Surrounded by the breathtaking Mediterranean coastline, Puglia has many things to offer for families, including boutique-style luxury family hotels of Puglia and some of the best beaches in Italy with beautiful surroundings and genuine Italian cuisine.
Puglia – a beautiful region in the south of Italy, with nice all-year-round weather, a place to enjoy and experience the local lifestyle, discover the surroundings, culture-rich lifestyle and relax at the luxury family hotels of Puglia. No matter the age or interest, each end everyone will be enjoying every moment of it.
A stunning laid-back historically restored farmhouse with family suites ( perfect for 2 – 6 persons), private beach club, and great food.
This beautiful luxury family hotel located by the coast of Puglia, surrounded by olive groves offers restaurants, for parents a time to relax at the incredible Aveda Spa or Golf course, while kids happily enjoy playgrounds and horse riding (also with ponies) along the countryside and on the beach.
Located between the Trulli valley and Salento ideal for 2 – 6 person family. This luxury family hotel it’s a great location from which to explore Puglia with its lovely nature, historical sites and only a 20 min drive to the coast where you can enjoy a relaxed day at the beach.
Kids will love cooling off in the pool, after a lovely breakfast with homemade cakes, while parents enjoy the white city of Ostuni, less than 2 minutes away. Ask the Masseria to make a reservation for a ride by tuktuk.
Natural beauty coastline you just can’t say no to! Located in the south, Puglia has the advantaged to provide nice weather all year round. The best time to enjoy the beach to the full potential is between April and September months.
Discover different cultures of South Italy, while exploring charming little towns and villages, each of the places has something unique to offer.
For the little ones, nothing is more magical than the iconic tinny Trulli houses located in Alberobello
Be sure to also visit the little towns like: Lecce – The stunningly beautiful Salento area also referred to as “Florence of the South” is a must to visit if you seek to discover architectural treasures. While there, be sure also to try out delicious local dishes like “rustico leccese”.
Monopoli – If the sunny beaches are too much then enjoy a fun day at a water park at Acquapark Egnazia. Offering all kinds of slides and kid’s areas which will suit any age.
Grotte Di Castellana – Explore more than 90 million-year-old caves. It’s a must when visiting Puglia, and your kids will enjoy the different colors and shapes of the magical caves.
Explore the countryside lifestyle at the local Masseria – family-owned farms. The little one will gladly enjoy making new animal friends and as for their parents and the curious ones, a chance to participate and learn the secrets behind the makings of cheese or the perfect olive oil.
If farm life does not sound appealing, no worries, enjoy the second biggest wildlife park in Europe – ZooSafari. Who can say no to that? Toddlers and teenagers will be thrilled to be close to the fascinating animals wandering around.
Locally grown, fresh and flavorful fruits and vegetables. Puglia offers delicious traditional Italian cuisine. While exploring Bari try handmade “little ears” pasta – Orecchiette. Locals may teach you how to make them too.
We hope you will enjoy your time at this beautiful family-friendly holiday destination. Luxury family hotels of Puglia will surely become your favorite getaway.
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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
Toronto, like many great urban centers, is a city of neighborhoods. People always comment on how diverse our culture and citizens are – and it’s true. Toronto is definitely a melting pot. You can have an authentic dim sum breakfast in Chinatown, a Bangladeshi curry for lunch in Little India and follow that up with a proper Italian feast (in one of two Little Italy’s no less!). There are just so many things to do in Toronto with kids.
Travelbee, mom and travel journalist Amanda Blakley
Our weekly Toronto tends to stay within a small radius, however we love to use the weekend as an excuse to be explorers and adventurers in our own town. Becoming parents has definitely helped us to appreciate our city through a new lens. It’s amazing how many things there are to do in Toronto with kids.
A former quarry and brick factory in the geographical center of our city is now home to this Eco-friendly, community and cultural center. This charity devotes their days to restoring the local flora and fauna in an urban environment. Visitors can enjoy the naturalized ponds, gardens, market, gourmet restaurant, greenhouse and programming – all on site.
We usually go on Saturday mornings to hit the Farmer’s market for local fare, fruit and produce, as well as some delicious snacks made-to-order by various vendors. After we’ve stocked up on necessities, we grab our favorite coffee from Cafe Belong, browse the greenhouse for new plants or visit the children’s garden for some nature play. They recently introduced workshops for families that we plan on checking out – foraging for wild edibles caught our interest.
