For Christmas I bought the OH cheap flights to Bilbao so I could whisk him to San Sebastián for our first child-free weekend abroad. Got the boys booked in with the in-laws, booked a nice hotel and a few months later… off we went!
A few weeks ago we had what I think might be out best family holiday yet…. at Butlin’s! Who would have thought it!? I certainly didn’t know what to expect… but I was WELL impressed!
Cardiff Bay is one of our favourite places to go for a few hours out with our toddler boys…. and there’s sooo much to do there…..
We decided to try Majorca in May… just a 2/2.5 hour flight to contend with, and nice sunny weather without being too hot for our boys. We looked into lots of different hotels but in the end booked the Playa Mar in Puerto Pollensa based on a friend’s recommendation. It looked lovely and it had really good reviews online.
A month ago we spent a fantastic week in the Playamar, we loved it so much we want to try and go back in a few months!
Back in January we ventured abroad as a family of four, and it’s only now I can bring myself to write about it!
It was a bit of a disaster:
– we hoped for some winter sun but actually had a storm on our first few days!
– my OH was in bed for most of the week with man flu
-S lost one his shoes half way through the week… and obviously I’d only packed one pair
– S also smashed my iPad to smithereens
– just to add a cherry on top, when coming into land on the way home, the pilot nearly had to divert us to Birmingham due to low-lying fog. I nearly cried. Luckily he was able to land and the whole plane cheered!
Back in January we spent a week in Benalmadena… our first holiday abroad as a family of four!
Our trip was a late deal, we came across the hotel Benalmadena Palace on OnTheBeach, booked it, packed it…. loved it!
The rooms are pretty much as seen/described on the website… a living/dining/kitchen area with sofa bed, a separate bedroom with twin beds and a bathroom. One of the reasons we chose this place was the fact it’s an Aparthotel and you have a little kitchen… so handy!
If you’re a regular reader you might know that I LOVE travelling.
Years ago, when booking airport parking I’d happily book the cheapest deal available – which meant parking miles away from Heathrow and Birmingham and getting bussed in, all adding quite a bit of time to our journey. The funniest off-site parking we did was when a friend booked us parking at a mushroom packing factory near Bristol airport – their minibus was running late so they dropped us off at the airport in a pick-up truck!!
When I got there, it was pretty busy but I did find a space after a few minutes…. after that, what a bloomin’ treat – I could literally see the terminal and walk to it within minutes! (there’s even a bus if you’re at the far end/don’t want to walk)
On my 4 night break in Marrakesh, I stayed in the lovely Medina Gardens hotel…
Lobby, indoor public areas etc
It has a nice feel to it from arrival, the outside is full of plants and flowers and as you walk into the lobby you see beautiful Moroccan details like light fittings, tiles etc.