Best Beach Destinations in Thailand with Kids

Thailand is known for its beautiful stretches of sand; after all, this is the place where Leonardo DiCaprio filmed The Beach. With stunning coastal scenery, world-class customer service and a wide range of luxury hotels, Thailand is a favorite among world travelers looking to take in some vitamin D. The Thai are known for their…

Best Places to Go in Italy with Kids: Live Tips from a CB! Expert

Italy is and has always been our No. 1 most requested destination at Ciao Bambino, and for good reason! Not only do Italians adore children of all ages, the country is stuffed with more ancient ruins, glorious landscapes and cultural masterpieces than you could experience in several decades’ worth of travel (and that’s not even counting the food). It’s…

Parknasilla Resort & Spa: A Fairytale Coastal Escape on Ireland’s Ring of Kerry

After four days at Parknasilla Resort & Spa, I have a bold but true assertion to make: Of all the family-friendly resorts we’ve stayed in across the world, this is our new favorite. We have been fortunate enough to experience some pretty amazing places, but Parknasilla, situated on the Wild Atlantic Way along the Ring of…

Family Traditions are Born at The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort

“How long have you been coming here?” the little girl asked my family as she scootered past us on the grounds of The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort. This was our first visit, but it was obvious from the baseball mitts, scooters, lacrosse sticks and soccer balls that many families were seasoned guests. One grandma…

5 Reasons to Plan a Summer Vacation in Vail, Colorado

Vail might first come to mind as a fantastic luxury ski locale (indeed, it is!). But don’t be fooled by this seasonal reputation: It’s also an incredible destination for families in the summer months. In fact, visitors are often surprised to find they love it even more at this time of year. Best Summertime Things to…

Belmond Charleston Place: Well-Mannered Charm in the Historic Heart of Town

I’ve never considered a city hotel just a spot to sleep between sightseeing, but rather an extension of the city itself. The right home base achieves a perfect balance of creature comforts, urban polish and sense of place — it’s as much a destination as the streets that surround it. Belmond Charleston Place, tucked amid the bustle of historic…

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Sensational Boutique Hotel Experience for Families Visiting Angkor Wat

I get so excited when we discover a brilliant boutique hotelier who creates a fantastic product that is truly unique in the world. We have some favorites that fit this bill in popular destinations like New York and Paris … add Siem Riep, Cambodia (home of Angkor Wat) to the list! Phum Baitang is the…

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Mother-Daughter Day Out: Shopping in Paris with a Personal Guide

A vacation in the City of Light provides the perfect opportunity for mothers and daughters to connect and make special memories — and no mother-daughter trip to Paris would be complete without some serious shopping. Engaging a shopping tour guide is the perfect way to maximize your time and make for the best experience. During a recent trip to…

A Chic Urban Haven at The Mark Hotel in New York

Swank and warm, The Mark Hotel — housed in a 1927 Renaissance Revival-style building that overlooks Madison Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side — is an oasis of calm in the hustle and bustle of New York. This 5-star luxury property hotel has service to match, but it doesn’t feel at all stuffy. The staff was engagingly warm, welcoming and gracious throughout our stay.…

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History Comes to Life at Sofitel’s Legend Metropole Hanoi in Vietnam

Significant landmark hotels have big expectations behind them, and the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is certainly no exception. What’s remarkable here, and what distinguishes the Metropole in Southeast Asia, is the incredible preservation of its historic North Vietnam sense of place as the hotel of choice for writers, celebrities and diplomats since it opened in…