Workshop Evergreen brickworks
Just off the Toronto harbour lie the beautiful Toronto Islands, a cluster of three Islands. All are just a short boat or ferry ride from downtown. Wards Island is residential and has rows of beautiful colonial homes, a beach and our favorite little eco restaurant called The Island Cafe. Here they incorporate some of their homegrown produce into their dishes. Fun fact: The islands comprise the largest urban car-free community in North America.
The Island Cafe
This is a fun destination any time of year. With 120 specialty merchants carrying everything from spices to seafood, meat, produce, cheese and delicacies – it’s our top choice to hit when prepping for a dinner party or to grab an interactive lunch.
Tip: Hit any of the large cheese boutiques and sample your way around their offerings. It’s one of our favorite things to do at the market.
St Lawrence market
A must-visit Toronto cultural institution. A recent Frank Gehry overhaul of the building has made this an architectural gem as well as a fine art emporium. There is a children’s den downstairs that is stocked with all kinds of art supplies, costumes and books.
An eclectic and diverse neighborhood densely packed with independent grocers, fishmongers, fruit stands, butchers, bakers and the like. Located in the downtown core, it is certainly a colorful feast for all the senses. There are tons of amazing little cafes, juice bars, vintage clothing boutiques, independent coffee shops, record stores and innumerable ethnic cuisines. Kensington is also known for its light-hearted Rastafarian culture. Great things to do in Toronto with kids – for sure!
Be sure to check out Pedestrian Sundays when the roads are closed to cars the last Sunday of every month from May to October.
This is one of our favourite museums with the kids. The place to enjoy art, world culture and natural history. It is one of the largest museums in North America and the largest in Canada.
ROM (Royal Ontario Museum)
If Central Park had a scruffy, hipster little brother, this would be him. In the summer it is so densely packed with picnic blankets and merry-makers you’ll be lucky to find a square-inch. However, you’ll be glad when you do, as the people watching and mood is contagious.
Trinity Bellwoods Park playground
A Toronto institution, Terroni is a chain of Family run Italian trattoria’s and Osteria’s. They have more in common with chic Napolese eateries than your run-of-the-mill-Pizzeria. Using only the freshest ingredients imported from Italy, delicious (rare) Italian wines, house made pastas and wood-oven pizzas, they are ever so kid-friendly (those Italians sure know how to embrace and celebrate the joy of the famiglia). Our favorite location is in Summerhill and in the spring/summer and early Fall we love to sit up on their rooftop patio. The views of the city are top!
Terroni rooftop terrace
The brand new Museum of Contemporary Art is an amazing stop for anyone with kids of any age. The main floor has a gorgeous cafe and permanent display of interactive works by Andreas Angelidakis. Like life-sized padded building blocks where kids can build mega forts, obstacle courses and climbing gym.
A hipster-hangout in the west end of the city. The Drake is a much lauded boutique hotel, restaurant, bar and self-proclaimed, “hotbed for culture”. We love eating on the rooftop patio in the summer. Now that this neighbourhood has become gentrified the hipsters are all procreating. This makes it one of many kid-friendly hang-outs in the hood.
Our go-to shopping destination for all the best in children’s gear. This concept store features collections from some of Europe and Scandinavia’s best known children’s brands as wel as yet-to-be-discovered labels. The styling and curation of the actual boutique is inspired, therefore it’s hard to leave without buying a baby gift for a friend or something for your minis.
A majestic castle in midtown Toronto. How magical? The castle was built in the early 20th century, by a prominent Toronto financier, who built it for his wife. The castle now stands proudly as a museum and venue atop a hill looking down upon the cities humble servants. It is truly one of the cities most noteworthy hidden gems. Grab a coffee or snack at the cafe and wander the grounds, check out the stables or just sit by the fountains while your kids play medieval make-believe.
It’s easy to forget that Toronto is on the water, if you spend your daily life (as we do) in midtown. Thanks to the beautiful Lake Ontario, we have a lakefront that stretches the length of the city and beyond. The Beaches is a neighbourhood to the far East of the city that is built around – you guessed it – a series of beaches. In the summer we bring some shovels/buckets and a beach blanket so our boys can play in the sand and splash around in the shallow water. Afterwards we always grab lunch at Tate’s Bakery – a chic and healthy cafe and bakery on Queen St East with comfortable booth seating and cheery interiors.
To get a true sense of the variety of cultural backgrounds and neighbourhoods in Toronto, you must venture beyond the city core. Konjiki Ramen is a Japanese transplant (a small Tokyo chain of restaurants with this one Toronto brick and mortar) located in a northern suburb of the city. Their ramen is more than worthy of the long subway ride.
