New Concept in Luxury Child Friendly Hotels and Travel

You don’t have to give up stylish holidays and weekend breaks when you have children. You just need to do your research before you go and choose carefully those luxury, child friendly hotels which offer fantastic children’s services.

Think about what your family needs and then for accommodation which offer, thse services like crèche facilities, spa facilities, toys and games, mini bathrobes and slippers, a dedicated concierge or turndown service.

One of the most important pieces of information you probably want to know about a luxury child family friendly hotel before you book is what different room options are offered for families so you can search by room type; family suites, interconnecting rooms or rooms with separate sleeping areas for children. Also think about what baby equipment the hotel owners can provide, what dining options there are for families and any activities on site and nearby to keep the children and family amused.

Here is a pick of some of our favourite luxury child friendly hotels:

Abama Golf & Spa Resort is a 160 hectare ‘finca’ tucked away in Guía de Isora, a tranquil and little known area of the island of Tenerife. This is a first class resort which is a home away from home for visiting families. Great for families travelling with babies and toddlers as the hotel can provide a whole host of baby and toddler items before your arrival.

Daios Cove in Crete is exquisite and has a myriad of accommodation options for families. This is a gorgeous hotel which offers a crèche, kids club and teenagers club as well as pool games and activities. If that doesn’t tempt you then surely the sea water infinity swimming pool with views across the private cove will.

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is a fabulous option for families visiting London. The hotel goes out of its way to make children feel spoilt with welcome amenities, complimentary baby products and child-proofing of rooms and IPads for the kids to use in the restaurants so mum and dad can enjoy a stress free meal time, to name a few. It is also in a perfect location right next to Hyde Park so plenty of space to run off some energy.

Sandy Lane Barbados is perfect of you fancy going somewhere a little bit more exotic. There is a children’s club, children’s menus in all of the restaurants (even the fine dining restaurants) and bathrobes and slippers for your mini-me(s). There are interconnecting room and luxury family suites to choose from and of course a soft, white sandy beach for sandcastle building or for the more energetic plenty of water sports to choose from.

Chewton Glen in the New Forest is wonderful for families and the new Treehouse Suites are fabulous. During school holidays the hotel has a dedicated children’s club, treehouse and swings in the hotel grounds and in the warmer months you can chill out by the outside swimming pool. The hotel is just a short walk from the beach.

Zighy Bay in Oman is a stunning resort with a wide variety of accommodation set in a beautiful indigenous village style and the private marina is spectacular, with the dramatic mountains on one side and sandy beach at Zighy Bay, on the other. There are activities organised every day for the little ones including supervised movies in the early evening so parents can enjoy sundowners in this fabulous resort.

Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi embodies the elegance and rich culture of the region, the Emirates Palace is more than a hotel – it is a destination. The Palace’s dedication to excellence is something that makes visiting it something you will remember for a long time; many families return to this hotel year after year. There is a children’s club and a wonderful water adventure park with lazy river and waterslides.

Viceroy Anguilla is an elegant, modern hotel with a dramatic bay-view making this a stunning luxury Caribbean resort. The two white sand beaches, sunset pool, an array of water sports, a spa and fitness center, and programs for children make this a real find for families wanting to leave it all behind and spend time together enjoying life without the modern technology getting in the way.

Mazaghan Beach Resort in Morocco was nominated for Best Hotel Spa in Africa, the Middle East & Indian Ocean by Conde Nast Spa Reader’s Awards in 2011. This is a beautiful hotel with lots for the whole family to do, with dedicated complimentary kids clubs for babies from 4 months old to teenagers you really can come as a family here to relax.

Washington Travel Information – Take Advantage of Its Beauty, Culture, and Excitement

Whether one comes in by plane, train, car, bus, or ferry, there is much to see in beautiful Washington State. Those more accustomed to city life and those looking for outdoor activities will find all they need in Washington.

There is a treasure to behold in Washington’s past. Though most now will remember its coffee shops and music contributions, the indigenous people left an influence that can be seen in their art. The state shares borders with Oregon, Idaho, and the country of Canada. It is an awesome thought that hours away lies a whole other country. Montana’s beauty is close by, as well.

