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Ritz Paris Hotel

The newly renovated Ritz Paris blends the perfect combination of old-world charm, modern luxury and world-class service. With its new conservatory cafe, swimming pool and Chanel Spa (only one in the world), the hotel serves as a magical escape from the fast-paced hustle of Parisian streets. From eyeglass cleaning cloths, to children's cooking classes, the hotel team leaves guests wanting for nothing but a future return.

https://www.ritzparis.com/en-GB

 

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Ritz Cooking School

Ritz Cooking School

Family Travel is the Ultimate Education

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The lads in Kyoto -

As the sun broke over Vietnam’s East Sea horizon, my son and I gave one final tug to the coracle, securing it on the shore. The weathered fisherman, to whom the boat belonged, gave us an appreciative smile before uncovering his overnight haul. Tristan’s eyes went wide as he was staring at the cornucopia of sea creatures littering the floor. We were thousands of miles from our house in Zurich, but we could not have felt more at home.

My wife, Claudia, and I are uniquely blessed with being in professions that allow us to travel; and as a result, our sons are already frequent flyers. Tristan, 8, began flying at eight-weeks-old and Conrad, 4, hit the skies at three months. They now have a combined 200,000 air miles between them. They are both enrolled in our family world-schooling program where the opportunities for bonding and endless adventures create everlasting memories.

Read the remainder of our family travel article at the Luxe Getaway link below:

https://luxegetaways.com/family-travel-outcast-otter/

The best family hotels in France

Finding accommodation that suits both adults and children isn't always easy. Leonie Glass suggests 50 hotels that everyone will enjoy in five of France's most family-friendly regions.

If you're keen to avoid the drudgery of self-catering family holidays, but are fed up with frosty greetings when checking into hotels with your children, you need to find somewhere to stay where you will all feel comfortable. Not a snooty place, where staff or other guests shush your children if they run down a corridor, or somewhere full of low-lying precious objects that invite disaster. And not a hotel where the accommodation is so basic that all of you have to squeeze into a tiny airless box. Here are some genuinely family-friendly places in France that parents and children can both enjoy. Unless stated otherwise, prices are for a double room, including breakfast, in high season.

SeaBubbles: The Flying River Taxi

The egg-shaped flying river taxi is gaining support, as SeaBubbles seeks to close its third funding round in under a year and aims to firm up interest from potential customers, including the city of Paris and companies in the San Francisco Bay.

To build the first battery-powered bubble-shaped ships that hover a few inches above the water and transport as many as six people at a time, founders Alain Thebault and Anders Bringdal last month raised 3.45 million euros ($3.6 million) from French insurer Maif and venture-capital fund Partech Ventures. 

To read more visit Bloomberg Technology: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-11/flying-river-taxis-eye-customers-from-the-seine-to-san-francisco

 

 

Indonesia's Artisitic Boutique Hotel

Katamama is a boutique hotel made by artisans. Every detail has been handmade or handpicked, using Indonesia’s centuries-old traditions interpreted in a modern and timeless context. All private suites are our expression of understated luxury. This attention to detail and craftsmanship accompanies our five star service delivered in a personalised and warm style by a family of individuals passionate about their craft.

Mad about otters: in Singapore

Logistics manager Alvin Tan lugs a 15kg camera bag containing two long camera lenses to work almost every day.

He wants to be prepared should a message about an otter sighting pop up on Finding Toby, the otter-watch WhatsApp group that he belongs to.

 

He rushes to join the group, made up of about 20 otter watchers, as soon as he finishes work or before he goes to the office. The 44-year-old enjoys taking photos of the mammals, especially their pups because "they have this blur look which I find very cute".

His weekends are often spent "chasing" otters all over Singapore. His accounts administrator wife, 44, and 11-year-old daughter sometimes join him on these trips.

He has taken more than 10,000 photos and 100 videos of the otters in the last six months and shares them on social media. "The otters have become like family. I want to know how they are doing. They seem to recognise faces and will not run away when they see a familiar face."

To read the full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/mad-about-otters

American Airlines Brings Civility Back to Flying

American Airlines wants you to know it would really, really appreciate it if you could ask before raising the window shade, and if you could not hog the armrest. Also, be nice to the flight attendants when they greet you.

American Airlines

American Airlines

In a new campaign, which begins this week, aimed at the “world’s greatest fliers,” the airline says it wants to get away from fixating on features like the speed of its Wi-Fi or the size of the entertainment console.

Instead, the campaign praises travelers whose actions — like ceding the armrest to the middle-seat passenger — make the in-flight experience a better one. “Customers really have a huge impact on the flying experience,” said Fernand Fernandez, American’s vice president of global marketing.

To read the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/business/media/great-fliers-make-the-best-of-their-situation-american-airlines-suggests.html

How to Travel Internationally With Kids

Even for young children, travel offers many benefits. They remember more than you realize (researchers at Harvard University have shown that children as young as 17 months retain long-term memories), and exposure to different cultures, languages, and even food can influence young minds for a lifetime.

In an age when screen time is increasingly taking the place of outdoor play, travel is the opposite of digital distraction. It’s teaching your children the art of paying attention, finding the novelty in everything, and treating life as a grand adventure. You might be going to look at old churches or ancient rice paddies, but what you’re really showing your children is that being present in the moment has value. Being present is nearly a lost art in our modern lives and carving out that time when they are young will be one of the most important gifts you can give them—even if you travel no farther than your own backyard.

With practice, patience, and perspective, it’s possible to raise happy travelers. 

To read the entire article please click here:  http://www.fodors.com/news/how-to-travel-internationally-with-kids-11809

Nam Hai Resort

The Nam Hai is a luxury resort situated on the unspoilt shores of Hoi An Beach.

Hong Kong Street Food

Hong Kong is known for its street food and no other area showcases this amazing cuisine better than Sham Shui Po on the Kowloon side.  The chef's kitchen sits directly on the street.... It's a true local culinary experience.