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Bill Boggs Corner Table: Playa Del Carmen’s Fairmont Mayakob

Bill Boggs Corner Table: Playa Del Carmen’s Fairmont Mayakob


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I've been trying to satisfy a hunger for travel that started during a spring break to Fort Lauderdale in college, and I am still very hungry.

I've crossed the ocean seven times, sailed from Cape Town to London, returned again and again to Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain in St Lucia, enjoyed the Ritz in Paris, The Adlon in Berlin, and the Dorchester in London all in one year. I crave return visits to Amsterdam, Copenhagen and the Fjords of Norway. However, be assured that I am in no way jaded, but I do have high standards for resorts and restaurants – I like them to be in concert or harmony with the environment around them. So I am happy to relate that the Fairmont Mayakoba Resort on Mexico's Rivieria Maya joins the long list of exceptional resorts and food destinations that I have been privileged to experience.

To get to there, you fly into Cancun and travel about 40 minutes. The Mayakoba is a dream development which has been evolving since it began in 1993.

It has employed a huge team of biologists, engineers and architects with the objective of making Mayakoba an example of sustainability within the tourism industry. It is still growing, there are now three resorts among thousands of acres of mangroves, dunes and coral reefs, and miles of pristine waterways you can explore by electric boat. The other hotels are a Rosewood and The Banyan Tree. The Fairmont was the first to open in 2006.

I chose the Fairmont primarily because of its many swimming pools. There are travelers who golf, travelers who gamble, and travelers who play tennis. I am a traveler who swims and eats. The Fairmont offers plenty of great eating and swimming in several large pools (but not at the same time), including a giant infinity pool on the bank of one of the waterways, twenty feet from La Laguna Restaurant. Was I happy, or what? I was able to leave my room and two minutes later be in a pool by myself swimming laps. No distracted tourists water walking while checking their mobile devices ever bothered me. Just me.

There other restaurant at the hotel is El Puerto, but my favorite, which was the slightly more casual, was La Laguna. It has a relaxed ambiance and dining options inside or outside, and overlooks mangroves and the canal. The atmosphere is wonderful, but the thing that pulled me into La Laguna were the cute and charming receptionists at the front desk. "Directors of First Impressions" I call these kinds of hostesses. They just set a wonderful tone.

There is a brilliant full-scale breakfast buffet (and a la carte) that impressively included ten different kinds of cheese, along with smoked salmon and herring even though we are a long way from Amsterdam.

The menu for lunch and dinner was outstanding. Let's focus on lunch, where you'll want to get on the deck and enjoy some bird watching with your chicken mole. My favorite dishes during several meals were the seared sashimi tuna, the tulum, which is chunky seedless watermelon with crumbled goat cheese, and a grain mustard flaked salmon salad. The fried fish taco has just the right crunch and a zing, and do sample all of the ceviches because they are about as perfect as you would want on a warm day. Remember this is Mexico, so try excellent quesadillas with either chicken, steak, or sautéed mushrooms. (Sadly, the quesadilla has become so ubiquitous and generic – like Caesar salad – that the coffee shop in my NYC West Side neighborhood serves them with ketchup in place of salsa!) You won't need any ketchup at La Laguna.

The Fairmont Mayakoba is truly a world away and it also offers golf, tennis, boating, and pristine white sand beaches with glorious turquoise-colored water. Tell those girls at the desk that Mr. Boggs sent you. Or maybe I'll see you there.


Tribeca is so lucky!

i had a delicious meal last night at locanda verde. kudos to andrew carmellini who i think is super talented. everything was pretty perfect: bustling scene on a tuesday night, a beautiful bar (with great lighting), amazing food, and good service. i even liked the women's restroom!

i discovered last weekend that my favorite bartender, naren young, left bobo and has since taken over the entire cocktail program at locanda verde. what luck! so we started with cocktails which were all amazing. i even continued with cocktails through dinner, which is generally my preference when i know the drinks will be good.

our server gave us a rundown of the family-style menu, and we ordered a fair amount of food. we definitely wanted a sampling. we started with the lamb meatballs that had yummy pickles and were juicy, perfect. then two cicchetti, which she described as 4-5 bite servings, the blue crab crostini and cotechino sausage crostini. even my S.O., who doesn't like seafood generally, enjoyed the blue crab crostini! it was definitely a standout.

our next course included the burrata, a cheese that i ADORE, and the autumn salad which was my favorite type of salad full of radicchio, endive, hazelnuts and fatty pieces of speck, mmmm. my S.O. doesn't do veggies really, but i passed him some of the speck, which he appreciated.

for pastas, we only ordered 2 originally, but after we finished we needed to order another because they were so good. my grandmother's ravioli - stuffed with veal, pork and beef - was deemed by my S.O. as the best ravioli he's ever had. the tomato sauce was perfectly flavored - it was well-balanced and although i haven't had the red sauce at scarpetta, i bet locanda verde's would hold its own. the stracci with wild boar ragu was like thick shorter pappardelle, and even my S.O. went in for seconds and commented on how delish it was. i noted a blue cheese aftertaste that worked well with the dish, but i don't know if i'd order it again. our 3rd, last-minute pasta was the pumpkin agnolotti with a brown butter sage sauce. how can you go wrong? it was seasonal and so tasty, and we used the leftover bread to sop up the sauce. (note: the bread was just ok.)

for our secondi, we went with the highly lauded garlic chicken for 2 and the veal cheeks. i don't even like chicken, and i thought it was super flavorful. i only ate the drumsticks because i'm a dark meat girl, but i had the leftover white meat chicken today, and although a touch dry, as chicken breasts tend to be, the flavor was intensely garlic. but the real standout were the veal cheeks - i love the tender meat, over a perfect risotto milanese. another dish that i licked clean. a side of roasted brussels sprouts with chunks of pancetta and grated pecorino rounded out our vegetable-less meal i love brussels sprouts, and these were no exception.

we even went for dessert because all of the dishes were so successful, i couldn't stop myself. i loved everything - the affogato, which is my favorite italian dessert, but the mascarpone gelato was a perfect twist i was blown away by the pistachio brown butter cake with huckleberries and the 3 flavors of gelati - rice custard, brown butter and caramel were all yummy. my S.O. is an ice cream guy, so we had to try them all.

overall, one of the better meals i've had in quite a while! for sure i'll be returning for cocktails AND food.

locanda verde
377 greenwich street at north moore
new york, ny 10013
212/925-3797


Your escape starts here - choose between two secluded beaches the family friendly Lazy River the adults only Tamai Pool and the Instagram worthy infinity-edge Nuna Pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean – we'll bring the towels.


Dining Options LUX North Male Atoll

There are many different dining options, from ICI the gelateria where your waffle cone will be made for you on request, to GLOW restaurant which in the evening specialises in local delicacies and serves a breakfast buffet from around the world. If dining out isn’t the right choice for your family, they also offer 24 hour in villa dining.

Playa Cativo is the ultimate alternative luxury getaway in Costa Rica. Located on Golfo Dulce is the only tropical fjord in the Americas, this secluded eco lodge will provide peace and tranquility in breath taking surroundings. This 5 star Costa Rican hideaway is a private and exclusive destination where you will go back to nature in luxury.
This strikingly beautiful natural playground of 1,000 acres of private land will give your family the opportunity to explore the dense rainforest surrounding and relax on Cativo beach. We recommend taking in a sunset on the beach, it is something you will never forget!

Getting to Playa Cativo is an adventure by itself. The flight from Costa Rica’s capital city of San José to Golfito or Puerto Jimenez is a trilling ride. The 50-minute domestic flight provides spectacular views of Costa Rica’s diverse landscape, including the mountains, farms, rivers, Pacific Ocean, Drake Bay, Osa Peninsula and finally, the Golfo Dulce. You will then take a 30-minute boat ride, taking in the coastline, your boat may even be followed by a school of dolphins.
The accommodation comes in the form of guest houses, with 180-degree views, they bring the outside in. Feel truly at one with nature, as the sounds of the rainforest lull you to sleep.

Playa Cativo’s concept of bringing nature to you runs throughout their facilities, they have a fresh water chemical free-swimming pool with views of the ocean and to the spa and wellness centre which uses natural ingredients and traditional methods. There is also an adventure centre which can organize paddle boarding trips, kayaking and snorkeling, all of which can be organised before your trip by Tots Too.

Like much of Costa Rica’s hotels, there is a focus on the ecological impact of the tourism industry on the island. It creates its own hydro and solar energy, and is completely self-reliant. Playa Cativo sources the fruits and vegetables for their restaurant from their own garden. Overlooking Golfo Dulce, El Gavilán Restaurant features innovating multi-sensory dining experiences in a romantic and private atmosphere. Each menu is inspired by the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the authentic Costa Rica cuisine. The restaurant offers adaptable menus for children, and those with specific tastes. There is also the sunset bar, where you can take in the surroundings with a drink in your hand in comfort.

This hotel is open to children over the age of six and is perfect for a family with older children and teenagers. Costa Rica’s location and varied landscape means it is perfect for adventurous families who are able to hikes through rainforests, snorkel in the Pacific Ocean and explore hidden coves with ease.

