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Lokelani Suite Gardens in Maui, HI

Among Maui’s most magnificent accommodations, this three-bedroom presidential suite offers 6,800 square feet (632 square metres) of indoor and outdoor living space, plus a 5,000-square-foot (465-square-metre) private garden on the ground level. Lokelani means “heavenly rose,” and the garden features many of these small, fragrant flowers.Lokelani Suite Gardens in Maui HI

Hawaii Four Seasons Lokelani Suite Gardens
This Maui three-bedroom suite features teak hardwood floors and contemporary residential design, highlighted by a collection of original Hawaiian art and a Sonos sound system. The kitchenette is ideal as a set-up area for staff serving cocktails or meals. With awe-inspiring ocean-front views of the Pacific and neighboring islands, this is the ultimate Hawaiian vacation home with every luxury thoughtfully included by Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

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Top 10 Luxury Hotels – Kid Friendly

A list of the top 10 luxury hotel kid-friendly perks might sound strange at first. Aren’t 5-star hotels for couples, rather than kids and families? Think again–even some of the most luxurious hotels you can imagine now offer kid-friendly services and amenities, helping make it a true vacation for mom and dad, not just a “change of scenery.” In fact, I’ve noticed that the more luxurious the hotel, the more personalized and kid-friendly the amenities. Here’s our roundup of some of our favorite kid and family friendly luxury hotel perks.

1. Complimentary Kids’ Club

Your best chance of some true relaxation is if your kids can make a few new friends and have some fun of their own. Normally you expect to pay for the privilege of a well-run kids’ club, but the Four Seasons Kids for All Seasons program, available at resorts, is complimentary to guests. My son loved the Kids for All Seasons program at the Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay and didn’t want to leave! Other Kids for All Seasons programs that garner rave reviews include the Four Seasons Koh Samui and the Four Seasons Hawaii at Hualalai.

Free Kids Club

2. Clean beach and ocean

A great, clean beach and ocean (hopefully warm!) can be one of the best kid-friendly aspects of luxury resort. This can be a real challenge at popular, mass market destinations, so seek out a more remote luxury resort if you care about how pristine and unpolluted the beach and ocean is for your kids. The Park Hyatt Maldives is primarily targeted toward couples, but staff was friendly to kids and the beach and ocean were simply beautiful.

Clean Beach and Ocean - Park Hyatt Maldives

3. Kids eat free (and well)

Have hungry kids? You’ll be glad to know that if you book a Club Level Room at the Ritz-Carlton, kids under 12 staying in their parents’ room are allowed complimentary access to the Club Lounge, with its 4-5 food and beverage presentations each day. Most other club lounges also offer complimentary access for kids, but watch out: some, usually of independent or more boutique type properties, do not permit kids at all in their club lounge. So check this before you book.

Even if you’re not staying on Club level, resorts such as the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea offer free meals for kids age 5 and under in the resort’s Ferraro’s and DUO restaurants when accompanied by a paying adult.

Free Meals for Kids 5 and Under at Ferraros Four Seasons Maui Wailea

4. Complimentary pastry class (aka let them make cake!)

Kids learn by doing, and what could be more fun than learning to make their favorite treats behind the scenes with the hotel’s pastry chefs? Below is our son having fun preparing mini madeleines at the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris. Now, if only the kids could successfully replicate these exquisite treats at home…

Kids Pastry Lesson - Four Seasons Paris George V

5. Yummy welcome treats 

See a trend here? The way to many a kid’s heart is also through food, including delicious and whimsical welcome treats that are just for him or her. For example, pictured below are welcome goodies from the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, with a cable car full of candies, fresh berries, and chocolate chip cookies. The plate was even adorned with my son’s name written in chocolate.

Welcome Treats at Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

6. Stuffed animal

You may not be able to bring your child’s entire menagerie of stuffed animals while traveling, but many of the most luxurious hotels present your child with a new stuffed animal friend, either at check-in or waiting for him or her in the room. Here’s a ladybug stuffed animal from Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere in Paris, a well-known haunt of celebrities right on the Champs-Elysees, but also wonderfully child-friendly.

