Canals, clogs, bicycles, boats and pancakes. Amsterdam has all the ingredients for a perfect family holiday. This winter, treat the kids to a long weekend at the Conservatorium Hotel, a five-star landmark with plenty to keep everyone happy, from toddlers to teens. Not to mention parents who could use some pampering.
Swiss architect Peter Zumthor put the mountain village of Vals on the map when he created the thermal baths from 60,000 slabs of local quartzite. Now three more prize-winning architects have added their stunning signatures to 7132, the hotel attached to Zumthor’s majestic temple of wellness.
Christmas in Cape Town is the season for picnics in the botanical gardens, surfing and sundowners on the beach, alfresco barbeques on balmy evenings. Special celebrations call for special settings, like the refined estates of the Cape Winelands or a bush braai in Kruger National Park. In South Africa, the options are endless.