Family retreats bring together generations of extended families from around the globe for a relaxing time to reconnect and enjoy. However, let’s be honest. Any time you bring together groups of individual with their own preferences – especially those with a long history together – there’s an opportunity for stress. That’s where a little planning saves the day.
Family Retreat Planning Tips
Family retreats and group accommodations offer a significant value for large groups. However, it’s always best to get any financial sharing agreements in place- and if possible-executed, before the trip begins. This avoids bringing up any unpleasant or uncomfortable conversations during what should be a relaxing time.
Planning also helps ease chaos. Crucial details such as arrangements for arrivals, departures and transportation should be determined in advance. As well, it’s probably best to jointly decide on activities such as meals or excursions on those days, so that highly desired plans don’t exclude some.
If you’re gathering around a holiday or special occasion, include nostalgic elements. Don’t forget to prepare that family legacy dish for Thanksgiving, just as you would at home. Include a digital slideshow of past gatherings, which highlight the reasons you’re together.
Finally, while it’s good to book some larger activities – such as tours or deep-sea fishing that require advance counts and reservations – it’s also good not to excessively plan family time. Group housing opportunities such as vacation villas offer the ability for more casual activities and conversations, which often prove to be highlights of a trip. Resist the urge to plan every single minute and allow spontaneous moments.
Family retreats promise exciting times with a bit of planning. Casa de Luz offers families a luxury setting to bring the entire family together in one of the most scenic areas of Costa Rica. Our staff can help you prepare a blissful and harmonious gathering for your entire family.
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