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TRAVEL September 4 2016 —

  • written in English

Oh how time flies… One and a half year ago we went on an amazing luxury city trip to Barcelona together with our 8 months old daughter, and today I’m throwing you back to this 1st travel adventure as a family :). Enjoy my Barcelona travel tips!

Does ‘having kids’ mean the end of going on luxury trips and relaxed vacations? I was desperate to find out! And so I booked a trip to Destination BCN, a luxury Boutique Apartment in Barcelona Spain. Our first family vacation :).

The alarm clock went off on a Saturday morning at 04:00 AM. I was super exited, and also a teeny tiny bit nervous, about this first flight together with our 8 months old baby girl ♥.

Going on such a trip was something I wanted to do from the day she was born. But… I wanted us all to be ready for it, and travel with a relaxed mindset. And so I waited for the right moment. Some parents say it’s easier to travel when the baby is much younger, and of course it depends on the child, but I believe it’s more relaxed to go on a flight when the baby is at least six months old. Now, at 8 months, she doesn’t suffer from painful cramps anymore, understands more, wants to explore everything and doesn’t sleep as often as before. Next to that, my husband and I were now also used to our role being a mother and father. More fun for everyone ;)!

Before my daughter was born, my husband and I used to travel to luxurious destinations all over the world. Ever since I became pregnant I wondered if it would still be possible to travel with a baby ánd experience the luxury like we always did. To that question I can now honestly say: YES it’s still possible! After a long and careful search on the internet I found DestinationBCN which offers amazing boutique design apartments in the center of Barcelona. Everyone who follows me on social media and reads whatiwouldbuy.com knows that I have this thing for luxury and design, and DestinationBCN knows how to perfectly combine the two ;). When you take a look at their apartments you don’t have any other choice but to fall in love with their style of interior design. The apartments are decorated in a way that appeals to many of us. Bright spaces, high ceilings, clean white walls, big arched windows, a wooden floor, vintage Moroccan rugs, design chairs and lighting… It’s all there.

Thanks to the amazing accommodation, the beautiful sunny weather and not to mention a perfectly happy baby :), we had the best time ever! Our gorgeous eclectic penthouse ‘Marimon‘ was situated on the top floor of a beautiful building on Barcelona’s famous street ‘Avenida Diagonal’ where you can also find a lot of high-end stores. The loft-like apartment had an amazing rooftop terrace which offered us great views over the bustling city life and Montjuïc hill, and where we were able to soak up the sun from morning till evening. The kitchen was fully equipped (very handy when you’re traveling with a baby!), the bed was soft and had high-quality pillows, there was a nice rainshower with Malin+Goetz shower products and the rooftop terrace had an external sunroom (perfect for siestas). A baby chair, baby bed and bedding were arranged on request and also the taxi from and to the airport was pre-booked. Heavenly to experience all this comfort!

Immediately after our arrival in Marimon we decided to do groceries in the neighbourhood. In the afternoon, minime was sleeping inside while we enjoyed our heavenly rooftop terrace with a nice bottle of cava and some delicious tapas. In the evening we picked up some food at RAFBAR, a trendy cafe/bar located just one block from the apartment. In the following days we explored Barcelona by foot. On Sunday we walked all the way down to the beach. Shops are closed on Sundays, so this day is perfect for a long stroll. On Monday we went shopping in the neighbourhood. In streets like Rambla de Catalunya and Avenida Diagonal you will find many nice Fashion boutiques. And for home decoration you must visit Natura Casa, a large store with a lot of cool interior design products. Our favourite place for a chocolate frappé and serrano sandwich was Jamaica Coffee Experience. If you’re a fan of pastries, Cup & Cake on Carrer de París is a must-visit. Their cream cheese toppings are to die for! When you fancy natural and organic food? Try the organic mini market Celerí across the Marimon apartment, or try the organic smoothie and juice bar Green & Berry at carrer d’Enric Granados.

I’m so glad we made this trip :). It proves that we can still travel in luxury, even we now have a baby. But whether or not you are traveling with a child, a stay at DestinationBCN is perfect for everyone who wants an Urban Chic getaway to the sun.

Photography by Danique Bauer – © WhatIWouldBuy & DestinationBCN