"It all Starts with Dave"
This past weekend, my family—grandma (70), myself (40), hubby (46), 2 kids (9 and 8)—spent a glorious and relaxing weekend in King’s Beach at a great resort, Ferrari Crown Kings Beach Resort.
This resort is special. The furnishings and amenities are fine, but the ambiance created by owner, Dave Ferrari, is what makes this place unique. The feel of the resort harkens back to a time when families spent summers together, enjoying activities and a simple resort experience. Dave is at the helm of everything. I couldn’t help but notice him even before we met. He was everywhere where there was something happening. He never stopped moving and people were waiving and saying hello to him like he was their old friend.
This is a place you can return to over and over and we are already making plans to go back. We stepped foot off the resort property only three times during our stay–twice for provisions (groceries, sun screen; etc.) and once to try a restaurant Dave had recommended. His recommendation was spot on.
Here are the resort highlights:
We stayed in a family suite and it was just perfect for the 5 of us. There were two rooms with the bathroom and closet area in between. The room had four beds–2 queens and 2 twin beds. Each room had a television and a table/desk. The front room had a nice fireplace (we didn’t need it, but it looked like it could heat the whole room.) We also had a little kitchenette that was fully stocked with pots, pans, cups, utensils, and paper towels. There was a coffee pot, two burner stove top, sink, microwave and a quite large mini-fridge/freezer (we fit in milk, soda, juice, sandwich fixings, leftovers; etc.) We spent time in the room relaxing and really enjoyed it.
The location is perfect for winter guests—about ½ a mile from Northstar Ski Resort. For summer, the hotel sits right on the water–the beach and lake is outside your door. On-site, a company will rent you jet skis, paddle boards, and kayaks and offers parasailing and lessons. The water was cold, but was fairly calm and my kids could comfortably wade out up to their thighs.
You never have to leave the resort if you do not want to–well, except maybe to get some food! On-site there are two pools, a hot tub, a foosball table, ping pong table, and BBQ pits. These are first come, first served, but both times we used them, we had no wait—and it was very crowded that weekend— and of course, the aforementioned beach, if you count that as an amenity.
The resort also offers a daily free continental breakfast. It’s nothing fancy, but was a nice perk. While we were there, they served oatmeal, yogurt, and your choice of toasts with cream cheese or jelly. Everything was help yourself. They also had coffee, tea, juice and milk. We never walked away hungry.The breakfast room also houses a game and book-lending library. My kids enjoyed coming down and playing chess—they met quite a few other kids that way.
There are occasional special activities occurring around the resort which you can participate in. During our weekend visit, we were able to sit by the pool and watch a giant regatta.
The staff here was incredible. Every person we encountered had a genuine smile. Every request was met and exceeded. Staff enjoyed speaking with guests and added to the resort’s family feel.
THE RELAXATION FACTOR:
Within ten minutes of my first morning, I was so relaxed, I wanted to ask Dave if he had any job openings and just stay. Fresh air and friendly people wiped my cares away. The kids spent most of their morning exploring the shoreline and finding fun objects in the water—they were collecting rocks and shells, including a crab claw! They built sand castles and got plenty dirty—and none of that sand ended up home with me!
To tell you how much we loved this place, on the way home our car broke down. We spent an hour on the side of the road, 4 hours in the repair shop, two hours in traffic, and 3 more hours to get home. The first thing spoken when we finally arrived home was, “When can we go back?” If you want a place you can take the whole clan and bring smiles to everyone’s face, this is it. Family friendly—check. Affordable—check. Great location—check. Lots of things to do—check. We did this on a budget and it was an extremely enjoyable vacation. See you there in 2014!
Disclosure: My stay was complimentary. I was not asked to facilitate a particular point of view. My opinions are my own.