International

A furo soaking tub at Aman Tokyo

The A-List: Aman Tokyo with kids

Raffles and Sugarpuff love a hotel stay, but not for the cool kids clubs, fun family activities and customised kids menus in their restaurants. In fact, it’s in spite of them. I just can’t seem to sell the idea on them… they’d much rather share the same experiences as us. And that’s ok with me. […] Read more…

Why we said no to riding elephants in Thailand

Why we said no to riding elephants in Thailand

It’s hailed as Phuket’s must-see spectacular and as soon as my kids see the flashy video of Phuket Fantasea’s dazzling Thai dancers, acrobats, and magical illusions, they want a piece of the action. At least they do until they spot the chorus line of tarted up elephants balancing precariously on each other like giant trunky dominos. It’s […] Read more…

Phuket with kids: Koh Khai Nok, or not?

The brochures tell us that Koh Khai Nok is a teensy tiny island tucked away in Phang Nga Bay, surrounded by turquoise water and teeming with a ridiculous quantity of fish. And, hints the glossy flyer, being just fifteen minutes by speedboat from Phuket, Koh Khai Nok with kids is a no-brainer. After a few very busy and long […] Read more…

songkran with kids at Wat Chalong Phuket

Wet & wild: Surviving Songkran with kids

Imagine telling your kids they’re going to attend a 68 million person strong waterfight! Then imagine them stockpiling enough watery weaponry to arm a small country (Insert  the twangy guitars and whistles of ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ theme music here). Welcome to the wet and wild world of Songkran with kids. We’re lucky enough to […] Read more…

Kids at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa

Sofitel Sentosa Singapore Resort with kids

It’s no secret that I am smitten with Singapore. Seriously, what’s not to like about a country whose unofficial national sports are eating, drinking and shopping? But after a stay at what might just be our new favourite hotel, the Sofitel Sentosa Singapore Resort & Spa, that infatuation may have just become true love. So […] Read more…

The 10,000 vermillion gate sof Fushimi Inari in Kyoto

Fox hunting at Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari with kids

One thing you could never accuse Kyoto of is a shortage of temples and shrines. There are quite literally thousands of them. But even amongst Kyoto’s 400 individual Shinto shrines, Fushimi Inari is one of the city’s most extraordinary and unforgettable sights. And it’s not just because the sight of its 10,000 or so tightly spaced […] Read more…

Rocking their yukata in our Arashiyama ryokan

6 tips to rock a Ryokan with kids

The former imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is a tranquil alternative to the frenetic pace and energy of Tokyo. While the sprawling metropolis does boast all the mod cons and signature flashiness that one expects from a Japanese city, Kyoto is also heaven for history nuts. Especially small samurai obsessed ones. Home to almost a quarter of […] Read more…

Japanese Macaque at Arashiyama’s Iwatayama Monkey Park

Starstruck at Arashiyama’s Iwatayama Monkey Park

It feels a little like we’ve entered a movie set. Mystically pretty mountain landscapes form a backdrop to an emerald green river, broken only by the Togetsukyo “Moon Crossing” Bridge. A timber boat punts along the river. This is Arashiyama, a zen-like tourist haven in the western outskirts of Kyoto. Ancient temples, otherworldly bamboo groves […] Read more…

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