcast, Flusterclux, that the Washington Post describes, “Aimed towards anxiety in kids, GREAT for adults.”
My co-host and sister-in-law Lynn Lyons, LICSW, and I began retreats and a podcast to amplify her expertise of thirty years as an anxiety expert, author, speaker, and psychotherapist. Her coveted advice is not just about both managing worry in families but also preventing anxiety disorders and depression. There are a lot of fake anxiety experts out there, and she is the real deal.
We have hosted two parenting retreats at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires in 2019 and in 2021. In 2022, we will be offering two retreats that include teens and children as well.
I encourage you to select family vacations with the same thoughtfulness that you do your children’s education. They are formative experiences that shape who family dynamics around play and adventure.
What memories can you create for them that will let them see you at your most joyful?
Plan a Luxe Recess. Go pack. Have fun.
Let’s start booking your vacation.
Founded September 14, 2014