There is so much to do in this vast metropolis, it’s hard to narrow down any trip to just 4 days but it is possible to enjoy the highlights at a pace that works for your family.

This Christmas Shopping experience is designed to give you a taste of what we can offer for a winter escape however, we can design just about any itinerary to suit your family’s ages and interests. Between us all at Tots Too HQ, we have been to the city no less than 30 times! We know the shows, the best places to eat, shop and explore and can pre-book ahead to give you the peace of mind needed at one of the busiest times of the year.

New York City wears many different crowns but its beauty lies in its compact nature allowing you the chance to experience such vast contrasts by foot. Whilst the city may not sleep, you most certainly will in one of our selected hotels which we’ve paired with comfort and luxury as well as the location in mind.

Day 1: Arrival in JFK/The Lotte Palace New York

Enjoy a private organised transfer from the airport to drive you to Midtown for your four night stay at the Lotte Palace. Spend the early evening exploring the Rockefeller Centre using the hotel’s complimentary shuttle transfer and treat the kids to a tea or dinner at the American Girl Cafe.

Day 2: New York Shopping Tour /The Lotte Palace New York

This customised guided shopping tour will commence after a pre-tour consultation with a shopping expert to determine your preferences. This will be sent to you for approval before the trip commences. Pick up will be from your hotel, or a location of choice and will cover some of the best stores in the city from boutiques to vintage shops. Recommendations will be made for places to shop which are not covered within the tour timeframe. Take advantage of the hotel’s special shopping delivery service from Bloomingdales straight to your room.

Dinner reservations can be made on request.

Day 3: Shopping and Food Tour in Brooklyn/The Lotte Palace New York

This 3-hour tour starts in Brooklyn and will introduce you to the famous Brooklyn Bridge, Sunset Park and local food halls. You will end in Williamsburg for lunch where you will be provided with a full list of our suggestions of where to eat. Afternoon at leisure,

Dinner recommendations can be made, as well as show tickets (subject to availability)

Day 4: Soho Boutique Shopping Tour/Return Home

Spend the morning with a private guide exploring SoHo’s less well known trendy boutiques and chic stores. This will take around 3 hours after which time you will head to the Standard to enjoy a post-retail therapy lunch before walking the High Line to make room for one of the best hot chocolates in the city at Mariebelle’s. This famous chocolate shop is the perfect place to end on a sweet note and bring back the final Christmas gifts.

Return to the hotel to pack before your private transfer to JFK for the flight home.

Perfectly positioned in Midtown with the Rockefeller Centre and Central Park just a stone’s throw away the Lotte Palace New York is the perfect location to make the most of all this incredible city has to offer. The hotel offers free transfers to Wall Street and Broadway theatres twice a day.

All 909 rooms arranged over 55 floors feature marble bathrooms and minibars, some offer views over St Patrick’s Cathedral located opposite the hotel. Families can take inter-connecting rooms or suites and for those kids too tired from a day’s exploring, parents can book one of the hotel’s trusted babysitters (for an additional cost). There are special packages for your little ones including The Little Royals package where themed costumes can be ready and waiting in your room as well as cookie-themed amenities and special mummy and me discounts at the spa.

The in-house bakery is a real draw as well as Villard’s restaurant serving up a first-class breakfast and brunch. Enjoy some downtime in the 7,000 sq ft spa and fitness centre or relax in one of the three comfortable lounge areas.

The hotel’s special partnerships with the New York Yankees and Bloomingdales mean guests can get special access to rates and passes to make the most of these iconic experiences.

The Datai Langkawi is unequivocally one of the finest 5* hotels in the world. Set against a wilderness backdrop of pristine 10 million-year-old rainforest, the resort’s private footpath leads to dreamy Datai Bay’s idyllic white-sand beach, one of the Top 10 Beaches worldwide as awarded by National Geographic.

The Datai’s setting, on the northwestern tip of the lush tropical island of Langkawi, is a place full of magic and mystery, and it has millions of years’ worth of stories to tell. Against the backdrop of Southeast Asia’s oldest mountain, Machincang, its 750-hectare rainforest ‘back garden’ is every nature lover’s dream and just waiting to be discovered.

The Datai Langkawi has outstanding spa facilities which focus on the natural healing their surroundings provide. Massages are made available for children over 6 years, so ultimate relaxation is not just reserved for the adults!

The pull of the Datai Langkawi is not just its astounding natural beauty but the design of the accommodation is award-winning. The Canopy Collection is perfect for families who like to be close to the action, a stone’s throw from the main pool, and The Dining Room, you are centrally located. If you are looking for more privacy and total immersion in the rainforest or surrounding beach, the villas are a perfect choice. The exquisite design provides exactly what a family needs. The Two-bedroom beach villa includes an a la carte breakfast every morning.

The newly renovated Family Pool is just a few steps from the beach and also has a Toddler Pool and wading area. Its deck loungers are popular with both couples and families. Delicious local seafood and international specialties are served at The Beach Club throughout the day.

There are a number of options for dining at the Datai Langkawi. Sample traditional Malay cuisine in The Gulai House. Be enchanted by the captivating sounds of forest wildlife while savouring dishes from The Gulai House’s local authentic menu and enjoy pairing with an exclusive selection of wines. This is a true dining experience not to be missed. All restaurants have a children’s menu which can be adapted to your children’s tastes. For those that wish to learn how to cook some of the dishes from the menus, The Gulai House culinary school runs classes for families with children aged 8 and over. This can be combined with a visit to the hotel’s permaculture garden where you can see where many of the ingredients are grown.

Journey through the rainforest with a naturalist who will point out interesting flora, fauna and any animals you happen across on your walk. The Datai Langkawi, have created a bespoke range of activities solely for children to explore the natural world around them. From mini beasts to ocean’s drifters, there is something for everyone.

Nestled in 231 hectares of palm and orange trees with the Atlas Mountains as a backdrop, The Fairmont Royal Palm is one of the coolest family hotels in town. Just 12km from the hustle and bustle of the old Medina of Marrakech, you can enjoy all this destination has to offer. A complimentary shuttle from the hotel can take from calm to craziness is around 20 minutes!

The 134 rooms and suites offer spacious terraces overlooking the gardens or golf course. Families can choose from interconnecting rooms or suites offering plenty of space to spread out.

The dining at Fairmont Royal Palm is in a league of its own. The four restaurants and bars offer seasonal, local and international cuisine in a variety of attractive settings. The traditional Moroccan restaurant, Al Ain, offers typical Moroccan-themed nights with entertainment.

Kids are royally entertained with an interactive club for ages 3 to 12. Your little ones can enjoy the “Little Chef’s Kitchen”, multimedia room, cartoon corner, treehouse, huge dress-up box, mini tennis courts, football pitches, table tennis, heated swimming pool and various themed workshops. The resort also offers private tours around the farm of their young guests.

The huge spa offers an extensive treatment menu alongside the traditional hammam services with six double and single hammams available. Guests can also enjoy the juice bar, heated pool and yoga pavilion but a huge fitness centre.

From the 18-hole par 72 golf course to the resort’s extensive gardens and multiple pools, there is more than enough for the whole family to enjoy.

Israel is a colourful country full of passion and flavour. It will leave an impression on all those that visit long after the journey home. From the cosmopolitan, coolness of Tel Aviv with its endless beaches, buzzing bars and cafes, to the quiet calm and stillness of the Dead Sea this is a land of contrasts like no other.

There is a big adventure to be had for families. From some of the most delicious food in the world to the breathtaking beauty of its hills and valleys and religious relics. This itinerary has been curated to offer thrill-seeking families the chance to experience a taste of it all, from the desert to the ancient walls of Jerusalem. A pace is offered to suit all levels and abilities. We recommend this for children aged 10 years and over

Day 1: Arrival/Mamilla Hotel/Jerusalem

Your private guide will meet you in the arrivals hall for your transfer to the hotel. The Mamilla Hotel is a great choice to start your journey in this fascinating city with its cool, modern contemporary design, rooftop bar and stunning views over the old city which is just a short walk away.

If you have arrived on a Friday (our recommendation) then you will experience a guided visit to the kotel (Western Wall) to see the magic of bringing in Shabbat with lots of singing and dancing. Afterwards, you will enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner in the home of a local Jewish family to gain an insight into life in a Jerusalem home.

Day 2: Mamilla Hotel/Jerusalem

Today will be a day of privately guided walking day where you will enjoy a full tour of the Old City of Jerusalem and be introduced to this place of intense sanctity to Jews, Christians and Muslims, where holy sites tumble over each other. Your expert guide will unpeel layers of history and provide an overview of what Jerusalem means to the three monotheistic religions. You will visit the sites most holy to the non- Jewish faiths, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, for Christianity and you will view the Dome of the Rock for Islam. You will then explore the Jewish heritage of the Old City in more detail, from the First Temple period remains in the shape of the fascinating ‘Broad Wall’, to Second Temple times and the Kotel (Western Wall) and Cardo (the main street during Roman times), to the Hurva Synagogue first built in the eighteenth century, all the way through to the 1967 war and beyond.

