As hotels jumped in to fill the gap this summer when summer camps were closed, several are doing the same this fall and winter with many schools, and parents’ offices, still operating remotely. But they’re not just offering separate spaces or technology for studying, they’re also offering educational, fun activities for after school breaks and often supplying academic/tutoring services as well.
The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island on Amelia Island, Florida is veering into science studies and attempting to replicate student outing field trips that relate to them. In partnership with the Reef Institute in West Palm Beach, the resort developed a five day, four night program called The Ecology Field Trip Package to connect children to nature, specifically biology and marine ecology as it pertains to the barrier island on which the resort is located. Typical studies: the coastal biosphere and complex water systems discovered while kayaking and in other boat excursions. The resort is also setting up remote classrooms so students can continue their remote learning in private with high speed WiFi.
The Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal in Cabos San Lucas, Mexico is focusing more on cultural and language studies. The week long Spanish Baja Cultural Immersion program explores the local culture of the Baja Peninsula with customized private itineraries and includes three ninety minute Spanish lessons, a wellness experience (tennis or meditation/yoga) and an optional Cultural Exploration such as snorkeling with sea lions in the Bay of Cortez.
The Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California includes a day room apart from the family’s accommodation for remote learning as part of its Edu-Cations package. But the most important part is the help students get for that remote learning: online K-12 homework help from tutors at The Princeton Review. Ocean studies including a private insider tour of the Ocean Institute and participation in a research project on plastics and the sea are part of the learning experience. But others such as surfing lessons are just fun.
Auberge Resorts Collection is collaborating with the private tutoring and test preparation company Advantage Testing for the program Remote With Auberge available for a seven night minimum in all of their 19 hotels and resorts such as the collection anchor Auberge du Soleil in California’s Napa Valley, The Mayflower Inn in Connecticut, Mauna Lani in Hawaii and The Lodge At Blue Sky in Utah. Part of the program includes in person and remote tutoring in the student’s core curriculum or a comprehensive at home academic program conducted either in small groups or one on one in the family’s residence or suite. But the other segment involves play, although often with an educational aspect such as art classes or fly fishing in the great outdoors or dancing the traditional hula in Hawaii.
While their kids are involved in their activities, parents can also take adult education courses ranging from literature to languages to computer science along with utilizing the complete in room office set up and business concierge for their remote work. And when they want to get away from everything and go running, mountain biking, swimming or wine tasting, the resorts can provide babysitters and nannies.