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#TRAVEL: Pack Your Bag For Kid & Coe’s Top 10 Best Beach Destinations

November 16, 2015
The Palm Villa, Kid & Coe

Mamas.. we want to get you pumped for all the amazing family friendly beach destinations you could win a credit toward in our Ocean Air, Salty Hair Give-away! We’ve lined up Kid & Coe’s top 10 best beach destinations here, so get ready to pack you bags . Wet your feet in the ocean at any of these exotic locations while you dig into that bag of swag from Lem Lem + mini-mode, Supergoop, Sunuva, and Sakara Life. We’re dreaming of sipping margaritas while the kiddies run naked and free on the beach. Oh wait…. we’re still here in New York. Whoever wins don’t forget to bring us along… remember we’re the ones who invited you in the first place!! 
Dimi Residence from Kid & CoeThe Dimi Residence
Crete, Greek Islands
€350 – €680
Sleeps up to 11

This stunning, sun-filled 4-bedroom home features a heated pool surrounded by a covered terrace, full kitchen, multiple dining areas, BBQ, gym, and fish pond: all just a short walk from a sandy beach and local restaurants. The residence is in Kalathas Chania in the west of Crete and is surrounded by lush gardens and olive groves.

 

The Casa Dos Chicos

The Casa Dos Chicos
Sayulita, Mexico
$420 – $800 per night
Sleeps up to 10

This pink and turquoise villa in Sayulita, Mexico is the perfect multi-family trip, with large bedrooms, a treetop plunge pool, a swimming pool and open air living area. The property is a hop and a skip from a beach with consistent surf, both a mecca to beginners and experienced surfers. Don’t forget to try the frozen bananas!

 

The Victoria Residence Kid & Coe

The Victoria Residence
Cape Town, South Africa
$1,000 – $2,000 per night
Sleeps up to 12

Fall asleep to the sound of the waves and enjoy sun-soaked mountain views from every room in this 5-bedroom beach house. Features include a saltwater pool, fynbos garden, giant sandbox and slide, and an open plan kitchen perfect for family time at the end of a busy day. The property is within walking distance of 3 private beaches, the neighborhood playground, and one of the greatest little coffee shops in town.

 

The Limestone Bay Residence, Kid & Coe

The Limestone Bay Residence
Anguilla, Caribbean
$3,000 per night
Sleeps up to 9

This decadent beachfront villa features an infinity-edge pool with its own stretch of private beach. The onsite staff can handle all laundry and housekeeping needs so that you and the kids have plenty of time to swim, sun and explore the environs. We love the classic island vibe of white sand beaches and plenty of restaurants to try with the whole family.

 

The Grasswood Residence, Kid & Coe

The Grasswood Residence
Malibu, California
$900 – $1,200 per night
Sleeps up to 12

This sprawling 5-bedroom Malibu home couldn’t be better located for the ultimate SoCal getaway. Kids will love the stocked playspaces, outdoor trampoline and play structure as well as visiting nearby Zuma Beach and Big Dume with boogie boards in tow. Spend evenings grilling on the spacious deck overlooking Santa Monica Bay or soaking in the 8-person jacuzzi shaded by orange, lemon and grapefruit trees.

 

The Beija Flor Residence, Kid & Coe

The Beija Flor Residence
Bahia, Brazil
$1,400 – $1,695 per night
Sleeps up to 10

This fully-staffed 5-suite beach-side residence borders the unspoilt village of Canavieras in southern Bahia and makes an idyllic retreat for families of all ages. Play on the beach, try your hand at kitesurfing or relax in beach restaurants with fresh fish and a caipirinha. The property is fairly remote so bring a couple of good books, lots of sunscreen and get ready for a slower pace of life in tropical surroundings.

 

The Palm Villa, Kid & coe

The Palm Villa
Mararikulam, Kerala
£345 per night
Sleeps up to 9

Tucked away from tourist traffic, this one-story Keralan beach bungalow promises an exotic stay by the Arabian sea. With colonial-style decor, it has a sense of grandeur and comes complete with outdoor and indoor play spaces. Relax in a hammock and watch the children dig holes to the middle of the earth. There are plenty of sights to see nearby such as temples and an elephant camp, and the experienced staff can suggest and arrange activities to suit you and your family, from cooking lessons to day trips.

 

The Palm Villa, Kid & Coe

The Hopewell Residence
Hanover, Jamaica
$892 – $1,178 per night
Sleeps up to 13

Just west of Montego Bay, this classic Jamaican residence is fully staffed and shares facilities with the nearby Round Hill Hotel. It’s all about living well here: an airy, spacious, private residence with a freshwater pool and tropical gardens, plus access to the neighboring hotel’s kids club and facilities and the area’s most kid-friendly beach. The property is just across the road from the beach and is comprised of two buildings, a cottage sleeping 4-6 and the main house, sleeping 6, therefore well-suited for a multi-family trip.

