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Deerhurst Resort Review
Deerhurst Resort Review

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DEERHURST RESORT REVIEW

I just got back from Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario.
In this review, I am focusing on the Winter Holiday Break.
Although this was our second time staying at Deerhurst during the December break, I have been there many times since I was a teenager.

**WHAT THERE IS FOR KIDS DURING WINTER BREAK**

•INDOOR SWIMMING (Included)
The resort is equipped with a large pool, a baby shallow pool, and a jacuzzi. The kids had fun hopping from pool to pool. They love going in the hot tub.

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•FUNZONE (Included)
The Funzone is awesome. They only have it during Winter Break and March Break.
We experienced it last year. It was great place to tire your kids out. The room was large and was equipped with four large inflatable jumping castles, slides, and an obstacle course. This year they had blocks, colouring sheets, a ping pong table, and three TVs with XBOX. The room was open until 8pm and was a great place to take the kids before or after dinner.

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•ARCADE (Extra Charge)
There is a small self run arcade in the main building. There’s a machine to put your money in to get the kids tokens. Most of the games will allow you to win tickets. There’s a prize machine to put your tickets in and your children can redeem a toy. My kids loved going there. We spent about $10 each time we went.

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•ROCKCLIMBING WALL (Extra Charge)
The rock climbing wall has an instructor to attach you to a harness. The cost is $10 per person per 30 minutes. My kids are a bit too young to participate in this so we didn’t do it.

•OUTDOOR ICE SKATING (Included)
If the weather is on your side, Deerhurst creates an ice skating rink in the back of the complex. It was too mild to go this year, but we did go last year. During December Break and March Break, Tim Hortins offers free skating in Huntsville. We went to The Summit Community Centre for free indoor skating with the kids.

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•KIDS ‘N Critters/Kids And Ponies (Extra Charge)
We did this two summers ago but it is offered all year long. Your children get a tour of the barn on site and get to interact with the farm animals. The program ends with a pony ride for each child.

•DOG SLEDDING (Extra Charge)
This activity is the coolest thing we have ever seen at Deerhurst. Your child has a choice to stand in the back of a sled or sit inside one while a Husky dog pulls them around a small inclosed track. My five year old daughter loved dog sledding. She smiled the entire time.

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•SNOW SHOEING (Included)
My kids participated in snow shoeing last year on the property of Deerhurst. My son had just turned 2 and he was able to do it. They had a blast.

•CROSS COUNTRY SKIING (Included)
We have not tried Cross Country Skiing yet but I have seen guests do it in the back of the property on a trail.

**FOOD**
In the Winter months, Deerhurst has two of their five restaurants open. We enjoyed the two restaurants which are both located in the main building. If you are trying to save money or want more options, there are some great restaurants that are a ten minute drive into town.
There’s plenty of fast food options like Tim Hortons, McDonalds, KFC and Little Ceasars. One day we got a medium walk in pizza for $5.50 at Little Ceasars.
Some good casual well priced sit down family restaurants are: Swiss Chalet, East Side Marios, and Crabby Joe’s (Sunday night kids eat free),

**ACCOMMODATIONS**
MAIN BUILDING
The main building rooms are a little dated but very clean and comfortable. The pros of being in the main building is that all of the indoor activities and restaurants are in there. They also allow dogs to stay with you there. We stayed in the main room on our most recent visit.

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LAKESIDE ROOMS
The lakeside rooms have been recently renovated and look very nice. They are less convenient in the winter because you have to always drive to the main building but the view is really nice.

SUMMIT LODGE SUITES
The Summit Lodge rooms have been renovated and are really nice. It is a one bedroom suite with a pull out couch in the den. There are two TVs, a kitchenette and a fire place. We stayed there two summers ago and loved the room. These rooms are a 3 minute walk from the main building.

* I will be getting my blog readers and Facebook group members a March Break discount for 2 nights at Deerhurst Resort. Stay tuned in the new year for more information.

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Beaches Turks & Caicos Review

Hello Everyone,
I just came back from the island of Turks And Caicos with my husband, kids, my siblings and my parents.
While we were there, I was so interested to see the Beaches premise. I decided to take the kids to spend the day.

First off, Beaches is NOT on a dime. It is extremely expensive but I figured why not I try out the place and see if it is worth the money.

When we arrived at the resort we were overwhelmed with excitement. The place was huge. For those of you who have not heard about The Beaches hotel chain, they are owned by Sandals and Sesame Street is one of their sponsors. The hotel is equipped with 19 restaurants, 6 pools, a waterpark, lazy river, X Box Play Lounge, game rooms and more.

There is a drop off kids centre called Camp Sesame. The staff are all certified. For parents who want a break you can drop off your kids and enjoy some relaxation.

We started off at the water park. Inside the area was water slides that catered to all ages, a lazy river, a splash pad and a surf simulator. My kids were trying out all of the age appropriate activities for them. They are 2 and 4 years old. There was a kids only swim up pool bar serving specialty non alcoholic beverages.

We then headed over to the beach front. There was an inflatable trampoline in the ocean which I took the kids to try.

I took the kids to a few scheduled activities. They helped Ernie find rubber duckies and they baked cookies with Cookie Monster. My kids were so star struck with they saw the Sesame Street Characters.

I am unable to give a review on the food and the accommodation since I only ate one meal there and didn’t stay overnight. What I will say is you get that excited feeling when you arrive there. Like the one you get when you go to Disney World.

I spoke with the manager and he told me the best price time to book Beaches is from October to the November U.S. Thanksgiving weekend.

Beaches has three locations. One in Turks And Caicos and two in Jamaica.

For more information about booking a Beaches vacation you can contact travel agent Ilana Kalnicky. She is a trained agent by Beaches/Sandals and can help you book a wonderful vacation.

Ilana Kalnicky
LET ME BOOK YOUR TRAVELS
ikalnicky@loyalty.com
647-656-7997

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