Dinner is at leisure with our recommendations and booking on your behalf.

Day 3 Beresheet Hotel/Dead Sea/Negev Desert

Today you will depart Jerusalem for a private tour starting in one of Israel’s most dramatic sites Mount Masada. These mountain top ruins sit within the Judean desert, the perfect backdrop for the retelling the stories of a heroic and ancient tale, now ingrained in national mythology. Masada is a totally unique site, well deserving of its UNESCO world heritage status.

Cool off from the desert heat at Ein Gedi, a glorious, green oasis in the middle of the Judean desert. Natural spring water cascades over a series of ledges in the desert rock, creating waterfalls and freshwater pools, perfect for hiking and swimming through.

The Dead Sea experience is an incredible one float away in a sea full of “good for you” minerals which will leave your skin feeling renewed and healthy. Lunch and facilities are provided by private arrangement at a nearby Dead Sea hotel. We recommend flipflops for the sea and not wearing your best swimsuit which may get damaged by the minerals!

Your check in to the Beresheet hotel will be around 15.00. This hotel stands discreetly on the precipice of the world’s largest erosion crater, luxury merges seamlessly into nature, amidst desert views which will take your breath away. The infinity pool rivals any in the world, the cool, blue waters strikingly contrasting with the arid desert wilderness. The cuisine, sourced from local ingredients is delicious and you can enjoy this over dinner in the main dining room. The spa is not to be missed using all the natural minerals from the Negev Desert. Treatments can be booked in advance if required.

Day 4: Be’erot Private Campsite/ Negev Desert

Today the cycling adventure begins. The tours have been divided into an advanced, intermediate and beginners groups suitable for children and less experienced riders. The advanced riders will begin their 38km trek over rugged terrains and against a spectacular backdrop. Duration time approx 5 hours. The beginners will be driven to the Ramon Colours Trail where they will begin their gentle (mostly downhill) 8km ride towards the camp. Duration time approx 1.5 hours. The groups will meet together at 12.30 for a campsite picnic lunch.

Further cycling activities continue in the afternoon before all groups convene for a campsite dinner. Enjoy a Bedouin welcome and an African style dinner cooked in Pokye pots with rice, salads and fresh fruits. An evening around the campfire will ensue (singing optional!)

Accommodation is in 4 person tents.

Day 5: Private Campsite/ Negev Desert

After a good breakfast including cereals, Shakshuka, cheeses, bread, jam and Nutella, fruit, tea and coffee, you will set off for another day of adventure. Taking in ruins along the spice trail and breathtaking views from the summit. After a 12.30 picnic lunch altogether, the afternoon will continue with 3-4 hours of cycling before heading to the campsite will have been newly built in a different location!

Campfire dinner will consist of a BBQ of freshly cooked meats with potatoes and salads and fresh fruits among other things.

Day 6: Kibbutz Elifaz/ Negev Desert

Another full day of cycling takes you through more valleys and canyons along the Kasui bike trail which will take around 3 hours to complete the 15km ride. Intermediate and beginners will cycle this route together and stop for a picnic lunch at the base of the Kasui dunes. The groups will split after lunch with the advanced exploring the steep Shacharut pass on a 28km challenging cycle before heading to the Kibbutz for a 3.30pm.

Overnight at Kibbutz Elifaz: a lovely desert kibbutz hotel. Accommodation is basic but very welcoming and homely. Lovely gardens and outdoor pool will be enjoyed by all (pool opens according to time of year). A very satisfying dinner will be enjoyed in the traditional kibbutz dining room.

Day 7: Kibbutz Elifaz/Beresheet Hotel

This morning you will enjoy a Kibbutz agricultural tour to see all the incredible variety of fruit and vegetable they grow and learn more about kibbutz life.

After lunch, you will head back to the Beresheet Hotel for the final bit of luxury. Here you can enjoy some poolside relaxing and spa treatments

Day 8: Beresheet Hotel

Day 9: Depart

You will be transferred from Mitzpe Ramon to Ben Gurion airport by private car for your journey home.

The British landscape may be second to none with its rolling fields and babbling brooks but when looking for a bit of drama, sometimes you must go further afield. From the deepest rain forests to the craggiest volcanic landscapes thrill seekers find the most inaccessible locations the most exciting. There is a common misconception that when travelling with kids these natural wonders are not nearly as exciting as for adults. But the natural world around us can bring out the best in your kid’s imagination, and they surprise you every day. Have you got a little one obsessed with dinosaurs or fascinated by space? Celebrate their passion with an adventure they will never forgets.

The land before time
Did you know that Croatia is actually in the top 10 countries where the most dinosaur fossils have been found? It has also been a chosen filming location for the ever-popular Jurassic Park! It is also one of the most ecologically preserved places in Europe. With much of its capital city a UNESCO heritage site there is plenty to spark any budding paleontologists need for exploration.

Away with the fairies
The Nordic Countries are well known for their folk tales with trolls and fairies who inhabit the small and out the way places away from humans. The magic of the dramatic landscape of Iceland is certainly somewhere you can get lost in the magic. From the healing properties of the Blue Lagoon to exploring the Troll Peninsula, there is no shortage of other worldly locations to create long lasting family memories together.

Hands on nature
It’s not so much lions, tigers and bears in Costa Rica but more sloths, turtles and whales. Costa Rica is an animal lover’s paradise whether it’s aquatic life, birds or big cats there’s always something around the corner. The island is an oasis for tropical wildlife, and there are a number of conservation projects that are based in Costa Rica, so budding ecologists can learn how we are preserving the world’s most endangered animals.

Starry starry night
Some children grow up wanting to explore outer space, and while we like to think at TotsToo we’re accommodating, space travel isn’t quite on our itineraries quite yet… We can however bring you a little closer. Whether it’s sleeping under the stars as a family or floating over an Indian landscape in a hot air balloon our Indian itinerary has something for a future astronaut.

Japan is a truly timeless country a place where ancient traditions blend with modern life seamlessly. From the vibrant, colourful metropolis of Tokyo, to the lantern-lined paths of Kyoto, the landscapes offer travellers a completely diverse experience in just a short bullet train ride away.

One of the biggest attractions to Japan is the food. From region to region, the cuisine can vary enormously with many restaurants specialising in just one type of dish that generations will have spent years perfecting. Tots Too has travelled Japan extensively and created a little black book of the best places to eat from conveyer belt style sushi to the best Ramen bowls. Not only can you introduce your children to new flavours and dining experiences, but let them roll up their sleeves and get cooking too with our exclusive cookery classes in Tokyo.

This suggested itinerary covers some of the most exciting regions in Japan and has been curated to afford a more leisurely pace to suit families. Activities can be tailored according to the ages of your children and designed completely bespoke to work with your requirements.

Day 1: Tokyo

Arrive at Tokyo International Airport (Narita or Haneda). After clearance through immigration and customs, meet with your English-speaking assistant, who will help you exchange your JR Pass, book some seats and finally show you the way to your private transfer. You will be dropped off at your hotel in Tokyo.
Enjoy 3 nights in the capital of Japan.

Day 2: Tokyo

Enjoy a private guided tour of some of the best spots in the city including Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple, Tokyo Skytree, Odaiba waterfront area and museums. The day will finish around 5 pm.

Day 3: Tokyo

Private Tsukiji Market Walk and Local Home visit with sushi-making, starts at 08.30. On this tour you will you can enjoy the many bustling shops around the outer area of the Tsukiji Market. There are about 410 shops and restaurants at the Tsukiji Outer Market. The English-speaking guide will lead the tour around Tsukiji Outer Market and through the many bustling shops. (Please note that the tuna auctions will not be visited on this tour.) Then experience hand-shaping and rolling sushi, and of course, tasting your own work of art at local resident’s house. You’ll see how local Japanese people live and talk to them in their own house where you can feel real Japan.
This tour will end around 13:00. The afternoon can be spent enjoying Meiji Jingu Shrine and the neighbouring trendy area of Harajuku, Omotesando and Shibuya. You will visit the Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. Stroll around Ueno Park, home to a zoo and a number of major museums. Visit the Electric Town – Akihabara – known for the many electronic shops, and more recently for the “otaku” culture, with many anime and manga shops now among the electronic shops.

Day 4: Tokyo to Hakone

Check out of your accommodation, and meet your English-speaking guide at your hotel lobby. You will head to Mt Fuji by private transfer (you will also leave your luggage in the van). If you’re departing on a clear day, you will have the chance to see Mt Fuji on the way. You will first head up to the 5th Station, situated at 2,300 meters (7,546 ft) above sea level. At this height on a clear day, it offers breath-taking views from above the clouds. You will then continue on Lake Ashi. This crater-lake along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mt. Hakone was formed by a powerful volcanic eruption nearly 3,000 years ago and provides postcard views of Mt. Fuji towering 30 km northwest. Admire the superb view of Mt. Fuji from aboard a ship. Then, take a 7-minute ropeway ride to the peak of Mt. Komagatake. Your car will then drop you off at your hotel. Stay for 1 night in Hakone in a traditional lodging, a ryokan, with hot spring baths. Futon mattresses will be prepared on the tatami mat floor.
In the evening, Japanese ‘kaiseki’ cuisine will be served, in the typical delicate Japanese-style.

