The Grand Hotel and Spa, is York's only five star hotel

The Grand Hotel and Spa, York: A Luxe Home Base for One of England’s Most Historic Cities

Just a 5-minute walk from the main railway station in York, yet within the medieval walls, The Grand Hotel and Spa, York sits right at the heart of this historic English city. It’s the perfect base from which to explore everything York and the surrounding Yorkshire countryside has to offer.  Family-Friendly Review of The Grand Hotel…

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Why Mauritius is Made for Kids

Mauritius has been typecast as a honeymooners’ destination, but why should lovers monopolise this Indian Ocean paradise island? What we’ve just found out is that it has everything you need for the perfect family holiday too. Top Kid-Friendly Activities on Mauritius Water Activities Mauritius is a one-stop shop for outdoors-loving families. Your local aquarium may…

The Celtic Manor is the perfect base from which to explore South Wales

Celtic Manor Resort: A Luxe Wales Retreat for Outdoors-Loving Families

Celtic Manor Resort is a luxury modern hotel complex that literally stands at the doorway of Wales. Just a few minutes’ drive from the border with England, and two hours from London, the resort is Wales’ answer to Scotland’s Gleneagles, without the history. You might associate the word ‘resort’ with seaside hotels. But with two properties onsite —…

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Best Winter Activities in London with Kids

Sometimes I wish I didn’t live in London. It’s such a lovely place for a family city break. And, as you can just as easily wake up to a beautiful sun painted day in London in mid-January as in mid-June, winter is as good a time as any to visit. Plus, if you come in Winter you expect it to be cold and maybe rainy, those sunny days are a bonus.

Be greeted by cold winds and thunder come Spring and your disappointment will be far greater and, however well you think you’ve packed, you’ll probably still need to go out and add to your wardrobe.

The Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort is an architectural masterpiece built into the mountainside

A Hillside Hideout in the Canary Islands That’s a Treat for All Ages

The Canary Islands, Spain’s tropical archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa, are where Brits, Irish and Northern Europeans tend to escape when they want a quick dash to a place they can pretty much guarantee year-round sunshine. With spectacular sand dunes, dramatic volcanic landscapes and enchanting pine forests, Gran Canaria is one of the most diverse islands in…

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The Best Castles in England to Visit with Kids

I think if I didn’t live in England. I’d assume that outside of the cities, it was just a very green and pleasant land, with a picturesque fairytale castle on every hill. But, I do live here and there isn’t.

Although that illusion need not be shattered completely; I live on the outskirts of London, looking out over a patchwork of rolling countryside. And, an Englishman’s home is said to be his castle and some of my neighbours have taken this rather literally and added Romanesque porticos …

Spending time with the fab dogs at the Gleneagles' Gundog school

A Dream Home Base in Rural Scotland with Outdoor Activities Galore

There can’t be many hotels in the world that can boast their own railway station, but Gleneagles can. Gleneagles Station is on the London to Inverness line, so it’s easy to combine a trip to the English capital with a taste of rural Scotland. And what a taste that will be: Gleneagles is the ultimate luxury destination for families…

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10 of the Best Hotels in England to Visit with Kids

Virgin Atlantic has just launched a new entertainment package aimed at families on its transatlantic crossings featuring Thomas and Friends. To celebrate, we’ve put together a roundup of our favourite hotels in England to visit with kids. After all, when it comes to family-friendly hotels, England is a pioneer. Best Family-Friendly Hotels in England Bailiffscourt Hotel &…