The Northwest Native Arts Market and Festival is held in Tacoma. Tacoma is also the home of the State History Museum, which displays Native American cultural exhibits. For even more arts there is the Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Art Museum. With the past popularity of grunge music and Seattle coffee craze, Washington is about more than plaid shirts and a large cafe au lait.

Get a taste of wildlife by visiting Mount Rainier National Park. The mountain is snow topped and covered in wildflowers. It still features an active volcano and the park is open year-round, with certain areas closed during the year. It is a perfect way to get back to nature.

The Space Needle is a bit of Washington travel information that is a must for all sightseers. Though it is often heard of, many may not understand the view it offers. Travelers get a 360 degree view of the city and for diners it is a wondrous site to gaze upon Seattle’s beauty in the daylight or glamorous nighttime.

Seattle’s extraordinary Pike Place Market has all the ordinary everyday things one would want combined with the exotic. Access to global foods, chocolates, and handmade crafts all come together in one area. There is no reason one would be unable to find the perfect present.

At the Seattle Aquarium there is 120,000 gallon aquarium exhibit called Window on Washington Waters. The exhibit features a diving show and in addition visitors can enjoy an up close and personal relationship with native marine life.

Near Seattle is the city of Snoqualmie. As close at it is to Seattle, it is a very different experience. Among the treasures are the view of Snoqualmie Falls, golfing, and a casino. Those that want a little more excitement can visit the Snoqualmie pass and ski or hang in the lodge enjoying a warm fireplace and relaxing vibe of a suite.

Before traveling to Washington make sure an check the weather situation. Though the state is known for its rainy days, sunshine is plentiful and so is snow. This variance in weather is just another facet of the state.

How to Find Cheap Hotels and Flight Bookings

If you are out to acquire affordable public holidays for yourself or your family, then you must be willing to extend the effort. Sometimes, it may come easy but in most cases, getting to find cheap hotels and travel packages will be painstakingly difficult. And although it is smart to start looking at online sources for great deals, you should also extend your search to other options so that your chance of landing any holiday promos increases.

The most convenient resource you could initially try out would be online travel discount sites and travel aggregator search sites. These are trusted references when it comes to holiday bookings. The former extends discounts on holiday packages while the latter compares prices and shows you the best deals from different websites. Covering these two should secure you great savings and the best travel options your budget can afford. On top of that, they should also provide assistance in securing other amenities such as rentals. And they sometimes even suggest itinerary choices for travellers. It is important that you check them both out thoroughly because they could display different results. Some hotels don’t necessarily sign up their deals in both portals, you know.

After you’ve signed up for membership and alerts, your next option to find cheap hotels would be look at smaller, local travel establishments. They are just as reliable when it comes to planning economical trips. And they may have special airline or hotel deals that are not made available through the web. It is important to remember that like the previous resources, they too have a special connection with travel-related businesses. And they can hook you up with their contacts for discounted rates without any problems.

Third, you should look up tourism websites and check out any clean and safe lodging options that are less expensive than what large chain hotels can offer. Bed and breakfasts, inns, and lodging houses are just some of the low-cost accommodation options you can take advantage of. You could also use your network of friends in social media sites to refer you to these alternatives. Some people might now some people who can set you up with a nice place to live during your escapades.

In addition you could also join travel clubs. Yes, there is a fee to consider but the cost reduction privileges their membership card can provide you will more than compensate for your initial outlay. It is applicable to all types of concerns during a travel, from the tickets and hotel bookings to the food and attractions. Besides, membership also allows you to access customer care representatives and they can ably help you when there are any problems during public holidays.

To go on a vacation abroad without incurring thousands upon thousands of dollars in expenses would be a dream. But this is not to say it is impossible to achieve in the real world. What you need to do is to extend a lot of patience in your quest and be resourceful when needed.

Gay Friendly Hotels and Accommodation – Are They Really Gay Friendly Or Just After the Pink Dollar?

Having been running a gay hotel on Crete, Greece for the last five years, I do try to keep my finger ‘on the pulse’ of what is happening not only locally but worldwide, in the gay accommodation industry. During that five years various other people have come up with gay accommodation on Crete, presumably expecting to make a killing by renting apartment blocks and even going as far as building a whole gay resort, albeit only small, just for gay and lesbian travellers. Without exception they have lasted only a year, maybe two, before they close!
 Just lately I have been getting more than usual the number of alerts from ‘Google Alerts’ for gay hotels and travel, not only in Greece but around the world, and not for just hotels, but travel agents who are now offering gay friendly holidays. In these difficult times for business it seems that many more businesses are chasing the ‘Pink Dollar’, Pound, Yen, or even Euro, and advertising their services as ‘gay friendly’.