Day 5: Hakone to Kiso Valley

Today, you can experience the new Hot Spring Theme Park Hakone Kowakien Yunessun & Mori no Yu Passport, Zip Line Experience and buffet lunch.
Yunessun is a popular hot spring theme park where guests can enjoy a soak in a variety of baths – including wine, coffee, and Japanese sake baths – as well as water slides.
Enjoy a soothing soak in the open-air bath with a view of the Hakone outer crater rim, or in the relaxing indoor bath. There are 8 kinds of baths including private baths, as well as sauna facilities. The line opened in the summer of 2018 and visitors can enjoy it from spring to autumn, passing through the lush forests of Hakone.

Make your way to Kiso Valley with your JR Pass today, arriving in the afternoon. Check in to your accommodation, a traditional inn and take this opportunity to unwind and enjoy the facilities and atmosphere. An onsen soak and a traditional dinner will await you before resting for a busy second day.

Day 7: Kiso Valley for the Nakesendo Trail

Let the Nakasendo Trail adventure begin by meeting your English-speaking guide at your accommodation’s lobby and taking a private car to Magome. The Magome-Tsumago trail is 8km long, passing the homes and fields of locals and amazingly preserved post-towns.
The trail between Magome and Tsumago is a well-preserved section of the former Nakasendo trail. The walk is easy to moderate and well signposted in English. It is roughly 8km long and takes approximately three hours to complete at a leisurely pace. The trail leads through the countryside, past the homes and fields of local residents, occasionally intersecting with the road where hikers must walk along asphalt for short portions. A walk along the Magome–Tsumago trail is an essential part of any visit to the Kiso Valley. *This walk is recommended for children over 10 years old.

Day 8: Kiso Valley to Kyoto

After departing Kiso Valley by train, you will arrive in Kyoto to enjoy a day visiting the most famous sightseeing spots in the former capital. Visit Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Sites and see the Kyoto Imperial Palace, which was used as the Emperor’s residence until about 150 years ago.
After lunch, go sightseeing around some of Kyoto’s most representative scenic spots focusing on the Higashiyama area. Visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, known for its thousands of brilliant red torii gates, called Senbon Torii.
Visit World Heritage Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and discover why this ancient political capital of Japan is now its history and sightseeing capital.

Day 9: Kyoto

This morning, meet your English-speaking assistant at your hotel and make your way to Arashiyama using public transportation.
From Kameoka to Saga-Arashiyama, you will go through a thrilling 16 km traditional boat ride on the Hozugawa River while viewing the beautiful scenery. With Mt. Arashiyama as the backdrop, take a walk through the Sagano Bamboo Grove. Visit the temple gardens of Tenryuji, a World Heritage Site considered as one of Kyoto’s best Zen temples. You will also get to see the monkey par, where you can meet 170 monkeys that are roaming freely, and interact with them up close by hand feeding them.
You will then go visit Kinkaku-ji Temple, the Golden Temple, before finishing your tour.

Day 10: Kyoto

Meet your English-speaking guide and go to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan. Visit Todaiji Temple housing a great image of Buddha, the colourful Kasuga Taisha Shrine with 3,000 lanterns, and Nara Park (Deer Park). You will get to see wild deer up close, a rarity in Japan and elsewhere in the world, while walking through Nara Park.
The afternoon will be spent in the home of a local cooking master learning how to cook Tempura and Sushi amongst other dishes. This is a unique opportunity to gain an insight into Japanese customs and presentation with food.

Day 11: Kyoto to Osaka

Today leave your baggage with the bell captain for your bags to be delivered to your hotel in Osaka this evening. Take a private car from your hotel to Kyoto station. Your English speaking assistant will then support you on to the train platform for your bullet train adventure to Hiroshima.

Make your way to Hiroshima (2h away) and meet your English-speaking guide upon arrival at the station. Once the site of the world’s first atomic bomb attack, it is now a modern, cosmopolitan city with great restaurants and nightlife. You will visit its museum and the island of Miyajima (or shrine island), with one of the crown jewels of the country: Itsukushima floating shrine (please note the floating gate will be under renovation until June 2021). Upon request, we can organise a kayaking tour around Miyajima island – a great adventure for families.
You will then make your way to Osaka for your 2-night stay using your JR Pass (1h30 min). A car will pick you up at Shin-Osaka station and drop you off at your hotel.

Day 12: Osaka

This morning, meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go visit Osaka’s must-see places.
Experience one of the most amazing aquariums in Japan – Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan-, with various marine life from the Pacific Rim. Visit Osaka Castle and learn about the various ways it was destroyed and rebuilt throughout history.
Experience a sensory overload, famous street-food and iconic images of Japan’s neon nightlife in Osaka’s entertainment district in Minami. This area is also great for some shopping time.
Enjoy panoramic views of Osaka at the Floating Garden Observatory at the top of the Umeda Sky Building, which is also popular among international travellers for its unique architecture.

Day 13: Osaka to home

This morning, please check out of your accommodation. A taxi will be waiting to collect you from your accommodation and take you to Kansai International Airport, ready for your departing flight back home.

Malaysia is a bubbling, bustling melting-pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together creating a diverse culture and a rich gastronomical paradise.

For many, Malaysia is defined by its equatorial rainforest, significant chunks of which are hugely protected by National parks and conservation projects and remain intact. The contrast of the huge towering skyscrapers in the Capital Kuala Lumpur and the city’s glistening malls, to the colonial shophouses and bustling markets, makes for an exciting contrast.

A packed calendar of colourful festivals throughout the year, and a delicious variety of cuisines from region to region makes Malaysia one of the most exciting destinations to visit.

This adventure packed itinerary has been thoughtfully created to give our families a taste of it all at a relaxed pace. Get up close and personal with the Orangutans, stay in the heart of all the wildlife in jungle lodges, discover the locals favourite food and take in one of the most beautiful Islands in the world Langkawi.

Day 1. Sepilok

Upon arrival, meet and greet at the airport and drive for approximately 30 minutes to MY Nature Resort and check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure for self-exploration.

A boardwalk is built with approximately 1,500 ft long, going up and down structure for you to explore before dark and be ready before 1800 hours at “The Flying Squirrel” Platform to witness these amazing creatures in action. The guided night walk will be conducted by the in-house guide as an optional tour before or after dinner (depending on the weather conditions.)

Day 2. Sepilok by boat to Abai Jungle Lodge

After a hearty breakfast at the resort, check out and depart to visit Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Proceed to the free roaming area feeding platform for 1000 hours feeding time and thereafter the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

1115 hours – depart Sepilok Centre transfer to jetty in Sandakan for scheduled boat departs at 1200noon. Take an hour boat cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary where you will take your lunch at Abai Jungle Restaurant. This is a wonderful journey of discovery which starts from the waters of Sulu Sea of Sandakan Town through a magnificent scenery of the Mangrove Forest. Check in at Abai Jungle Lodge. Late in the afternoon, you will be experiencing a cruise to search for wildlife until the sunsets while enjoying a cup of coffee and by the night falls continue the night cruise to witness the fireflies as Christmas tree. Return to the lodge for dinner. After dinner, again experience the “Jungle at night” at our nature boardwalk to search for birds, snakes, insects and other wildlife with our nature guide.

Day 3. Pitas Oxbow Lake/ Lunch with locals / Boat to Sukau / Menanggul Cruise

Wake up by the calls of nature. Early morning take a river trip to Pitas Oxbow Lake to observe wildlife and experience the unique of Pitas Oxbow Lake. After breakfast, village walks at Abai Village and enjoy a simple lunch specially arranged by the villagers or lunch at Abai Jungle Lodge. After lunch, cruise upriver to Sukau village in search of primates especially the wild orangutan, birds, pygmy elephant and other wildlife. Arrive Sukau, check in at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. Late afternoon, take another river cruise to Menanggul River, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge.

Day 4. Sukau / Lahad Datu / Danum Valley

0900 hours Depart for 2 ½ hours overland journey on the gravel road to Danum Valley Borneo Rainforest Lodge. This is the largest protected area of lowland dipterocarp rainforest in Sabah, covering 43800 hectares. After lunch at the lodge, take an afternoon trek through the forest to the top “Canopy Walkway” for a view like no other over the rainforest. Enjoy dinner at the lodge before a night drive in an open-top vehicle in search of nocturnal animals. Overnight at Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Day 5. Danum Valley Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Have an early breakfast. Depart for your journey to Lahad Datu town and proceed to Borneo Nature Tours office for registration and briefing. Morning Jungle to the Kadazandusun burial site, “Coffin Cliff” before proceeding to “View Point” for a bird’s eye view of the area. Enjoy lunch at the lodge before an afternoon Jungle Trek or go for a relaxing session of “tubing” down the Danum River (subject to weather and water level condition)
Dinner at the lodge and then an optional night walk in search of nocturnal animals or relax and play board games. Overnight at Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Day 6. Danum Valley Borneo Rainforest Lodge /Lahad Datu / Kota Kinabalu

After a Lunch at the lodge, check out and depart for your 2 ½ hours drive to Lahad Datu Airport for your domestic flight to Kota Kinabalu Airport and transfer to hotel for check-in. Rest of the day and night is at leisure. Overnight at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort

Day 7. Kota Kinabalu

An exciting afternoon awaits with a full day tour to discover true Sabahan cuisine with a fascinating guided tour, introducing finger-licking local favourites, including, noodles, seafood, barbecue and delicious coconut puddings.

