At TRVLBEES, we have always been very fond of Italy. It’s a destination that simply has every ingredient necessary for a perfect family getaway. Culture, food, history, vibrant cities, and fascinating medieval villages. Not to mention the countless lakes, beaches, and superb fashion, as well as the fact that it’s an incredibly family-friendly place. That explains our rather extensive file on Italy! We wanted to take an even closer look at this fabulous country through the eyes of a true native, which is why we asked one of Italy’s proudest ambassadors to let us in on all her secrets, and show us some hidden gems off the beaten track. Introducing: the wonderful Margherita Missoni.
“Yes, I was born and raised in Italy, in Varese, as you may know, till I was 20, then I moved to New York.”
“When I first moved to New York, I had a really hard time. I was at Columbia University after transferring from the University of Milan and I was there to study philosophy even though I really wanted to be an actor. It was one of those very cold New York winters, I think the year was 2003. Even though I really wanted to be in New York, I was only doing university to please my grandmother. I was a really good student in high school and my teachers thought it would be a waste to pursue acting, which is where my heart was. One day, my mom called and asked why I hadn’t asked her to send me any clothes. To her, it was really symptomatic of my state of mind.
I look back on that time period now and I think I just wanted to understand who I was outside of my family. I grew up in the countryside, and the company [Missoni] workplace was next to our house. We’re an entangled bunch of people. I always felt like a branch on a tree, not like my own person, and going to Milan and New York symbolized breaking away.”
“I decided to study philosophy because I guess I felt it was the closest thing to acting: thinking about life and its meaning and why I’m here and what I’m doing. But I was so unhappy—here I was in the place where I wanted to be (I had been dying for city lights after growing up in the countryside) but I didn’t want to be there. I’m much lighter now on life and choices, but when I was younger it felt as if every single choice I made would have long-term consequences on my life and the smallest wrong decision could fuck everything up and there would be no way to fix it.
I studied philosophy, went on to study acting and then left for Paris to act. Afterwards I moved to Rome for a play and while there, it hit me: Fashion is what comes out most naturally and spontaneously for me. That’s what I want to do. It’s always what I wanted. I just had to get there myself.
When I think about it now, I’m really happy that I went through all those bits before starting my own family. I have two sons now with my husband.”
“My mum moved here from Gallarate when she was 13. At the end of the sixties my grandparents decided to build their own factory in a place where they loved to spend their weekends. First they built the factory, and then in 1972 they moved into the house, at a walking distance to the factory. We all have this addiction to the view of the Monte Rosa that we can see from the factory, from the office at the HQ, from my grandparents’ house, from my previous house where I was raised; and both me and my sister Teresa, have the same view from our houses.”
“When I was growing up, I couldn’t wait to get out. It was only when I was living in the biggest city of them all, New York, that I realized how lucky I was to have these roots and such a deep sense of belonging. When I got pregnant, we didn’t even question where we were going to settle our family—it was going to be back in #VareseThePlaceToBe.”
“I like small museums off the beaten track. Villa e Collezione Panza is a real gem. Count Panza was the first collector of conceptual art in the world.”
“The permanent collection is incredible: site-specific Dan Flavin works that are even better than what’s in Marfa, Texas. It’s a very special place. I love seeing art contextualised in real places, not just against white walls. The sense of colour that Count Panza had is the only one I ever envied.
“Santa Caterina del Sasso is a must visit monastry on lake Maggiore, as is Isola Bella on lake Maggiore; Villa Taranto, with its exotic and magical gardens on lake Maggiore should be on your list, too, just like Villa della porta Bozzolo- a must see villa and garden towards Piemonte.”
“Sometimes decadence feels right, like at this old, family-run hotel. Nothing’s too square or too perfect, and our balcony jutted out over the sea, so you felt as if you could jump straight off.”
“This is one of those magical places where time stops and you feel as if you’re stepping into history. It’s classic without being pompous, ethnic but not overly so. I’m such a regular they named a vodka cocktail after me – the Angurita.”
“This is the best hotel in the world, hands down. I love the old-fashioned feel of it: the piano playing during aperitivo, the waiters who have been there forever, and the dock where you can leave your little boat; it was always full of beautiful old Rivas.”