Stuffed Animal at Hotel Fouquets Barriere Paris

7. Dedicated kids’ pool or kids’ hours

One of the biggest sources of friction at hotels with a pool is between childless adults and honeymooners vs. families with kids. A dedicated kids’ pool or kids’ hours solves this problem nicely and lets everyone enjoy pool time. The Four Seasons Hualalai is incredible in this regard, with not only a Keiki (children’s) Pool for young kids, with a white sand bottom, but also the Sea Shell Pool as a family pool for older kids and their parents, and King’s Pond, an aquarium carved out of lava rock with over 3000 tropical fish and spotted eagle ray where kids and parents can snorkel, watch fish feedings, and enjoy touch tank exploration. Plus, there are four other pools, including adults-only pools and a lap pool, keeping everyone happy!

Kids Pool - Four Seasons Hualalai Sea Shell Pool

8. Child-size bathrobe and bath slippers

Kids love to feel grown-up, and their own child size bathrobe and bath slippers makes them feel just as special and valued as a guest as mom and dad. Plus, you can even take the slippers with you as a memento and to use at home. All cozy in his own bathrobe at the Four Seasons Seattle:

Child Size Bathrobe - Four Seasons Seattle by Fire Pit

9. Back of House Tour 

If your kid is anything like mine, he or she is always trying to figure out how things work, and find secret, hidden spaces that they’re probably not supposed to be. Well, the Four Seasons Paris has kids all figured out, and actually offers a Back of House Tour specifically for kids to discover the hotel’s hidden doors, elevators, and secret passageways. Just ask the kids’ concierge to help arrange it!

Kid-Friendly Perks - Back of House Tour Four Seasons Paris

10. Bubble Bath

What kid (and even many an adult) doesn’t love a bubble bath? Forget bath salts, bubbles are so much more fun for kids! Here’s my son enjoying probably his best bubble bath ever at Amankila, in Bali:

Bubble Bath at Amankila Bali

What are your favorite kid-friendly luxury hotel amenities?

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Four Seasons Hotel, Limassol, Cyprus

The Four Seasons Hotel is a 5 star luxury hotel in Limassol Cyprus which is independently owned and operated by Muskita Hotels Ltd

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The prestigious independently owned and operated Four Seasons Hotel lies on a sandy beach east of Limassol approximately midway between the airports of Larnaca and Pafos and only a few minutes drive from the city centre. This five-star resort is the pinnacle of luxury & style, combining impeccable facilities with world-class hospitality and service.

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The divine beds at the Four Seasons deliver a great night’s sleep. The resort has great diving and water sports, and there’s a variety of restaurants serving salads and fresh fish. Highlights Thalassotherapy, treatments using Phytomer products, and slimming and cellulite packages that can be tailored personally.

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Lowlights Book your treatments when you book your room and ask about spa packages for a better-value deal. Insights The hotel has cleverly assigned some rooms and a pool as ‘adults only’ for those who don’t want to be bothered by other people’s children, and there are babysitting services. Bring your other half for fun in the rasul mud steam room.

 

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The Most Astoundingly Beautiful Luxury Hotel in Florence Italy

Visitors to Florence don’t usually see its true architectural legacy as they wander the cobbled streets. That’s because so much of the city’s artistry and opulence remain discrete; tucked-away like long-held secrets behind unadorned walls of stucco and stone. Even a treasure like the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze blends so faultlessly with adjacent structures that you might walk right past without even noticing it. Only upon entering the soaring frescoed courtyard do you realize you’ve arrived somewhere absolutely extraordinary.

Four Seasons Florence courtyard

Dating to the fifteenth century as the Palazzo della Gherardesca, the historic portion of this visually stunning property includes a 116-room palazzo, its surrounding 11-acre landscaped garden, and a sixteenth century convent now transformed into a 36-room guesthouse and meeting space. Opened in 2008 after seven years and untold millions in restoration, the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze could rival any small museum in its abundance of original frescoes, bas-reliefs, oil paintings, antiquities, and exquisite architectural details.

