Pool with a view: Park Hyatt Sydney with kids

Park Hyatt Sydney with kids

What do you get when you head overseas on a week-long exotic adventure with your bestie and leave the kids behind? Well, besides frequent hangovers. The answer is two rather miffed offspring who are eager for some adventures of their very own. And while they’re full of intriguing suggestions including flying to Morocco for cous […] Read more…

Ice village magic tomamu

Après-ski fun at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU with kids

You might think that with six lifts and scores of runs, including off-piste and backcountry areas, that Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU is all about shredding the slopes, but there are endless other indoor and outdoor activities for little snow bunnies and powder pups, whether they’re strapped into skis or not. We certainly love the pow, and spend as much […] Read more…

Hoshino Resorts Tomamu with kids

Japow Wow: Skiing Hoshino Resorts Tomamu with kids

It’s sooo fluffy” declares Raffles happily as he leaps out of our coach into the nearest heap of fresh snow, disappearing somewhere into its powdery depths. We’ve arrived at Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Tomamu, just a 90-minute drive from New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, to flurries of snowflakes dancing in the sky like frosty fairies. I’m so entranced […] Read more…

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Great Britain: Hunting for Harry Potter

My mama is the only person I know who can actually make magic happen. She’s always conjuring up incredible creations in the kitchen and has this way of making everything my sister and I wish for come true. And she does it all without even needing to use an accio summoning charm. She is so magic, I […] Read more…

Cambodia with Kids: Cooks by Tuk Tuk

19 tips for travelling with kids in Cambodia

As far as family travel destinations go it might not make it to the top of the charts, but Cambodia is the stuff of kids’ Indiana Jones and Lara Croft-infused fantasies and should definitely be on your family holiday hit list. Not only are the people welcoming and the resorts kid-friendly, it’s easy and fun to […] Read more…

Cape Grace Cape Town

An affair to remember at Cape Town’s Cape Grace Hotel

Under the omnipresent shadow of legendary Table Mountain sits The Cape Grace Hotel, quietly oozing old world charm and sophistication. One of the world’s most luxurious and stylish hotels, the boutique Cape Grace boasts enormous individually-styled guest rooms packed with antiques and artefacts, hand-painted fabrics and bowls of breathtaking protea blooms, each offering ridiculously beautiful views […] Read more…

Akaroa New Zealand

Akaroa New Zealand: Vive la difference

There is a mysterious vortex just south of Christchurch on the Banks Peninsular. Either that or our driver has taken a wrong route…  by about 18,000 kilometres, because somehow, we appear to have pulled up in France. Not that I’m complaining. I’m a Francophile from way back and am quite happy to find myself strolling […] Read more…

Casuarina Beach Cape Hillsborough: Mackay by kids

He said, She said: Mackay by kids

Despite the fact that we have explored the destinations immediately above and below it many a time, Queensland’s Mackay Region is one of those places that we just seemed to keep missing. But a recent visit made us realise what a major oversight that has been. From its Art deco buildings and pretty palm-tree lined […] Read more…

The Story Lives on at Sovereign Hill

The Story Lives on at Sovereign Hill

The promise of striking it rich during Ballarat’s gold rush lured almost 500,000 people to the Australian colonies. Today families are being lured to Sovereign Hill, an incredible outdoor, interactive museum, to find out more. While life in the goldfields was brutal for all but the wealthiest members of society, it was hardest of all […] Read more…

Flying with kids

8 tried and tested tips for flying with kids

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, travel for Mr Eats World and I meant finding a bargain deal for a random destination, chucking a handful of clothes, a camera and a toothbrush in a backpack and buggering off. But when two became three, booking a holiday suddenly required actual thought and planning, and to […] Read more…

Intha fisherman on Inle Lake

Myanmar with Kids: Fast boats and slow food on Inle Lake

We’re leading a small flotilla of long boats across Inle Lake, the machine gun rat-ta-tat of their engines shattering the silence in this serene water world, almost as much as the squealing “woohoos” coming from Raffles as we rev up and race our way across the freshwater lake. Strewn with marshes and floating gardens, and skirted by teak stilt-houses and pretty […] Read more…

