Welcome all Mother’s Day procrastinators: Regardless of the reason you haven’t made your plans yet, you still have time to celebrate yourself or the matriarch of your family in style—and maybe even a bathing suit.

So, while we’re all for a celebratory brunch, why not commemorate Mother’s Day with a memorable weekend away at a family-friendly resort. We’ve outlined some of our favorites that — and this is the most important part — still have availability for this very special weekend. Read on to find which dreamy property is perfect for a quick escape in the name of celebrating all moms do.

While parts of the DR may be associated more with spring break than family travel, the secluded eastern tip of the country is beautiful and serene. At Eden Roc, Mom has a choice of 65 rooms, ranging from multi-bedroom villas with private pools to dreamy beachfront suites. Consider dropping the kids off at Koko Kid’s Club for pint-sized kayaking, then heading to the infinity pool for a snooze in the sun. When you’re ready for some family time, choose from a range of activities like parent-kid spa packages, pizza making classes, and beach barbecues.

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Looking for tropical travel ideas for your Summer travel plans? From beautiful ocean views, over the top adventures and bespoke culinary offerings – we’ve rounded up recommendations for every type of traveler to enjoy their upcoming vacation under the sun.

For the Foodie Traveling Lover: Eden Roc Cap Cana

An ecological marvel, Eden Roc Cap Cana is a Relais & Châteaux jewel located in the exclusive community of Cap Cana, Dominican Republic. The property is known for creating out-of-the-ordinary experiences and providing travelers with an ultra-luxe boutique island experience – even in the food & beverage department. With a diverse culinary program and new line up of 2022 chef collaborations happening on property, Eden Roc Cap Cana has become known as an elevated food & beverage destination in the Caribbean. Dine in a natural underground cave or other unique area on property, enjoy bespoke culinary offerings including sushi and ceviche making classes and in select villas rooms, guests will enjoy a full kitchen and dining area for meals prepared by a personal butler and chef.

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The Dominican Republic’s Eden Roc Cap Cana feels like a posh village rather than a traditional resort. A 15-minute drive from Punta Cana International Airport on the country’s easternmost tip, Eden Roc has a design that celebrates the aesthetics of the 1960s French and Italian Rivieras while managing to stay relatively true to its Caribbean setting.

Part of the Dominican Republic’s 30,000-acre Cap Cana enclave, Eden Roc is a Relais & Châteaux property flush with lush gardens, jewel-toned villas and one of the prettiest sugar-white sand strips on the island.
And when you need a little extra pampering, don’t forget to stop by the resort’s recently revamped Eden Roc Wellness & Spa for island-inspired treatments featuring luxury skincare brand, Natura Bissé.

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When my newborn son turned one month old, I got him a passport. By 10 weeks, he was approved for Global Entry. To say Julian comes from a travel-loving family is an understatement. Pre-pandemic, I was on the road about half the year for work and pleasure. Fantasizing about where I would take him first helped me power through late-night feeding sessions—until it occurred to me, Oh right, traveling with kids is hard. All that gear to schlep! All those dirty looks on planes! And how on earth was I supposed to soundproof a hotel room when he inevitably throws a temper tantrum at 2 a.m.?

Instead of allowing myself to be overwhelmed with real and manufactured anxieties, I decided to do my research. Many hotels that claim to be “family-friendly” focus on the five-and-up set, trumpeting their edutainment programming and kids’ clubs for kindergarteners to tweens. But what about families with younger children? There had to be resorts for families out there that could make traveling with an infant or toddler (slightly) less exhausting. Ones that minimize how much junk parents have to pack, and always make babies feel welcome—even when they’re having a meltdown. Surely they didn’t all have Disney, Beaches, or Great Wolf Lodge in the name, right?

What follows are 15 truly infant- and toddler-friendly picks across the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean. These properties go above and beyond for their littlest guests, while simultaneously offering plenty of vacation-worthy draws for weary parents.