“I firstly pick some countries or areas that we want to discover, then evaluate the winner depending on how challenging the traveling bits will be and then pick the best place in the area to accomodate our needs, such as: proximity to beach or slopes, fun activities for my boys (snorkeling, skiing, riding).”
“With kids I prefer bigger places where we have a higher chance to meet other children.”
“Yes, it is, but still comes after the kids’ needs.”
“When I was asked to reinvent and give new purpose to the M Missoni collection, I decided that this brand would be about giving new life to the disregarded parts of Missoni’s history – whether it be re-interpreting the prints that never quite became iconic, giving new context to designs born from the 80’s licensing craze and since cast aside as cheesy, or using the stocks of yarns and textiles that filled our warehouses. I wanted to dust off the overlooked B-side of the Missoni legacy – twist it upside-down, inside-out and layer it with new perspective.”
“M Missoni’s mission is to remix, re-use, and respect – both literally and conceptually: we pride ourselves with being playfully derivative and authoritatively appropriative. We are constantly experimenting with bits and pieces that are recycled, repurposed, and upcycled – scarves turn into dresses, leftover yarns into sweaters, and upholstery fabrics from the Missoni Home collection into a capsule outerwear collection.
Three seasons in, I’m proud to say we’ve re-purposed 26 thousand meters of Missoni stock fabric and 12 hundred kilos of stock yarn. In this sense, sustainability is part of our aesthetic – that said, it would have been utterly inconceivable to create a new brand without taking sustainability and social responsibility into consideration. This is why we prefer eco-sustainable materials even when not recycled and we choose to geographically dislocate some of our production in order to create jobs in other countries such as Ethiopia, Peru and Ghana.
M Missoni is not yet a fully sustainable brand although we constantly strive to improve and move forward in that direction. I like to think that we are a brand of the 2020’s in touch with our times and needs – and as such sustainability must be a priority. The good news is that fashion is all about the zeitgeist and soon what’s non-sustainable will be out of fashion and will no longer have a reason to exist.”
“Bomarzo, Cavallino Bianco and Capalbio.”
“Getting exposed to different possibilities opens up to free choices.”
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Looking for a destination for your next family trip? We’re way ahead of you. Bali is rich with culture and hospitable locals who dedicate their time to making Bali a paradise for kids. As you will soon discover, Bali is about more than just white, sandy beaches, in fact, you’ll find an immense variety of things to do with the little ones. We’ve narrowed it down to a carefully-curated list, and suggested some of our favourite family boutique hotels in Bali.
Here’s a list of our favorite family boutique hotels in Bali.
This eco-retreat is located in amidst the UNESCO heritage protected rice fields. Eleven spacious wooden bungalows have been designed for simple living. With a private terrace or a balcony overlooking the greenery of the rice fields – this property is a great place to recharge your batteries. Take a lesson in local village dancing or enjoy a fully organized picnic lunch surrounded by rice fields. Plenty of family fun in this child-friendly boutique hotel in Bali!
Boutique Eco Hotel Stone House is ideal for mindfulness and interior-lovers alike. With its familial feel (that is almost similar to staying at a good friend’s home), this is the perfect place for traveling families and those looking for a more intimate hotel experience. Each villa has its own soul. Antiques and treasures from the owners’ own travels in Asia are scattered across the interior.
This simplistic, yet luxurious collection of villas forms Kalapa Resort & Spa. It is an ideal place to unwind and bring some harmony back to your life. The villas are modelled after traditional Balinese houses and all materials are natural & recycled. After a day at buzzing Echo Beach, enjoy a dip in the pool or take a nap in a hammock overlooked by views of a starry sky.
Amid the hustle and bustle of exciting ‘hipster’ beach town Canggu, lies this collection of creative, yet tranquil boutique villas. Designed in Scandinavian, Mexican, or Moroccan fashion, the VYG villas offer you and your family a home-away-from-home with all the essentials for a stress-free vacation. Enjoy an independent holiday lifestyle, but with every luxury amenity at your disposal. After a surfing lesson or a day of market hopping, overlook the rice fields while taking a dip in your private pool or relaxing in one of your lounging areas.
