Itinerary of a successful family tour of Europe
16 July 2019
At the start of the summer season, the word vacation is what resonates in everyone’s head. The Old Continent, with its rich cultural and geographical diversity, is the ideal playground for a successful family adventure. You will never run out of destinations wherein you can delight your entire family, so why deprive yourself from exploring them all?
Typical Spanish houses
Travel through the Iberian Peninsula, explore the Hexagon, cross the Flat Country or still, sail on the Italian waters… To avoid having to make hard choices, Little Guest has selected for demanding parents the best kid-friendly hotels that are spread all over Europe, for all to have an eclectic and colourful trip.
Departure from Paris at the Hôtel Madison *****
The adventure begins in a refined and sophisticated atmosphere at the Hôtel Madison. Located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the establishment is rooted in a neighbourhood that is ideal for long Parisian family strolls along the banks of the Seine or in the alleys of the Jardin du Luxembourg. Paris, the city of love but also of sharing, offers a start to your stay under the sign of well-being. The atypical history of the Madison hotel will leave no one unmoved because it was here that Albert Camus finished writing his novel “L’Étranger” and Jean Cocteau was tasting spirits accompanied by his loyal friends.
Discover our practical guide for an unusual stay in the French capital.
Kids love: Welcome gifts, slippers and bathrobes adjusted to their small size, traditional toys and games at their disposal.
Parents love: Customized private visits, massages in the room, and babysitting service on request.
(Paris-Lagos by air: 2 hours and 30 minutes)
The beauty of Algarve at the Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort *****
Algarve’s authenticity and wild coast delight both parents and their children! Relax with your feet in the water at the Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort. This establishment is accessible from Faro Airport and offers roundtrip shuttles to the hotel. Bordered by beautiful beaches, the city of Lagos combines the perfect conditions for a change of scenery, as well as breathtaking views for the whole family. Water sports enthusiasts are not left out! Indeed, this region of Portugal is known worldwide for its legendary surf spots where all surfers meet, especially on the famous Sagres peak, a 30-minutes-drive from Lagos. To practice kite surfing, do not hesitate to visit the Lagos Kite Club, a sliding school for beginners and advanced riders.
To make sure you don’t miss any of the attractions of this magnificent region, consult our practical guide!
Kids love: The football club and the playground.
Parents love: The complimentary kids club for children from 3 to 12 years old, as well as the high-quality babysitting service.
(Lagos-Palma by air: 1 hour and 55 minutes)
The rocky beaches of Algarve
The divine Balearic Islands at Castillo Hotel Son Vida *****
The sumptuous Castillo Hotel Son Vida is situated in the heart of the Mallorcan capital, Palma. This magnificent 13th-century castle boasts charming and modern interiors, which are ideal both for children and adults to bask on the largest island in the Balearic Archipelago. The hotel’s 3 restaurants offer luxury and diversity for all lovers of Iberian and international cuisine. This convivial Spanish getaway offers lovers of altitude and hiking with the opportunity of discovering the jewel of the Balearic Sea, enjoying the sun and white sand, as well as for exploring its enchanting Serra de Tramuntana!
We reveal everything you need to know before you fly to this little blue paradise.
Kids love: Activities on the beach and the children’s pool.
Parents love: The kids-club that is accessible to children between 3 and 12 years old and the connecting rooms.
(Palma-Mykonos by air: 4 hours and 50 minutes)
The exploration of Wind Island at Oniro Mykonos – A Shanti Collection *****
The adventure continues in Greece, more precisely on the Mykonos island. Being brilliantly white, let yourself be amazed by this wonder of the Aegean Sea, in the heart of the Cyclades archipelago, which will undoubtedly charm the whole family. Its beautiful beaches and clear waters resonate like paradise on earth. Oniro Mykonos, located in the north of the island, makes your stay in Greece an appeasing experience and offers unforgettable memories to the entire family. The facilities designed for the little ones will facilitate your stay and allow you to make the most of your adventures by the sea under the Greek sun.
Kids love: The family pool and welcome gifts.
Parents love: The free kids club for children from 3 to 11 years old, and the babysitting service.
(Mykonos-Athens: 40 minutes, then Athens-Roma: 2 hours)
The atypical charm of Greek houses
The everlasting Rome at the Aldrovandi Villa Borghese *****
Located in one of the most sought-after areas of the Italian capital, Aldrovandi Villa Borghese is a former convent and the atmosphere that emanates from here leaves no one indifferent. Surrounded by lush gardens, Aldrovandi Villa Borghese, the same name as the largest park in the capital, is situated in Pinciano, near Rome‘s most visited museums. The hotel also provides bicycles for travellers to be able to explore the City of Seven Hills – which can be considered as a real open-air museum – in the depths of its intricacies. In terms of culinary experiences, the reputation of Italian cuisine is well established, and the Michelin-starred restaurant, Assaje, will invigorate the entire family at the time of dinner.
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Kids love: The welcome gifts and baby cosmetics offered in the bathroom.
Parents love: Wine tastings and the famous Mytha Spa.
(Rome-Geneva: 1 hour and 30 minutes)
The iconic Colosseum in Rome
Swiss immersion at La Réserve Genève Hotel & Spa *****
Head to Switzerland for a complete change of scenery! Switzerland is full of eclecticism and the mesmerizing city of Geneva enchants art and history enthusiasts for a cultural break that is equally accessible for children, particularly at the Mamco, museum of Contemporary Art. On the shores of Lake Geneva, you will find La Réserve Genève Hotel & Spa, which offers a huge variety of activities, thanks to its exceptional location. The hotel’s spa is the perfect place to bask after a long day exploring the city. The thrill-seekers go to Para Delta, a paragliding and hang-gliding school unique in the region.
To make sure you don’t miss out on anything while you are in this magnificent canton, take a look at our practical guide.
Kids love: The colourful furniture in the children’s rooms.
Parents love: The kids club that is accessible to children 6 months and older, as well as the Michelin-starred restaurant.
(Geneva-Amsterdam by air: 1 hour and 45 minutes)
Venice of the North, at the Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam *****
Located on the edge of Amsterdam’s famous canals, the Pulitzer Hotel is a reference in what is known as the Venice of the North. Its private boat allows families to be able to explore the city on the waters, while its babysitting service offers parents some moments alone to enjoy a romantic treat. For example, dinner time after a day at the Artis Zoo, Netherlands’ oldest zoo, with the children. A must-see in the Dutch capital, the Anne Franck Museum is less than a 5-minute walk from the hotel! A good way to share a moment of culture and history between young and old.
Kids love: The giant swing and the rocking horse.
Parents love: The family suite and loaning of strollers.
(Amsterdam-Brussels by air: 1 hour and 50 minutes)
View of Amsterdam’s canals
The beautiful Brussels at Hotel Amigo *****
It is in the European capital that this exciting European tour with the family comes to an end, in a warm and luxurious atmosphere at the Hotel Amigo, right in the center of the city of Brussels. Located a few meters from the famous Grand Place, this 5-star hotel offers splendid views of the Belgian capital and its monuments. These last few days are the perfect opportunity to discover its charming streets, as well as its museums and its generous gastronomy.
To make sure you don’t miss anything in the capital, here are all our best kids-friendly addresses.
Kids love: The baby-kids-teens program and the restaurant’s kids-corner.
Parents love: The connecting suites that bring the entire family together.
Have a good trip!
Lucile, 25 years old, confirmed adventurer and passionate about geography, from Brittany, France