 Taking a brief look at some of the new sites that have sprung up, and also many that already existed has proved an interesting experience just lately as the same hotels appear over and over again, and almost without exception the hotels on offer are just ordinary hotels, some of whom have been thoughtful enough to put ‘gay’ or ‘gay friendly’ in their web site search terms, but in general this is probably the only place on their web site where the word ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ is to be seen!

 The other notable feature of virtually all of these hotels is that they are all in the upper price and luxury bracket. So it seems that if you are gay or lesbian then you will automatically be able to afford room rates that start at EUR150 per night excluding breakfast?

 Now I don’t know about all of you, but while it might be nice to occasionally spend a night in a 5 star hotel with health spa, tennis courts, private golf course, your own Jacuzzi on the balcony and so on, none of which you are going to use, because you arrive at 6pm and they throw you out at 10am the following day, (you would think at that price they could afford to pay a cleaner to work until 6pm). And, I for one avoid Jacuzzis. I can never see the point of spending ages in a lukewarm bath with jets of water and bubbles bouncing ones testicles around, added to which you never know what was going on it in it yesterday, (or maybe I have been watching the wrong sort of movies), and then you get out looking like a white prune, and you still have to take a shower because you can’t use soap in a Jacuzzi.

 And after all that you have just spent three weeks (or more) food money and didn’t get anything to eat except the complementary chocolate on the pillow. Just because you are gay does not mean you have pots of dosh, some of us are rubbish collectors, cleaners, nurses, teachers, even guesthouse owners and we just do not have that kind of money to spend, what we need is clean comfortable accommodation at a reasonable price!

 So why do all these ‘gay’ web sites list this type of accommodation? I have a sneaking feeling that it is because they are the only hotels that can afford to pay the agents a reasonable commission. I get agents approach me and seem disappointed that they are only going to make 15 euros out of a one week stay and nothing at all for anything less than 3 nights, but then I am not in the business of lining another companies pockets or allowing them to ride off my back and all the hard work I have put into my business!

 And then we come to the gay friendly part. How does that fit in with the rest of the guests who always seem to be families from other parts of Europe, with three children and who spend all day by the pool while the children are in the non-English speaking crèche? Gay anonymous I call it not gay friendly. You can quite easily disappear into the throng of 2,500 straight guests staying in the same hotel and nobody really cares whether you are gay or not because they don’t even know your name!

 If you really want to check if a hotel is gay friendly then ask the receptionist where the nearest nudist beach is located. This is usually one of the first questions I get asked before guests even make the booking, that and the distance to the nearest gay club.

I tried this at one of my local 5 star hotels where I had the pleasure of staying at someone else’s expense for two nights. The girl on the desk looked rather bemused, dealt with some other guests in various languages, very fluently, none of them English, and talked to a member of the service staff in what sounded Spanish, before coming back to me and announcing that nude sunbathing was not allowed.

 Obviously as she was a mine of non-information and as I was in a daring mood I asked her if there were any gay bars close by. This confused her even more so I expanded on the theme and asked about bars for homosexuals. This struck a chord because she turned to colleague and asked him, and then came back with the reply that there were no homosexuals in this area!

 So for EUR250 per night I got a quite nice room, comfortably furnished, clean, with a nice little terrace outside where I could hold a conversation with the guests in the next apartment, 2 tea bags and 2 little sachets of coffee, 2 biscuits in foil wrapper, and 2 of those little plastic pots of milk, yes, you know the ones. The ones where the foil top suddenly gives way and you splash most of the contents over the carpet and yourself. Not forgetting the quite classy but very small soap and things in the bathroom.

 So where does the gay friendly come in? Seems to me like it doesn’t!

 You want a gay hotel then look for the web site that says ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ in black and white on the home page. Look for the place where they can tell you where the nearest nudist beach is, where the nearest gay bar is, and if they don’t know they should!