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Costa Rica with Kids: Our Favorite Family-Friendly Adventures

At Ciao Bambino, we are constantly vetting new travel partners, properties and destinations. But we also like to revisit our tried-and-true favorites to see what’s new and share the latest recommendations for both our readers and our agency clients. I just returned from a weeklong trip to Costa Rica with a new CB! travel partner, and I’m happy to report that…

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A Taste of Manhattan Pied-à-Terre Living at The Surrey Hotel

The Surrey in New York City opened in 1926 as a residence hotel, and during its 2012 makeover, the renovation team maintained this history and sense of privacy while modernizing the structure from top to tail. Since then, this luxe Upper East Side hideaway has become one of the most sought-after addresses for New York visitors, on what is still a residential street away…

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Carefree Caribbean Luxury at Antigua’s Curtain Bluff Resort

Curtain Bluff in Antigua is a low-key retreat that feels more like a private club than an all-inclusive resort — thanks, in part, to its family ownership. This boutique luxury property was originally opened by Howard Hulford in 1962, and his wife Chelle still lives in her home on the bluff, hosting weekly cocktail parties for…

Rustic Luxury in Canada’s Cowboy Country at Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort

Tucked deep in the British Columbia backcountry, Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort is a boutique-style guest ranch run by husband and wife Roy Grinder and Allyson Rogers and their fabulous team. It’s the ideal spot for families to get away from it all yet still be pampered in the middle of the wilderness.  Surrounded by wide-open skies, rolling grasslands…

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5-Star Amenities in the British Columbia Wilderness at Nimmo Bay Resort

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is one of a kind — the rare combination of luxury and adventure that strikes the perfect note for outdoors-loving families who don’t want to sacrifice creature comforts. Located in the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, it’s a secret hideaway in spectacular, serene surroundings.  Family-Friendly Review and Highlights…

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An Incredible Kenya Safari Adventure: Hot Air Ballooning Over the Maasai Mara

As I was planning our recent safari with Rothschild Safaris, I realized our travel dates would fall over my daughter’s 14th birthday. I thought, what better way to celebrate the occasion than with a once-in-a-lifetime experience like a hot air balloon ride over Kenya’s Maasai Mara game reserve? Kenya Hot Air Balloon Ride: What to Expect…

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JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa: A Private Island Retreat Without the Crowds

The JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa — Italy’s first JW Marriott hotel — is set on a resortlike private island in Venice, just minutes from the tourist-thronged Piazza San Marco. It’s the only resident of the tiny Isola delle Rose, and with its olive groves, lush gardens and knockout pools, both parents and kids will be happy to stay…

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Africa for Kids: Best Kenya Safari Camps for Families

When we asked Rothschild Safaris to design our family safari itinerary in Kenya, we requested to stay in a mix of high-end and midrange tented camps that would offer unique and varied experiences along the way. Longtime travel designer Kimi Cristopolous rose to the challenge admirably, giving our family an opportunity to see amazing wildlife and connect with new cultures…

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What’s New for Families in Park City, Utah

We just returned from a fabulous long weekend in Park City, Utah, to check out the “new” Park City Mountain Resort. Vail Resorts recently acquired Park City Resort and Canyons Resort, and over the summer they joined the two with a new eight-passenger gondola, creating the largest ski resort in the U.S. I’m thrilled to report…