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Imagine being picked up by a traditional wooden boat and taking a slow serene ride along the calm river until you arrive at your secluded destination. Hoshinoya Kyoto is hidden admits nature and tranquility and blends seamlessly into its beautiful surroundings. Experience each captivating season from lush autumn leaves, a snowy winter wonderland, or clusters of fluffy sakura when staying at this luxurious resort. Every corner is meticulously designed and a tribute to tradition and history. Sleep in the rustic yet decadent pavilion rooms overlooking the Oi River, sip tea on their captivating open terrace, practice morning yoga in the private garden, and finish your days with a cozy night cap in the intimate bar. Delve into mouthwatering seasonal fare and unforgettable in room breakfasts. Indulge in the wooden onsen bath, and soak up a dose of true relaxation. This private destination is ideal for couples looking to escape crowds and cities for a sample of Japanese culture. See another side of Kyoto and stay in five star luxury without compromising traditional style when you choose Hoshinoya.

June 20, 2019 0 comment
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Set across from dreamy Hyde Park and a stone’s throw from Paddington Station is Royal Lancaster London. The grand and decadent hotel oozes old school appeal and elegant modern design. Upon entering the vast lobby, you’ll instantly fall for the stylish marble features and classic, vintage-inspired furnishings. The newly refurbished rooms include decadent plush beds, sweeping city views, palatial bathrooms, and a cozy turndown service. Our connecting rooms were ideal for a family of four and the children loved having dedicated kids’ amenities. Each morning we comfortably dined at their scrumptious breakfast buffet including a la carte options and beautiful views of the park. The optimal location meant we could walk to nearby playgrounds, shops, local pubs, and easily explore the rest of London from well-connected tubes and buses. A perfect five-star London establishment giving you a true dose of quintessential British charm and five-star luxury.


May 16, 2019 0 comment
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”Wow is this the castle from Frozen?,” were Ever’s first words upon entering St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. The grand, historic halls that led to our beautiful suite presented a fully immersive setting for our first family holiday in London. Originally opened in 1873, the hotel has still retained the original architecture but added modern touches for a unique and luxurious five-star stay. We were treated to the family package in our suite which incorporated a dreamy tent, plenty of fun activity books, cute bath amenities, and a decadent platter of treats. Up to two children eat for free on the package and you’ll have fun seasonal activities and family swim times. The spacious suite offered enough room for a rollaway bed for Ever and a roomy baby cot for River. We instantly fell for the classic design, luxe king size bed, and marble bathroom. You’ll never be bored in the vast building with amazing dining options, the impressive Chambers Club, and fully equipped gym and swimming pool. The convenient location within St Pancras Station means you’re easily connected to the rest of London and UK. There are no shortage of shops in the area or delicious eateries for you to explore. If your children are Harry Potter fans, take them for a photo op at Platform 9 3/4 and buy a few themed souvenirs to take home. We truly loved St Pancras Renaissance Hotel for a London family getaway, and introducing our children to London.


May 15, 2019 0 comment
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Most of you will know I’ve lived in a London for years and South Kensington was one of my favourite places to reside. When planning our trip to England I was determined to find somewhere in the area so we could finally experience it with our children. I’m so happy we came across The Montana Hotel, a cozy and welcoming hotel located right at the heart of South Kensington. The Victorian building gives a true British feeling throughout and their spacious rooms are ideal for families. We were in easy walking distance to The Natural History Museum, Kensington Gardens, and plenty of local pubs and restaurants. If you crave Indian food as much as we do while visiting London, make sure to check out their in house restaurant, Light of India. The staff was welcoming and helpful and we could not have had a more comfortable stay. A perfect option for families looking for affordable, spacious rooms and amazing location.

