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We sat down to chat with the wonderful Olivia Sewell, mum of 2-year-old Max and baby girl Kitty, and co-owner of The Caperberry Collective. Today, Olivia tells us all about her company, what’s important to her when picking her next getaway, and about her best family travel tips for the UK.

Olivia & Max

Founded in 2016, Caperberry is an online platform that provides a stunning collection of hand-picked products, fashion, food, destinations, ideas, interviews, and brands; in other words, a gem that will inspire you endlessly. Caperberry is for the mums who adore the world of motherhood, as much as they love a good Vietnamese-style chicken and noodle salad. It’s a dream for those who can’t resist a sweet little knitted baby bonnet, as much as they love scrolling through eBay on the hunt for an old Celine bag or the perfect vintage wallpaper. Caperberry is here to feed all of your cravings and to keep your entrepreneurial streak alive and raring. 

Why did you create The Caperberry Collective and where do you see the company five years from now?

“Oh gosh, 2016 feels like such a long time ago! Before and during the ‘creation process’ of Caperberry Collective, I stumbled upon brand after brand, every recipe and restaurant out there, and about a million travel destinations, each of which were bucket-list material. I couldn’t help but wish that I had somewhere (other than the album full of screenshots on my phone) to store and share these amazing brands and dreamy potential vacay destinations. That’s when Caperberry came about.”

“After having my son in 2018, the beautiful and diverse world of motherhood opened up to me and, naturally, Caperberry leaned towards this lifestyle too. In terms of the platform, nothing changed too drastically, but certain features, brands, and particularly travel destinations, gradually became more baby-friendly. As most mamas will know, when your little one enters your life, you start to approach everything through a baby-oriented lens. Still, Caperberry was, and is, no ordinary mama and baby site. It’s all about keeping things relevant, but fun! Caperberry places little emphasis on motherly ‘advice’  (there’s too much of that on the internet already), and more on staying true to yourself, continuing to get inspired, feeding your interests, and taking the trips you always dreamt of (with the kids in tow, of course)!”

Olivia & Max

“Five years from now, Caperberry will be every mama’s favorite platform! We’ll be throwing events, checking out more travel destinations and, who knows, maybe we’ll even have launched a little line of our own. Stay tuned!”

TRVLBEES focuses on family-friendly, boutique-style, and conscious hideaways – so let’s chat about that.

Family-friendly: when looking for your next family holiday destination, do you specifically focus on this feature? How and why?

“Absolutely! How family-friendly a destination is, plays a big role. If I’m looking at hotels, I need to know if it’s child-friendly, especially when I have my loud (and rather mischievous) 2-year-old by my side. I don’t think kids clubs or creches are a necessity (although occasionally it also wouldn’t go amiss), but I find friendly staff that are welcoming to children very important. What I don’t want is to, let’s say, have to roam the entire resort for a baby-changing spot when things are about to get messy, or to feel pressured during breakfast when toast suddenly flies across the room. After all, things like these are part of motherhood, and we shouldn’t feel ashamed of them!”

Olivia & Max

“I try to look for family-friendly stays where little ones have enough freedom and space to run amuck (with nothing left unthought of: pool fences, safety features, you name it), whilst us mamas (and papas) watch over them and sip on a glass of something refreshing.”

Boutique: does this category appeal to you? How would you describe ‘boutique’ in terms of stays?

“100 percent yes! To me, a boutique-style stay means gorgeous interiors, seriously good food, breathtaking scenery, and, of course, all the savvy little extras. If a hideaway has all of this and is family-friendly, it’s a dream come true for us and definitely Caperberry-approved! After all, the platform is all about being true to our identity (mixed with a perfect dose of the sweet chaos that comes with the kids), and one thing is for sure: our love for stunning hotels, retreats, and stays is not going to change anytime soon, regardless of the number of kids we bring along!” 

TRVLBEES Property Fowey Hall Hotel, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Conscious: is this a factor you consider when you and your family book a getaway?

“Yes! Last year, in particular, was all about conscious travel for us. We went to explore several parts of the United Kingdom – including the Isle of Skye, Cornwall, and Bath – which meant fewer air miles on our conscience, with absolutely no compromise on adventure and fun-filled family time. This year, our trips will take us a little further afield, but of course, we’ll still factor in conscious travel by eating locally and opting for stays that work with the surroundings and minimize their footprint on the landscape they reside on.”