Strolling the beaches, discovering musea or simply relaxing in the city park – there are plenty of things to do in Toronto with kids. Where to stay? Here are two family friendly hotels.
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Coffee is a Toronto pastime and preoccupation – as the city is teeming with great cafes and baristas churning out steaming cups of goodness. Here are some of our faves:
Treats – there is no shortage of amazing and instagrammable places to get a sweet fix. Our kids love these spots for a special treat:
Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns
Thailand is great, both for you and your kid(s). The wonderful food, culture and lovely warm people make this destination so perfect for a family holiday. We think- and experienced as a parent – that this sort of travel is extremely valuable to a child’s education, particularly when you visit the cultural and historic highlights…but of course… enough time to relax at the pool and the sandy beaches too.
Plans to visit Thailand this upcoming period or in the future? We’ve selected the best family-friendly stylish hotels in Thailand to stay at (and there eco-friendly too) and we’ve also collected our best tips of things to do with the family. Let’s start planning a wonderful family holiday full of memories, quality time together and learning about new cultures and nature!
Whether you’re traveling via Bangkok as a stop-over or coming to stay for a couple of days– you’ll have at least 100 options for some family fun in the capital of Thailand. Please check below the best Bangkok hotels and things to do with your family below; all based on child friendliness, style and the sustainable aspect.
It is the perfect place to both unwind and relax, and explore Bangkok by foot and boat. The jungle like gardens and riverside terraces give you a feeling of total relaxation, an ‘away from it all’ vibe, while countless historic sights are just a stone’s throw away. The hardest decisions you have to make each day is whether to lay by the pool, go for a bike ride or book a massage. Utter bliss
With 11 acres of greenery, endless wellness options and a kids-club with vibrant activities, this Riverside Resort offers an oasis of peace located in the buzzing city life of Bangkok. Hop on one of the resorts shuttle boats and start exploring the many gems Bangkok has to offer. After a relaxing massage, drift away on the finest Thai silk in your family-friendly suite with lush river or garden views.
Hua Hin is Thailand’s oldest beach town resort. The place is known for the King’s private residence, and attracts a lot of wealthier local Thai for their weekends away. The charm of Hua Hin is that it still retains its fishing village serenity, which is now side by side with the bustling center. Here are some fresh ideas when exploring this lively seaside town – just a 2,5 hours’ drive from Bangkok.
A locally owned boutique hotel as tipped by travelbee Eva. This smaller sized refuge is really one of the most family-friendly stylish hotels in Thailand! It provides more intimacy compared to the big hotel chains that cover the beach side here. The setting of this boutique hotel with 56 suites and villas is beautiful, right on the beach side of Hua Hin. This hotel is a little oasis, where you can find attention in every little detail. The kids will love the child friendly atmosphere of this hotel. If you love being surrounded by Thai guests, instead of having a tourist experience in one of the big hotels, please visit the Rest Detail hotel.
This small eco resort with 25 unique residences, is a place where you and the kids will feel welcome immediately. after only a few days the staff will know your preferences, which will make your stay even more memorable. The focus here is on the guests and the environment, which you’ll feel 100%. The resort aims to have a zero carbon footprint: hammocks are made by local fishermen, furniture is made from reclaimed wood, and the restaurant uses produce grown in the resort’s organic garden or their own farm. Each suite is located mere footsteps away from the sandy beach and offers commanding sea views!
Thailand’s Northern part Chiang Mai is a site of misty mountains and colorful hill tribes, a playground for family travelers, a paradise for shoppers and a delight for adventurers. Despite its relatively small size, Chiang Mai truly has it all.
Step through the striking wooden exterior and discover a world of indulgence with your stay at this boutique eco resort. An oasis of calm, this refuge provides the perfect access point for exploring the city’s hidden treasures and surrounding natural wonders. Combining contemporary Thai elements with the site’s colonial-era heritage, this is the ideal place for you and the kids to experience the majesty of Thailand’s charming northern city or simply relax and let the world go by. Kids love dipping in the 34-meter riverside pool or painting umbrellas, you will love the food that is locally sourced, seasonal, vegetarian options and organic whenever possible!
Here you find two of our favorite family friendly stays in the south of Thailand. Different in budget and amenities but reaching these properties is an adventure and both offer great hospitality. Above all, both are sustainable, stylish and family-friendly.
