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…

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72 Hours in Vienna with Kids

For those looking to explore beyond the typical European capitals, the elegant city of Vienna, Austria is a perfect choice for families. Its narrow cobblestone streets, classical architecture and grand palaces make even a simple stroll for coffee a delightful experience. Plus, what kid can turn down the delicious selection of pastries? In fact, my…

A Grand and Gracious Beach Retreat at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

Although The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island was built a mere 13 years ago, it holds the gravitas of the 19th-century Southern mansions from which it draws its soul. Part of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, tucked along the South Carolina coast about 20 miles from Charleston, this luxurious beachfront enclave lives up to its name — the sense of seclusion and serenity envelops…

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Found: A Kid-Friendly Halong Bay Junk Cruise in Vietnam

UNESCO-protected Halong Bay had been on my bucket list ever since I first watched the movie Indochine and I was thrilled to finally have the opportunity to experience a Halong Bay cruise this year over our recent Vietnam family vacation. I’m happy to report that the visuals were all beyond expectations — the 1,600 rainforest-covered…

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Live with Ciao Bambino: Best Places to Visit in London with Kids

London with kids … so exciting, and yet so overwhelming! With such a wealth of world-class attractions and cultural icons, it can be tough to get your arms around the options, much less sift through them all to come up with the perfect sightseeing plan for your family. Enter CB! Family Vacation Advisor and London expert Nicole Wiltrout, who recently went live on our…

10 Fabulous Hotels for a City Break with Kids

We’re big fans of family city breaks — urban destinations offer an irresistible combination of iconic sights, global cuisine, unparalleled energy and cultural pursuits. While you might not be able to museum-hop to your heart’s content or take in a hot new show like you would have pre-kids, the tradeoff is the reward found in a child’s-eye view…

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Hotel Zeppelin: Urban Cool for Families Visiting San Francisco

San Francisco is the usual starting point on our popular California Road Trip for families, and we get excited every time a new family-friendly boutique hotel with a new personality opens in the city, as a big part of the fun in town is the massive visual and cultural diversity within a small geographic footprint.…

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Nature, History and Haciendas: Three Unforgettable Weeks in Ecuador with Kids

Ecuador is ideal for families looking for a cultural vacation filled with nature, adventure, new foods and new customs. Roughly the size of Colorado, Ecuador offers a combination of the jungle, the Galápagos islands and colonial history — all in one trip. My family’s recent three-week itinerary contained all of these elements plus a few days of…