Last year, you visited Cornwall in the United Kingdom. Our TRVLBEES members would love to hear more about this great destination with kids. Please spill the beans and let us in on your best family travel tips for the UK!

The Coast of Cornwall, United Kingdom

What is an absolute must-do, -visit, or -eat when visiting this area? Visiting the beach? Going fishing perhaps?

“Although I have an endless list of best family travel tips for the UK, one stood out in particular. Cornwall has an absolutely incredible coast and like most kids, Max already loves spending time outdoors. Having the beach in front of our doorstep was, hence, more than enough to satisfy a little boy’s love for sandcastles, rock pooling, and paddling.”

Max on the Beach, Cornwall, United Kingdom

“My partner loves to fish so he’ll go out for the afternoon and come back with a bass or two and bucket loads of mussels that we’ll either grill or whip up into something ridiculously fresh and tasty. Our Caper Guide on Cornwall has it all, so make sure to check that one out if you’re planning a trip to this great destination!”

The Coast of Cornwall, United Kingdom

Which hotels, apartments or hideaways would you recommend?

“First up, there’s the Trebetherick’s St. Moritz Hotel. With the stunning Polzeath beach to its right and pretty little Daymer Bay to its left, this hotel bounces off its idyllic location. Very family-friendly, equipped with a gorgeous spa, and the choice of a hotel room, apartment or self-catering villa.”

Surfing Lessons at St. Moritz Hotel, Cornwall, United Kingdom

“Next up: Kudhva. In a high location nestled amongst tall trees in a 45-acre disused quarry, surrounded by willow groves, gorse bushes, and wildflowers, you’ll find this stunning little haven. This place will satisfy your and your little one’s dreams about treehouses, glamping, and last but not least, wood-fired hot tubs. A real gem, if you ask me!”

Kudhva, Cornwall, United Kingdom

“Although these stays are beyond fantastic, there are so many other hideaways that we could recommend in this great little corner of the world: from the luxurious and very family-friendly TRVLBEES property Fowey Hall Hotel, to the super sweet Primrose House just seconds away from Porthminster Beach in St. Ives.”

Fowey Hall Hotel, Cornwall, United Kingdom –
Best Family Travel Tips for the UK

Fowey Hall Hotel, Cornwall, United Kingdom –
Best Family Travel Tips for the UK

Fowey Hall Hotel, Cornwall, United Kingdom –
Best Family Travel Tips for the UK

Any ideas on where to have the finest food and drinks? Do you have any specific restaurants that you recommend for with the kids and maybe also for on a parents’ night out? 

“The food scene just gets better and better every time! Think huge amounts of fresh seafood, locally-grown veggies, cheese, honey, and so on. You name it, and they’ll have it: whether home-grown or fished out of the big blue! There’s a handful of great vineyards to hop over to for a little bit of tasting, with stunning on-site restaurants that are well worth a visit. Trevibban Mill (not far from Padstow) should be at the top of your list (with or without the kids)!”

Trevibban Mill, Padstow, United Kingdom

Any personal and/or professional plans for the (near) future? What are you looking forward to?

“Personally, the near future is all about the imminent arrival of baby number two, whilst keeping baby number one happy, fed, and watered! As for Caperberry, it’s a platform that will continue to be all about sharing great stories, wonderful brands, and delectable recipes, with a couple of dreamy destinations on the side! What more could I possibly wish for?”

Olivia & Max

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.

Margherita Missoni

Please tell us something about your life journey so far- were you born and raised in Italy? Have you lived abroad as well? And if so, what made you return to Italy? 

“Yes, I was born and raised in Italy, in Varese, as you may know, till I was 20, then I moved to New York.”

Varese

“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.”

Margherita Missoni & her family

“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.”

You are a very outspoken ambassador of your country, and never fail to mention your place of residence: Varese. Were you raised to be a proud citizen? What is it that makes both Italy and Varese so special to you?

“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.”

Varese Lake

“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.”

What are your favorite places in and around Varese to unwind and recharge with your family? Any special places we can’t miss while visiting the region?

“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.”

Villa e Collezione Panza

“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. 

There is another special museum in Varese, Museo Baroffio, which also used to be a collection. It’s a very special place to me. Museo MAGa in Gallarate is bigger but it’s also a must visit, on the top floor it also houses a permanent collection of Arazzis by my late grandfather Ottavio Missoni.”

Santa Caterina del Sasso

“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.”