Nestled between an exquisite temple and the river’s edge in the charming, traditional village of Cepaka, lies one of Bali’s finest collection of private villas. Committed to luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine, and five-star hospitality, villas Sungai and Sungai Gold are the perfect places to unwind with your family. For thrill-seekers: rice paddies, tropical forests, and ancient temples are located at walking distance, and action-packed Seminyak, Kuta, and Canggu are merely 30 – 45 minutes way.
The boutique hotels listed above offer plenty of family fun, however, there are countless kid-friendly activities available beyond the realms of your home-away-from-home. Here are our top suggestions!
This fun and interactive art gallery is all about optical illusions and trickery. A rich array of masterfully painted artworks all serve as interactive backdrops for illusory three-dimensional photography. A total of 120 unique artworks provide a full day of discovery and creativity!
The mainland may not always be the best place to snorkel, which is why we recommend taking a day trip to the exciting Gili Islands or Nusa Penida. Discover the marvelous marine life by spending the day spotting turtles, tropical fish, and stunning coral reef. On a clear day, sightings are pretty much guaranteed!
Bounce Bali is perfect for a rainy day (quite common during monsoon season). This facility was designed and created for one purpose – to have FUN! On-site, you’ll also find a bowling alley and a small waterpark, very well suited for families.
Bali is filled with opportunities to finetune your and your children’s culinary skills. Enjoy a traditional Indonesian cooking class and educate yourself on sustainable farming, while preparing (and later feasting on) your own Balinese meal. We recommend Alila Manggis Cooking Class or the Kids Kitchen at Cubby House, a creative cooking school for 4 to 12 year-olds who love to cook and eat.
Kemenuh Butterfly Park is the perfect place for an enjoyable and educational afternoon. Take a tour of the park, marvel at hundreds of butterfly species, and learn about their stages of metamorphoses. You can simply visit the park, but you can also opt for a package deal. Lunch, waterfall visits, and treks are all available here.
Bali is home to countless stunning rice paddies, with Tegalalang Rice Terraces being the most famous one. Above the rice paddies, there are swings for kids and adults (which you will be harnessed into to ensure a safe ride). We won’t reveal too much, but the views are simply marvelous. This is the place to take your next family photo.
Visit the many Balinese beaches, such as Seminyak Beach and Echo Beach, and engage in a friendly soccer game with the locals, or start your own.
This activity is probably quite touristic, however, according to several parents, one that can not be missed! Pirates Bay Bali is a restaurant located on a big (artificial) pirate boat that houses plenty of kid-friendly activities. With several treehouses, a bay lookout tower, and a pirate’s kitchen, this open-air café and restaurant makes for a great day of family fun. Book your fun-filled family treasure hunt and be amazed!
Up for some adventure? Visit Mount Agung, an active volcano and the highest point of the island. This is a great option for families with older kids and teenagers, or simply for the thrill-seekers amongst the family. You can find a package deal here, starting with an amazing sunrise from the top of the mountain, followed by a White Water Rafting adventure on the Ayung River near Ubud.
Bali’s beaches are all about surfing; filled with beginners, intermediates, and pro’s alike. Enjoy a fun (supervised) surf session at a reputable surf school, and familiarize the kids (and yourself) with the notorious Balinese waves. Kids under 12 can only take private lessons; kids over the age of 12 can opt for a private lesson, but can also participate in a group lesson.
The Bali Sea Turtle Society is a Kuta-based non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of sea turtles. Volunteer and spend the day taking care of and spending time with turtles of all shapes, sizes, and ages. If you’re lucky, you may even get a chance to release recently-hatched baby turtles into the ocean (nesting season is from March to September; hatching season is from April to October).
Enjoy the beauty of art-making with workshops in painting and drawing (for kids and adults) at Berawa Art House or learn how to sculpt and create stunning ceramic crafts at Sari Api Ceramics. Cultivating your kids’ (and your own) creativity is the perfect activity for a rainy day or as an escape from the hot and buzzing beach.
Although Bali is encircled with marvelous beaches, you may want to mix things up and enjoy a day at one of Bali’s exhilarating waterparks. We recommend Finns Recreation Club and Water Bomb. These hotspots are undoubtedly a paradise for children, but we must warn you, they are quite touristy, especially during the high season. For the teens and daredevils in the family who want to learn how to wakeboard or water ski, we suggest paying a visit to Bali Wake Park, a sporting venue with a cable system built on a 5-hectare lake.
