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PROMOTION North Male Atoll, Maldives THE travel DIARIES Travel Specialist Melissa Barker from Travelbeam Luxury Holidays shares her holiday memories The road to Aigua Blanca beach, Ibiza Best Childhood Holiday? When I was 10 we spent the summer island hopping in Greece. I still remember the seemingly endless scorching days not wearing shoes, snorkelling and eating watermelon. Favourite Place in the World? I adore Ibiza and have been going there all my life. Our whole family love beach hopping. We never grow bored of touring around finding secret hidden gems. The old town is a beautiful place to wander around with its tiny streets and sensational restaurants. Try the new familyfriendly 7Pines resort with it’s spectacular clifftop location. Worst Holiday Some friends persuaded us to stay in a cottage in Cornwall. It took us hours to get there and then it rained non-stop for a week. The phrase ‘you are only as happy as your least happy child’ springs to mind. Last Holiday We went to The Ritz-Carlton, Abama in Tenerife for February halfterm. It’s only a short flight away with year-round sun and it’s ideal for a relaxing break. Family rooms are very stylish with acres of space. The The new 7Pines resort (Ibiza) has sunset views to die for beach and pool areas are lovely and there’s two Michelin-starred restaurants, amazing spa and golf. Where to Next? Forte Village in Sardinia with its unique sports academies (netball, football and dance for each of our three children). Also we’re planning a special trip to the new LUX* North Male Atoll. The oversized Miami-style cool residences all have a huge rooftop terrace and infinity pool and are trumpeted to be like nothing else you will find in the Maldives. The Ritz-Carlton, Abama Do get in touch to discuss your holiday plans: 0345 845 0145 | 60 ★ SUMMER 19

TRAVEL Give us a (City) Break! Georgie Hoffman, a.k.a @fieldandfrolic, mother, blogger and self-proclaimed lover of style, travel, flowers, animals and loads of colour takes us on her family’s half-term city break around Europe. A friend of mine told me of her incredible adventures travelling with her kids across Europe. So inspired and with the vain hope of stuffing some culture into mine whilst they were still compliant, we began to organise a half term trip. We decided we could comfortably do Amsterdam, Vienna and Venice - three cities in three countries and three great big adventures! Each of them was totally unique, had lots of history, sights to see, and the fact they were on a relatively straight line and could be linked by an overnight train was an added bonus for the kids, Milo (11) and Minty (9). The plan was to spend two nights in Amsterdam bicycling around the canals and soaking up the sights, then catching the overnight train to Vienna for a few days of culture and see the famous Spanish Riding School. This was followed by another train to Venice for three days of museums, canals and gondola rides. We did it all with enough time to relax and wander. The kids threw themselves wholeheartedly into every adventure. Minty loved the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam and glass blowing on the Venetian island of Murano whilst Milo thought Banksy in Amsterdam and the Guggenheim in Venice were pretty cool. For me, the Lipizzaner stallions performing in Vienna takes some beating. No tired legs either, in Vienna we all buzzed around on electric scooters. It couldn’t have been more perfect, well apart from the overnight train couchettes which were akin to sleeping on an ironing board in an extremely small cupboard! But with the kids growing up so fast we felt they may not want to go travelling with us in a few year’s time and so it was great to do it whilst we still could. Milo’s favourite bit of the trip when asked, ‘just being together as family’. That really says it all. Pure heaven. Follow Georgie on @fieldandfrolic “The kids threw themselves wholeheartedly into every adventure.” SUMMER 19 ★ 61