Which locations/areas/properties (hotels and villas) should be on our wish list – both in your region and other areas of Italy?

“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.”

Hotel Santa Caterina

“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.”

Il Pellicano, Tuscany

“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.”

Villa d’Este, Lake Como, Italy

TRVLBEES focuses on family-friendly, boutique-style, and conscious hideaways – so let’s talk.

Family-friendly: When planning your own family holiday, do you specifically focus on this feature? How and why? 

“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).”

Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore

Boutique: Does this category appeal to you? 

“With kids I prefer bigger  places where we have a higher chance to meet other children.”

Consciousness: Is this important for you and your family while booking a hideaway?

 “Yes, it is, but still comes after the kids’ needs.”

Margherita Missoni

Now that we are talking consciousness: you recently made headlines by launching a new capsule collection for Missoni, entirely created using upcycled Missoni fabrics from the archives. How did you come up with this idea? 

Is sustainability something that plays a significant role within your company and family?  Do you think that this will be(come) a trend in the coming years – in your company but also nationwide?

“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.”

Do you still have a (family) bucket list in terms of travel or experiences? What would be your top 3 of favorite destinations within Italy? 

“Bomarzo, Cavallino Bianco and Capalbio.”

Bomarzo, a small town in northern Lazio in Italy, famous for its park of stone monsters.
Cavallino Bianco in the heart of the Dolomites
The beautiful beaches around Capalbio

What do you want to teach and show your kids during travels and in life? 

“Getting exposed to different possibilities opens up to free choices.”

Want more Italian inspiration? Take a look at our Italy Destination page!

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In this blog, the lovely Eva Nollen, a Dutch, Amsterdam-based mother of 3 and expat who lived in Cape Town for several years, tells us how you can spend 3 days with your family in Cape Town. In our opinion, this one should be added to your travel bucket list, and what better way to explore a city, than with a ‘local’s’ favorite insights?

Cape Town – Eva & Family
Cape Town – Eva & Family

“South Africa, beautiful Cape Town in particular, is an all-time favorite holiday destination and not without good reason! In this urban jungle, where you’re surrounded by white beaches, breathtaking nature, and a buzzing cityscape, you’ll never run out of things to do.

I can guarantee that every family member will enjoy themselves here! While living in Cape Town as an expat for almost 6 years, I managed to find the best spots on and off the beaten track. Check out my favorites below for 3 days with your family in Cape Town!”

Day 1

“Get active! There’s truly no better way to recover from a journey than with a Cape Town-style hike. If your kids are slightly older, I recommend walking (and eventually climbing) up Lion’s Head. It’s an adventurous, but totally doable hike that takes roughly 1,5 hours. There are some ladders and (minimal) climbing involved, but my then 4-year-old son was happy to participate.

The view of the city from the top is magnificent and totally worth it! For your family’s older members and more experienced hikers, climbing up Table Mountain should be an excellent challenge. Although you’ll find various trails ranging in difficulty, the quickest and easiest route up takes roughly 2 hours. Make sure to pack light, but bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat. Sturdy shoes are recommended.”

Cape Town – View of Table Mountain From Lion’s Head

“After your hike, drive to Kloof Street for lunch. Cafe Paradiso is our favorite! It lies in the heart of Cape Town at the foot of Table Mountain, and has a rustic-chic farmhouse setting with a stunning garden area and adorable cobbled pathways.

Your kids will love making their own pizzas and baking cookies in the kitchen, while you indulge in fresh pasta and mouth-watering risotto, and sip on some local wine. If you’re a seafood-lover, I recommend going to V&A Waterfront and getting a table outside at the Harbour House. They serve amazing sushi and the views are spectacular. Sometimes, you even see seals swimming beneath the terrace.”

Cape Town – View of Table Mountain From V&A Waterfront

“After lunch, you should roam around V&A Waterfront, which boasts all kinds of stores, street-entertainers, and food-stalls. V&A Waterfront is also home to an impressive aquarium, which your young ones will love. For the art-lovers in the family, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, which often has beautiful and inspiring exhibitions on display, is just around the corner.

Alternatively, The Watershed (a local market area) is a must-visit. Here, you’ll find over 150 designers offering unique local crafts from textiles to ceramics, furniture, fashion, and jewelry. I can guarantee that you’ll find something to take home here!”