 

The Rivarella Residence, Kid & CoeThe Rivarella Residence
Novigrad, Croatia
€1,000
Sleeps up to 12

This contemporary, yacht-inspired luxury villa with pool is surrounded by ancient city walls and is steps from shops, cafés, and restaurants. Take in the breathtaking views from three private terraces and spectacular 360-degree panoramic vistas of the Adriatic Sea and the picturesque town of Novigrad from the rooftop terrace. We love the private indoor pool, which opens to a broad terrace via floor-to-ceiling retractable glass windows.

 

The San Carlos Residence, Kid & CoeThe San Carlos Residence
Ibiza, Spain
€357 – €929 per night
Sleeps up to 10

This spacious villa, close to local beaches, has a fantastic pool and mini playground at the end of the garden with a swing and playhouse. For quiet evenings, there are jigsaw puzzles in the second lounge and the smart TV has all the latest children’s films available. For those traveling with another family, the twin and triple bedded rooms are well set up for a group of kids staying together. Slumber Partyyyy!!

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Tori Praver On Beach Life and Her ‘Keiki’ Beach Babes Collection

August 11, 2015
tori praver mama and baby at beach

Tell us your story… How did get to where you are now?

I grew up on Maui and spent most of my time as a kid on the beach in a bikini. I loved swimwear from a young age and knew designing was something I always wanted to do, but thought starting my own line was something that would happen much later in life. When I started modeling for Sports Illustrated, the editor there really encouraged me to start my own line. So I decided to listen to her and take advantage of the opportunity at the time.

beautiful mom and daughters beach

What’s special about your suits? What do you think they’re known for?

My suits are known for their fit. I use a special ruching technique that makes the suit hug a woman’s body in all of the right places. My suits are also seamless, and they are double lined so they have a very strong and rich feel.

What inspired your new collection?

My new collection was inspired by South American deserts, South of the border Latin towns and cites, as well as Mexican surf spots and beaches. The natural beauty you find in these places like cactus, succulents, snakes, blue water, and sandy beaches inspired me.

My new collection was inspired by South American deserts, South of the border Latin towns and cites, as well as Mexican surf spots and beaches.

little girls beach tori praver

Why did you start the Keiki line?

The line was inspired by my daughter, Ryan. There is nothing more I love than matching with my little girl, I love our mommy and me moments!

There is nothing more I love than matching with my little girl, I love our mommy and me moments!

Where do you see Keiki headed?

This year was our first year of adding clothing to the Keiki line. There are many ready-to-wear pieces now that match “mama” which was so fun to design!

tori praver swimwear

Are you a big fan of matching mommy and me suits/what’s your mama swim style with your daughter

Matching with my baby is one of the best parts of having a little girl! I love wearing matching bikinis and the matching cover ups.

Something you can’t live with out?

Chocolate and red wine. One of my favorite combos once the little one goes to bed. My mommy vice.

What beach beauty products are in your bag?

Sunscreen, water, lip-gloss

mom and daughters beach

Any summer beach beauty tips? You have such gorgeous blond hair how do you care for it in the summer

Thank you! I wash it every other day or sometimes every 3 days. In between washes I always rinse my hair in the shower and put a good conditioner or mask on my ends. I also don’t brush my hair; I do that in the shower when it’s wet or a run a comb through it when I have conditioner in it.

I also don’t brush my hair; I do that in the shower when it’s wet or a run a comb through it when I have conditioner in it.

What do you like best about what you do?

I love that I get to design and create which is something I enjoy and really love. My swimwear line is a huge creative outlet for me, which is something I really crave and need in my life.

little girl beach tori praver

Best advice you’ve ever been given?

“Now is the time, if not now- when?” I have always kept this is mind and remind myself daily that life is short, so what are we waiting for?

“Now is the time, if not now- when?”

How has becoming a mama changed you?

I thought I knew what love was, but really I had no idea how much I could love another human! It has been the most rewarding thing and I know there are more moments that I have yet to experience. My daughter has made me so happy and has allowed me to see life in a whole different perspective. Children are so full of life and love, I am inspired daily.

What’s the biggest challenge you face as a working mama who travels a lot?

Being away from my daughter. I wish I could always be with her and take her with me on all of my work trips, but I have realized that traveling is really hard on little ones with time changes etc. The past few years have been challenging but very rewarding. It’s been difficult to find a healthy balance at work and being a mom. As much as I love what I do, I love being a mother more than anything else and my daughter always comes first. I have had to learn how to juggle taking care of Ryan while still being focused with work related things, be a wife, a chef, and then find some me time. Although it can all be exhausting, I love every minute of it and wouldn’t change a thing.

