Top 10 destinations to take the best pictures
12 August 2019
For some people, photography is an art. For others, it’s a passion. It transcribes on paper or on-screen what our eyes find most beautiful. Little Guest has selected for you the most beautiful destinations for budding or professional photographers. Initiate your children and take your most beautiful family photos in the most beautiful regions of the world.
As Amélie Nothomb says, “the purpose of photography is to reveal the love we feel in a single image”. Going on holiday is the ideal time to immortalize the happy and fulfilled face of your children, amazed by the beauty of the landscape. Armed with your camera, conquer the most beautiful pictures, each as surreal as the next.
1. SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa is the favourite destination for nature photography enthusiasts. It’s from the top of the Dragon Mountain, in the heart of the Drakensberg, that the South African charm operates. Playing with peaks and valleys, the sundresses the panorama with a soft shade of green with ochre notes to seduce the amazed eyes. Our favourite photo spots: Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, or Cape of Good Hope.
Fans of animal photography embark on a family safari in the heart of the African savannah. With the precious help of travelling mothers, Little Guest has designed and created a luxurious and kids-friendly safari tour. From whales to cheetahs, many animal encounters await the adventurous tribes. With an ideal duration of 9 days, this tour extends over the most beautiful South African destinations, from Cape Town to Johannesburg, passing through the Cape of Good Hope and the Hout Bay’s port.
The Matterhorn in Zermatt offers a panorama that you can tirelessly contemplate
Switzerland, its natural parks and mountain ranges fascinate families. Fans of reliefs and perspectives are served in this stunning setting. The city of Bern offers an incredible panorama at nightfall, while Lauterbrunnen hypnotizes the lenses with its enchanted waterfall. The very famous Lake Geneva, for its part, captivates visitors who come to contemplate it. No matter where you are located, draw your device and let the magic work. You are certainly holding a sublime cliché. Our favourite photo spots: the Lago Bianco when it’s frozen, the Gruyère and its thousand hills, or the Doubs Regional Nature Park.
The best luxury hotel for your photo stay in Switzerland: Tschuggen Grand Hotel. Located in the luxurious resort area of Arosa, this historic establishment has a long history behind it. Indeed, since the beginning of the 20th century, this place has welcomed city dwellers and travellers into a landscape that is sometimes green and sometimes covered with snow. Curious little eyes and aesthetics enthusiasts love to discover the surprising architectural works of the hotel complex, designed by Mario Botta and Carlo Rampazzi, such as the contemporary Spa where Dad and Mom relax while children from 3 years old enjoy nature excursions and organized costume parties.
3. LAKE COMO
Located in Lombardy, in northern Italy, the charming city of Como is a popular destination for tribes thanks to its magnificent treasure: Lake Como. This majestic lake in the Italian Alps is a legendary source of inspiration. Between shades of blue and small houses perched on the hills, photography enthusiasts have fun with shapes and colours. Our favourite spots: admire Lake Como from Brunate, from Monte San Primo, or simply from the lake’s banks.
The best luxury hotel for your photo stay at Lake Como: Mandarin Oriental Lago Di Como. Its exceptional location gives it direct access to the lake, surrounded by sublime natural landscapes composed of mountains and green spaces. As Mom and Dad adjust their lenses, children prepare for a unique experience at the Jungle Raider Park, a tree theme park located an hour’s drive from the hotel.
The Fanad Head lighthouse and the raging sea
Visit a mythical land steeped in history and worthy of a fairy tale. Ireland, with its castles and green pastures, reconnects its visitors to nature. The emerald island never ceases to enchant photographers equipped with their most precious cameras, ready to capture the legendary wild landscapes, the sometimes haunted, sometimes princely castles, or the hectic city of Dublin. Our favourite photo spots: along the Wild Atlantic Way, Blarney Castle and the city of Galway.
The best luxury hotel for your photo stay in Ireland: Ashford Castle. Built in 1228, it’s the oldest Irish castle known to date. Now a luxury hotel 711 years after its construction, the picturesque establishment is considered Ireland’s jewel. Nestled in a green setting and bordered by the Lough Corrib, the 78-room and suites hotel enjoys a magnificent environment. Toddlers have a great time there, especially during the hunt for hidden surprises in the castle or during cuddling sessions with the hotel’s Irish Wolfhounds, very tall, friendly and endearing dogs.
From Finistère to Morbihan, Brittany offers breathtaking scenery: granitic cliffs, raging seas, seabird flights… The scene is perfect for developing unique films. The green landscapes with their natural colours and the Breton coast provide you with a unique feeling of change of scenery and rejuvenation. Our favourite photo spots: Cap Fréhel on the Côtes-d’Armor, the island of Ouessant in Finistère, or Pointe de Dinan in the Crozon peninsula.
The best luxury hotel for your photo stay in Brittany: Grand Hôtel Des Thermes. This sublime historic building of Belle Epoque architecture is ideally located in Saint-Malo, 15 minutes by car from the city centre. This adorable port city will delight your photographic objective… and your little ones who, once in the hotel, have a great time with the various kids-clubs adapted to each age. During summer holidays, the Surf School in Saint-Malo welcomes your budding surfers for fun memories to capture!