Day 2

“On your second day in exciting Cape Town, you can explore one (or several) of the many beaches the area has to offer. Book a surf lesson for your kids (or yourself) at Muizenberg Beach. There are quite a few surf shops on the main strip, but we always loved Surf Emporium.

You can rent your board and wetsuit there, and should you opt for a lesson, then the teachers are great. Roxy and her husband run this shop, and they are the most amazing people.”

Cape Town – Muizenberg Beach
Cape Town – Surf Lessons at Muizenberg Beach

“You will probably be hungry after riding the waves. Luckily, there are plenty of food options around! If you feel like a burger and fries, go to Tiger’s Milk.

You will love the restaurant’s versatile menu and hip industrial decor. They are very child-friendly, and the easy-going vibe is great!”

Cape Town – Tiger’s Milk, Muizenberg

“Craving seafood? Live Bait, located right on the strip, is an excellent spot owned by the same owners as The Harbour House. Make sure to try their fantastic sushi!”

Cape Town – Live Bait, Muizenberg

“If you have some time to spare, drive down to Kalk Bay, a favorite among locals, expats, and tourists alike, and perhaps one of Cape Town’s best spots. If you decide to go here for lunch, another Harbour House restaurant is located on a large rock by the sea.

While you enjoy a fresh seafood pasta, you can see seals jumping in the sea, and waves crashing onto the rocks around you. It’s my favorite spot! Just want to walk around? No problem! Explore the many boutiques on the strip or make a coffee and pastry stop at Bootlegger Coffee Company.”

Cape Town – Kalk Bay
Cape Town – Seal-spotting at Kalk Bay

“After lunch, drive down the Cape Peninsula and find Boulders Beach. This will undoubtedly become your kids’ new favorite spot. The beach is home to a big colony of penguins, and you can walk along a sea-side boardwalk to see them from up-close. How cool is that? Boulders Beach is also home to a small local-crafts market, and you’ll often find local entertainers doing their thing.”

Cape Town – Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach

“After visiting the penguins, continue driving to the Cape of Good Hope, one of South Africa’s most beautiful national parks. On your drive towards the Cape of Good Hope, the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula, which boasts spectacular ocean views, you may even bump into some baboons, zebras, and ostriches. Regardless, the drive will be marvelous!” 

Cape Town – Cape of Good Hope

“After that, drive back up the Peninsula along the Atlantic seaside. Drive past Misty Cliffs and up to Kommetjie, a tranquil little town with a very laidback surfer-feel to it. The blue ocean combined with the gorgeous white lighthouse is a true dream.”

Cape Town – Kommetjie Beach

“As you continue driving up north, you’ll reach Noordhoek, another adorable town. Should you feel like stopping, I highly suggest visiting The Farm Village, an easy, relaxed hotspot that is amazing for kids! Take a look at the little stalls, or have a coffee while your kids run around on the lawn and explore the playground.”

Cape Town – The Farm Village, Noordhoek
Cape Town – The Farm Village, Noordhoek

“Another beautiful stop along the route back to Cape Town, is Cape Point Vineyards in Noordhoek. Beautiful wines, and beautiful views! There is a huge lawn where the kids can play, and if you arrange for a picnic basket in advance (accompanied by one of their delicious local wines, of course), you can grab a blanket and lounge on the grass. There’s also a great playground on-site. In other words, you and your little ones will love it here.”

Cape Town – Picnic at Cape Point Vineyards

“Once you’ve passed Noordhoek, you’ll reach Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most breathtaking parts of the Cape Peninsula. Drive along the coast and mountains for beautiful views of the ocean and nearby beach towns. You’ll find several lookouts along the way, which are worth stopping at.

Beware that this is a tollway, and they only allow payment in cash or local bank cards (make sure you have roughly 35-50 ZAR with you). Drive through Hout Bay and continue driving up north, but definitely take the Llandudno exit along the way. Here, you’ll find another small bay, but without any commercial businesses. The beach is stunning and remarkably tranquil!”

Cape Town – Llandudno Beach

“End your exciting road trip in Camps Bay, which is one of the more touristy beaches, but also a great hotspot and definite must-visit! You’ll find a plethora of lovely restaurants along the beach. I can guarantee that you’ll find a nice spot to watch the sunset! For the (young) adults and night-owls in the family, Café Caprice is a go-to for lounging, dancing, artisan cocktails, and a taste of Cape Town’s cosmopolitan social scene!” 

