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Posted on: Mon, 12/29/2014 - 9:01am
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I am looking for an inclusive resort for a april vacation get away with my 14 year old son with peanut and shellfish allergy. We have been on several cruises and Disney a few times so I am looking for something different but I am skeptical about resorts. Would love your thoughts and suggestions!

Posted on: Fri, 01/02/2015 - 7:14am
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We definitely understand your concern! Family vacations should be stress-free, but that can be difficult when you’re worried about food preparation. Having kids with food allergies can keep you on guard even in the most relaxing settings.
Thankfully, there are some locations that understand this and make accommodations for people with food allergies. There are a range of vacation resorts, but we found a few that stood out.
If you are interested in relaxing by the pool in the Caribbean, consider a trip to Aruba. The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino could make for a memorable trip. According to Conde Nast Traveler, it features hypo-allergenic rooms equipped with air purifiers. But, more importantly, the chefs on hand are prepared to create a number of gluten-free, sugar-free and lactose-free dishes. You can tell these chefs really care about food ingredients and would be willing to cook up delicious fare that is safe for your son to eat. Find out more about the resort here.
A mom informed AllergyEats that the Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas, was especially thoughtful when it came to accommodating her daughter with tree nut, dairy and egg allergies. She advises letting the hotel know about the food allergies when you reserve the room and also emailing the restaurant chefs. Once she arrived at the resort, the staff were especially attentive to her daughter’s needs. They had good alternatives in stock and paid close attention to the food preparation. Read more about this mom’s experience here.
The Breakers Palm Beach in Florida might prove the most meticulous, though. This resort automatically asks those that book vacations if they have any food allergies. If families have special foods they prefer, these can be stored in the hotel and given to the guest when needed. But, most importantly, the chefs there have created custom menus for guests in the past. One family traveled with a young son with food allergies, and the chef created a special copy of the menu for his lunch. They also have special equipment on hand separately to reduce chances of cross-contamination. Read more about this resort here.
Hopefully these are a few viable options. The biggest lesson to take away is that communication is key. Oftentimes, resort staffs want to create the best possible experience for their guests. If you speak with staff in advance, it is likely they will do their best to accommodate someone with food allergies.
For more tips on how to travel while dealing with food allergies, watch this helpful video.
Happy vacation!

Posted on: Sun, 01/04/2015 - 3:08am
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Many hotels, resorts and cruise lines are very conscious of allergy issues for travelers and will make special accommodations to help people traveling with allergies. There are several all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean which make for great family vacations and will help with your allergy needs. As you discovered, Cruises are also very good, especially Disney or other major family friendly lines like Royal Caribbean or Norwegian. I own a travel company which specializes in family travel and would be happy to help you find a great vacation. You can email me at josh@atozfamilytravel.com and include the types of places you are interested in, where you are departing from, number of travelers and we can hopefully find an allergy friendly place that works for you.

Posted on: Sun, 01/04/2015 - 4:06am
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Hi,
We also have a 14-year-old daughter with severe Peanut Allergy, and Tree Nut, Egg White and Dairy Allergies.
Have you gone to Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii? We were very nervous at first but you know Disney, they do their best. So, after braving to Honolulu, we decided to try Maui, and that was fantastic too, as far as food goes. We stayed at the Westin Maui Resort and Spa. They were extremely accommodating.
Best of wishes and prayers for your vacations. We know how you feel. Always email or call first to check before booking is the key!
Blessings to you and yours!
PS: We also visited The Black Hills in Rapid City last Summer and had a safe vacation also. Visit: AllergyEats.com for more info of safe restaurants.

Posted on: Sun, 01/04/2015 - 9:00am
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Thank you for the suggestion. Would love to try Hawaii... but not in the budget for this year last minute vacation. Can't go to Hawaii from the East coast for less than 10 days..... I will write down the info though for the future..

Posted on: Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:47pm
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We have been on several vacations with out peanut allergic daughter. Of course Disney was the best when it came to dealing with her allergy. Norwegian cruise line and royal carribean also took very good care of her. On both cruise ships we were able to pre order all of her meals and dessert for her stay. Last year we traveled to hard rock in punta Cana. Who were also very conscious of her allergy (except at the ice cream place) We had a letter translated in Spanish and spoke to the maitre de who would personally get her food from the kitchen. Hope this helps

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