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La Sivoliere, Courchevel 1850… The best kept Secret!

 

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It’s that time of the year… winter is here and it’s time to head to the mountains!

Perfectly located at the base of the Dou du Midi slope, La Sivolière, Courchevel 1850  is the place to stay when visiting Courchevel. This well-known skiing destination attracts hundreds of tourists every winter and La Sivolière, Courchevel 1850   is situated only five minutes away from downtown.

Featuring gorgeous mountain views, their own ski shop and their own team of professionals, La Sivolière, Courchevel 1850 will take care of every guests needs from head to toe, making sure every guest has an unforgettable experience.

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la Sivolière Courchevel 1850 is a combination of both alpine tradition and contemporary design. The moment you walk in, their very cheerful staff will welcome you with a big smile in a way that will make you feel right at home! One thing they pride themselves on is service and warmth they offer their guest… that defines la Sivolière!

Classic Travel Rate Includes:
• Upgrade on arrival subject to availability
• Complimentary breakfast
• A free day of ski and boot rental
• An offered drink and a Gourmet Tasting Dinner for two at the “1850” restaurant

Elevate your winter experience this year with Classic Travel’s Preferred Rates at ClassicTravel.com.

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When is the Right Age to Travel with Kids?

Xavi flyingClients are always asking me about when is the right age to travel with their kids. They want to wait until the kids are older so they will remember the trip and they are afraid to take young children on long flights.  But I am here to tell you differently – I really think the earlier you get your kids out and about the better!  They will remember more than you think and the more often they travel the easier it becomes.

My son is two and a half and he already knows exactly what to do on a plane.  A few months ago we flew with him to Miami to stay at the Acqualina.  He is still talking about “the yellow house with the beach and pool” and is always asking to go back.  And just a few weeks ago we took him to St. Lucia to Sugar Beach a Viceroy Resort.  Even I was shocked at how well he behaved on the plane.  He remembered everything from this last trip – he knew he had to buckle up and couldn’t watch the ipad until we were “flying in the sky.” A “special treat” (Pirate’s Booty) kept him quiet during take off and landing and he even asked to drink water so his ears wouldn’t hurt (I’ve been obsessing over this since traveling with him as an infant). He is telling everyone that he loved the pool at the Viceroy but the ocean was too salty for him and hurt his eyes.

Our next adventure is taking him to Italy and Spain next month.  To get him excited I have been showing him where we are going on a globe. He is so proud to know these destinations and can’t wait for the trip. Just the other night his grandmother asked him is he was going to Italy and he was quick to respond with “and Spain.” Even though they are young, they can still appreciate the finer things!

Click to see Xavi point to all his favorite destinations on YouTube  Xavi’s Globe

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Family Fun in Anguilla

Anguilla is great for families

Heather and son on the beach in Anguilla

I am in Anguilla now with my husband and one year old son. I was worried all of the restaurants were going to be expensive and geared toward couples instead of families. I was wrong!

We had 2 incredible meals that were delicious, reasonably priced, easy to get to and family-friendly. On our first night we headed to Picante, a great Mexican spot – just minutes from Cap Juluca and the Viceroy. And last night we walked along the beach to Smokeys on the Cove, a fun outdoor restaurant with live music.

More great reasons to bring the fam to Anguilla!

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Best Kids Programs at Luxury Hotels

Here’s our picks for the best kids programs at luxury hotels:

  • Montage, Laguna Beach, California  – Aside from their regular Paint Box program (which we love), the Montage also has something for petites!  Kids aged 2-5 are welcome, and they don’t even need to be potty trained!
  • Acqualina, Sunny Isles, Florida – Kids get to take part in aqua adventures in this marine biology based educational program, specially designed for kinds aged 5 – 12.  Relay races, games, swimming, arts & crafts, eco-explorations, obstacle courses, building projects, trivia challenges, and scavenger hunts are all part of the many activities offered here.
  • Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman – Introduce children to the natural wonders and rich cultural traditions of the Cayman Islands as part of this program. The islands’ ecological resources are a natural classroom and living laboratory in which families embark on eco-adventures.
  • Ritz Carlton, Maui – The program at this recently renovated hotel in Maui features an environment kids’ curriculum, developed with preservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau, which includes snorkeling expeditions, underwater-photography classes, and workshops on turtles, whales, and ancient Hawaiian navigation techniques.
  • Four Seasons, Maldives – This property has an additional program for young adults (age 13 – 18) which will keep your teenagers entertained and happy! Activities include, diving lessons, marine life presentations, day and night snorkeling excursions, windsurfing and private beach dinners for your kids and their friends.

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