Day 3

“On your last day, go into town and visit one (or more) of Cape Town’s many museums and cultural spots. Bo Kaap and its adorable colorful houses, which radiate Cape Malay influences, are a must-visit. Make sure to stop by Batavia for a delicious coffee, fresh juice, or pastry.

Hop over to Long Street and roam around the local markets for some amazing South African vibes (and a cute souvenir). Or, as mentioned previously, visit the Zeitz MOCAA, the first contemporary African museum in Cape Town, set in the most astonishing building; floor after floor is filled with meticulous African art and its diaspora.

By the way, the V&A Food Market is located just around the corner and is a must-visit for foodies. Another vibrant food market located in the heart of Sea Point is Mojo Market: a go-to for international food stalls, live music, and cute boutiques.” 

Cape Town – Bo Kaap

“More into a chic afternoon high-tea to round off your trip in style, then the stunning Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is the place to be!”

Cape Town – Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Cape Town – High Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

“If you happen to be in Cape Town during the weekend, I highly recommend visiting the Old Biscuit Mill on Saturday morning! Not only is it home to a bunch of adorable boutiques and great culinary spots, but you’ll also find the trendy and buzzing Neighborgoods Market here, where designers of all origins sell their art and fashion, with products ranging from traditional African to Scandivanian expat-style. Make sure to check out the street-art in Woodstock while you’re in the neighborhood.” 

Cape Town – Old Biscuit Mill

“The Old Biscuit Mill is also home to the Test Kitchen and the Pot Luck Club, two of South Africa’s best restaurants. They are owned by Luke Dale Roberts, a true force to reckon with on the global food scene.

The Test Kitchen has, on numerous occasions, been ranked highly in the Top 50 of Best Restaurants in the world, making it incredibly hard to get a table here, but if you do manage to do so, don’t miss this opportunity! Get a babysitter for the kids, and enjoy this incredible culinary experience.”

“Don’t miss out on a lovely wine-tasting at Groot Constantia Wine Estate. It has a huge lawn where the kids can run around and venture out into the vineyards. Their restaurant, Jonkershuys, offers some amazing local Malay dishes. You’ll love this gem!”

Where to stay?

“Although Cape Town is filled with great stays, the 12 Apostles Hotel is truly extraordinary. They have a great spa, an extensive wine cellar, several restaurants and bars, and a fine-dining menu consisting of inventive Cape fusion cuisine. My favorite part, however, is the view from the terrace. Enjoying a cocktail (or mocktail) with your loved ones, while marveling at the sunset and stunning Table Mountain National Park scenery, is an experience to die for.

Although Cape Town’s hotspots are located right around the corner (including several mountain walks, beaches, and the main city), should you opt to spend the day at the hotel, you will have just as much of a great time. Your kids will love the on-site cinema, the pool toys provided during the summer, and spotting whales and dolphins from their lounge chairs. The Café Grill has a great kids menu and, at any point during the day, your little ones can help themselves to fruit salad at the refreshment station. What more could you ask for?”

More inspiration like this article about 3 days with your family in Cape Town? Catch up with travelbee Felicia for her tips on what to do around Cape Town or read our tips for stylish and sustainable family stays around Franschhoek.


Something that we love about our TRVLBEES community is experiencing the power of like-minded traveling parents coming together to give each other tips for the best kid-friendly hideaways, whether they are about stylish accommodations, things to do in the area, or simple good-to-know’s.

Charlotte’s favorite Kid-Friendly Hideaways – Charlotte & Kids

Last week, we had the pleasure of meeting wonder-mum Charlotte Burgoyne, co-founder of Little Voyageurs – a travel community for parents, similar to TRVLBEES – and chatting with her about her favorite kid-friendly hideaways. To inspire you even more, we’ve included some of our personal favorites, too.

You are a true citizen of the world. Born and raised in France, living in the US for several years, and now based in Algiers. Can you tell us something about your life journey?

“I remember being 12 years old, staring at the sea from the back of a sailing boat and thinking “the world is my oyster, and my home.” I got this all-engrossing feeling that I would never want to stay in one place for the rest of my life. To me, discovering new countries and adapting to unfamiliar cultures is the most amazing way to grow and get to know yourself.

Charlotte’s favorite Kid-Friendly Hideaways – Charlotte

When I graduated from journalism school in Paris, I decided to launch my career in the field right away and moved to Syria. I started freelancing for French media from Damascus, and gradually from the entire Middle East. I LOVED it. A few years later, I changed my base to Yemen, doing the same thing, and ended up meeting my husband there.