Despite being typically regarded as a mass-tourist attraction, the renowned (and recently renovated) Monkey Forest in Ubud is a must-see. Spread out over 10 hectares of luscious forest and a plethora of walkways, the sanctuary usually does not feel crowded. The daredevils in the family will undoubtedly enjoy engaging with the monkeys, but look after your sunglasses and phones, the mischievous inhabitants of the forest may take particular interest in them.
Although Bali is rich with glamorous, Westernized sights and activities, traditional culture and heritage are an essential part of the island’s identity. Visit one of Bali’s renowned temples and marvel at its fantasy-like structure and details. We recommend Uluwatu Temple or Tanah Lot Temple, which both have fantastic ocean views, the unique Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, which is found on a lake, or Tirta Empul Temple for a holy water cleanse that is believed to bring serenity, luck, and sanctity.
Unravel your inner Tarzan or Jane by climbing, swinging, jumping, crawling, and zip-lining your way around this exciting park that offers seven different obstacle courses for ages 4 and up.
Visiting Brittany with your kids? Or do you want some inspiration for your next holiday? Please keep reading for the best family activities in Brittany.
All these activities are tipped by our travelbee Renee Koudstaal, who lives in two cities. Amsterdam, where she raises her two beautiful sons, and Paris to pick her moments of freedom.
Renee Koudstaal, travelbee, mum of 2 and owner of @lestyleparisien.
She is the owner of @lestyleparisien and knows everything about living the French lifestyle and where to enjoy the best family holidays in France… Yes, Brittany is one of her favorites to spend her holidays! Below she will first let you in on the best places to stay and then shares the best family activities in Brittany.
“To me Brittany is one of the most beautiful regions in France. An ideal mix of stunning landscapes, great food and enough space not to bump into a tourist every other second. Having children did not alter in any way my love for this region but it surely required some advice from my friends in Brittany to give a more family-proof twist to my stays there. This is the list of child friendly, but also parent satisfying, activities locals love”.
Chateau de Vitre| Photo credits by Emmanuel Berthier
Visit les Maisons de Bricourt and its beautiful property: rent a gite with your family, or a room at the Chateau Richeux (without kids:).
Les Maisons de Bricourt with cozy rooms and family gites
Sleeping like roses in one of the bedrooms
Interiors with detail
Eat at Le Coquillage (still without kids) or have your kids discover the famous Roellinger spices in the shop or the tasty patisserie at the Grain de Vanille. Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens (to digest…) before heading to the beach.
Lunch between de pine trees
Beach views from the pool
Another great place to stay is the eco-hotel Manoir Dalmore. It offers family rooms for 4 persons and a wonderful restaurant which serves delicious dishes made with local produce.
Direct access to the beach
You will love the sauna and the terrace with beautiful views of the sea. The kids will love playing on the beach (just steps from the hotel) or the playground.
One of the bedrooms at Manoir Dalmore
Fresh fish food from the ocean to your table
Boat Trip with the Renard | Photo credits by Etoile Marine
Vallee des saints |Photo credits by Yannick Derennes
Charlotte and her family
We are a French-Dutch family with two young children (18 months and 4 years), both of whom were born in Colombia. As a couple, we lived and worked abroad for more than 10 years (Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Bangladesh, China, Romania, Colombia and the Netherlands). The last five years we lived in Colombia with our kids. It was our wish to live and work abroad, to experience new cultures and to take advantage of this opportunity to explore even more new countries and remote areas.
Charlotte and her daughter Noor
When planning a new trip, we always try to create a mix of nature, culture and culinary visits and experiences, even with our kids! We always try to stay in small family hotels, B&B or to rent a place. We try to maintain a homely atmosphere and routine as much possible. This means that we always search for kids-friendly places/lodging, with easy access because of the strollers and with a local touch to it.
Cartagena is a must-see for its architecture! Parque Tayrona: if possible, stay in the park- however; this is rather difficult to arrange! We stayed in a place outside once, which was fine but not child-friendly… Someone recommended Villa Yira to me and this looks rather cool as you are really experiencing the ‘back to nature’ vibe. And of course, not to miss and a must read: all TRLVBEES tips on Cartagena in this blog.
