• The Westin Maui Resort & Spa: 7 tips for families

    The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Ka’anapali Beach is a good choice for families.  It’s location – right on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches  – is a major plus. The resort also have a 5-swimming pool complex ...

Maui’s South Coast: Fairmont Kea Lani

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A text pings and I can’t decide. Feathers or foam? I tap my 14-year-old on the shoulder. She’s dozed off, summer reading strewn to the side, wearing one of the 7 bikinis she packed for our trip. We’ve had a hard morning. Up before 7 to get on a 64-ft catamaran to sail to the Molokini […]

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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa: 7 tips for families

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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Ka’anapali Beach is a good choice for families.  It’s location – right on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches  – is a major plus. The resort also have a 5-swimming pool complex with water slides which makes it very popular with kids. It’s a bit busy, and […]

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The new SFMoMA: Something for every generation!

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  A day out with the whole family can be challenging: The kids want to be entertained, grandma gets tired easily and the aunt has very specific dietary requirements! The newly transformed and extended San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) turned out to be a big hit for The Extended Modern Family. With three times more gallery space […]

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VLOG: Day 2 in Hawai’i!

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Join the Modern Family on Day 2 of their Hawaiian adventure. There’s a tropical rainstorm, a tour of the Westin Maui Resort and Spa and lots and lots of pineapple!     IF YOU GO The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali 2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761 +1 (808) 667-2525 http://www.westinmaui.com Go Hawai’i int.gohawaii.com/uk Whalers […]

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3 of the BEST places to snorkel in Maui

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The Modern Family loves snorkelling. With minimal instruction, even kids can enjoy colourful underwater life. If you can swim, you can snorkel! In Maui, be prepared to see lots and lots of sea turtles!   Here’s our list of our favourite places to snorkel in Maui.   1. Black Rock The very first time I snorkelled – […]

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VLOG: First day in Hawai’i!

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Check out the Modern Family in our blog of our first day in Hawai’i! We go surfing on Kaanapali Beach, forget our towels, burn our feet on hot sand, rent a cabana on the beach and eat pineapple! All in a hard days work!   IF YOU GO The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali […]

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Maui’s Fairmont Kea Lani: 13 tips for families

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The gorgeous Fairmont Kea Lani on the Wailea coast in South Maui, Hawaii is perfect for families. Set in 22 acres of lush tropical landscape, it’s Hawaii’s only all suite resort set on the beach. With the recent completion of a $70 million resort renovation,  the footprint of the 413 suites are the same – […]

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Silicon Valley Tech Tour: Top 13 sites to visit

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There’s something a little je ne sais quoi about California’s Silicon Valley. It oozes coolness. Silicon Valley attracts 40% of all venture capital money invested in the U.S and San Jose generates more patents than any other place in the United States. But why the Bay Area? Academics, industry and government research all collided in a perfect storm […]

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Silicon Valley Tech Tour: Tech Museum of Innovation

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  The Tech in California’s Silicon Valley really should’t be called a museum. The word museum conjures up images of old things to look at and admire. The Tech is more of an experience – a place to try things out, learn from what you have done and then do it better. It’s very Silicon Valley. Work while having […]

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Henley Festival: Not just for grownups!

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  I’ve been a fan of the Henley Festival for years. After the rowers and crowds leave Henley Regatta, the grounds turn into a spectacular art and music festival. Adults don their finest (it’s a black tie event) and around every corner their is something magical to explore. There’s always a headline performance (ala Elton John or […]

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Cornwall: The Residence at Gwel an Mor

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    The first thing you notice when you reach Gwel an Mor in Cornwall is the views. They stretch above high above Portreath and go deep into the wild blue Atlantic. The resort has been charming visitors for years, but this is our first time here and we’re guests to check out their newest venture. The Residence is […]

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Sykes Cottages: Nans-Tek in North Cornwall

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  “Mummy it’s perfect!” my 11-year-old exclaims as we explore our Cornish holiday home. She opens the sky blue door to reveal a perfectly formed twin room with French doors that open on to a sprawling hedge covered valley. She quickly claims it as “hers” and says she want to live in this house when she’s grown up. Of course […]

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San Diego Zoo: 11 tips for visiting

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The San Diego Zoo is one of my all-time favourites. If you find yourself anywhere near Southern California in your travels you HAVE to visit. TripAdvisor recently awarded San Diego Zoo their Traveler’s Choice Number 1 Zoo in the world  – so it has to be true! From Australian koalas to Arctic polar bears and Giant Pandas, the San […]

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Potters Resort: A traditional British seaside holiday

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  It’s the end of our bank holiday weekend at Potters Resort and I am waving a green paper napkin in the air, singing “ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta!” between bites of a bacon sarnie. My girls join in, wiping pancake crumbs and Nutella from their faces. Hubby slinks down and pretends to read the paper. I’m not the only […]

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San Jose: Visiting Ridge Monte Bello Winery

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I love Silicon Valley success stories, and Ridge Monte Bello is as good as they get. In the 1950s, four Stanford Research Park scientists decided to invest in a defunct vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains high above Silicon Valley. The purpose was a weekend retreat they would share. But the vines beckoned, with sun-kissed […]

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The Modern Family is going to Hawaii!

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  The girls have wanted to go to Hawaii since they saw Soul Surfer, the bio pic about Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost an arm to a shark but persevered to become a world surfing champion! Although 11 time zones away, more than 50,000 visitors arrived in Hawaii from the UK last year. A friend […]

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