Why Travelling is Important for your Kids Development
Both my kids, now 8 and 5, took their first flights at 6 months old, to Cyprus and Portugal respectively, and have spent a lot of their little lives exploring the world. From Mediterranean holidays to long-haul trips to the Caribbean and of course local jaunts to London, my kids love to travel.
We’ve never let having little ones stop us from travelling, so it’s benefited their emotional development and made travel a natural part of their lives. They are able to explore new places, culture and food, as well as make new friedns too. Travel is a gift for all, and you don’t need to go far to make special memories with your children.
Below are four family-friendly recommendations in some of our favourite destinations:
The Royal Garden Hotel, London
Being located only a stone's throw from Kensington Gardens and the Princess Diana Memorial Playground, the stunning 5 star Royal Garden Hotel is perfectly situated for a family getaway to London. With spacious family rooms, delicious room service and amazing restaurants as well as being located only a short journey from London's famous museums and landmarks, we adore it.
The hotel has a great family-friendly promise too which I’ve included below:
- Flexibility to have two adults and two children in one room*
- Guaranteed connecting rooms
- Cots available
- Toys and games to enjoy
- Micro-scooters for the park
- Early dining for families in Park Terrace restaurant from 17:30
- High chairs available
- Possibility of babysitters through a registered company
- Special Children’s Room Service menu
- Wigwam play tents for children
- Breakfast inclusive packages include free breakfast for children
* Executive Rooms sleep two adults and two children under 12.
Hotel Barrier Le Majestic, Cannes
Having holidayed in the South of France since I was a baby, Cannes in particular is a destination I love to take the kids, as it feels like a home away from home for us. Hotel Barrier Le Majestic is close to the pristine beaches and the fairground too, which has a carousel my kids love. It is also located near a myriad of restaurants and local markets for the whole family to enjoy. The Kids Barriere area within the hotel offers children a chance to play and learn, and even includes an adapted restaurant service they can enjoy too. Top service for little tots and beyond!
Pine Cliffs, Portugal
The luxurious 5 star Pine Cliffs resort is situated on bright terracotta cliffs which lead down to a picture-perfect beach and excellent restaurant below (seafood is a must there, naturally).
Famous for its golf course, children can take private lessons there and learn to swing, with both mine loving the opportunity. With the kids’ clubs, private pools, Annabel Croft tennis school and super play areas with climbing frames, it means children are always occupied and happy. Happy kids=happy parents!
Beaches Resort, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
An all inclusive luxe resort for families located in Jamaica, Beaches is fully focused on children, from Sesame Street carnivals and an opportunity to book bedtime stories with favourite characters. The resort includes a kids’ club which offers activities on site with a water park and restaurants to suit all tastes (with limitless food on offer) you will have a holiday of a lifetime at this stunning place. My kids returned home from Beaches more confident and mature than before!