If you have “done” Christmas and ticked the essential family and friend boxes, it is extremely tempting to escape for New Year! Take the pressure off, unwind and enjoy a celebration and some down time.
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Christmas is a wonderful time of year; helping Father Christmas is great fun and really magical but shopping for friends and family can be frustrating and exhausting…
We’re delighted to team up with Bushbaby Travel to offer a voucher for £350 off a stay at one of our child-friendly properties when you spend £5000 or more on one of their family adventure holidays in South Africa, Mauritius or Thailand – holidays designed by parents for parents.
Here at Luxury Family Hotels, we understand that your first trip with a baby might be daunting. Will you remember to bring everything he or she needs? Will they disturb other guests? In short, will it all be more stressful than it is relaxing, meaning you’re better off staying at home…?
Our child-friendly Wiltshire hotel Woolley Grange can set your mind at rest – not only with its tips but with its new two-night Baby’s First Stay Away breaks.
We welcome dogs at Luxury Family Hotels. In fact, as well as being the perfect place for a pet-friendly family break or holiday (with ample grounds to play in and all kinds of dog-friendly amenities), we have a number of canine residents of our own, who have proven particularly popular with our younger guests.
As dog-lovers ourselves, we've put our heads together to share our advice for those who don’t want their pooches to miss out on all the fun of a family break.
Shopping for those beach essentials near our Fowey Hall Hotel just became even more appealing with the opening of Gandys – the first store by the online fashion firm started by two young men who were orphaned in the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004.
Gandys’ stock includes towels, flip flops and backpacks and round towels, with 10% of profits going to their Gandys Foundation. This in turn runs the Orphans for Orphans project, which funds children's education, particularly in Sri Lanka.
The trend towards one-child families may have increased, yet around 14% of British families include three or more kids, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Having several children certainly doesn’t make life easy, logistically or financially, when it comes to family holidays and breaks, but we’ve put our heads together to offer our tips for getting some quality time together as a large family.
Our child-friendly Luxury Family Hotels also offer their own solutions for breaks with larger families, as we’ve detailed below. With the exception of The Lodge at Ickworth, all offer complimentary baby listening so parents can enjoy evenings in our guest lounges and dining rooms in the knowledge that our reception staff are keeping an ear out for little ones safely tucked up in bed.
A big part of the Luxury Family Hotels ethos is helping families to spend quality time together away from the stresses and demands of daily life. But we also recognise that parents sometimes deserve a break – hence our complimentary crèches, evening baby listening and Sunday lie-in service.
And while family breaks should and can be joyful, travelling with kids can resemble a test of endurance, especially when unforeseen delays disrupt the best-laid plans. We’ve tried and tested the latest apps for those going on the road with children, many of them with a travel angle to encourage junior explorers – and most of them free. The following are our favourites.
Packing for a trip with small children, even a weekend break, can be daunting: what to take, what to leave and the fear of forgetting something important can leave you almost wishing you were staying at home…
For those of you planning a family break and feeling fazed, we asked Jacqueline Waggett, creator of PacaPod – functional but fabulous travel/baby-changing bags – and an experienced world traveller and busy mum in her own right, for her tips for packing, not feeling like a pack mule and even having some fun along the way.
We’ve also teamed up with PacaPod to give one lucky reader the chance to win a travel bag of their own, worth £80 – see below for details.
The bad news is that kids aged 1–3 can be the most difficult to travel with, partly because they absolutely detest sitting still and are generally not yet able to entertain themselves for extended periods of time, especially by reading books. Gadgets help, with older toddlers, but you don't want them to become over-reliant on portable DVD players, hand-held gizmos and apps just to buy yourself a bit of peace and quiet.
In the hope of making your holiday or break with toddlers as stress-free as possible, we've shared our tips for travelling with very young children.