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.
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.
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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)
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.
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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
Just 10 minutes from the centre of the capital, Palma, the Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel ***** is one of the most beautiful hotels for golfing, with access to no less than four courses and a state-of-the-art academy. Its spa is also an essential stop for parents looking for a relaxing break. But it is its kids Club with its own pavilion including a covered room for crafts and games, a dedicated pool and a large playground in the shade of the trees, which will delight children from 4 to 10 years old. Not forgetting the nearby Aqualand El Arenal, a leisure park with ultra-fast slides!
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Kids love: The kids-club and its many activities.
Parents love: The world-class golf courses.
(Palma-Rome: 1 hour and 30 minutes)
Overlooking the Eternal City from the Monte Mario, the Rome Cavalieri, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel ***** is a high-end institution nested in a verdant corner, remote from the hustle and bustle of Rome. The hotel provides a shuttle service that drops you at Piazza Barberini, nearby Villa Borghese, to start your visit of the mesmerizing Italian capital. Don’t miss the must-see Colyseum, Vatican, Trevi Fountain or Pantheon, symbols of the city since Roman Empire, via the Renaissance period. And after an intense day of visit, let the hotel take care of you: children will rejoice at the It Club that will provide tons of adventure (board games, toys, scavengers’ hunt, gladiator training…) while parents will indulge themselves in the soothing voluptuousness of the spa and the treatment cares. Treat yourself with a dolce vita getaway under the auspices of Jupiter.
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Kids love: The It Club, the pizza cooking classes, the scavengers’ hunts, gladiator lessons, the kid-friendly pool and the Laboratory of Arts.
Parents love: The paintings, tapestries and antiquities at the hotel, the spa, the starred restaurant, the shuttle service, the babysitting service and the copious amount of touristic sites.
(Rome-Geneva: 1 hour and 30 minutes)
The iconic Colosseum in Rome
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.
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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-Budapest by air: 1 hour and 45 minutes)
Budapest, open-air museum and Pearl of the Danube, will definitely suit families eager to soak into an opera-like architecture and harmonious parks. In order to let you discover this jewel in a smooth way, the Ritz-Carlton Budapest ***** opens its gates for a quality time stay, enhanced by an invigorating spa. Its central location, next to the River and with view on the citadel, is an invitation to criss-cross the city and discover its most iconic buildings: the Buda Castle, St. Mathias Church, the Hungarian Parliament or the world-famous thermal baths… The list is endless and making a final choice won’t be easy but it will be a memorable one anyway!
Kids love: The tailor-made mini check-in, the Ritz Kids and its activities, the scavengers’ hunts in Budapest, the zoo and the kids menu.
Parents love: The spa, numerous museums and historical buildings nearby, the restaurant, its wine menu, thermal baths and the Danube.
(Budapest-Brussels by air: 2 hours and 5 minutes)
View of the Blue Danube
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.
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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