Family travel with flair

12 things every female-friendly hotel needs

Over the years I’ve stayed at a wide range of hotels. Each time I’ve been female. As a result I can’t help but notice how some places get it right and some get it woefully wrong. There are simply some things that we ladies need when staying overnight. It’s not just a matter of convenience or luxury. It’s evidence that hotels don’t value their female guests (and the money they...

2 secret places you need to visit in Mississippi

There’s practically nothing that travellers love more than a secret — a secret spot, a secret hotel (not so coincidentally, the name of a Budget Travel book I contributed to), any hot tip or insight that has the whiff of insider knowledge. Plus, if you’re asking the right people, the places you discover tend to be really really cool. The truth, of course, is that there is rarely anything actually...

Milestone Hotel: Family luxury in Kensington

I’ve heard of dream hotels, but this is ridiculous. After visiting the sumptuous Milestone Hotel in Kensington, touring the richly designed rooms and eating its delectable high tea, I actually dreamed about it.     In my dream, I was wandering the hotel, slipping into unoccupied rooms and discovering arresting views, gorgeous artwork, and furnishings that make you want to pledge your undying love....

Reviews: Four Seasons Toronto with kids

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the new Four Seasons Toronto hotel, opened in October 2012, would have gone the grand diva route that lets you know just how fabulous it is. After all, it’s the flagship hotel in the hometown for the entire Four Seasons chain, which itself is a collection of wish fulfillers and pampering providers in exotic locations the world over. And make no mistake, the 55-storey...

Half-term idea for kids: learn polo in Scotland

If your children have fallen behind in their Downton Abbey lifestyle skills (terrible, really), a half-term stay at The Gleneagles Hotel should fix them right up, what-what. The five-star Scottish resort with its revered golf course doesn’t content itself with a kids’ club stuffed with the typical distractions. Instead, it introduces kids to the countrified pleasures every budding gentleman, gentlelady and outdoor...

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