Work up an appetite with visits to two of Kota Kinabalu’s top attractions. Sabah is rightly proud of its diversity and multiculturalism and is home to a wonderful and peaceful Buddhist temple, the Pu Toh Sze, the perfect place for a serene stroll. Then it’s time to take a trip up Kokol Hill, Sabah’s top vantage point, affording visitors some of the best panoramic views of Kota Kinabalu, Mount Kinabalu, the South China Sea and nearby islands, all under the fabulous glow of a Bornean sunset. Overnight at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort.

Day 8 – 13. Kota Kinabalu / Langkawi

After breakfast, take a short domestic flight to Langkawi where you will arrive at the beautiful Datai Hotel, your home for the remaining five nights. During your stay, you will enjoy a family cookery class, nature walks with the resident guide, riverboat cruise followed by lunch in a local’s home followed by a dip in the jungle creek. Spend time relaxing on the pristine beach (voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world by National Geographic), enjoy spa treatments and some of the best Malay food you will ever eat in one of the hotel’s four restaurants. Overnight The Datai.

Day 13. Depart for home

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before waving goodbye to the island and setting off in your private airport transfer for the flight back to the UK.

Find out how Emma, our co-founder, recently explored everything Malaysia has to offer. Read her blog

Opening in April 2021, Ikos Andalusia will be the latest edition to Ikos’s award-winning collection of 5* resorts. Situated in the sun-drenched Costa Del Sol, nestled between the ever-popular Marbella and the historic town of Estepona its beachfront setting offers miles of golden sands and more tranquil shores compared to Marbella’s bustling beaches.

Like the Ikos resorts, they offer a multitude of activities both indoors and outdoors for kids. You can relax on the beach with their complimentary beach childcare service. Kids can spend the day making the most of all the resort’s activities and facilities available with kid’s clubs, and teenagers can make friends in the Just4teens club from 13+ included as part of your stay. There is also Hero’s Creche for little ones from 4 months to 3 years, available at an additional cost. For budding Lionel Messi’s or Steph Houghton’s the WK Football is the perfect way to spend your holiday.

For those looking to truly chill out, the spa has been specially designed as a child-free zone where your stresses can be melted away by a masseuse or in the thermal suite.

Accommodation is modern and carefully designed to cater to all guests’ needs. An elegant collection of double rooms, superior rooms, junior suites, bungalow suites, deluxe suites, and villas give you the opportunity to relax with views of the stunning landscape and surrounding beach.

In the evening, choose from six different restaurants and a Mediterranean buffet that serves a number of cuisines including Spanish and the Provencal-inspired creations of Michelin-starred chef, Anthony Jehanno. Children are of course catered for with a healthy and nutritious menu to suit their palate.

Located between the quaint village of Aghios Nikolaos and Elounda in Crete, the charming Pleiades Villas offer guests the choice of 9 elegantly furnished two and three-bedroom villas, complete with private pools, chef and nanny services and beach access at the nearby Domes Autograph Collection.

Enjoy the services of a hotel but with all the creature comforts of a hotel including daily housekeeping, in-villa dining, babysitting services, baby equipment, gym, and in-house spa treatments to name just a few of the services. Pools are only heated (for an additional charge) in the Superior Villas. Guests can also take advantage of the services at Domes of Elounda where creche facilities are offered (for a charge), as well as a complimentary kids club, beach services, and family pools.

The location puts you in the perfect position from which to explore the nearby areas of the Dikte Mountains, the shopping and local gastronomy of Aghios Nikolaos, a small city with a strong history built around a lake, nearby Elounda, a charming fishing village with a further choice of restaurants, and one of the highlights Spinalonga, the former leper colony which has become a popular tourist attraction thanks to its well-preserved remains and shallow beaches.

Choose to rent a bike to explore, access the concierge services to do some food shopping for you if you want to completely self-cater, or take advantage of the gym and sauna treatments, plus the in-house spa treatments offered within the comfort of your villa.

Dubrovnik has always been a popular destination amongst young Australians and I first went there as an 18 year old on a backpacking trip around Europe. I had memories of sheltering from a record-breaking heavy downpour in the Old Town for 3 days straight, so I really wasn’t expecting much more than that upon arrival. I couldn’t have been more wrong!

To start my sunny weekend away, I was met at the airport by a very welcoming, friendly driver. The 40-minute journey was accompanied by stunning views the entire way along with loads of information about the country and its tourism.

Upon arriving at the Sun Gardens, I was welcomed by staff who talked me through the facilities available for use and suggested what activities I might like to participate in during my stay. The resort really has everything you need – there is a small strip of bouquet shops selling swimwear and clothes. There is also pharmacy, and grocery store which is convenient for guests staying in the residences where they have kitchenettes. The Sports Centre caters for people of all ages and skill levels and has multiple academies for children basketball, football, tennis and water polo. The Kids Club is free, whilst the teens club (15-19yo) and new baby club (crèche) is chargeable.

The rooms themselves are well equipped and spacious, with the One Bedroom Residence Sea View apartment hosting 1 bathroom and 1 separate toilet and can accommodate 3 guests, with a King Bed and fold-out sofa. The terrace is very large and has a table and chairs, small outdoor sofa and 2 sun beds – perfect for relaxing on with a glass or two of wine.

No matter where you are in the resort, you are only a short walk away from one of the three pools and from multiple restaurants. All of the restaurants can be pre-booked however Cilantro tends to be most popular so I would recommend booking in advance. On my first night I had dinner at Market which was spectacular, with a large array of fish-dishes including stuffed squid, clams, and whole fish. La Pasta is excellent for pasta and pizza dishes, with the squid ink pizza making quite the impression. None of the restaurants have strict dress codes, making dining in smart-casual possible.

Pools are refreshing with an adult only pool and 2 large family friendly pools. The pebble beach stretches along the length of the resort whilst the private marina allows for guests to access Dubrovnik Old Town on a stunning 40-minute boat trip, or hire yachts out for the day. There are also a variety of water sports available which can be booked on-site.

A shuttle bus can also take guests into the Old Town and takes around 20 minutes. The shuttle boat is highly recommended, but I would suggest only catching it on the way home. The sea spray can be a bit much, and you may need a rinse off once you’re off the boat! If you time it right, you can also catch the beautiful sunset on the boat ride home whilst enjoying the amazing views of the Old Town city walls. Make sure to check with reception before booking a day trip in – they have a schedule of the cruise ships, and sometimes with multiple cruise ships in, the Old Town can be very difficult to navigate against the crowds.

Overall, the resort is incredible, and I definitely recommend a visit there. Sun Gardens is quiet and although it was at 98% occupancy, it did not feel as though there was very many people there at all. Staff were very welcoming and friendly, and always available if help was required.

The latest addition to the Ikos brand Ikos Aria which opened in May 2019, is located on the southwest coast of Kos and offers a compelling mix of contemporary style and traditional hospitality with the renowned Ikos experience. Stretched over 47 acres of the dazzling, serene Kos coastline, this luxurious property delivers on the promise of the Dodecanese beguiling beauty, fascinating culture, and warm hospitality. Ikos Aria overflows with style and touches of unique brilliance, all complemented by our award-winning Infinite Lifestyle which ensures virtually every element of your stay is already included in the original cost, leaving you to relax and enjoy lasting memories.

Positioned on one of the island’s finest locations Ikos Aria has its own private beach with golden sand and amazing crystalline waters. Alternatively, take your pick from one of their fabulous five indoor or outdoor heated pools offering dedicated pools for everyone in the family including the littlest ones. Deluxe Collection guests will enjoy their own extensive private pool and children’s pool, together with a beach area reserved exclusively for their use.

With a collection of more than 370 perfectly appointed suites and rooms, the resort offers families a choice of rooms with private balconies, gardens, and individual pools. You’ll discover beautifully spacious bathrooms together with all the comforts needed to ensure a luxurious and truly relaxing stay.

The resort boasts eight delightful restaurants, each offering unique and remarkable culinary experience, offering a world of flavour stretching from the Mediterranean to the Orient. Michelin-starred menus take centre stage and the innovative dine-out programme introduces you to some of the best local restaurants.

