The Best of Italy and Germany in One Charming Region: South Tyrol and the Dolomites with Kids

If you haven’t heard of the Italian region of South Tyrol, you’re not alone. Located at the northern border of Italy and also known as Alte Adige (Italian) and Sudtirol (German), it offers breathtaking scenery, charming villages and a wide variety of activities for the whole family. The jewel in South Tyrol’s crown is the famed Dolomite Mountains, a UNESCO world…


Natural Hot Springs and Northern Lights at Iceland’s Frost and Fire Hotel

Just outside Reykjavik in Hveragerdi sits the beautiful Frost and Fire, right on the banks of the River Varma in the midst of bubbling springs. The combination of the smoke that rises from the springs and the beautiful views of the waterfall and mountains nearby is simply sublime. There could not be a better place to stay in south…


Best Family Ski Deals in North America This Winter

It’s one of our favorite times of year on Ciao Bambino: ski season! It’s no secret that we’re big fans of ski vacations with kids — but we also know how quickly the costs for the average family can add up. Resorts know this too, and many of them court families with “kids ski free” offers, discounted lodging…

Quito View from San Francisco Plaza

Two Fantastic Old Town Quito Hotels with a Sense of Place

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and plan an Ecuador family vacation — maybe a Galapagos Islands cruise, or perhaps a combination of cultural sights with a trek in the jungle. Either way, chances are your trip will include a stop in Quito, the capital and cultural hub of the country. Although there are modern…


Creature Comforts in the Panamanian Jungle at Red Frog Beach Resort

Dreaming about a beach vacation to an unspoiled archipelago in Caribbean? Bocas Del Toro deserves a place on the short list. Dating back to Christopher Columbus, who explored the area in 1502, these islands in northeastern Panama offer a unique vacation experience for adventure-seeking families who want a rugged, exotic and off-the-beaten-path destination to explore…


Where to Eat in Barcelona with Kids

A melting pot of cultures like so many port cities, Barcelona offers a wide array of excellent restaurants. When traveling as a family, the invariable question of choosing a restaurant that will make everyone happy is key. We’ve done some on-the-ground research of family-friendly places with menus that have something for everyone in Barcelona. Top Tips for…


Casual Beachfront Elegance for All Ages at Kauai’s Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

There’s a lot for both parents and kids to love about The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, part of the upscale Princeville community on Kauai’s wild and dramatic North Shore. Nestled along a cliff above the ocean, it offers sweeping views of the scenery, as well as opportunities for all kinds of adventure—both onsite and in the surrounding area. Family-Friendly…


A Kid-Friendly Costa Rica Adventure

I was in my front yard catching up on everything I didn’t do while I was on vacation when my neighbor asked me about my trip to Costa Rica and if I would go back again. I didn’t even hesitate to answer, “In a heartbeat,” I said. Her next question was of course, why?

And I have to admit I hadn’t really thought about it until she asked. On our trip, there were two parents, one grandparent and two borderline tween girls.


Grand Velas Riviera Maya: All-Inclusive Luxury on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast

As the only family-friendly all-inclusive resort in the Mexican Caribbean to receive the AAA Five Diamond award, Grand Velas Riviera Maya offers guests an exceptional vacation experience. Although many aspects of the property are truly grand — from the impressive entrance to the vaulted lobby to the gourmet dining — Grand Velas manages to strike the perfect…