Monthly Archives: July 2015

What you need to check when choosing a family friendly hotel

When you’re away with kids you’ll bound to be spending a lot of time in your hotel room. It becomes the family hub with visits back, sometimes incredibly just minutes apart for another item of clothing, a snack or a favourite teddy, you might be returning during the day for nap time or just some time to relax. So what makes a hotel family friendly at any budget level? Here’s what we look for and the questions we ask:

Choose a hotel that specifically states it caters for families and children. If your toddler throws a tantrum or you need warm milk at the end of the day, you’ll be far more relaxed if you’re staying in a hotel that makes you and your kids feel welcome. Continue reading

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What to pack for a family holiday

Sometimes the thought of packing everything for your impending family holiday can be quite daunting. The list of stuff that is needed just keeps on growing and at the same time, the size of your suitcase seems to shrink in front of your very eyes. So here are our recommendations on what to pack for a successful family holiday.

• Find out what weight restrictions apply to luggage. Most airlines will take a buggy and car seat with no charge but do you know how many bags can you check in or their maximum weight – and how about the number and size of hand luggage pieces. Once you know, stick to the limit as going over it can be expensive. Continue reading

5 tips for preparing for a family holiday

You’ve researched your destination, booked your flight, found your family friendly hotel and have an itinerary the size of a small novel. Hooray, it’s time to go on holiday! Hang on, not so fast. Even a well-planned family trip can hit some unexpected roadblocks along the way so here are our tips to try and avoid those stressful situations that crop up, often entirely unannounced. Continue reading

6 steps to planning a perfect family holiday

We’ve boutique hotels to suit every age and budget but sometimes travelling with the family can seem a little daunting – we know, we’ve our own pint sized pootler!  So here, in a series of blog posts are our top tips for travelling en famille starting with 6 steps to planning a perfect family holiday.

Research your destination. If you’ve school age-kids then get them involved, look at it as a geography lesson with a real destination at the end. Consider the weather, time zone changes, whether you’re after something relaxing and poolside or an activity-based break with cycling and hiking. Continue reading

Just back from Koh Samui

It’s true that Koh Samui is no longer a sleepy backwater known only to intrepid backpackers but nevertheless, despite commercialization Samui has retained a sense of island-chic style. There are luxury hotels and spas, designer boutiques, ocean shacks with superlative cocktails, street stalls of steaming hot and spicy food and just off the beaten track, a palm tree covered tropical island with picture-perfect white sandy beaches and lush tropical forests to be discovered.

Here are some of the places we found and loved! Continue reading