We continued our journey in the region for several years, after which we decided to move back to the US to start our family. With kids, my thirst for other places grew faster than ever. I remembered thinking that I would never live in my birth country again, because the world is simply too big, and there is too much out there to explore. Being able to combine my lifestyle and work with my blog, City Guides and Instagram Little Voyageurs, encourages me even more to continue down this path.”

TRVLBEES’ best Kid-Friendly Hideaway – Gondwana Game Reserve, South Africa
TRVLBEES’ best Kid-Friendly Hideaways – Ojai Valley Inn, USA

We’re firm believers in a travel community for parents who share the best kid-friendly hideaways. Do you see any difference with TRVLBEES? And where do you see Little Voyageurs in five years from now?

“I believe that parents need more than an amazing accommodation for a successful family vacation. A comfortable and stylish stay definitely sets the foundation for a delightful trip for the adults, but how suitable are certain destinations and accommodations for kids? And how are parents supposed to obtain stylish and authentic advice to eat out, play, and discover a place with the whole family? The TRVLBEES team truly simplifies this process and, more importantly, makes it enjoyable!

Parents become part of an inspiring and nurturing community that is open to parents of all kinds, whether they are experienced or inexperienced travellers, and whether they are completely clueless, or know exactly what they want to get out of a vacation. Everyone’s welcome! And that’s exactly what community and travel should be about. Parents are ‘spoon-fed’ a bunch of amazing destinations, homes away from home, and, with all the tips and advice they receive from the TRVLBEES website and community, they have practically nothing to worry about.”

Charlotte’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Hideaways – Charlotte & Kids

What’s your fav travel destination with your kids?

“I absolutely adore Portugal because it checks almost every box. You can easily combine an urban trip and a nature-centered escape in a week. I suggest heading to exciting Lisbon for a short city trip, and then venturing along the renowned coast, where you’ll find countless beautiful sights, surf hotspots, cafe’s, markets and so on.

Charlotte’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Hideaways – Charlotte & Kids

The food, first and foremost, is fantastic. The people are remarkably welcoming to families, and you’ll never feel out of place with (agitated) toddlers. In terms of accommodation, I’d recommend The Martinhal, which is actually one of my favorite kid-friendly hotel collections in the world. We had a wonderful stay!”

TRVLBEES’ best Kid-Friendly Hideaways in Portugal – Casa Mae
TRVLBEES’ best Kid-Friendly Hideaways in Portugal – Craveiral Farmhouse
TRVLBEES’ best Kid-Friendly Hideaways in Portugal – Vila Monte Farmhouse,

TRVLBEES focuses on family-friendly, conscious, and stylish hotels and hideaways, so let’s talk. In terms of family-friendly, what are you looking for when planning your own family holiday? Any must-haves?

“As I mentioned, the accommodation is key to a successful trip. Of course, every child and family is different, but typically, when you break your routine with kids, you need to feel at home somehow in order for your kids to feel comfortable too. Your stay is, thus, really important.

First of all, I always make sure that the setup of the rooms suits my family. Ideally, we need connected rooms or a suite with a closed area for the kids. Not only is that fun for them, but being able to have some peace and quiet with my husband after the kids’ bedtime is also important for us as parents. After all, we are on holiday too! Remember, it’s no shame to grant yourself some well-deserved down-time. 

Charlotte’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Hideaways – Charlotte & Kids
Charlotte’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Hideaways – Charlotte

In terms of other amenities, I always try to pick a place that allows for boundless relaxation, that means comfortable beds, lounge areas, a good pool; just somewhere where both kids and parents instantly feel ‘zen.’

On the other hand, considering that you’re traveling with kids, it’s important to select a destination and accommodation that have plenty on offer in terms of activities. Can we rent a car to explore the area? Can the kids take a surf-, cook-, or even dance lesson? Is there a kids’ pool? A playroom? Is there a spa and gym on site (for the parents)? You name it! Luckily, the TRVLBEES collection is versatile when it comes to these things.”

Charlotte’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Hideaways – Charlotte & Kids
Charlotte’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Hideaways – Charlotte & Kids

In terms of stylish, how does this category apply to you? How would you describe your ideal ‘boutique’ stay? What should a boutique stay entail?

