Category: Family Travel

Special feature: Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, UK (and Legoland Windsor!)

Special feature: Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, UK (and Legoland Windsor!)

Last week we stayed at the thousand year old Stoke Park estate in Buckinghamshire. The estate has an illustrious history with prestigious owners that have included Elizabeth I in the late 16th Century and the Penn family in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Thomas Penn, son of William Penn (who founded Pennsylvania) purchased
African safaris for families

African safaris for families

An African safari is a great way for a family to reconnect with each other.  In the developed world our existence is so influenced by the media and material wealth.  We very rarely have the time to relax with our families and enjoy each other’s company without interruptions and distractions.  Even when we do go
Memories of luxury family holidays

Memories of luxury family holidays

Even the most luxurious holidays with young children are never easy.  Certainly during all the packing up and co-ordinating of Calpol, arm bands, favourite teddies and books, and spare everything, (not to mention crucial items like passports and suncream) – I often felt exhausted before we had left the house.  I don’t know what fairytale land I
Special feature: The Music Mill, Hathersage, Peak District, UK

Special feature: The Music Mill, Hathersage, Peak District, UK

Self-catering is often overlooked as a luxury option, in favour of hotels and resorts, but really it shouldn’t be.  Over the last decade, the bar has risen once again when it comes to the self-catering (aka vacation rental) sector, and we are just back from a very relaxing break in the Peak District, staying at
New opening: Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, Morocco

New opening: Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, Morocco

There’s a new opening from Sofitel this month – the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa. Located in the heart of Mogador and adjoining the historical port of Essaouira, the hotel is Sofitel’s seventh establishment in Morocco. Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa consists of 147 bedrooms and suites as well as 28 villas with
Special feature: The Chester Residence, Edinburgh, UK

Special feature: The Chester Residence, Edinburgh, UK

We have just returned from a very relaxing stay at The Chester Residence in Edinburgh, Scotland, where we stayed in a 2-bedroomed Mews Apartment (apartment 7/2 on Rothesay Place). The Chester Residence consists of 4 Georgian townhouses in a peaceful location and yet just a short walk from Edinburgh’s many attractions and shops. We arrived
Special feature: The Lawrance, Harrogate, UK

Special feature: The Lawrance, Harrogate, UK

At the weekend, we stayed in a serviced apartment courtesy of The Lawrance. The Lawrance offers serviced apartments at three locations in the spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire: Kings House, Duchy House and York Road. We stayed at Duchy House D, a first floor, two-bedroomed apartment, on Duchy Road. Arriving on the Friday
The snow is falling in Paradiski

The snow is falling in Paradiski

With the first snow of the season falling in the French Alpes this week our minds are turning to ski holidays. And if you fancy trying somewhere different this winter, why not think about Paradiski? The Paradiski region, created in 2003 with the installation of the Vanoise express cable car linking La Plagne and Les Arcs, is France’s
A luxurious Cornish house by the sea

A luxurious Cornish house by the sea

Luxury is often seen as a grown-up pleasure, something we have to leave behind when we become parents. I have news. It’s not true! You can still enjoy an indulgent break, in relaxing surroundings, without leaving the kids behind. The Rosevine near Portscatho in Cornwall is a stylish country house right by the sea that
Interview with Todd Harris, Senior Vice President at Exclusive Resorts

Interview with Todd Harris, Senior Vice President at Exclusive Resorts

Todd Harris is Senior Vice President for Hospitality and Member Services at Exclusive Resorts, a luxury destination club offering members hundreds of vacation residences around the world. He supervises all aspects of the member experience. Previously Todd spent 14 years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, serving as General Manager of some of their most acclaimed
Special feature: Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Special feature: Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Greeted with refreshing fruit juice on our arrival at reception at the Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, we made our way to the Club Level 5th floor where we had a family room for the duration of our stay.  This is a relatively new hotel having officially opened in April 2005; it has 284
Special feature: Siam Park, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Special feature: Siam Park, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Siam Park is Tenerife’s latest attraction.  From the same people behind the highly successful Loro Parque on the north of the island, it is a spectacular waterpark that was opened in September 2008 and that can be found on the south of the island, just outside Costa Adeje.  Siam Park has a large artifical beach
Special feature: Iberostar Grand Hotel Anthelia, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Special feature: Iberostar Grand Hotel Anthelia, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

A stone’s throw from the upmarket shopping precinct of Plaza del Duque, the five star  Iberostar Grand Hotel Anthelia is well positioned on the south of the island of Tenerife – close to the beach and good quality shops, yet sufficiently far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Playa de las Americas.  This

Great rates from the Sheraton Algarve

Sheraton Algarve Hotel overlooks miles of unspoiled beaches and offers a vast range of lifestyle experiences from an 9-hole Golf Course, health clubs, beauty centre, 7,000sqm children’s club as well as an array of 11 restaurants and bars. Stay a minimum 3 nights to take advantage of rates from 150 euros a night.

A waterslide with a 28-metre drop... in just 4 seconds

I’m just back from a fantastic trip to Tenerife where I have been reviewing two hotels.  Write-ups will follow shortly as will a review of Siam Park, an amazing waterpark built in 2008 which our children loved.  One of the highlights at the park is the ‘Tower of Power’.  It’s not for the little ones

Coastal holidays in Denmark

Coastal holidays in the Land of the Vikings are a true heaven for fun-loving families. Denmark’s many family-friendly beaches and the relaxed attitude to life makes it a great holiday destination for all the family.