To read: the testimony of Olivier, photographer, at the Grand Hôtel des Thermes with his 4-year-old son. Visit the website of this photographer, very talented to capture the magic of the moment.
In a remote village in Provence…
From the Alps to the Mediterranean, via the Verdon Regional Park, the Provence’s landscapes are mythical. In the evocation of Provence (France), we imagine ourselves in the middle of lavender fields, coniferous forests, creeks and atypical villages… It’s moreover one of the leading destinations of newlyweds for romantic wedding photos, but also families on the lookout for the best possible shot. Our favourite photo spots: Marseille and its creeks, Cassis and its old town port, or the Gorges du Verdon.
The best luxury hotel for your photo stay in Provence: Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort. A true haven of peace located a few kilometres from Nice and Cannes, this sumptuous establishment combines the Provence’s authenticity with the sophistication of the Côte d’Azur. Its idyllic environment has the advantage of being perfect for family photoshoots. After a beautiful day capturing the delicious landscapes of the surrounding nature, take the last shot of the sunset on the hotel’s outdoor pool with, as a bonus, a panoramic view of the perched villages of the Pays de Fayence.
7. MAURITIUS ISLAND
Nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius Island is the perfect spot to take out your magic memory box. The scene that unfolds before your brilliant eyes is as photogenic as it is paradisiacal. Between the endless beaches, the thousands of coconut palms and the whales swimming off the coral reef, the island’s fauna and flora in the turquoise lagoon are ideal for photoshoots. Our favourite photo spots: Morne Brabant, Île aux Cerfs, or the Black River Gorges National Park.
The best luxury hotel for your photo stay in Mauritius: Constance Belle Mare Plage. Nestled in the heart of a wild and preserved bay, this family eco-resort is located on the east coast of the island. In total, seven restaurants, six bars, a spa with a sauna, an outdoor swimming pool, a private beach, as well as a multitude of sporting activities animate the resort. As luxurious as it is eco-friendly, the resort offers parents and children a superb babysitting service and an incredible kids-club.
8. THE DOLOMITES
When clouds play with mountains
The Dolomites, a sublime mountain range in the southeastern foothills of the Alps, are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its impressive panoramas are known throughout the world for its steep cliffs and deep valleys. It’s the ideal place for lovers of nature and surprising photos. Our favourite spots: the Pale di San Martino mountain range, the magnificent Alpe Di Siusi plateau, or the Lago di Antorno, which has always inspired photographers all over the world.
The best luxury hotel for your photo trip in the Dolomites: Cristallo Resort & Spa. Nestled in the heart of the village of Cortina, renowned for its beauty and luxury Italian brands, this prestigious establishment offers a breathtaking view of Mount Tofane. For a royal arrival, and an aerial catch along the way, please note that the hotel has a heliport. Top-of-the-range services, Italian living style, kids-club open every day, “Best Ski Hotel in Italy” award, the Cristallo really has everything to seduce young and old.
Since the dawn of time, the African continent has been full of treasures. Zimbabwe, the flagship destination in southern Africa, is deploying its most beautiful landscapes to win the travellers’ hearts. There, nature is a muse that is constantly reinventing itself. Its preserved natural parks are home to a diverse and protected fauna, while the famous Victoria Falls, the world’s largest water curtain, can be admired from every angle for a shot worthy of the great photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Our favourite photo spots: the Matobo Mountains National Park, the Malilangwe Nature Reserve, or the city of Nyanga.
The best luxury hotel for your photo trip to Zimbabwe: Singita Pamushana Lodge. Located on the other side of the country, in the south-east extreme of Zimbabwe, this luxury lodge stands proudly in front of the Malilangwe Dam, a majestic stretch of water bordered by Gonarezhou National Park. Like a typical small village, this exceptional hotel has 9 private homes accessible by marked trails, a large infinity pool and a hot tub overlooking the dam. Within the establishment, many facilities are at the disposal of children to entertain them and make their stay a rich and unforgettable experience.
Royal calm and mythical landscape from the heights of Kasbah Tamadot
Between the curves of the Sahara, the typical alleys of charming villages and mountain ranges, Morocco is a paradise for families who love extraordinary landscapes. To inspire you and learn more about the art of Moroccan-style photography, visit the Maison de la Photographie located in the heart of the Medina of Marrakech. Touching portraits, historical photographs, photo reports, no one remains insensitive to this impressive collection. Our favourite photo spots: Marrakech and its oriental palaces, Chefchaouen and its houses dressed in blue, or Ouzoud and its sumptuous waterfalls.
The best luxury hotel for your photo stays in Morocco: Selman Marrakech, awarded several times by the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2019, which also awarded it the title of “Best Hotel in Morocco”. The terracotta building, 80-metre long swimming pool, Arabian thoroughbred stable, palm grove and fruit trees are the main components of this iconic property. In addition to being the perfect place to expand your photo collection, the Selman Marrakech is very kids-friendly. Free kids-club (from 4 to 12 years old), babysitting, welcome gifts, activities and games, the little ones are delighted!
Pernell, 23 years, wine and travel lover, from Angers, France