Eden Roc Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic

For parents seeking a more home-like environment, the multi-bedroom villas at this secluded Relais & Chateaux property offer spacious living rooms, full kitchens, and private pools. Staff arrange scavenger hunts and arts and crafts hours; for an additional $325, parents can reserve the VIBabies package. This comes with two hours of complimentary babysitting plus a host of handy gear—including a portable crib (with turndown service!), changing table, diapers, bottle warmer, baby monitor, infant tub, pool alarms, Baby Einstein play table, 4moms MamaRoo baby swing, and a basket of kid-approved snacks and juices. For fun in the sun, Eden Roc will throw in a pop-up beach playpen, swim nappies, and sun protection gear (bucket hat, colored sunglasses, Nivea sun lotion, and aloe vera gel) for use at the sandy beach and artificial lagoon. From $850 per night

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Looking for tropical travel ideas for your Summer travel plans? From beautiful ocean views, over the top adventures and bespoke culinary offerings – we’ve rounded up recommendations for every type of traveler to enjoy their upcoming vacation under the sun.

For the Foodie Traveling Lover: Eden Roc Cap Cana

An ecological marvel, Eden Roc Cap Cana is a Relais & Châteaux jewel located in the exclusive community of Cap Cana, Dominican Republic. The property is known for creating out-of-the-ordinary experiences and providing travelers with an ultra-luxe boutique island experience – even in the food & beverage department. With a diverse culinary program and new line up of 2022 chef collaborations happening on property, Eden Roc Cap Cana has become known as an elevated food & beverage destination in the Caribbean. Dine in a natural underground cave or other unique area on property, enjoy bespoke culinary offerings including sushi and ceviche making classes and in select villas rooms, guests will enjoy a full kitchen and dining area for meals prepared by a personal butler and chef.

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ISLAND REIKI

Visit an ancient cave-like cenote in the Dominican Republic’s Eden Roc Spa by Natura Bissé for a Reiki Energetic Massage. Working with energy fields and very little touch, the shaman identifies energy imbalances, laying her hands over specific energetic points, or meridians, on the body and placing small healing crystals over each corresponding chakra, or energy center, along the spine. The treatment also includes sound therapy via healing music, therapeutic singing bowls, Tibetan tingshas and chimes.

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9 Easy, Breezy Island Trips to Take from Philadelphia

Let the last two years of frustration and complications drift away at these beachy island getaways.

March marks two years since COVID crashed into our lives — two years of Zoom meetings and remote school and, for many of us, outright languishing. You deserve a break — and what better place to take one than on an island, surrounded by sun-soaked beaches and umbrella-topped cocktails? Whether you’re after romance, adventure, or simple seaside tranquility, these nine island trips are guaranteed to get you flourishing again.

Make Family Memories in the Dominican Republic

It was our first night at Eden Roc Cap Cana, the beachfront resort in the Dominican Republic, and before I could pull out my phone to capture a ridiculous foaming bathtub surprise arranged by the housekeeper while we were eating dinner, my three daughters were frantically peeling off socks and sweaters to dive into the warm cloud. Keep reading here.

The recently-ranked #1 resort in Punta Cana, Eden Roc Cap Cana, is bringing the Adirondacks to its Caribbean shores for a series of curated culinary experiences this April 6-9, 2022. Executive Chef Loïc Leperlier of The Point resort will bring the resort’s signature communal style dining to the only Relais & Châteaux in the Dominican Republic, joining Eden Roc’s very own Chef Adriano Venturini for a collaborative gastronomy journey that celebrates the best of both properties.

Eden Roc Cap Cana has a diverse culinary program helmed by Chef Venturini, with various restaurants onsite each with their own distinctive personality that is celebrated through striking décor and unique curated menus. From the property’s signature fine-dining restaurant Mediterraneo to the convivial beachside La Palapa and all-day BLUE Bar & Grill, each experience is complemented by an unparalleled setting that will be activated through this partnership.