Four Seasons Florence suite

A short stroll through the hotel and grounds reveals a seamless intermingling of art history and modern luxury that is so characteristic of this hotel group’s collaboration with designer extraordinaire, Pierre-Yves Rochon. Throughout, one sees bountiful use of luxuriant materials and fresh flowers. Fabrics are lush, seating plush, colors lustrous, and spaces vaulted and vast. Yet, amidst all the grandeur, a sense of comfort and warmth prevails. Multi-lingual staff is relaxed and friendly. In the dining room, servers seem to read minds with uncanny accuracy.  Savvy concierges faithfully curate guests’ most idiosyncratic wishes. And, as at all Four Seasons properties I’ve stayed, thoughtful amenities and state of the art technologies are impeccably woven into the mix.

Four Seasons Florence room

The eleven sumptuous suite styles would impress even a Medici. Many are resplendent with gem-toned upholstery, precious antiques, glistening Murano glass chandeliers, tall arched windows, and original frescoes harkening to a period when the Medicis actually did own Palazzo della Gherardesca. Bathrooms are scaled for giants, often with decadently deep, freestanding tubs beneath crystal chandeliers. Simply touring these suites left me with a raging case of bath envy from which I may never recover.

Of course, the “regular” bathrooms are nothing short of fabulous either, thanks to their roomy dimensions and divine cabinetry. And even the smallest guestrooms are oversized (approximately 39 m2), decorated in gracefully traditional motifs. Neutral colors accented by soft shades of yellow or green are a perfect compliment to most rooms’ views of the verdant botanical gardens. And, oh, such gardens they are! This peaceful sweet-scented oasis, which doubles as an open-air gallery, would be reason enough to stay here if there weren’t already dozens more. Sculptures by renowned contemporary artists are placed along the park’s winding paths amidst fountains, ponds, follies, and an assortment of rare vegetation. I found myself returning often to the gardens even in the dead of winter, mesmerized by the array of painstakingly chosen, emotionally rich works of art.

Four Seasons Florence suite

Almost hidden among towering trees are the property’s thoroughly modern additions: an outdoor pool and terrace restaurant (closed during winter), the award-winning two-story spa, and the exceptionally well-outfitted, multi-level fitness center which, I regret to say, I didn’t utilize often enough. (I was in Florence, after all.)

The Four Seasons hotel group is dedicated to designing unique custom guest experiences, and Florence is an ideal place to sample some of their best ideas. For couples with romance in mind, intimate dinners can be arranged at two of the palazzo’s most breathtaking spots: the gilded and frescoed former chapel, and the itty bitty roof terrace with staggering 360-degree views of the city, where you’re sure to have a singular “oh my!” moment. For families with young children, there are “kids visits” to museums and Pinocchio Park. And, especially for Dan Brown fans, the hotel has created an “Inferno Tour.” As if following in Professor Robert Langdon’s footsteps, guests view the Renaissance art and architecture central to “Inferno’s” mystery.

Chapel at the Four Seasons Florence

Even “everyday” experiences at this hotel are distinctive. If private dining isn’t to your taste, the gorgeous Il Palagio restaurant will easily feed cravings for romantic elegance. Chef Vito Mollica’s fresh artisanal cuisine has earned Il Palagio a place among the surprisingly small group of Florentine restaurants to attain a Michelin star. Just as importantly, his menu promises to dazzle even the most discerning of locavores.

Romantic dinner at the Four Seasons Florence

On the casual side, the Atrium Bar is your airy, all-day meeting place for light bites, cocktails, or afternoon tea. At night, I highly recommend a plate of pasta, a glass of Tuscan wine, and a double serving of glamorous people watching, as the Atrium is a hot spot among fashionable Florentines, too.

Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is located slightly outside the museum cluster in a charming residential section that offers welcome relief from tourist-clogged streets. Yet, you’re just a brisk 10-minute walk to Il Duomo. And when your soles demand a break from the cobblestones, a dedicated hotel shuttle will transport you in comfort, morning to evening.

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