BY TED SHERMAN

The more I experience luxury hotels, the more surprised I am as to how much they now cater to families. Some of the world’s most exclusive properties now offer complete kid’s programs to attract family visits. At a certain age, I think it’s good to let kids experience luxury travel. We took our kids camping and on luxury experiences, so they could see both ends of the travel spectrum. Luxury travel also provides goals for young people, work hard and you can afford vacations like this.

My favorite hotel in London is The Dorchester, which has been hosting celebrities, royalty and regular families since opening in 1931. With a three-to-one staff to guest room ratio, every guest is made to feel like someone special and the hotel really goes out of its way to welcome children. I visited with my wife and son a few years ago and I think it makes a perfect base for a luxury family vacation to London.

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Family Time at The Dorchester
Specifically for families, the hotel offers their Family Time package for $799 per night, which includes two rooms. Both parents and kids get an amenity upon check-in, the parents’ being a bottle of champagne. Everyone also gets a full English breakfast.

High tea
A tasty luxury experience that is a great way to teach kids about etiquette and table manners, high tea is served five times daily at The Dorchester. I recommend their Dorchester Afternoon Tea which is $74 per person. The tea service includes a selection of fancy finger sandwiches, pastries and scones as well as some of the best and rarest teas in the world.

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A trip to the theatre
A cool luxury family experience in London is a night out at the “theatre” as it’s spelled in England. With so many new shows featuring rock music, comedy and / or based on popular culture, it’s easy find something the whole family will enjoy. Tickets can be purchased in advance direct from the theater or production and there is an official TKTS booth in London’s Leicester Square that’s a good place to go for last-minute seats. I also suggest visiting the theater box office in person a few hours before show time as they sometimes resell returned / unclaimed tickets.

Getting to London
For the most enjoyable travel experience for the money, I like Virgin Atlantic’s Premium Economy service. Seats are about $778 each way, about $300 more than Virgin Atlantic’s Economy class. For that price, travelers get almost the same experience as a typical business class flight, but with a bit less personal space and a slightly smaller seat that doesn’t become a flat bed.

BY TED SHERMAN

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