The Point is an 11-room all-inclusive Relais & Châteaux resort in the Adirondacks in New York. Originally built as a Great Camp for William Avery Rockefeller II, The Point offers guest an intimate “house party” atmosphere complete with communal wine-paired dinners, daily cocktail parties and self-service bars sprinkled throughout the property. The Point comes to Eden Roc Cap Cana in April while their own kitchen undergoes a long-awaited renovation that will be unveiled this summer. The historic kitchen has served The Point since the 1930s and its new design will enhance the creativity of Chef Loïc Leperlier and his team, while preserving beloved amenities such as a vintage General Electric refrigerator from 1932. With the redesign underway, Chef Leperlier will be bringing The Point’s culinary heritage to Eden Roc Cap Cana’s tables, and this will be the only opportunity to experience a taste of The Point while the property undergoes these kitchen updates.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Chef Loïc Leperlier this April to our beachfront oasis and introducing our guests to the communal and extravagant dining experience for which The Point is known,” says Managing Director at Eden Roc Cap Cana Stefano Baratelli. “The multi-day experience will capture the flavors of our resort and pair them with the exceptional talent of Chef Leperlier, who has created a unique gastronomy program in the Adirondacks.”

“I’m honored to be collaborating with Chef Venturini to bring a taste of The Point to Eden Roc Cap Cana,” said Chef Loïc Leperlier. “From our nightly communal dinners to our signature barbeque lunches every Saturday, The Point’s culinary heritage is built on community and coming together. This collaboration with Chef Venturini and Eden Roc underscores The Point’s longtime dining traditions, while celebrating my friendship and shared culinary ethos with Chef Venturini.”

Chef Leperlier’s professional tenure has included Michelin Star restaurants and Five-Star resorts in Europe and French Polynesia where he perfected his farm-to-table philosophy. His style of cooking combines French cuisine with his Réunion roots accented by Indian, African and Chinese influences, all of which he will bring to the plates of Eden Roc Cap Cana.

This lavish mix of events is designed to encourage guests to indulge in The Point’s iconic culinary offerings as they please, whether it be the decadent nightly experiences or a day-time casual meal. After years of a closely connected professional relationship and friendship, Chefs Leperlier and Venturini are thrilled to come together for four days of spectacular dining beside the waves and beneath the stars, a long-time dream finally realized at Eden Roc Cap Cana.

The April program consists of four evenings with curated menus spread across the property’s elegant, Mediterranean-reminiscent restaurants — La Palapa, BLUE Bar & Gril, and Mediterraneo. The program will end in a spectacular dinner and wine event where Chef Leperlier and Chef Venturini serve up their best dishes in a collaborative menu.

The program schedule includes the following:

  • Wednesday, April 6: The chef residency will kick off with a private, romantic dinner on the pristine shoreline. Chef Leperlier will prepare a special private menu with premium wine pairing that will be set up on the beach | From 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 7: Enjoy The Point’s signature family-style BBQ on the pool deck and outdoor terrace at BLUE Bar & Grill. The menu will include Point-style fried chicken, smoked brisket, whole fish, beef chili, onion rings, truffle mac and cheese and more. | From 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 8: Chef Leperlier brings The Point’s famed communal dining set up to the BLUE Bar & Grill for a private group (up to 16 guests). Guests dining will have a front row seat to the festivities, as Chef serves up the four-course menu in a unique way as he takes over the open demo kitchen at the restaurant. | From 7 p.m. | Maximum 16 Guests
  • Saturday, April 9: Join us for the final night at Mediterraneo, where a special food and wine event awaits, featuring a collaborative four-hands dinner by Chef Leperlier and Chef Venturini, including a premium wine pairing menu. Featured dishes will include prawn bisque “cappuccino,” kataifi wrapped lamb loin with babaganoush, dukkha, morels, heirloom carrots and cumin jus and roasted pineapple with tres leches ice cream and cake. | From 7 p.m.
  • April 6 – April 9: As an additional feature of the collaboration, Chef Leperlier will be recreating The Point’s signature specials all week, available à la carte for lunch at La Palapa and for dinner at Mediterraneo.

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