With many schools postponing start dates or going digital, why not consider a schoolcation? Give the kids (and yourself!) a change of scenery and pace at a luxury resort, with everything you need for distance learning and remote working. From cabanas revamped with the latest tech to local experiences you won’t find in a classroom, give your kids educational learning through travel (while you take a break at the beach or spa!).
Four Seasons Punta Mita, Mexico
Get ready to take schooling to a whole new level at the Four Seasons Punta Mita! This Mexican paradise has expanded their Kids For All Seasons program to make distance learning easy and fun for kids and parents alike! Think a dedicated tech hotline, study buddy program and plenty of activities from art and culture to beachside sports. You’ll enjoy time at the pool or spa while the kids study, before spending quality family time together in your home-away-from-home or going for after dinner walks along the shore. Sounds like a fun “schoolcation” experience for everyone!
Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana
Enjoy wide open spaces in Big Sky country while you work AND play! Nestled in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys, The Ranch at Rock Creek encompasses 6,600 acres, so there is plenty of room for social distancing! Balance Western adventure with lavish all-inclusive amenities – for “after school” activities, go horseback riding, sapphire mining, fishing, and more. Plus, parents needing some relaxation can luxuriate at the signature Granite Spa or take a private meditation class along the banks of Rock Creek. This schoolcation sure beats home anyday!
Terranea Resort, California
Trying to get into a California state of mind? Look no further than a stay at Terranea Resort! While an easy 35-minute drive from LAX, you’ll feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle as you explore the 102-acre resort. With multi-bedroom villa and casita options, you can set up a dedicated space for kids to do schoolwork (and mom and dad to work remotely!). In between online classes, take a break for unique activities like whale watching, archery, and even falconry! Plus, your River Oaks Travel advisors have access to a great 3rd night free promo, so it’s never been a better time to go!
Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina
Visit South Carolina’s Lowcountry with a stay at the Montage Palmetto Bluff! The resort is set within a 20,000-acre community between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, giving families plenty of space to social distance and explore. Check in to one of the private house options, many with home office setups, so you can enjoy all of the comforts of homeschooling with a nice change of scenery! For more “hands on” learning, kids can go fishing, search for local wildlife, or hike the many trails through the nature preserve. Plus, they’ll love getting to meet the English Labrador retrievers that serve as the resort’s canine ambassadors!
Commodore Perry, an Auberge Resort
Want a change of scenery but trying to stay close to home? Visit the cool new kid on the block with a stay at the new Commodore Perry in Austin. Kids tackling algebra and parents wading through emails can do so in the many quiet spaces throughout the Mansion, or pick a shaded spot along the Loggia for poolside work. To break up the day, have the staff create a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the city’s parks – sure beats a typical recess break! Plus, you won’t have to worry about planning out dinner, and can instead end the school day with a mocktail for kids and a slightly stiffer drink for parents while waiting on a table at Lucie’s!
The Palms, Turks & Caicos
Travel to Turks & Caicos is now open, and we’re ready to pack our bags! For families looking to work and play, you can’t beat the service and location of The Palms. Set upon Grace Bay Beach (one of the world’s most beautiful!) this all-suite resort offers plenty of one, two, and three bedroom suites, all with views of the lush gardens or turquoise ocean. You can enjoy the on-site restaurants, or take advantage of the full kitchens to have a “home” cooked meal together after a long day taking classes by the beach. For after-school fun, take out the complimentary Hobie Cat sailboats and kayaks, or get in a round of tennis at their courts. Plus, your River Oaks Travel advisors can get you 25% off for multi-bedroom suites for your schoolcation before December 18th!
Esperanza, Los Cabos
When you’re dreaming of sparkling seas and white-sand beaches, head to Esperanza in Los Cabos! Whether you’re taking the kids for a long weekend or looking for an extended escape, the staff is ready to spoil you in one of their 32 villas. Large floor plans mean plenty of space for schooling and work, though you may be tempted to spend all day at the pool on your private patio. Have the resort chef prepare dinner to enjoy from the comfort of your villa, or book at table at the open-aired Cocina del Mar overlooking the Baja coast. Looking for more activities for the kids? The team can create custom experiences from poolside movie nights to pinata parties.
Edgewood Tahoe Resort, Nevada
Looking to beat the heat for your schoolcation? Why not head to North America’s largest alpine lake and check in to Edgewood Tahoe Resort? Break the monotony of the school day with a dip in the pool or hike around the Sierras, before ending with a (socially distanced!) s’more around the fire pit. Let the kids learn astronomy with a guided star tour at night, or get some energy out with a kayak trip along the crystal-clear lake. Parents can also enjoy the getaway, from spa treatments to rounds at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
Presidente InterContinental Cozumel, Mexico
With United offering nonstop flights from Houston to Cozumel every Saturday, you can be lounging (or schooling!) poolside before lunch. A great schoolcation needs a great resort, and we have you covered with our friends at the Presidente InterContinental Cozumel. Check in to one of their newly-renovated rooms or suites, all with spacious balconies and some with direct access to the beach. Bring the kids’ laptops to a private cabana so they can learn while you relax, or take some time off to go snorkeling in one of the world’s largest reef systems.
Consider a Custom Road Trip!
Sometimes distance-based learning doesn’t compare to a hands-on education, so why not take the kids for an educational road trip? See history come alive on the East Coast, from Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell to a socially-distanced walk along Boston’s Freedom Trail. Or get a geology lesson with privately guided tours of Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, or the Grand Canyon. No matter where your family’s interest lies, our team of expert travel advisors can help you design the perfect educational road trip while maintaining your safety and comfort.
Let us plan your “schoolcation”
Distance learning got you down? Let us turn lemons into lemonade by planning a schoolcation for you and your family. Our expert team of travel advisors will match you to the right resort for work, school, AND play so you can get a change of scenery . Schedule a meeting with one of our Houston travel agents, or contact us to be paired with an advisor.
Travel During Covid-19
- The decision to travel or not to travel during COVID-19 is a highly personal one. Our team is here to give you all of the details and facts to make an informed decision, but ultimately the choice is yours.
- While properties and airlines are adhering to government-recommended cleanliness practices, we cannot guarantee that there will not be a risk.
- If you choose to travel, we recommend following CDC guidelines to keep you and your family safe, including wearing a mask, maintaining social distance recommendations, and washing your hands.
- Don’t travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to others.