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Valentines with kids: romantic getaway in Liguria, Cascais or Cotswolds?

Valentines with kids? Well, why not! These are our suggestions for Italy, Portugal or UK – fitting family adventures into romantic getaways.

Located between Genoa and Portofino on the Italian Eastern Riviera, Camogli is a charming medieval fishing village. Artists, poets, writers and painters fell in love with over the decades. Come Valentines, the fishing nets that line the harbour wall are covered with little red hearts upon which people can write the name of their Valentine, and those which withstand the weather of the sea are said to be truly everlasting love. Camogli’s ‘Lover’s Market’ takes place along the pretty promenade and is filled with treats, culinary delights, jewellery and trinkets. But love is celebrated in Camogli also gastronomically and artistically – couples menu come this year with a souvenir plate designed by local artist Maria Teresa Di Micco.

Camogli & Liguria for Valentines

Camogli and Liguria for Valentines

We have been twice to Camogli with our Italian friends who are from Milan and spend time there annually for over 30 years. Our Italian friends love the focaccia and the village vibes that survived over the years. Their kids love the beach with pebbles and the gelatos.

We also have English friends who discovered this little Ligurian gem and spent 3G holidays aka, mom with kids stayed in an apartment and grandparents stayed at Cenobio de Doji hotel. All parties loved it and also going back again this year; the hotel is very child friendly, lovely salt water pool and access to their private beach.

But if you are like us, with lovely grandparents but not physically fit to run hours after 2 energetic cheeky monkeys, for Valentines with kids and a proper romantic getaway we recommend hotels with good childcare.

Valentines getaway Martinhal Cascais

Romantic evening kids tucked in bed Martinhal Cascais

Our favourite ones for Valentines escapes within 4 /5 hours of London are Martinhal in Portugal and Calcot Manor in Cotswold – both utterly romantic and unbeatable in terms of luxury, pampering and kids activities.

Cascais is a seaside gem loved by all sorts of royalties and Sintra a fairytale town Unesco patrimony. With kids looked after so well at Martinhal Cascais, you can attempt Michelin star restaurants by sunset and fun packed days for the whole family. For Valentines retreats couples and couples with kids in Cascais have a look in here: Martinhal has it all covered – exquisite dinner, zen spa and even a mini club disco! Or if one fancies a different Portuguese setting, between the sea and a Natural Park, one can retreat and reconnect in the poetic atmosphere of Martinhal Sagres: stunning views, including sunset over Cape. St.Vincent.

Calcot Manor is a Uk favourite of ours romantic proposition, just over 3 hours drive from London in the hilly therapeutic landscapes of Cotswolds. We’ve been with an excited toddler to celebrate my birthday – it makes a gorgeous couple escape with the kids well looked after at the Club.

Valentines getaway Calcot Manor

Valentines getaway Calcot Manor

Valentines may be a cliché and one may not stick to February 14th to celebrate. BUT one does not have to be Esther Perel or Alain de Botton to figure out that grown up time is utterly important for healthy happy dynamics. And kids can be also brought along on romantic trips should you go to the right places!

Where will you celebrate your partner next?

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16 comments on “Valentines with kids: romantic getaway in Liguria, Cascais or Cotswolds?

  1. Sounds like some seriously impressive adventures, something more from a fancy travel magazine. It’s great that you’ve found ways to incorporate a family adventure into Valentines. Maybe I’ll be able to convince Farmer Nick on one of these, although it’ll probably well after our kids have gone off on their own.

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

    • ZenBabyTravel
      Jan 27, 2018

      Haha Fiona! Have no illusions, behind these pics there’s the usual family life chaos 😂 constant mischief from the cheeky monkeys, the usual parenting debates around how shall we tame the ferral kids and very often too many glasses of bubbles for parents 😉 You and Farmer Nick must be seeing the real light at the end of the tunnel – pls tell me so! 😉 Have a great week-end! X

  2. Love the idea of a break away with kids over Valentines, not sure I’d ever persuade the OH though. You’ve got a great selection there though #CountryKids

    • Zen Babytravel
      Jan 28, 2018

      Hehe Mary. Valentines falls again February half term, so surely we are meant to embed romance into family adventures or the other way around? 😉 thanks for stopping by, have a lovely Sunday!

  3. sensationallearning
    Jan 27, 2018

    Oooh, I’d love a trip to Italy! Have been once, to Rome and Napels, and loved it. Would really like to explore other parts of the country too. x #CountryKids

  4. Sounds like a lovely trip, with the kids too!

  5. Merlinda Little
    Jan 28, 2018

    Firstly I want that warm weather! Its been a long cold season and I long for the sun already!

    Lovely places to visit and looks like you had so much fun. #countrykids

    • Zen Babytravel
      Jan 28, 2018

      Likewise Merlinda using the sunny pics as therapy for battling with a bad cold and half lost voice…sunnier and healthier days hopefully just round the corner 😉 have a lovely Sunday!

  6. Shiju Sugunan
    Feb 2, 2018

    Great selection of photos. Looks like a nice place to visit.

    • Zen Babytravel
      Feb 2, 2018

      Thank you! 3 distinct places just to be clear: Italy, Portugal & Uk.Thanks for stopping by!

  7. pigeonpairandme
    Feb 2, 2018

    I love the fact that Caiscais and the Cotswolds are both within 4/5 hours of London! It’s a small world these days…..travelling anywhere without kids, even on Valentine’s Day, isn’t an easy option for us, so these recommendations are great. Thanks for linking them up with #CulturedKids (and just shout if you need some help with the badge)

    • Zen Babytravel
      Feb 2, 2018

      Great to hear! Today had all sorts of technical challenges, editing on the phone does not help! Lots of comments ended up in Feedback – how do I get them out of there?! Auch auch! Pleasure to link in as usual!

  8. Some great suggestions here! Always hear amazing things about Martinhal! So important to get some couple time! Thanks for linking #citytripping

    • Zen Babytravel
      Feb 2, 2018

      Great to hear! Pleasure! x

  9. fifi + hop
    Feb 3, 2018

    I agree – you need alone adult time to have a thriving, happy and healthy family life! All of these look amazing especially the Cotswolds! #culturedkids

  10. Zen Babytravel
    Feb 6, 2018

    Great to hear you like our selection! Have a great February!

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