As much as I love what I do, I love being a mother more than anything else and my daughter always comes first. I have had to learn how to juggle taking care of Ryan while still being focused with work related things, be a wife, a chef, and then find some me time.

adorable mom and daughter beach

Do you travel a lot with your daughter? What’s been your favorite trip with her?

Yes I take her everywhere! She loves to travel and fly on the “big airplane”. I loved our trip to Bali last year. It was her first time out of the country and it was so fun to show her another culture. She loved the monkeys and elephants!

What are your favorite beaches in the world?

All of the beaches I grew up going to in my hometown on Maui. Ironwoods, Napili Bay, Kaanapali. I also love the beaches on the North shore of Oahu.

To learn more about Tori, check out her website here and her Instagram here

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ACACIA Co-Founder Lyndie Irons On The New Honey Line For Kids

July 24, 2015

What’s better than one gorgeous beach babe? Two gorgeous beach babes! We were chatting with heymama member, LA photographer,  and model Stacie Hess about her career, favorite designers, mama crushes and beach style. Turns out her favorite line is created by another Hawaii mama Lyndie Irons.  These gorgeous women have so much in common; from being single mamas to total beach lovers and sun worshipers, so we decided to hook up a little shoot with Stacie and her daughter, Amelia, wearing ACACIA and interview Lyndie to hear more about the upcoming ACACIA Honey Line Collection.

gorgeous mom and son at beach

Lyndie Irons and son Axel

Where do you live?

Princeville, Kauai

You’ve traveled the word as model and with your husband surfing, what’s your favorite beach?

“I absolutely love the beach on Tavarua , Fiji island. There is a perfect spot for me to surf, turquoise water and the best snorkeling in the world.”

How did you and Naomi, your business partner from ACACIA meet?

Naomi and I have met on the North Shore of Oahu through mutual friends, and we became the best of friends.

What’s you favorite part of working together on ACACIA?

I love our trip to Bali every year. We have so much fun living together and working on the collection.

How do you balance being a single mom with your career?

Finding balance in life is key, and I’m constantly working on it. Being a single parent and working is such a challenge, but now that Axel is in preschool I have been able to have set hours which has been so helpful.

What do you love most about being a mom and what’s the most difficult thing?

Axel is my biggest joy in life. He brings so much happiness and laughter in one day that I feel so incredibly blessed to be his mommy. I don’t really find much difficulty in being a mom because I enjoy every minute with Axel.

What gets you through the difficult moments?

Knowing that there is always tomorrow.

beautiful mom and son in the water at the beach

We love the Honey Line, tell us what inspired it?

We have so many gorgeous mamas that wear ACACIA that we thought it would be so fun to make little girls bikinis.

Are you into twinning with Axel?

I find that we dress alike all the time. I’m constantly  color coordinating our outfits and he loves wearing the same colors as I do. He has such cute style already.

Tell us about the recent show in Miami and ACACIA’s direction for the season.

Nature has always remained a huge inspiration and this season, we  looked no closer than our backyard of Maui. From Hana’s jewel-like red sand beach Kaihalulu, to Pua’a Ka’a waterfall,Wai’anapanapa’s black sand, and the Waioka turquoise pond – the raw beauty of  these waterscapes remains unparalleled to any in the world and served as the creative foundation to the 2016 season. This year you will see a lot more mesh incorporated in the collection along with neutrals and some beautiful prints inspired by the islands that we live on. My new personal favorite is our long sleeve one piece!

adorable mom and son on the beach smiling

What are you suits known for?

“We love a little side boob with a cheeky cut bottom.”

Anything exciting on the horizon?

We have some things in the works but you will have to wait and see 🙂

In addition to swimwear, ACACIA has expanded to include resort wear, a children’s line named HONEY, footwear and a special beauty collaboration with Epicuren.

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What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Best advice that I received would be to enjoy every minute with your loved ones because life can be way too short.

“..enjoy every minute with your loved ones because life can be way too short.”

What’ s a favorite day spent with Axel?

A perfect day with Axel would be Sunday so we could sleep in, catch up on cartoons and cuddle. Than skate the front driveway for a couple hours, head to the beach to surf. And end the day with BBQing at home and jumping in our pool.

All photos of Stacie were taken by Chris Lamb @cthelamb. All photos of Amelia were taken by Stacie Hess, to learn more about Stacie you can check out her Instagram here and her heymama profile here.

To learn more about ACACIA click here and check out Lyndie Irons on Instagram.

Now lets get to the beach!