As with all Ikos properties, there’s no end of fun for kids of all ages, every day of the week. From professionally supervised clubs all operated by Worldwide Kids Company, families are spoilt for choice. There’s Hero’s Crèche (4months – 3 years) for the smallest guests, while Hero’s Kids Club (4 years – 11 years) and Just4TeensHero (12 year+) provide a program of organised events, sports and learning morning and afternoon, as well as a WK Football Academy for children aged 5-8 years and 9-14 years. Childcare service is also available on the beach (30’ complimentary, (4yrs+ upwards)

There’s so much to do at Ikos Aria and so many activities that are included at no extra cost as part of your stay from indoors, outdoors, in the water or out exploring the island, the choice is endless. Get your day off to a brilliant start with yoga or Pilates, make the most of the tennis courts or football pitches, or try your hand at paddleboarding. For a slower pace enjoy a rare opportunity to slow down and take life a little easier. Relax, rejuvenate and generally let us spoil you in the Ikos Spa by Anne Semonin, Paris – a serene setting offering a range of personalised treatments from experienced therapists.

The island of Kos is steeped in history and Ikos Aria is an ideal base from which to explore its archaeological wealth, as well as the surrounding countryside with all it has to offer.

Set in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa is the first five-star hotel in Villars and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel is perfectly positioned boasting stunning vistas over the Dents du Midi, ski slopes in close proximity to the resort centre perfect for families. Located near the border of France and beautiful Lake Geneva the hotel has a relaxed, traditional mountain atmosphere with elegant facilities.

With sixty-three spacious rooms and suites, fifteen residences and interconnection option, families have an array of options to enjoy their downtime in.

The Chalet is wonderfully appointed and has three restaurants all serving gourmet and traditional cuisine with flavours of Switzerland, using regional and seasonal produce. Children can enjoy their kid’s club, for children up to 10 years, offering a selection of indoor and outdoor activities. There is also games rooms and cinemas for families to enjoy together. For little ones, Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa has a longstanding partnership with La Garderie la Trottinette crèche which is a 5-minute walk from the property.

For some real pamper time and for a chance to recharge your batteries Spa by RoyAlp provides an unforgettable experience. With a vast menu of high-quality treatments, an indoor swimming pool with an open fireplace and a Jacuzzi you will be left relaxed ready to hit the slopes. There is also a well-equipped gym open to guest 24 hours a day.

Of course, skiing is the main attraction with Villars directly links five alpine areas – Villars, Gryon, Meilleret, Isenau and Glacier 3000 all offering varied slopes. In addition to this, there is a local ski school where kids can learn the basics on gentle slopes. For the less confident skier, there is sledging and dog mushing and located in the village centre, the Villars-sur-Ollon is a public ice-skating rink open every day.

For thrill-seekers, the must-see attraction in the region is the PeakWalk by Tissot (the only suspension bridge connecting 2 peaks in the World). Only 30 minutes from The Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa in summer, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Matterhorn, Mont-Blanc & Jungfrau and discover many activities on the Glacier where the snow never melts. However, if you are looking to unwind take advantage of the virtues of the hottest thermal water in Switzerland. The two outdoor pools and the indoor pool are open all year at a temperature of 33°C to 36°C.

Set amongst the dramatic Sierra Nevada mountains, about an hour from the Spanish city of Granada, El Lodge is an enchanting Alpine-style hotel and a haven for skiers of all ages and abilities. Sierra Nevada is the second highest mountain range in Western Europe after the Alps and guests can ski out directly from the hotel.

The boutique hotel is ideal to reboot after a full day on the slopes and comprises of twenty spacious rooms and suites – all with terraces and sweeping mountain views. Interconnecting suites are available for larger families.

El Lodge offers a range of delicious dining options, using an array of locally sourced products served in a polished, laid-back atmosphere – the three hotel restaurants are nothing short of indulgent. Catch the ray and enjoy the views on The Sun Deck, Sierra Nevada’s only ski-in/ski-out restaurant or an enjoy a nightcap at The Bar.

Younger guest will enjoy the kids club for children aged four to twelve with a selection of games and arts and crafts activities. This is unsupervised, but childcare can be arranged. Kids will also love the heated outdoor pool, where you can enjoy a swim with the heat of the Sierra sun and the picturesque mountain backdrop.

Sierra Nevada has a crèche and kids club where you can leave the children while enjoying a day on the snow, services run from 4 months to 8 years. There is also a kid-friendly restaurant, a kids’ play area and a teen hang out.

When it’s time to hit the slopes ski equipment can be hired all within the hotel with their professional team there to advise you on the equipment that best fits your skills and preferences. They can also supply play equipment so that young and old can have fun in the snow. Guests at El Lodge can take skiing or snowboarding lessons with guaranteed quality and personalised service. Available daily these groups are divided into skill levels or enjoy a one-on-one session with a personal instructor.

At El Lodge their renowned services is designed so that from the moment you step foot inside, you can simply forego the logistics: they take care of everything from loading and taking your skis down to the station to outfitting you in the perfect attire or creating special experiences.

Why not finish skiing a little earlier and allow them to pamper you, or perhaps swap a day on the slopes for day of complete relaxation in their Spa? The Spa at El Lodge includes two private treatment rooms, offering a large selection of treatments and indoor pool to give you unique views of Sierra Nevada.

Sierra Nevada can hold on its own as one of the most impressive resorts in Europe for its local charm and spectacular climate. But if you’d like to experience it as few can, El Lodge can help you create special adventures for the whole family to enjoy.

Set amongst 12 acres of pristine gardens, peaceful waterways, Palais Namaskar is nestled between Morocco’s Atlas Mountains and Djebilet Hills in Marrakesh’s revered Palmeraie region. This Moroccan oasis is a spacious retreat only a 20-minute drive from the souks of central Marrakech, making it ideal for families.

Palais Namaskar has a total of 48 rooms consisting of double rooms, suites, pool villas and palaces. The decor is a vibrant combination of Eastern-inspired architecture infusing Feng Shui principles with contemporary interior design. Almost all residences offer either a heated private pool or an outdoor private plunge pool surrounded by jasmine or orange trees. For larger families, the Palaces offer up to 4 bedrooms, a large private terrace and a pool. Some rooms and suites can be joined in order to create customised areas, turning them into an ideal option for a luxury getaway for families.

Inventive dining is intrinsic to the Palais Namaskar experience. In addition to the gourmet restaurant, Le Namaskar, the elegant tea lounge and the extraordinary Nomad rooftop bar, guests may dine wherever they like: enjoying a private picnic in the gardens, an intimate candlelit meal by the lake for a parents night off or with the children under the open sky on a private terrace. An appealing variety of French cuisine combined with Moroccan influences is featured, accompanied by a superb selection of wines, spirits and teas, all served in a trendy atmosphere liven up by the background music. Palais Namaskar Sunday Brunch Garden Parties invite guests to relax by the pool while enjoying the brunch menu, socialize and revitalize any summer Sunday.

Palais Namaskar offers an array of amenities and activities from an innovative Spa in partnership with Aromatherapy Associates using organic and natural products to their state-of-the-art fitness centre and yoga program. Foodie families can embark on a culinary journey with Palais Namaskar and their cooking classes where you will learn all the secrets of Moroccan cuisine.

Children will enjoy NamasKids Club, creating educational experiences in a relaxed and fun environment. Classes include artistic workshops, physical activities, shows, cultural programming but also mini cooking workshops to awaken their sense of taste and flavors. For a faster pace, the Oasiria water park is just 20 minutes, kids will love the activities from the immense wave pool, water slides and a beach volleyball court.

Marrakesh is a fantastic destination to explore, from guided tours of the city and medina to trekking across the desert. Absorb the scents and surroundings of the exquisitely colorful Majorelle Gardens, designed for the renowned fashion creator Yves St Laurent. Discover the Mellah (the former Jewish Quarter), the opulent Bahia Palace and the stunning Koutoubia mosque. Plunge into Djemaa El Fna the city’s iconic square pulsating with snake charmers, musicians, storytellers and acrobats. Stroll in the old medina’s narrow lanes and souks crowded with spices, leather work, jewellery, books and crafts. Guest can enjoy a complimentary daytime shuttle service to the city centre.

For most people, the first things that spring to mind when you mention Finnish Lapland, are Santa, Northern Lights, sub-zero temperatures and lots and lots of snow. But there is another, very different side to this region as I discovered on my recent trip there.

Finnish Lapland during the summer time is the most stunning place – endless sparkling crystal-clear lakes and glorious green landscapes. It’s a Mecca for wellness with Saunas in abundance, mineral rich water available to drink straight from the lake, fresh local produce including the delicious cloud and lingon berries that make their way into your food, drinks and beauty products and wildlife to remind you how beautiful this world is. You just can’t help but come away from there feeling rejuvenated and recharged.

During the summer months, there is 24-hour daylight, so the long days allow you to fit in lots of activities to maximise your time away. The climate is mild and sunny and whilst I was there at the end of June, I enjoyed daytime temperatures in the 20s with night time temperatures anywhere between 5 and 12 degrees. A few warmer layers are required for night time outdoor activities.

The first stop of my 5-day visit was to Inari, located in the northern part of Lapland within the arctic circle. Its easily accessible from the UK with daily flights via Helsinki to Ivalo on Finn Air. Inari boasts the second largest population of Sami culture and sits next to the beautiful Lake Inarijarvi.

