Getaway to Secluded Island Resort Restores Balance to Busy Families
Busy Kids, Busy Parents
“Hyper scheduled” is a word used much more frequently to describe the lives our children lead today. Parents race from one lesson to another, juggling their children’s commitments with car pooling, meal planning and homework. After school activities rotate around a gamut of team sports, music lessons, religious classes, martial arts, dance, swimming, and so much more. And sometimes even school holidays don’t bring an end to all the activities.
Clinical psychologist, Paula Bloom, states, “Parents need to teach their kids to balance human doing with human being.”
So what do both parents and children really want? After months of recitals, lab reports, and swim meets both groups may simply have the desire to stop and do absolutely nothing, even if only for a few days. No phones, television, computers, carpooling, racing from one appointment to the next, or cold dinners on the fly. Nothing.
A Family That Plays Together….
The Frost family knows just how important down time is to their family of 16. They visited Pine Cay with their adult daughters and their spouses in 2004. In 2009, the whole family of 16 came to The Meridian Club for a memorable reunion and they are already planning their third family reunion escape to Pine Cay – with their 3 daughters and their spouses, and 8 grandchildren – in June 2014.
Below are 3 unedited contributions from daughters Cindy, Debbie and Sarah, about the time they spent on Pine Cay with their spouses, children and parents.
“The Meridian Club allows families to escape to a place of the past. A getaway without computers, televisions, and cell phones, bringing family conversations, games, and laughter that is hard to find in this busy, media-filled world. Children play outside, snorkeling, building sand castles, swimming, and exploring the uncharted, safe island on bike, foot, and golf cart. Meanwhile adults catch up, or catch a nap… Relaxing is the Meridian Club’s middle name. It’s a place where people can let their hair down and unwind in an unbelievably beautiful setting, shoeless and carefree. Cocktail hour is always a fun event, whether watching the sunset or getting ready for Jump Up, the staff makes the evenings special for all ages. I can’t wait to go back.”
“Pine Cay…is a very special place. We were fortunate enough to experience The Meridian Club with our children in June of 2009, (currently 13 yrs old and 14 yrs old), with our extended family and even more fortunate to be returning with the whole clan again this upcoming summer! The Meridian Club is a place to take a break from our busy schedules, our busy deadlines and set aside our ever busy devices. The family time spent in such a beautiful setting was priceless. Our children kept busy exploring the island on bikes and beach walks, snorkeling with Raymond, deep sea fishing, staying up late for movie night, sneaking (amazingly tasty) cookies in the afternoon and relaxing – playing cards and reading books! June is an ideal time to be at The Meridian Club with children. We felt as though we had the island to ourselves and there was a friendly calm to the air. I don’t know who is more excited about our upcoming trip, our kids or us!”
“I can’t think of a better place to spend time with family then The Meridian Club. Of course you have the beautiful scenery, but what really sets The Meridian Club apart is its remote location. I love the fact that you are on the island with maybe 10 other guests. When we went with our family we were lucky enough to be the only guests! Imagine being surrounded by the beautiful Caribbean blue water and having miles of sandy beaches to yourself. The staff at The Meridian Club is irreplaceable. They make you feel as though you are a part of their family. They take care of everything for you. Your only responsibility is to relax and enjoy yourself! Every morning, Raymond took us out to the best snorkeling spots. The reefs are in pristine condition. We also spent time cruising the island in golf carts and bikes, playing casual tennis and beach games. It was refreshing for the kids to have no electronics and make their own fun! The Meridian Club is the perfect family destination.”
The best part of planning a family reunion on Pine Cay is that with only 13 beach units it not impossible to have the whole place to yourself.
Family Months at The Meridian Club, Pine Cay
Every June and July are Family Months at the Meridian Club, a private island resort located on Pine Cay a short boat ride from Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Discounted room rates (buy one get one at 50% off) during these two months means that families can choose this time for a special reunion event at the resort by inviting grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins.
Customize Your Family Reunion at The Meridian Club
The Meridian Club offers guests the luxury of unhurried days of snorkeling over colorful coral reefs, swimming in the shallow turquoise waters, playing on the blindingly white sand beach, and dining on some of the most refined cuisine in the Caribbean.
Family reunions are special times; a time to reconnect, share stories, and marvel at how the children have grown so fast. To capture the joy and relaxed pace of these idyllic days, The Meridian Club lets you call the shots on how you wish to spend your days. Choose when you wish to go on snorkeling excursions, when you would like to have dinner served, whether you want to dance the night away, spend it in quiet conversation in the upstairs lounge or tell stories around a beach bonfire.
A Gift of Time for the Whole Family
Guests to The Meridian Club often return during June and July with their children and grandchildren to carve out a perfectly serene experience with the ones they love. And because of how well families do without schedules and phones, they tend to book with The Meridian Club as often as they can and as far in advance as possible. Because sometimes for those of us with such busy schedules, the thought of a summer holiday on an impossibly beautiful Caribbean island is exactly what we need to get us through the breakneck pace of our lives away from Pine Cay.