May 13, 2019 0 comment
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Ski holidays are a new family favourite, and Ever is at the perfect age where’s she’s excited and eager to learn the sport. When we heard Club Med had new locations in the French Alps, we couldn’t resist checking it out. Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon is easily accessible from Geneva Airport where we arrived and transfers are seamlessly arranged by the resort to ensure your comfortable and safe arrival. The scenic drive had us immediately falling in love with the alps and serene surroundings, and the grand and luxurious resort was equally impressive. As soon as we entered the vast lobby, with views of the sun setting behind the mountains, we knew we would have an amazing time. The always helpful and friendly staff ensured our check-in was seamless had quick, and were extremely informative about the all-inclusive system and layout of the resort. As a family with young children, we always value a comfortable and spacious room and ours was perfect. The two bedroom suite incorporated a modern and stylish master bedroom with access to a private outdoor space and views, while the kids room held two single beds and was playfully set up for siblings go share.

Although comfortable, we rarely found ourselves in the room as there is always so much to do on a Club Med holiday. Kids over the age of four can join the ”Mini Club” for free, which includes a full day of activities and free ski lessons. Ever put on skis for the first time that trip and within a few hours was confidently gliding down the bunny slope. Each instructor was patient and encouraging, and constantly kept us updated on her progress. The Mini Club staff also arrange plenty of indoor activities as an alternative to skiing or outside play at the fun playground. They can keep the children during meals for parents that are on the slopes all day and even put on a ”Princess Show” in the evenings.

As a family we loved swimming in the refreshing pool, with the mountains as a back drop and were truly spoilt with French fare at all their dining venues. The kids couldn’t get enough of the juicy burgers and wood-fired pizzas and Dan and I indulged in the vast cheese selection and amazing wine. Lift passes and ski lessons are also fully inclusive for adults and you can use the pass to ride the gondola into the quaint local town. Parents can also indulge in cocktails at the bar or a spa treatment while the kids are occupied, and there were so many stunning outdoor areas to play and admire the unforgettable scenery.

Our experience was enjoyable and busy throughout and we were able to truly bond as a family in a one of a kind place. Club Med always do a great job in keeping families of all ages happy and occupied and we could not have asked for more during our first ski getaway to the Alps.

May 9, 2019 0 comment
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Amsterdam was one of our favorite walking cities during our trip to Europe, full of sun-soaked streets, alluring canals, and plenty of action. When choosing a hotel that’s child-friendly location is key, and Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel is ideally situated for exploring and sightseeing during your stay. The welcoming five-star hotel offers everything you could need, from comfortable and spacious rooms to helpful staff and useful amenities. Their local eatery, Koepelcafe was a cute and inviting spot do enjoy traditional Dutch fare in a relaxed ambiance. We loved having so much to do on our front step and were eager to explore all the local shops and restaurants. Central station was only a few minutes away which meant we could partake in day trips around The Netherlands and return to the sanctuary of the hotel after a long day. Highly recommended for families or couples in search of reliable and luxurious accommodation at the center of Amsterdam.

May 8, 2019 0 comment
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When it comes to luxury hotels in Amsterdam, it’s hard to beat Conservatorium Hotel. The stunning architectural building instantly awes any visitor with its history and grandeur and the glass walled lobby is a sight in itself. Their welcoming staff are ready to make you feel at home in both the hotel and city upon arrival and the expert concierge are there to assist with any questions or needs. The former bank and music academy houses luxurious rooms, mouthwatering dining venues, exceptional service, a holistic spa, fully equipped gym, and even a cluster of shops ensuring you find everything you need under one roof. Ever and River loved the grand and mysterious hallways that led to our modern duplex suite. The spacious room was perfect for young families with a large lounge area, inviting dining space, two decadent bathrooms, and a serene and beautiful separate bedroom. Conservatorium Hotel’s central location meant we were close to many of the city’s popular museums, only a few steps from green and lush Vondelpark, and a plethora of shops and dining options right on the front step. The Brasserie was one of our favourite spots after a long day of sightseeing, where we couldn’t get enough of the irresistible locally sourced seafood. When it comes to five star service and amenities, unique and luxurious design, and central location, you can’t find better than Conservatorium Hotel. Our stay was one of our favorite parts of our trip to Amsterdam.