A riverboat trip into the Lemmenjoki National Park, to try your hand at gold panning is a must. The historical gold sites sit around 22km deep into the park and my wonderful Sami guide showed me the secret of finding gold. Afterwards, we sat around the campfire to hear fascinating stories about the Sami culture and hear “yoiks” (songs) whist enjoying traditional delicacies.

There is no chance to see the Northern Lights during summer as of course it must be dark to see them. But the night time sun is very beautiful. It is lower in the sky in the evening and lends a soft glow over the countryside and lakes – much Like the start of a gorgeous sunset that lasts all night. One of the best ways to enjoy it is to take a midnight cruise. It’s so peaceful, watching the birds, the still waters twinkling in the sun and spotting fish darting in and out of the waters.

During summer, Reindeer roam freely so you will see them a lot, sometimes dozens of them together, just wandering around the roads and countryside. This is also the time baby Reindeer are born and its very special to see them with their mothers as they graze on grass.

Just a few hours south of Inari by car, is Saariselka. One of the main reasons for visiting this area is for the many outdoor activities on offer whilst enjoying the stunning backdrop of the Urho Kekkonen National Park. Fat biking is not something I’ve ever tried but is great fun. The extra wide tyres give you stability whilst challenging yourself to cycle uphill, downhill and over bumpy terrain. There are various levels of difficulty and you can do this with or without a guide. I did mine with a guide and we cycled to a beautiful lake where we enjoyed canoeing and fishing before lighting a fire and grilling our catch. For those with more time, there are lots of wonderful hiking trails through the park.

On the South Eastern border of Lapland, sits Kuusamo, within the Northern Ostrobothnia region, approximately a 4hr drive from Inari with its own airport and regular flights from the UK via Helsinki. This region is closest to the Russian border and is renowned for its wildlife and nature central to its promotion of wellbeing.

During the winter, this area is home to one of the largest (and expanding) ski resorts in Finland, hosting international ski jumping and cross country skiing competitions. In summer, it transforms into an adventure park with some truly thrilling activities on offer. One of them, is rafting on the Kitka river. This is something that everyone can do, with some easy ones for families with children over 5 and much more challenging ones for those over 18. Our guide, having fully briefed us on all of the commands and suited and booted us, took us down category 2, 3 and 4 rapids. By the end, we were soaked through and on a total high. After a delicious picnic lunch, we went on a hike through the national park and managed to view the much more challenging category 6 rapids for the super brave.

This particular region is famous for its brown bear and once they come out of hibernation in May, you can spot them right up until end of September. Our guide has a 99% success rate of tracking them. We met him in Kuntivaara which is situated just 3km from the Russian border. As he led us in our small group, in single file, silently through the forest, we spotted Mummy bear with her 3 cubs walking so close to us! We were ushered quickly into our viewing cabin where we watched them foraging for food and playing. The cabin is a small wooden hut where we could sit in small armchairs, in front of a huge viewing window, with binoculars to wait and watch. We were fortunate enough to see 7 or 8 of them, ranging from 2 months old up to 14 years old strolling in all their magnificent glory right in front of the window. The setting is beautiful as the sun sits low in the sky and the eagles and other forest birds provide entertainment as they circle around, waiting to pounce on the bears’ leftovers. I felt so lucky to have witnessed this wonderful display of nature and will cherish the memories.

Wellbeing is so important to the people of this region and at every place I stayed, there was a sauna of some variety – whether it be traditional or smoke. There is even a sauna tour where you can visit 7 or so in one day, being taken from place to place by bus which, yes you guessed it, features a sauna. I struggled to get the sauna concept when I arrived but by the time I left I was a total convert. The saunas are generally built close to the lake so that you can go for a dip in the cold refreshing water after working up a sweat. You can do this even in winter when they will cut a hole in the ice so that you can still plunge in! It’s that wonderful tingling feeling of hot to cold that leaves you so refreshed and invigorated. And that feeling lasts for days. There are many different types of sauna, but my favourite was the smoke sauna. This is one of the first types of Sauna, it doesn’t have a chimney and takes hours to heat up producing a dry smoky heat. I also enjoyed the Finnish tradition of using birch leaves to slap the skin, getting the circulation going and taking the natural oils from the birch into the skin.

The wild arctic food is absolutely delicious. During the summer months, berries and mushrooms grow in abundance, there is plenty of fresh fish and vegetables and reindeer and elk make a regular appearance on the menu. Everywhere I ate, I experienced outstanding, fresh wholesome country fare. Many of the local hotels and guest house have been in the family for years and are passed from generation to generation. A lovely activity is to go out with your host and pick some local ingredients and then cook them, following one of their secret family recipes. You can then enjoy your feast with some fresh berry juice, water straight from the spring or something stronger if you prefer.

I have previously enjoyed 2 wonderful winter stays in Finnish Lapland but seeing it in summer has opened up a whole new appreciation of this wonderful region. This holiday will appeal to any foodies who love the outdoors, wild nature and want to relax and unwind in a peaceful and beautiful environment. Just don’t forget your eye mask!

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando is located right within the gates of Walt Disney World Resort® and offers families full enjoyment of Disney with the renowned Four Seasons experience. The resort is tucked away in natural woodland with its own golf course, landscaped grounds and extensive water features resulting in a calm ambiance away from the frenzy of the parks. With its own luxury coach service to the four theme parks, guest can also benefit from the ‘early entry’ privilege of Disney’s own on-site hotels.

The seamless Four Seasons service is clearly evident with high attention to detail and the ability to meet requests before they have been uttered. The resort has a slightly less formal and leisure-oriented environment with an array of activities for the family to enjoy. Four Seasons Resort Orlando reflects the Spanish Revival architecture of Florida’s golden age and has room for the entire family with 443 spacious guest rooms, including 68 suites. All rooms are over a generous 500 square feet in size, featuring contemporary, light and airy decor and thoughtful touches for the ultimate comfort of families. In the evening, guests can choose to watch Disney’s fireworks from the rooftop Steakhouse. Only rooms above the fifth floor (west side) have the right elevation for views of the nightly Disney fireworks, which are a key attraction

Guest can choose from six vibrant restaurants: a rooftop Spanish-style steakhouse specializing in fresh Florida seafood a delectable Italian restaurant in an indoor-outdoor setting a lively, southern-inspired poolside restaurant Plancha, their golf clubhouse restaurant serving Cuban-American cuisine a great lobby bar with a full menu overlooking the lake, as well as Lickety-Split, a colourful coffee bar complete with culinary creations to go. A dining experience not to be missed is the Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & His Pals character breakfast weekly at Ravello restaurant, a photographer will be on-site to capture your wonderful memories with Goofy & His Pals.

The resort offers families an array of amenities from tennis courts, volleyball and basketball, plus two infinity pools (one family one for adults only, with the option of a cabana), a lazy river feature, splash zone, water park with slides, fitness centre and a luxurious spa. Four Seasons’ famous Kids For All Seasons club is complimentary for children ages 4 to 12 and offers daily engaging and fun programs. Babysitting is also available upon request. Plan for at least an entire day at Explorer Island – it’s packed with family-friendly features that add up to a splashing good time for all! Start with the fun of the Family Pool, Splash Zone, Lazy River and The Drop, then dry out over a game of beach volleyball, shoot hoops, or get your gaming fix at The Hideout.
Four Seasons guests now have access to the Extra Magic Hours benefit. The Extra Magic Hours benefit means that each day Four Seasons Resort Orlando guests can enjoy select attractions as one of the four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks opens early or extends later, and during select dates, the Extra Magic Hours benefit may also be offered at a Disney Water Park. Guests can view the Extra Magic Hours calendar at www.disneyworld.com/parkhours

Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World brings luxury and sophistication to the heart of Walt Disney World®. It is a fantastic resort to indulge in while visiting the parks and enjoying the Orlando sunshine.

AT A GLANCE

Tots Too exclusive complimentary Buffet Breakfast daily for 2 guests

Tots Too exclusive Complimentary lunch at Chambao for 2 guests

Kids club for ages 4-12

152 rooms, suites and villas + Nobu Penthouse Suite

15 minutes walk to Marina Botafoch and Ibiza Town

Bringing the brand’s unique blend of escapism, tranquillity and indulgence to Ibiza’s shores Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is ideally positioned on the shores of Cala Talamanca and is an oasis of calm from the bustle of the island. The boutique beachfront resort has a soft sandy beach that leads onto the promenade offering a selection of laidback bars and restaurants – which are very popular with local families.

The boutique hotel is beautifully designed around two swimming pools with various terraces and areas to relax and enjoy the Iberian lifestyle. Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay has a contemporary, relaxed feel with stylish neutral furnishing with locally-sourced Ibizan artwork. The hotel of 152 rooms is spread over two areas, one has a more adult feel ideally suited for couples, while the family area is ideally designed for families of all ages and is centred around the family pool and kids club. There is a great selection of spacious family-friendly accommodation with floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies to enjoy views of the Med or the peaceful gardens and a selection of interconnecting options. Suites have access to an outdoor terrace, garden or plunge pool. The newest addition to Nobu’s room category is Nobu Penthouse Suite, a three-bedroom duplex suite located on the top floor of the hotel. This suite has four outdoor terraces that offer a stunning sea view of Talamanca Bay and Ibiza Town, as well as a rooftop area with a whirlpool tub.

