Side Street Style: Stress-Free Luxury Travel with Kids is Possible

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23/10/2017

Stress-Free Luxury Travel with Kids is Possible

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I am pretty easy going when it comes to where, how and who we travel with whether it be inter-railing across Europe, enjoying a chic city break or getting muddy in the countryside, from family friendly glamping to high end hotels as long as you do your research nothing should have to be off limits. John however prefers the comforts of a good hotel with excellent amenities and I really like being able to cook my own meals which is why I often lean towards self catering so we tend do a mixture of both.

If your one who likes the finer things in life you really don't have to worry or feel that because you have children that your travel preferences have to change, of course you may now be more open minded in your approach but a luxury holiday shouldn't be off the cards especially as travel is such a great opportunity for kids to learn about different countries and cultures. Saying that I have found that some feel that it's best to leave luxury travel for when they are older or you are having a child-free break but there is no need as most resorts and hotels no matter if they are 5 star or 3 are very welcoming to children and will provide you with the essentials to make sure you are comfortable. Villas and self catering resorts are always a brilliant option such as Big Island Home Rentals  which give you all the home comforts with all the style.


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Enjoying the late afternoon in Cannes

So if your debating taking your children on a luxury break what should you know before hand? As with anything research is key and if you have somewhere specific in mind firstly make sure that it suitable for children and check what provisions they have. Will they provide a cot, does there in-house restaurant have a child menu, do they have family rooms and if needs be can a babysitter be provided. You should be able to get all of this information from their website, travel agent or by simply calling or emailing the hotel directly.

Next look for honest reviews of your destination and accommodation, websites such as trip advisor even allow you to ask people who have been their before and fellow travellers questions about the hotel as well as refining searches to include family reviews.

You also want to make sure that there is plenty for your children to do while your away. What sights and attractions are within easy reach of your accommodation or does your resort, villa or hotel have a swimming pool, games room, activities or sporting clubs? Are you near a beach or if in a city like London is it within walking distance of places to go and explore and on rainy days is there fast wifi within your room as well  as movies available. These are all valid questions to ask yourself and will make a difference to how your trip pans out.



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St James Villa
The Villa we stayed in the South of France


When I celebrated my 30th I decided I wanted to spend it in the South of France with a few days in Paris before hand. John has surprised me with a lunch at Ralph's, Ralph Lauren's eatery on the left bank, we were one of the only people there with a young child but we had checked in advance and they were extremely welcoming and the food was so delicious that even our near 4yr at the time happily sat for a few hours taking in the atmosphere and decadent desserts. When then whizzed across France on the TGV before staying at a luxury Villa near the Valbonne and enjoyed day trips to Nice, Antibes and Cannes. We had an amazing time without an amusement park in sight and we had the chance to relax with a good glass of wine by the pool while our son loved running around in the late afternoon sunshine. We certainly hadn't changed or tailored our trip around being parents, instead we just made sure that the Villa was suitable for children and enjoyed a great cultural break on the Riviera.


Paris with kids

French holiday


This year we have enjoyed two fantastic city-breaks to London, we visit London fairly regularly and have stayed in a variety of places from the budget friendly to 5 star hotels each with their own strengths but two of our favourite visits have been when staying in the luxurious Park Lane Suite at London Hilton on Park Lane and a Junior Suite at The Radisson Blu Edwardian both of which made the kids feel so welcome and really embraced the family travel ethos. Both hotels had excellent locations right in the heart of the city making it so much easier to get from A to B, they also provided cots for our youngest and welcome gifts for the boys which kept them entertained and also offered advice on the best place to take kids within close proximity of the hotels. Despite some of the clientele being older we didn't once feel that families were not welcome, in fact so many made a big fuss of the boys.


Luxury hotel


With another big birthday coming up fairly soon, lets just say it's only one more year while John is in club thirty and we are looking further afield for something special. As when we celebrated my 30th in a Villa on the French Riveria we feel a week long break away somewhere new, exotic and on our bucket list would be perfect. We have both always liked the idea of exploring Hawaii which of course offers some fantastic water-sports, beautiful weather, hikes and dramatic scenery with an fascinating culture steeped in music, food and traditions. We have had our eye on Big Island Home Rentals which offer all the luxuries but still all the homely comforts of being able to do your own cooking and a big plus is most of the properties can sleep 6 people upwards which means you can make it an extended family trip.


Luxury villa


No matter what your style is when it comes to travel, wether it be backpacking through Europe or going on a luxury safari in Africa the tourism world is open to families now more than ever and having children shouldn't stop you from travelling, if anything it should inspire you more to share the world with them.


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18 comments:

  1. Fantastic tips - I love a bit of luxury travel but since having children that has had to change slightly. We now choose self catering apartments/cottages over hotels and consider the time of year we travel a lot more now :)

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    1. Yes self catering is great when you have kids although you can find luxury ones of those too - we went down to a 5 star self catering place in Cornwall about 2yrs ago and it was amazing

      Laura x

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  2. Belated happy birthday! This looks like the perfect birthday get-away. I love visiting the French countryside. It's been two years I think since our last visit. Hopefully we'll be able to plan a get-away too. Loving the photos!

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    1. Thanks so much :) France is such a magical place isn't it

      Laura x

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  3. What beautiful photos! You're right, having children shouldn't hold you back from traveling. We spent 3 years of my mat leave last year travelling around Croatia, and it was a trip that we will always cherish.

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    1. Oh wow that sounds amazing!! Croatia is such a beautiful country

      Laura x

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  4. Beautiful pictures and a little bit of luxury too!

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  5. Having children def shouldn't stop some luxury travel - I think I always worry that she will "be a toddler" and spoil other peoples' time when they have spent loads of money, but actually she is always good as gold & everywhere has always been very welcoming :) x

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    1. Yes I certainly think places and peoples views are changing - I have a toddler at the moment and there are times he is a handful or just doesn't understand but I just take him out for a walk or we play a game and get through it but in general hotel staff are always really great with young kids now

      Laura x

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  6. I can't wait to travel more when my daughter is a little older and outgrows her allergy syndrome!

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    1. Oh I can image that will be exciting and I hope she outgrows it soon

      Laura x

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  7. We try to travel as much as possible with the kids. We have been to over 7 countries with them and we plan to travel some more next year.

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  8. Wow these photos are incredible . Yes definitely!! Don't hold back because of children or more importantly blame your children for not being able to do things :)

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  9. You look like you're building some great memories!

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  10. It sound's like you have been to wonderful places recently, the villa looks perfect. I do love staying in more luxury places when we do travel, I am always worried though with my children so this is good to know that it is still possible x

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  11. Fabulous tips. We always tend to stay in villa's as it is cheaper when travelling with a large family

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  12. Omg this looks like so much fun I can't wait to go on holiday now.

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