Our Team


Magali Dechelette

Magali Déchelette

CEO and Founder

Background: I graduated from the top French business school HEC in 2006 with a Master’s degree in Business and Entrepreneurship. After working for Cartier in Paris, in the luxury travel sector in Shanghai, and for Oliver Wyman Management Consulting for 4 years, I felt it was the perfect time to make my dream come true: set up Family Twist.

Languages: French, English

Places I have traveled to: Colombia, South Africa, Uzbekistan, Burma, China and a few more.

Favorite Family Twist ActivityPâtisserie Baking Class, as I love cooking myself!

Best Family Travel advice: I am so predictable: contact Family Twist!

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Julie Lapouge

Operations Manager

Background: After growing up in the peaceful Loire Valley, I studied in an International business school specialized in the travel industry. Having organized luxury breaks in Cognac and managed different hotels in the past, I am now a confirmed travel expert. This has also lead me to work in India, Burundi and Tanzania.

Languages: French, English, Spanish, and Swahili (Kigodu)

Places I have traveled to: Let’s talk about the places I HAVEN’T gone to! It will be quicker.

Favorite Family Twist ActivityIn the Footsteps of the Impressionists

Best Family Travel advice: A good balance between cultural tours, hands-on activities and free time is the key!

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Lauranie Nonotte

Local Expert (Paris)

Background: I grew up in the Eastern part of France, where I studied international business. But when I came to Paris, I fell in love with the city. That’s where my heart belongs although I have traveled the world. I am also a chocolate expert, and I am trying to get my colleagues off their M&M’s addiction!!

Languages: French, English, Spanish and Italian

Places I have traveled to: I’ve been busy traveling! That’s how I keep my spoken languages alive!

Favorite Family Twist Activity: The Chocolate Walking Tour… what did you expect?

Best Family Travel advice: A fun-filled activity and good chocolate: a winning combo!

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Constance Chaigneau

Assistant Production Manager

Background: I started studying law and quickly turned to the tourism sector by doing a master degree in tourism management. It gave me the opportunity to travel to a lot of exotic places and build my expertise in handling traveling individuals: Vietnam, Cambodia. I recently moved back to France to start working for Family Twist.

Languages: French, English

Places I have traveled to: Everywhere in Europe, China, South and Southeast Asia, the US, Israel, Egypt, Turkey…

Favorite Family Twist ActivityBecome a Parfumeur because I just love the fragrances.

Best Family Travel advice: Involve your children in the organisation of your holiday.

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Florian Craanen

Sales and Marketing Manager

Background: Travelling is the story of my life. After following my  diplomatic family across the world, I studied international business. This led me to career opportunities in Thailand, Angola, Greece, China and France, mostly in the tourism industry.

Languages: French, English, Dutch, Spanish, Chinese and Thai

Places I have traveled to: A lot, but still a long list of places I would like to see

Favorite Family Twist Activity: Detective for a Day because it’s so much fun!

Best Family Travel advice: Always chose the easiest way: rely on expert advice

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And here’s our story:

The seeds of Family Twist were sown many years ago in Shanghai. A mom was planning to spend a few days in Paris, and was looking for cultural things to do with children there. Since she could not find anything on the web, she decided to ask Magali Déchelette, a native French, to organize the European trip for her.

Magali soon noticed that what was difficult for a Chinese mom was in fact difficult for every parent: how to interest the kids in culture and offer them the opportunity to learn differently. And what about finding the perfect family-friendly hotel or the right transportation. This all lead to one question: how can a whole family share a memorable experience together.

With this question in mind, and with her knowledge on Paris, Magali decided to set up Family Twist. First step: bringing smiles on family’s faces in Paris. Very soon, Magali and the newly recruited team of experts were able to fulfill all holiday wishes in the French capital,  with an exclusive range of hand-picked activities, selected accommodation, and dedicated private transportation.

With this unique know-how, determination and desire to make any family’s holiday both magical and hassle-free, it was time to expand. Exciting cultural and hands-on activities for the whole family were added in London, the Loire Valley and Rome. And this is only the beginning…

We know the importance of these moments for parents, and would feel privileged to earn your trust and tailor your break. The only thing you will need to take care of will be enjoying this precious time with your family.