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa - Oman with kids

Oman with kids: May the forts be with you

Traipsing through a foreign airport with two small people at 4am, after ten hours in transit, is the kind of behaviour that I’d ordinarily suggest parents be given some pretty intensive therapy for. But on this occasion (and with little choice in the timing) the tiny travellers are doing us proud, having pretty much snoozed […] Read more…

24 tricks to sleep better in the sky

24 tricks to sleep better in the sky

So you’re planning to sleep your way to your destination ready to hit the ground running on the other side? With the kids in tow? Yeah, listen, about that…. 10 minutes into your flight and the baby in 6D will have been howling for nine and a half. Your own kids will be whining because […] Read more…

Worst travel advice - Don't talk to strangers . Here's Raffles ignoring that and making loads of new friends

The worst travel advice for families

Travel means different things to different people. When you’re flying solo, it may be for the chance to discover the world, or to discover yourself. And when you travel with kids, you might view it as a chance to bond or an opportunity to raise globally aware humans. No matter how or who you travel […] Read more…

Hello Kitty Pork Buns and Hello Kitty's Cupcake Dream at Universal Studios, Osaka

Hangin’ with Hello Kitty in Japan

Sugarpuff has a bit of thing for Hello Kitty. And by “bit” I actually mean the kid loves that prissy puss with the white-hot intensity of a thousand burning suns! Needless to say in Japan, the birthplace of the famed feline, my girl is in Hello Kitty heaven. When I say feline I must do so with a […] Read more…

Bali beckons

Five reasons to beat the winter blues in Bali

Bali is beckoning again! As soon as the temperatures start to drop, my inclination to beat a hasty retreat to somewhere warm rises. And where better to escape to than beautiful Bali? It’s one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations, and for good reason.  Just six(ish) hours from the East coast of Sydney and only three […] Read more…

Industrial relics at Cockatoo ISland

Art and architecture collide on Cockatoo Island, Sydney  

Sydney Harbour’s largest island is one of the city’s most intriguing and architecturally important sites, cloaked in mystery and history. For almost 200 years, the only way you could visit was if you were transported there in manacles, or you were brandishing a resume packed with industrial skills. But now, visiting one of our crew’s […] Read more…

Novotel Sydney Central with kids

InBalance at Novotel Sydney Central with kids

Sugarpuff is on a bit of a health kick at the moment. She’s become obsessed with Yoga (her very own special version which she claims makes her feel “loosey goosey” – it’s best not to ask). She’s also become more interested in healthy eating because she says it gives her more energy (though, I doubt […] Read more…

Hokkaido Soup Curry Recipe

Hokkaido Soup Curry Recipe

Everyone knows that Hokkaido is home to some of Japan’s best sushi and seafood, and given it is just a hop, skip and a halfpipe away from Siberia, some of the country’s best skiing. But what they might not know is that it is also the home of a killer curry, served as soup and […] Read more…

Kid skiing at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu

A kid’s guide to powder skiing

Written by Raffles – Aged 9 I love skiing more than just about anything besides shovelling food in my face. And getting to combine both of my true loves in one go at Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Tomamu was my idea of heaven. I was lucky enough to be mum’s plus one in January on a visit […] Read more…

creamy chicken pasta made to HelloFresh's recipe

Top tips for making family mealtimes magic

Dinnertime is a big deal in our household, and not only because we’re a fairly gluttonous crew, though there is no denying that is a huge factor. Despite the gluttony, it’s more important because it is the time of day we reconnect and refuel after our busy days. Dinnertime is a ritual that provides consistency and […] Read more…

Interview Sally Fitzgibbons Novotel Ambassador

Raffles chats with Pro Surfer and Novotel Ambassador, Sally Fitzgibbons

Novotel hotels are launching a range of new wellness offerings just for kids in time for the Autumn School Holidays. The new programme includes a healthy menu and two in-room kids work out shows starring Play School’s Rachael Coopes and Australian professional surfer Sally Fitzgibbons, designed to keep families healthy and active during their holidays. […] Read more…

Koonya Garlic Festival is a celebration of the popular ingredient

Tasmania’s Koonya Garlic Festival with kids

Garlic! For thousands of years, it has been revered as a food and medicine and reviled as a sign of Satan. Indeed, the poor, identity-conflicted bulb has been multitasking itself silly. It has been used to create culinary masterpieces the world over, formed the basis for magic potions, warded off evil, used to both inflame […] Read more…

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