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Happy kids make happy grandparents

December 28, 2003

Regarding "When Posh Hotels Cater to Kids, Nearly Everybody's Happy" [Travel Insider, Nov. 16]: Although it makes sense that baby boomers are behind the trend to take kids on luxury vacations, I believe there are other factors.

At FamilyTravelForum.com, we find that many trip-planning queries originate with grandparents. It is often these senior travelers who are footing the bill for a special holiday. Although they may enjoy treating their children and grandchildren to spa treatments, unusual learning experiences and other vacation luxuries, they don't usually tolerate disruptive behavior from their youngest relatives.

Besides the five-star properties mentioned in the article, comfortable three- and four-star hotel chains also offer programs and facilities for families. Readers trying to avoid loud children may be surprised to find how well-behaved kids can be at resorts that cater to less-spoiled parents.

Kyle McCarthy

Editor,FamilyTravelForum.com

New York

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