As one of the world’s most recognized Japanese restaurant, the cuisine at the resort is exceptional with a selection of five restaurants. This is where the hotel comes into its own, of course, there is Nobu serving a Japanese fusion menu as well as some local dishes. Chambao (Spanish for “beach shack”) is Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay’s laidback beach restaurant offering freshly caught seafood and Balearic specialities. Ideal to wander in from the beach for a long lunch or early dinners with the children. For a light bite, Celicioso is café-style dining with an emphasis on quality wholesome and nourishing food, with a host of delicious Gluten-free meals to choose from. Overlooking the main pool, Peyote Ibiza has a stylish ambience serving modern Mexican dishes with Mediterranean influences. The Beach Deck the ideal spot to spend the day serving refreshing drinks and an array of snacks. Lastly, in 2020 Berber & Q grill-house is opening and will offer tasty meat and veggie dishes.

The resort has direct beach access, two swimming pools, fitness centre and Spa. Ibiza Bay Spa by Six Senses Spa provides a superb range of treatments for some much-needed pampering time or to get party-ready there is the John Frieda blow-dry salon and a nail bar.

Children will love the kids club for ages 4-12 with island-inspired programmes and activities. From cookery classes and DJ workshops to Pirate & Mermaid school and Ibizan crafts, the Ibiza-inspired programmes and activities offer your little ones the chance to explore and learn about their surroundings in a fun and engaging atmosphere. Under 4 they can use the facilities but in the presence of their parents. Babysitting in the evenings can also be arranged.

Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is located in an area called Cap Martinet, ideal for families looking to explore outside of the resort. Within a 15 minutes walk, you will be wandering through the trendy boutiques of Marina Botafoch or the authentic shops and tapas bars of Ibiza Town, listed with UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Alternatively, you can take the ferry over to the beautiful island of Formentera or explore the island with a tailor-made excursion. There is a complimentary shuttle into the old town which takes 5-10 minutes.

Please note that Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is a seasonal hotel, closing date will be October 28 th – reopening on April 17 th , 2019.

Located on a corner of the Aegean coastline, Vitalica Wellness Resort & Residences is surrounded by lush hills, exotic landscaped gardens and overlooks the radiant blue sea. This intimate resort consists of 91 rooms, 19 chic residences and 1 beach villa all enjoying an abundance of natural light and stunning panoramic sea views. Vitalica Wellness Resort & Residences has already won a Silver Award in A’Design Awards’ category for Architecture, Building and Structure Design and has a fresh new perspective on indoor/outdoor living with sleekly designed balconies or terraces, private gardens and pools.

With its contemporary, cosmopolitan spirit, Vitalica Wellness Resort & Residences is a breath of fresh air amid exceptional natural beauty with a private beach accessible only from the hotel or via boat, which curves the foot of the resort. The sheltered white sandy beach rivals the Maldives and is ideal for families. The luxury facilities include 2 unique dining options from the atmospheric Beach Rouge an all-day chic beach club to Stella their à la carte modern Mediterranean restaurant as well as The Bar and their famous Café Vitalica coffee shop. The resort boasts a wide range of leisure activities, sport facilities, water sports and basketball courts. For a slower pace, soak up those rays from a sunlounger at either of the 2 pools or private beach and for ultimate pamper time to take advantage of the spa.


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7 Castles in Ireland Where You Can Stay

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Seize the End of Summer with Recipes Inspired by Favorite American Hot Weather Travel Destinations

The kids are back to school (whatever that looks like this year for your nearest and dearest), but on the calendar, summer isn’t quite over – yet. The Autumn Equinox – the first day of Fall – arrives this year on Tuesday September 22, so we still have a couple more weekends of ‘summer’.

You may not have done all the traveling you wanted this summer, but you can catch up now in spirit. Serve up an celebration of summer travel with a party in your backyard full of summer flavors from beloved American hot weather destinations.

1. Pensacola, Florida: Grits à Ya Ya

Along Florida’s Northwest Coast, Pensacola is home to The Fish House, the restaurant behind the unique and delicious Grits à Ya Ya, created by Chef Jim Shirley. A combination of grits, a southern staple, heavy cream and lots of smoked gouda cheese, this is comfort food like no other. This delicious dish is sure to be a hit with your guests!

“In 1998 I developed this Fish House favorite during the Mardi Gras season. Mardi Gras, properly celebrated, can sometimes last for days. Recognizing the toll this marathon celebration had on my friends, I created this fare that not only provided sustenance but tasted great, too. Since then we've whomped up hundreds of thousands of dishes of my favorite child. Enjoy it at home with this recipe.”

INGREDIENTS

The smoked Gouda Grits

1 lb shredded smoked Gouda cheese

8 strips applewood-smoked bacon, diced

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon minced shallots

1 lb peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp

1 portobello mushroom cap, sliced

2 cups chopped fresh spinach

3 cups smoked Gouda cheese grits

PREPARATION

*For dietary restrictions or preferences, you can make this recipe shellfish-free if you replace the shrimp with 1½ lbs of an assortment of your favorite mushrooms, chopped.

First, make your grits. Run the chicken stock into a thick-bottomed saucepan and turn on high till it boils. Mix in the grits and stir like crazy. Reduce to a simmer and allow to cook for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cream if you need more liquid. Then tumble in the butter , add creamed corn, drizzle in the rest of the cream and stir till it’s all in the family. Then shake in the shredded cheese and stir very well till it’s all nice and smooth.

While your grits cook, bring a large saucepan to medium heat. Add bacon and cook for about 3 minutes, then add garlic and shallots. Saute and then add butter and a splash of white wine. When butter is half melted, add the shrimp. When the downsides of the shrimp become white, flip them and add mushrooms, scallions and spinach. Saute for 2 minutes. Remove the shrimp. Pour in heavy cream and let simmer while stirring. When reduced by 1/3, add salt, pepper and hot sauce. Return shrimp to sauce and combine. Spoon the sauce and shrimp onto heaping mounds of cheese grits.

2. San Antonio, Texas: Seafood and Quail Paella

This 300-year old city that originated as a Spanish mission and colonial outpost is now the second-largest city in Texas and the Southern US.

It’s one of only two American cities designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy and it’s easy to see why. If you're in the mood for some ‘Tex-Next’ dining, this seafood and quail paella - a twist on the traditional Spanish dish in an ode to the city’s heritage - created by Chef Steve McHugh of Cured should hit the spot.

“Experience the taste of Spain, with a San Antonio flavor in your own kitchen. This paella is meant to be enjoyed with family, friends and good wine.”

INGREDIENTS

1 ¼ cups extra virgin olive oil

Healthy pinch of red pepper flakes

2 lbs smoked Spanish chorizo

4 tablespoons shaved garlic

1 diced & roasted red pepper

½ cup preserved lemon rind, sliced thin

PREPARATION

*Although paella traditionally includes and is most delicious with seafood, for dietary restrictions or preferences, you may wish to switch out the shellfish with cubed chicken and chunks of your favorite barbecuing sausage.

Heat your oil in the Paella pan. Sauté the chorizo and the quail. Turn the heat down to medium, add the saffron, red pepper flakes, garlic, red pepper, Sofrito and jalapeño. Sweat the vegetables until they are translucent in color. Add in Bomba rice, mix well. Add mussels, and shrimp. Arrange the ingredients in a nice pattern across your entire paella. Add in chicken stock, and allow to simmer until the rice is cooked, and most liquid is gone. Continue cooking until the bottom of the paella forms a Socarrat, or crust (this is the key to a delicious paella!).

FINISH & SERVE

Garnish the top with preserved lemon, pickled serrano peppers, white beans, peas and pea shoots. Serve hot to your loved ones.

Share your finished product using #TexNext and tag @visitsanantonio!

3. Hawaii: The Mai Tai

Often mistaken as Hawaiian, tiki is actually imaginary, made of a collection of romanticized concepts of Polynesian and South Seas culture, including humanoid teak carvings, coconut shell bikini tops, grass skirts, pineapples… and powerful cocktails featuring pineapple, coconut, rum, and other tropical flavors. Tiki and tiki bars have become shorthand for ‘Pacific Island getaway’ and they abound in Hawaii.

A staple in any tiki bar, the Mai Tai is the perfect Summer drink - or your drink of choice during a visit to America’s Pacific island state. You’ll be carried to Hawaii’s clear blue waters after your first sip of this fruity concoction.

INGREDIENTS:

PREPARATION

Combine the rums, grenadine, and juices in a cocktail mixer with ice. Shake and strain into a glass of ice. *Party Tip: make these up a pitcher at a time with a bucket of ice and garnish handy.

Garnish with wedges of fresh pineapple on a skewer topped with a cherry.

With these 3 recipes delivering up the taste of travel for a late-summer get together, dress in your most festive summer wear, soak up the last of the season’s sun, and enjoy, dreaming of your next summer weather vacation.


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