Van Baerlestraat 27, 1071 AN Amsterdam, Netherlands

+31 20 570 0000

May 6, 2019 0 comment
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Our first stop in Europe this spring was the dreamy Danish capital, Copenhagen. Despite just setting foot off a long haul flight with two restless children and fuelled with little sleep, we were eager to explore and delve into the culture and cuisine the city has to offer. We checked into Copenhagen Marriott Hotel bright and early and were relieved to find our room was ready and boasted stunning waterfront views. The inviting staff were quick to supply Ever and River with kids Welcome Packs, and ensured we had everything we needed to settle in. Copenhagen is the perfect city to be explored by bike or foot and our hotel offered a variety of bike rentals for families. Everything from the National Museum to pretty canals and adventurous playgrounds were in short walking distance from our front step so we set off immediately to keep jet lag at bay. The hotel is located right on the waterfront and the promenade was an alluring spot to enjoy the sunshine or go for a run. After a day of meandering around the lively yet quaint Stroget, we eagerly returned to our luxurious room at the Marriott and indulged in wine and appetisers in the comfortable Executive Lounge. Dinner was at the hotel’s Midtown Grill where we feasted on elevated traditional flavours created from local ingredients. The kids menu was varied and healthy and the waitstaff were perfectly prepared to accommodate families. After enjoying too many decadent desserts we collapsed in the insanely plush beds ready for a night of uninterrupted slumber. Copenhagen Marriott Hotel was ideal for our family during our time in the city. They ensured we had all the information we needed to explore the tourist attractions and made us feel right at home. The five star amenities are unbeatable and we couldn’t get enough of the decadent buffet breakfast each morning. Make sure to book a waterfront view, and Executive Lounge access if you want the ultimate in luxury. A perfect home away from home for your family while visiting Copenhagen.

May 1, 2019 0 comment
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I’m not exaggerating when I say we fell in love with Soneva Jani at first sight. From the unbelievably clear, sparkling waters to the vast and luxurious pool villas, the space is truly one of a kind. Almost the entire resort is built overwater, while the majority of the island is used for staff, organic gardens, and recycling quarters. The brand puts great importance on sustainability and being kind to the earth which is evident from the absence of plastic to each dish served on the menu. Their water villas are vast with rustic bedrooms, outdoor baths and showers, a giant private pool, upper decks for star gazing, impeccably designed living spaces, and water slides that lead straight into the turquoise ocean. Bikes were provided, so we could ride to the pristine white sand beaches, dreamy outdoor cinema, or dine at their stunning overwater restaurant. Every bite of food was delicious and we couldn’t get enough of the fresh seafood, vibrant salads, local curries, and homemade ice cream. Sea life surrounds you at all times and you feel completely secluded without another resort in sight. Our kids enjoyed every minute and even played in the well staffed kids club while we enjoyed a few glasses of wine at sunset. I can’t recommend Soneva Jani more if you are searching for the ultimate in luxury and a true wow factor.

https://www.soneva.com/soneva-jani/

March 9, 2019 0 comment
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Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills is set at the heart of the city with all you could need for a luxurious city break with your family. As soon as we stepped off the elevator, we felt right at home in the stunning and chic lobby. Check-in took place in the comfortable, and spacious Andaz Lounge where we were treated to welcome drinks and the kids were provided with activity books to keep them happy. The rooms at Andaz Tokyo are refreshingly modern, boasting panoramic city views, decadent bathrooms, gigantic luxurious beds, and plenty of space to add an extra bed for your toddler. Amenities were abundant with character pillows, baby slippers, yakutas and terrycloth robes provided just for the children. The Tavern- Grill & Lounge served mouthwatering and varied breakfasts each morning and we loved the intimate space for relaxed dinners after a day of exploring. We couldn’t resist having an authentic omakase experience at the SUSHI located on the 52nd Floor. The fresh and traditional fare served at the eight seat sushi bar was impeccably prepared and delicious. Even Ever and River loved the welcoming and unique experience. If you are looking for five star hospitality, modern and stylish amenities, delicious dining outlets, and spectacular views, Andaz Tokyo is the ideal choice. The fact that they are so incredibly child friendly is the icing on the cake.

March 6, 2019 0 comment
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