“You will find the soul of kindness and hospitality here.” – quoted by our travelbee Linsey. This is one of the last undiscovered gems in Thailand. If you are looking for chilled out excitement for your next vacation, then a relaxed Thai adventure holiday on Koh Phayam may be the answer. It’s an idyllic and unspoiled island with great surfing, hiking and other adventures. The bungalows of this lovely eco lodge have a minimalist style but are really clean and comfortable nonetheless. Please go, before it’s too late.
Award-winning eco luxury resort Soneva Kiri is located on Thailand’s fourth largest but least populated island. It offers an unrivalled combination of luxury, an integral environmental approach, authentic Thai experiences and mouthwatering organic food. The resort comprises 36 different pool villas (1- 6 bedrooms) on beach level, hillsides or cliff tops, which all have warm, charming furnishings, personal electric buggies and impeccable service courtesy with your own private butlers. A true gem!
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TRVLBEES member Alice Brown (from London, currently living in Buenos Aires): “As a family we love Covent Garden during Christmas time, because there’s always an amazing tree there. They have beautiful huge trees all over London so just doing a walk of all these masterpieces is incredible. Make sure to visit the ones at The Eye and Tower Bridge – those are gorgeous!”
The huge Christmas tree at Covent Garden (© England’s Historic Cities)
Can you picture yourself slowly strolling through London, gawking at all the beautiful lights, only to stop for some hot cocoa (with a dash of rum for the grownups!)…
Other favorites: Somerset House Christmas Tree, the Christmas lights at Regent Street and the light trail at the London Zoo.
It’s become quite the London Christmas Classic: ice-skating with your family in this wonderful city. And we could not agree more!
One of our favorite places for some honest ‘Londen-on-ice’ would be the National History Museum as it’s surrounded by beautiful buildings, extremely cozy with all the little lights and there’s a huge Christmas tree right in the middle of the ice. The rink at the courtyard of Somerset House is even more romantic, plus there’s a huge Christmas tree there as well. It does not get much better, right? Bundle up and enjoy!
The festive season and cozy markets go hand in hand – and London offers so many…
Winter Wonderland (© Winter Wonderland)
You could easily fill your days wandering from one to the other, but definite must go’s are the Southbank Winter Festival (street food! shopping! shows!), Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park (an ice rink, a Magical Ice Kingdom Secret Forest, Circus shows, mulled wine and hot chocolate, a giant observation wheel… need we go on?), Hogwarts in the Snow (think Harry Potter in a wintry setting) and the Broadgate Festive Craft Classes (free crafting sessions for kids and families in the Winter Forest – create your own wreath!).
Winter Wonderland (© Winter Wonderland)
Where to start? Harrods and Selfridges are obvious destinations to get inspired and take a peek at the latest decorating trends, just like Fortnum & Mason. However, there are so many other places to go (window) shopping! We absolutely love this year’s Carnaby Street as it has the world’s first ever Queen-inspired light installation: Bohemian Rhapsody’s lyrics are manifested in neon lights above the 14 pedestrianized streets with independent boutiques.
Kids and families will love the Covent Garden area as it is packed with toyshops. Absolute must-visits are Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop (all sorts of traditional toys with a theatrical theme), the Disney Store (Frozen, anyone?) and The Moomin Shop. Want to spend serious money on your family’s wardrobe and interior?Wander around Oxford Street and Regent Street (the Christmas lights!!) or check out the amazing boutiques along the King’s Road. Seasonal vibes at their best…
As tipped by TRVBEES member Louise O’Donnell: Number 16 in beautiful Kensington. Why? Because of its small and cozy feel, the kids meals and amenities (milk and cookie service at bedtime!), some rooms can be connected for larger families and its perfect location. Plus: in room spa treatments for grownups…
Edition Hotel London (© Edition Hotel London)
Another family-friendly gem would be The London Edition Hotel, as experienced by TRVLBEES member Charlotte Groeneveld (@thefashionguitar). Situated in superb Soho, this stylish hotel offers a family package that will blow you away!
Milk & Biscuits (©The Fashion Guitar)
A loft with a connecting room, London-inspired-in-room tent, mini bathrobes, kid’s city guides, treats (milk and biscuits! Organic snacks in the minibar!), a movie night and a qualified babysitting service. Oh, and dinner at their popular restaurant is amazing too, as the kids’ menu is great ánd healthy. Book away!
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Written by Contributing Editor, Felicia da Costa.