TOP FAMILY DESTINATIONS: Florence
Our star travel advisor Beth Cooper, founder of luxury travel PR company, Beth Cooper PR, shares with us her favourite beach destinations and her top insider tips for the best places to stay, eat and visit!
Where to go in June: Florence, Italy.
Place to stay: Il Salviatino is located a stone’s throw from central Florence and is surrounded by 12 acres of lush gardens providing plenty of space for the whole family to enjoy the great Italian outdoors. The villa’s 45 rooms & suites are all unique, with most accommodation housed in the main 15th Century villa, and a further six Green House suites nestled in a separate annex which dates back to the early 1900s and is accessible from the Italian Gardens, or via an underground tunnel from the main villa. Il Salviatino offers an array of dining options providing the flexibility and freedom for you to dine at your leisure. Spa Il Salviatino, located next to villa’s three-tiered infinity pool (open April – September), features a huge selection of therapeutic treatments – from body scrubs with wine gel to moisturising hot packs with olive oil enriched essence and sensuous Turkish baths – all carried out by a team of skilled therapists using Dr Vranjes products.
Where to eat: On-site at Il Salviatino you can enjoy an extensive menu crafted by Executive Chef Carmine Calò which brings together the very best flavoursome seasonal ingredients. Choose to eat where you wish, from the villa’s stunning terrace which offers views over the Florentine sky-scrape or its atmospheric library room, its fine dining restaurant tucked under the Italian gardens or its lush pool area.
What to do: Florence is a cultural hub which offers something for every member of the family. The Palazzo Strozzi - the city’s favourite gallery – has been named the Children’s University’s first international “Learning Destination” and exciting alternatives to traditional kids’ tours. Its current exhibition – The Springtime of the Renaissance (23 March – 18 August) includes an array of interesting and educational family friendly activities including the Sculpture’s Satchel and The Storyteller’s Tale. From gliders, bookbinders and sculptors, to goldsmiths, leather-workers and shoemakers, Florence’s back-streets are brimming with talented craftsmen and Il Salviatino can arrange a number of tours to Oltrano where craftsmen line the district’s narrow streets selling their wares. Alternatively workshops can be arranged enabling guests to try their hands at some of the city’s most ancient crafts including paper making and marbling. The Doctor Vranjes shop in Firenze – one of the city’s oldest pharmacists and cosmetologists – offers an intoxicatingly irresistible selection of fragrances, candles, perfumes and cosmetics which make for perfect souvenirs, alternatively head to Simone Abbarchi’s bottega for the ultimate bespoke shirt or custom suit crafted by the world famous tailor himself! (a test shirt can be made in 24 hours).
Don't forget to pack: Suntan lotion, comfy shoes and a map (exploring the city’s backstreet is hugely fun but it’s easy to get lost!)
Parents will love: Il Salviatino’s breath-taking vistas (and aperitifs) and the signature spa treatments including the couples treatments.
Kids will love: Il Salviatino’s ample grounds – plenty of space to run around – and the nearby adventure park which offers zip-wiring, adventure playgrounds and much more!
Beth Cooper established her business 13 years ago and she is also mum to three lovely children. She loves luxury travel, the outdoors, good food, good wine and spending time with her friends and family. Beth is also passionate about interior design and is currently learning to play polo with her kids!