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Destination: family-friendly villas

Masserie are characteristically Puglian manor houses which formed the heart of rural estates. Today, many of them have been converted to luxury residences, but they retain their timeless charm as a feature of the countryside in this very special part of Italy. They once housed local nobility and their guests, but were also part of working farms, with arable land, gardens, stables and staff living quarters. The most sympathetically restored masserie have retained some of these evocative features, whilst also offering the highest spec modern comforts. Masseria Della Croce enjoys

For those not fortunate enough to have been there already, there are five destinations that should make anyone’s bucket list. Anyone tempted to make a repeat visit will discover that each of these very special places has compelling new events and attractions in 2018. MARRAKECH Marrakech is certainly having a moment. The ground-breaking African contemporary art fair 1-54 takes place in February 2018. October 2017 saw the keenly-awaited opening of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, a final labour of love by his partner Pierre Bergé. Experienced travellers will always choose

Pondering over which gorgeous Caribbean island might suit you best has to be one of life’s more pleasant problems to solve. Though the islands are united by their wonderful climate, natural beauty and warm welcome, many of them have special or even unique attractions depending on taste. St Barths is synonymous with ritzy international wealth and the high life. It’s the perfect Caribbean island for retail addicts and hedonistic groups. La Musique villa sleeps ten and exudes retro glamour and opulence…there’s even a grand piano. Villa Milou sleeps twelve and

Admittedly, I have waited 13 years before going back to the ‘Ochre’ city of Marrakech. I was spellbound by its light, colors, sounds and magical atmosphere fifteen years ago and returned a year later, before becoming parents. Although the city was filled with European babies and toddlers, I wanted to wait till my kids were old enough to remember this experience and most importantly to understand my health and safety instructions. During my second visit to Marrakech, I got food poisoned, luckily on my last night. Moreover, we got quite

“What can I visit with my kids in Bruges?”, is a question I get frequently asked. Since I live in the capital city of the province of West Flanders, it makes sense to ask a local! Bruges, at first glance, resembles a Disney Park, minus the fact that real people, like me, actually live here and we don’t walk around in Mickey Mouse nor Medieval costumes (although I read somewhere on Facebook that the Mayor might propose this). It is an incredibly easy town to visit with kids. You can

For the October half term holidays, which for many schools last a fortnight, there are four truly inspiring destinations that are hard to beat for a genuine change of scene and pace. Morocco does cool down somewhat in the autumn, but still has temperatures in late October which bear very favourable comparison with Northern Europe. Though not its capital, Marrakech is Morocco’s cultural mecca, and has countless exotic and fascinating experiences for adventurous families. In addition to a tennis court and pool onsite the French Colonel villa also offers easy

When children are babies and up to, let’s say, twelve years old, they will follow you everywhere. Or rather, they must follow you unless they want to stay home alone or stay with grandma (also a great option, lots of the times!). But then…then camps and school trips start (no school visits their local historic sites anymore. They all fly your kids to faraway and exotic destinations? What’s wrong with a day trip to Stonehenge?). Then friends come along and you are no longer cool. For parents with teenage kids

The Maldives is a very special place. There are many wonderful, luxurious tropical retreats scattered across the world. Very few, however, can compete with the Maldives for the sense they create of utter seclusion and desert island enchantment. There is nowhere else where you can feel so distant from all the world’s concerns whilst enjoying the very best that world has to offer. The Amilla, an elegant and extremely well-appointed property on Baa Atoll in the North Islands, offers everything necessary to heighten enjoyment of Maldivian magic. The villa sleeps

Most children visiting the Amalfi Coast are probably excited to see the two things I was most excited about seeing too. I wanted to go to the island of Capri and I wanted to see the ruins of Pompeii. We sailed to Capri from Naples and there was only a very short wait to board a fast boat, and none of us were seasick. I even managed a short sleep, which I was glad about because once we got to Capri I did a lot of walking. The walking is

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