So you like a holiday, we all do, then you had children. Enough said. We all know holidaying with children, young children especially is a bit of an oxymoron in itself. Gone are the long lazy days, filled with naps and margaritas. The sand will become your enemy, the pool will give you an anxiety attack, and sleep, well if you get to do so at night then lucky you, forget the day time naps.
Where you once looked for adult only resorts, spas and proximity to night life now your key word search will be ‘family friendly’, ‘entertainment’ and ‘kids club’. Ugh. I don’t know about you but in conjures up images of plastic garden furniture, flushed kids doing the mini disco and food ‘to suit all’ served up under buffet lamps. Or perhaps that’s just childhood memories?
I have been holiday shopping of late and come across some beautiful resorts that I would love to stay in, in the past I would have. Now however I continue my search as the thought of taking my two to these beautiful resorts scares me, not because they are heathens, er well, perhaps slightly. Mostly because the thought of my two running around, making noise, being toddlers disrupting the peace that childless onlookers are, no were, enjoying just adds too much stress to a ‘holiday’. I would rather go somewhere I know other children will be being children and no one bats an eye lid. I compare it to eating out with toddlers, without the children you wouldn’t worry about dining in a well regarded and fancy restaurant. With the children, you will find me in your local microwave happy, order at the bar establishment, where other children are also lobbing baked beans and trying to get out of high chairs.
However, when it comes to your holiday it doesn’t have to be like this, just because you have children doesn’t mean you have to compromise of your holiday, or where you stay. Yes your requirements may have changed, your search terms are different but your standards do not have to be.
We recently had a last minute getaway in Portugal, the Algarve to be specific. We booked a private rental, which we often swear by for an easy life when travelling with young children. Whilst we were there we drove to the Martinhal Resort. We had considered booking a villa on this resort with a view to using the child day care facility they offer, if my mum guilt would let me. We thought we would check it out, as an option for a future getaway. Oh my goodness the place was just stunning. The grounds were beautifully maintained, the villas and town houses were immaculate and all the facilities were second to none. It is a family friendly resort that is suitable for all the family.
These wonderful family friendly resorts are are not just found in the Algarve. Having sampled Menorca last year, we are now looking to island hop over to Mallorca for our next getaway. Two hour flight, beautiful beaches, gorgeous weather (usually) – sounds ideal. Earlier this year we rented an apartment in Murcia and treated our selves to two nights in a Hotel in none other than Benidorm. We’re looking to do a similar thing in Mallorca, a private rental as our base, with a couple of nights treat in a hotel. A few nights is about all we can brave when it needs to house 5 of us.
When holiday shopping I have a few ‘go to’ sites depending on our needs. One of my favourites is Tots To Travel, who introduced me to the Martinhal. Tots To Travel also offer up some great options for our proposed Mallorca holiday. What I love about them is they make holidaying with tots easy, and holidays should be easy. I wish I knew about them when my babies were babies. Their accommodation provides, sterilisers, travel cots, bed rails, high chairs, pool guards, stair gates, kids clubs, baby sitting services – all the baby and toddler paraphernalia and consideration you might need. Their accommodation ranges from villas to hotel rooms and suites and they offer a price match. I love this site because it takes care of things you worry about as a parent when partaking in your family holiday. It gives parents peace of mind and activities and entertainment for the small ones all whist offering an excellent standard of accommodation, some resorts even offer spas(!) – see you can still travel without compromise.
So my travel tip for you this week is if you are looking for that ideal family holiday that caters for all the ages of your family. Holidays that are holidays, even with young children, and if you want to continue to holiday and travel without compromise then it is possible. There are resorts and sites out there that make this happen, you just have to know where to look.