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Sleep, Work and Play Among Elephants at a Unique Thailand Sanctuary

Founded in 2008 to care for sick, old, abused and rescued elephants, ElephantsWorld in Thailand has become a sanctuary of hope and healing. After decades of exploiting these gentle giants, the tourism industry of Thailand is now embracing a humane way for tourists to visit and support them. Family-Friendly Review of ElephantsWorld Meaningful Interaction ElephantsWorld is a haven of love…

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Old Hollywood Glamour with Amalfi Coast Views at Hotel Poseidon Positano

“Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” — John Steinbeck, 1953 A sea village perched high in the cliffs of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Positano is sure to win your affections with its Old Hollywood vibe, jewel-colored waters, rich culture and…

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Riva Lofts: A Quiet, Contemporary Retreat on the Edge of Florence

Just over a mile away from central Florence, Riva Lofts offers a calming and tranquil respite from the energy and fast pace of the city. The space was a small factory in the 1880s, then served as artisans’ studios until 1999, when renowned architect Claudio Nardi came in to work his design magic. For families wanting the city experience…

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An Exquisite Italian Mountain Family Holiday in Summer or Winter

Tucked into the Sarentino Valley in Northern Italy, at 5,321 feet in altitude, is a peaceful mountain retreat, Auener Hof Dining House. They describe themselves as “discreet luxury with a nature-inspired design.” This is exactly how I found Auener Hof to be; guests receive the comfort and warmth of a mountain retreat, while experiencing the simple, personalized pampering that a small…

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A Feast for the Senses on Lake Como at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

Voted by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top 50 hotels in Italy, the five-star Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is a feast for the senses. Surrounded by the panoramic vistas of Lake Como, along with beautifully manicured Italian-style gardens, the prestigious hotel is a lakeside sanctuary. Originally built in 1850 as a holiday villa for…

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Villa Ottone: A Family-Friendly Seaside Hotel on Tuscany’s Elba Island

Step back in time at Villa Ottone, a family-friendly hotel that is tucked away and perfectly nestled into Elba Island’s Ottone Bay. Once a lavish home to the family of the Counts Toscanelli, Villa Ottone offers a paradise escape from the crowds of Italy’s usual seaside destinations. With its own private beach and charm to surpass…

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A Foodie Paradise Near the Sea at L’Andana in Tuscany

L’Andana is set in the heart of the scenic Maremma region of Tuscany, just a few kilometers from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The 1,200-acre Tuscan estate offers families luxurious accommodations, impeccable service, and an exquisite Michelin-rated restaurant. Despite these grown-up pleasures, children have their own amenities including a kids’ club and pool, and well as the opportunity to take  private…

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An Ideal Large, Affordable Villa & B&B for Families Visiting Tuscany

Upon arrival to the sprawling countryside setting of Villa Scopetello, the sense of being whisked away is instant.The proprietors, Sonja and Michael, warmly greet their guests — it feels like visiting family. In fact, our stay at Villa Scopetello was one of the most memorable of our summer in Italy. Surrounded by the panoramic view of…

The free standing family suite at Borgo Scopeto

A Storybook Tuscan Setting at Borgo Scopeto Relais

Nestled on a hillside in the center of the sprawling Tuscan countryside, Borgo Scopeto Relais looks over the city of Siena. This 14th century villa has managed to perfectly balance the authenticity and character of its history with an elegant and contemporary in-room design. The Relais was a main filming location for “Letters to Juliet”…