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Want and Need a Luxe Escape for Less? We Know a Secret

If you like and appreciate luxury hotels (who doesn’t) than a Rue La La membership is a must. It’s free – unless you find something fabulous to buy – and gives unprecedented discounts on the luxury brands we love.

CB contributor Nancy Solomon first turned me on to Rue and I’ve been addicted ever since – from clothes (including kidswear), shoes, furniture, and household goods – you can access all your designer faves here. It’s my go-to spot …

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Dreaming of a Marbella Beach Resort? Two Luxury Family Hotels Just Added to CB Hotel Collection

Marbella is an iconic holiday destination in Spain filled with upscale beach resorts. We’ve added two luxury family hotels to the Ciao Bambino Hotel Collection over the past few weeks — both are wonderful options with children of all ages with extensive onsite amenities and rooms that accommodate families.

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Luxury Family Vacation Dream List

I recently participated in the TMS Family Travel Summit in Orlando, Florida, where top-notch travel writers and marketers discussed current family travel trends and needs. Per Peter Yesawich of MMGY Global, demand for luxury family travel products is growing. To meet the surge in interest for both independent and multi-generational family travel, leading luxury brands are rolling out all kinds of exciting programs.

I’m constantly reviewing incredible offers around the world and it’s difficult to narrow down a giant list of options to just a handful of amazing experiences …

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What Does ‘New Luxury’ Mean for Families?

Chances are that you’ve already had a taste of ‘new luxury.’ Hoteliers are working hard to meet the increasingly complex needs of the 2013 traveler and for many brands this means a significant overhaul in their approach to the guest experience. What is new luxury anyway?

This very subject was the big topic at this year’s International Luxury Travel Market show in Cannes. Nicholas Coleridge, the President of Condé Nast International and Managing Director of Condé Nast Britain, gave a brilliant presentation defining ‘new luxury.’

The Cambrian Adelboden Deluxe Room

Family Ski Holiday in Switzerland? Consider Adelboden

Although we were able to ski at epic Swiss ski resorts including Davos, Zermatt, Grindelwald, Verbier, and Crans-Montana during our two years in Switzerland, one of my regrets is that we never got to Adelboden for a family ski holiday. Located at the end of a glorious valley in the Bernese Alps, Adelboden feels remote, yet it is easily accessible from both Zurich and Geneva via car or train.

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New Kid-Friendly Boutique Hotel in St. Moritz

St. Moritz is one of the world’s iconic ski destinations for glitz and luxury. Although it can be entertaining check out all the glam shops, hotels, and restaurants for a stroll or dinner, with young kids, it can be more relaxing to be in a lower key atmosphere where you aren’t consistently aware of how everyone is behaving.

I actually found St. Moritz, the destination, …

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Case Study in Family Travel Growth: Preferred Hotels and Resorts

Families are traveling. This isn’t news, particularly to anyone that has vacationed over the past few years — kids are everywhere!

The difference now is where people want to take their children. We took a quick bucket list poll on our Facebook page and even this brief snapshot is telling; target family travel destinations for 2012 include Ireland, Umbria (Italy), Costa Rica, Dubai, South Africa, Istanbul (Turkey), and Canada. Parents want to experience the world with their children; gone are the days when kids need to be “old enough” to travel abroad.

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ILTM Update: Luxury Family Travel Trends

I just got back from a whirlwind week at the annual International Luxury Travel Market show in Cannes, France. This invite-only event for the luxury travel community brings exhibitors (hotels, destinations, service providers) together with buyers (tour operators and travel agencies) to dialog share the latest and greatest trends and offerings in luxury travel.

I attended ILTM as media to cover our beloved space, Family Travel. I’m thrilled to report that the luxury travel community absolutely has families on their mind.

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A Holiday in Malta with Kids

Malta is a shy little archipelago suspended in the middle of the Med. Its modesty is part of its charm, but boy does it have a lot it could brag about. One of its islands is home to what is thought to be the oldest free-standing building in the world. The Egyptian pyramids and Britain’s Stonehenge are youthful in comparison.

If America were lucky enough to find the Ġgantija temples on its soil, it would have turned them into a prehistoric theme park, transporting visitors back to its creation in around 3200 BC.

Four Seasons Luxury Family Travel Giveaway

What Four Seasons Hotel Are YOU Dreaming About?

In case you haven’t heard the news, we’re running an incredible giveaway right now for THREE different stays at a Four Seasons hotel. Get the full details and contest rules on our Four Seasons Luxury Family Travel Giveaway page or just head right to our Facebook Four Seasons Contest page to enter.

Important Note: All three participating bloggers — Ciao Bambino, Poshbrood, and Luxury Travel Mom …