As a cousin of my husband is married to a Colombian woman, whose family originates from this region, we were fortunate to always be able to stay at their beautiful traditional finca made of guadua.
While we lived in Colombia, a friend and I created and developed a Facebook community of parents (mostly foreigners) in Bogota to exchange tips about our life in Bogota and Colombia. We often exchanged tips about places to go with kids. Some of their recommendations for hotels in this coffee region were:
This place is still very high up on our wish list! A friend of mine went and loved it- especially since there are very few eco-friendly options in the Amazon…
Boat tour across the amazon
Barichara is a lovely town, more authentic than Cartagena, with a lot of craftsmen. Beautiful nature, walks, horse riding, trekking, canoeing, paragliding: so many things to do! It is also easier to get in contact with the local people. I would definitely advise people to go there!
The streets of Barichara
We lived in Bogotá which is big busy city (10million inhabitants) surrounded by mountains. Contrary to what most people think, Bogotá doesn’t have a tropical climate at all since it has a high altitude (2600m). As a result, the climate is very mild, a type of eternal spring/autumn climate, with temperatures between 10 and 24 degrees Celsius.
When we wanted to escape from the city, the easiest option was to drive downhill (1h30-2h) to get to warmer areas (‘tierra caliente’) and rent a finca (type of countryside cottage) with friends. You can find any style from traditional to very modern ones, but always with a pool and bbq!
Another option was to stay in the mountains and go to one of the national parks surrounding Bogotá or one of the nice towns (Villa de Leyva) to see the nice architecture and village markets.
If we had more time, we would fly to another region in Colombia. My favorite and in my opinion the most symbolic region is the ‘zona cafetera’. It is called the eternal spring region as it is always green and full of lush flowers. The view of the coffee fields and colorful fincas made of guadua (a type of Colombian bamboo) is beautiful and so peaceful. Definitely a must!
Zona cafeteria with the beautiful bamboos
An experiential eco boutique hotel
Kids having fun at Hotel El refugio Sasaima
Horse riding at Hotel Hacienda Baza
A place we enjoyed going for brunch/lunch is a hidden private house turned into a B&B/restaurant Monte Luna (please note: it is quite hard to find)! It really has a family vibe, with a big garden, pets, blankets to have a picnic and an amazing view of the city. The owner is also lovely. She is the mother of 12 kids so she loves to accommodate families with kids.
Another activity I found very nice and not touristic is to climb one of the mountains in Bogotá (around 45min-1hrs). If you have smaller kids, you would need a baby carrier. You can maybe ask one of the mum groups in Bogotá to lend you one! It is only open during the morning, you pass many eucalyptus trees and you have an amazing view when you arrive at the top! This is such a great family activity! The path is guarded so no worries. It is called Quebrada de la Vieja.
Charlotte’s husband Andries and their daughter Noor
Another spot, not secret at all but still very much liked by the Colombians, is to go to Andres Carne del Res in Chia (just outside Bogotá). It is a restaurant with a peculiar style, music and some animation and an “institution “ here! People go there for family events, to party, for brunch, etc. If you go to the one in Chia on weekends, there are activities for kids (cooking, painting, craft, etc.)
A nice café/restaurant/brunch place in Bogotá is Canasto (along the Parque Virrey). Perfect to go on weekends and take a stroll in the park and see Colombian families (well, often very privileged families!) but it is a nice and quiet area.
I have been living abroad and traveling for many years, both in developed and developing countries. Therefore I feel I have been able to see the gap between “responsible tourism” in areas where tourism is more developed already and therefore able to provide this type of responsible/sustainable facilities (for instance China, Mexico, Argentina, etc.), and other countries that are less touristic (Mongolia or Bangladesh) or more recently welcoming tourists (Colombia!). It is very nice though to see how Colombia is developing so quickly to welcome tourists and offer a wider variety of infrastructures and activities. Nature in Colombia is a big part of what they have to offer to tourists so they are definitely trying to include that in their developments. Definitely check the documentary “Colombia Magia Salvaje”!
