As the wind howls outside and the rain lashes against the window, I’m thrown back to a couple of weeks ago, when I was heading down to Somerset in similar, atrocious weather. It was well worth it though: At my destination, the lovely venue of The Chapel in Bruton I got to meet a lovely group of fellow travelers. These were some bloggers and some folk making travel dreams come true, the i-escape team.
If you’ve not come across i-escape, they pride themselves in finding the independent traveler the “best kept travel secrets”.
Later on, browsing through their selection of accommodation on offer around the world I understood what they meant. There are some real gems in there! The places listed range from jurts to luxurious Berber tents. While browsing, I was most excited when I saw that they had a Kids’ Collection, rating the places to stay on how family friendly they are.
Looking at the i-escape website, you want to pack your bags, book and leave immediately. It’s the perfect antidote to the mad weather we’re having this winter.
I set about finding the quirkiest of the Kids collection and dreaming of a getaway with the kids.
Just look at these fun places to stay from basic to ultra luxurious
1. An eco camp of pods nestled in the Swiss Alps.
Each pod has its own wood burner, fabulous panoramic windows and a mezzanine level for kids to sleep on. With lots to do winter and summer this one is very tempting to book now.
2, Thatched igloos shaded by palm trees and just a stone’s throw away from white sandy beaches in Goa
In this tiny resort with just 50 guests I’m sure we could sway in a hammock, build sand castles and relax.
3. Secluded, simple huts in the middle of wildlife haven of Sri Lanka’s wetlands
According to i-escape I’d need to be an energetic parent to keep up with the kids and all the exciting animals and birds they discover. That’s the sort of adventures we’re used to!
4. A makuti-thatched hilltop lodge in a game reserve in Tanzania
Lately my kids have been chanting (influenced by Tinga Tinga Tales) “we’re going to Africa and we’re going on a safari” I know this would be a dream come true for them. I’d hazard that it would come above Disneyland if I gave them the choice. What do you think?
5. Traditional mud-brick house in this small oasis in Egypt
The desert, an actual oasis, history, past and the future are all encapsulated in one location. Sandboarding, fossil hunting, watching the sunset over the desert. Yes, I could see us having fun here!
6. Luxurious Moroccan retreat nestled by the Atlas Mountains
Kids would absolutely adore going out on the hotel’s mules, camels or donkeys. I’d love the views over the mountains and the pure luxury this place has to offer.
7. Another Oasis hideaway with a futuristic twist though in Tunisia
This looks perfect for a combination of relaxing and adventure, bit more modern, less isolated, with a cinema, pool and lots of adventures to be had near by.
8. A yurt right here in the Yorkshire countryside
Just goes to show you don’t need to go far to get far away from it all. A yurt, your own log fire, organic local produce, fresh Yorkshire air. This one is definitely going onto our bucket list!
So which would you fancy the most? Can you add anymore to the list?
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