Germany’s Black Forest is high on my list of must-visit places. With its mountainous landscape and ethereal expanses it has long been noted to me by German friends as one of the country’s utmost beautiful spots. But, while the wooded areas may be notoriously gorgeous, that still doesn’t inspire me to camp; and now I’ve learnt about the Hotel Traube Tonbach, I can whisk Lola off with me and leave any thoughts of a tent firmly at home (not that I own one, admittedly).
This five-star beauty has been a favourite in the area since the 1950s (though the building itself dates back to 1789) and it’s as welcoming to adults as is it is their children. Parents will love the cooking school that hosts lessons on site (with the hotel’s sommelier recommending accompanying wine depending on what is cooked during that seminar). The spa offers a fabulous array of treatments, though your children will love joining you in the family sauna with its panoramic views of the surrounding area (clothes are required, of course). The outdoor salt water pool is heated year round so you can take in the unrivalled Black Forest enclave that surrounds the hotel, while indoors you’ll find saltwater and freshwater swimming pools, four whirlpools and a children’s pool. Don’t fancy dressing for lunch? Don’t need to. The poolside bistro serves delicious salads, snacks and fresh juices.
The local golf and hiking are, as one imagines in such a location, incredible. But if your children don’t want to join you, the hotel has more than enough on offer to keep them happy. An excellent and highly qualified childcare team arrange activities daily for children aged 3 and up. From pancake-making to arts and crafts, torchlit walks through the forest to billiards, local farm visits to story time, your little ones will be more than occupied if you want some time to enjoy the hotel’s more adult amenities. The Traube Kids’ Court is an epic playroom full of endless toys and games, and it’s also where children meet daily for lunch and the ever-popular kids’ dinner.
And fear not: language need not be a barrier. While the majority of children who visit are German, there are ever-increasing numbers of English-speaking guests so the fun and games are offered in both languages. So, lashings and luxury and fantastic choices for Lola? I’m in.
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