My priority is definitely to find a family-friendly accommodation to maintain a homely atmosphere as much as possible. I also check if there are toys, play areas close by, a garden or park, some quiet spaces and that it is easy to access with strollers. When looking for a place outside a city, I definitely prefer green-hideaways with activities close by.
To me it means a small stylish hotel. We used to only stay in boutique hotels as a couple; now with kids, it very much depends on their facilities and style (safe for kids, kid-friendly, etc)
Yes, it is very important. When possible, we prefer places which have environmental-friendly practices and who also offer organic products. We practice a green life at home so I like to maintain that during holidays! I also believe it is a way to get to know the local culture, if you can eat locally-grown products, if the place is decorated with local artifacts and offers visits to local sites/craftsmen.
Enjoying beautiful nature
That’s a broad question!!! 😉 For me, family trips are to share an experience together: to discover new landscapes and show my kids the beauty of nature, to meet new people and interact with them (try to speak their language, taste their food, see how differently they live or not, etc.) and enjoy new experiences (boat trips, hiking, etc). It is about taking the time to live and share these discoveries together. It is also about being open to the world, knowing there are different way to live and see the world. My kids are still small but when they are more grown-up, I would consider including some volunteering work in our trips.
So many! Traveling with a camper, discover Scandinavia and doing volunteer work in a natural park, social center, etc.
My favorite part is to see how proud they are to share their new achievements, discoveries or new ideas with me. The smile on their face is priceless! At the moment, I would bring them to the panda center in China, it is so cute!
I definitely relate to the aspiration and values of the TRVLBEES community, especially the exchanges of tips.
This Dutch sustainable shoe brand produces the coolest sneakers and sandals for kids (aged 3-9), all made of recycled PET bottles and organic cotton. Each season focuses on an animal (the current one being the shark) and all shoes are mainly sold online to prevent waste and unnecessary costs. Your kid(s) won’t be needing socks as the shoes are super soft and easily washed – the hardest task will be which ones to choose!
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** The discount code is valid until 30 September 2019.
Scoon is dedicated to finding brands and products that use cruelty-free and non-toxic ingredients, apply sustainable production methods and reduce packaging and waste. This new company fits right in our profile. Founders Guusje and Marloes help people switch to clean beauty and sustainable fashion and personally hand pick their favorite brands from all over the world. We love their dedication and honesty. Scoon acknowledges that it’s hard for brands to tick all the boxes, and therefore sticks to a list of key criteria they find crucial. Bravo!
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Foto credits Madara
We don’t know about you, but we love hot summer days at the beach or pool with our family. Nothing beats spending the entire day outside, soaking up as much rays of sunshine as we possibly can… However: protection! We figure you know all about the dangers of too much sun exposure, and so does this beautiful brand from the UK. Manufactured in Italy at a small family firm, Folpetto strives to use a sustainable techno-fabric made with Econyl (a 100% regenerated polyamide fiber from post consumer materials, eg abandoned fishnets and other plastic waste) for over 80% of their swimsuits. Safe, stylish ánd sustainable: excellent combo!
Amsterdam based Gray Label has been a steady favorite for years! While always keeping kids and their personalities in mind, this label produces the most beautiful and comfortable organic clothing. In order to respect the world we live in, Gray Label strives to keep their items and materials circulating, never goes on sale and stays away from making trendy pieces. All products carry the GOTS certified label, which both means and assures facts such as no chemicals and pesticides, fair price and direct payment, safe and hygienic working conditions, no child labor, and leftoverfabrics are reused. An absolute must in your kids’ holiday wardrobe!
Did you know that more than 500 million plastic toothbrushes are produced each and every year? Imagine the disastrous effect this has on our planet… This is where brilliant The Bam and Boo comes in: toothbrushes made of 95% renewable sources, being 95% biodegradable (the remaining 5% is made up by the nylon made bristles-since this material still proves to offer the best oral care. However, they are still searching for other options). Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth, naturally antibacterial (so no need for pesticides, fertilizers or huge amounts of water) and sourced at a certified supplier, which ensures sustainability. The Bam and Boo offers a 3-monthly subscription (simply delivered by mail!), family packages and other eco friendly products such as straws and bags. Smart and sustainable: we love it!