“Stylish stays are very important to me, and they are, in fact, the only kind of accommodation I feature in our City Guide. The aesthetic of a place is as important to me as its kid-friendliness. Part of a great vacation is the feeling that you’re escaping from home. Not because you resent your own home or daily life, but because you allow yourself to immerse in some luxury and stay at a place whose interior you’ve fantasized about.

Charlotte’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Hideaways – Charlotte & Kids

You don’t go on holiday every week, so when you do, you want to be ‘wowed’ by a destination and the accommodation you’re staying at. You want and deserve to feel a little ‘spoiled.’ For a stay to be “boutique,” I consider the number of rooms, the type and quality of services, and the general ambiance.”

In terms of consciousness, how important is this to you and your family? Do you consider a hotel’s / hideaway’s social and environmental footprint when booking?

“Of course! It’s always a nice addition to our family trips, knowing that we’re staying at an eco-friendly place and thereby minimizing our impact on our surroundings. With the world facing a climate crisis, it’s – perhaps now more than ever – incredibly important to continue enjoying your travels, but doing so in an environmentally-conscious way.”

What would you consider the top 3 TRVLBEES stays (hotel/villas/B&B’s) that you’ve visited as a family?

“I adored Haus Hirt in Austria, and not just because of its amazing views of the renowned Alps landscape. This is a place where both children and adults will feel at rest the moment they enter the boutique hotel. It’s sleek and stylish, but also incredibly cozy; a perfect combination of modern and classic with every Austrian luxury within reach.”

Charlotte’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Hideaways – Haus Hirt, Austria
Charlotte’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Hideaways – Haus Hirt, Austria
Charlotte’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Hideaways – Haus Hirt, Austria

“We had to pinch ourselves a couple of times to make sure the Ekies All Senses Resort was real. We crushed on every detail in the hotel, starting with its fantastic location: an authentic, raw, and truly breathtaking part of Northern Greece. You will love the earthiness of the surrounding pine trees, combined with the iode of the sea.

The kids will definitely enjoy spending time at the well-equipped kids club, or otherwise soaking in the retro-chic ambiance of the pool. This place triggers all of your senses, most remarkably, with its 6 restaurants serving fresh and locally produced goods.”

“The stunning 4-hour drive from Athens – through mountains, wildflowers, and fig trees – was totally worth it. This one is a gem! The Kinsterna Hotel Monemvasia is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, and citrus trees.

You will spend your days relaxing at one of two marvelous swimming pools or at the exciting outdoor playground. The beach and several historic Greek sights are just around the corner. I doubt you’ll get bored here!”

Last summer, you visited New York and Cape Cod. Our TRVLBEES members would love to hear the ‘What to do’s’ and ‘Where to stay’s’. Please spill the beans and let us in on your best tips!  

“In New York, I would start the day by a brunch at Dimes and its stack of bright green matcha pancakes, check out the funny curiosities that radiant Chinatown has to offer, head for a restorative stroll on the High Line, spend one hour vintage shopping at the Soho Market, and another one at Camp, the newest family concept store in a town filled with kids’ entertainment.

After a full city day, I would cross the Brooklyn Bridge and rest your little heads on the soft pillows at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge or in a family Suite at the NU hotel.”

Charlotte’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Hideaways – 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, USA
Charlotte’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Hideaways – 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, USA
Charlotte’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Hideaways – 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, USA

“The best way to enjoy Cape Cod is to rent one of the many houses lost in the woods for a week. This will give you just enough time to check all these must do’s and see’s. Ride a bike along the Cape Cod National Seashore until Coast guard beach, take a swimming class at Great Pond, chase crabs and watch the tide roll in and out at First Encounter Beach, drive around the Provincetown’s dune, and catch a movie at the Wellfleet drive-in theater.”

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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.

The Village of Ostuni

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. 

WHERE TO STAY?

A stunning laid-back historically restored farmhouse with family suites ( perfect for 2 – 6 persons), private beach club, and great food.

Lunch at Coccaro Beach club

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.

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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.

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DISCOVER THE TREASURES OF PUGLIA

Stunning Beaches

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.

Charming Villages and Towns

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.

Monpoli harbor

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.

Local Adventures

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.

Traditional Puglia Cuisine

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.

Via The Youngren

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.

Be sure to check out our Puglia properties pages to discover more tips and tricks to enjoying your holiday. Sing up to our Free Membership for more stylish, conscious and kid- friendly destinations.