It’s the start of the holiday season hooray!
Holidays have changed for us quite dramatically since having Amelie and now we have two its changed even more. Pre children we looked for holidays that were in far away places, had cool bars, amazing restaurants and we loved city escapes, boutique hotels and culture.
We still love all of those things but we have to compromise a little on that list and there are new priorities or things that we want from a holiday.
We had quite a specific list of requirements when we originally spoke to them. Here’s my list and what we’re looking for this year…
Somewhere close-ish to home but still guaranteed good weather
We didn’t want to travel too far with Amelie. When we went she was 20 months old and a little too young for an iPad as a distraction and not young enough that she could sit on our laps for a flight. Therefore anything over 5 hours felt like too much of a trip for her and us! But we both still wanted good weather. As much as we love a staycation the UK weather can definitely be a bit hit and miss, so somewhere in Europe was needed.
A child friendly resort
As much as we (me really) loves a cool, boutique hotel and resort realistically we needed something that would also amuse Amelie for the week, accept children and be easy to get around if we needed to use a buggy. Daios Cove fitted this perfectly. They were really child friendly, with special dinner sittings, a kids pool, a play area on the beach and Scott Dunn went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed on arrival.
This was a tough one for us. Pre children I think I said ‘I would never go on holiday and put my child into kids club’ Oh the things you say before children! In reality when we went last year we were both working, I was pregnant and Amelie was at an age where she needed activities for most of the day. We therefore decided to look at a resort that had a kids club. In my mind we wouldn’t actually send her when we where there but we decided to give it a try and she absolutely LOVED IT!
She came out beaming on the first day clutching her art work and telling us about all the friends she’d made. It meant that Nick and I could have some quiet time, she had fun and was out of the sun for a few hours – which with her pale skin was probably a really good thing!
The great experience at Daios Cove with Scott Dunn has meant we’d always want to try and find somewhere with a kids club now (unless we were going to a villa). I think it just offers you the option if you want it and for us with Amelie in preschool now it keeps her routine similar to home.
Good food and drink for us all
This is something that’s important to us all. We love going on holiday to have good food and drink, but with a fussy toddler a resort that offers a good kids menu is really key. Daios Cove was great for Amelie, she loved the food and ate really well.
As part of our package with Scott Dunn we took advantage of the babysitting service for two of the nights and really enjoyed going out as a couple.
Facilities for adults and children
We chose a resort that had an amazing pool, child friendly beach and also a SPA! Something for everyone… These things were big musts on my list for this year!
And a family friendly room
I think it’s so important on holiday to have a room and environment that is child safe. We had pool guards, a safe bed for Amelie and all the equipment we could need for a toddler. It means you feel more comfortable and don’t need to pack your whole house! For us finding a travel company that can help with these things is a big bonus!
This year we have decided to go to Sani Resort in Greece. I’ve heard good things about it in the papers, from friends and of course on social media. We’ve booked it directly this time as we had airmiles to use with British Airways though using our AMEX cards. Our family has changed this year, so we’re going to try going out for dinner as a family more this year. As Amelie is a little older I think she’ll enjoy being up a bit later with us and we might even take her to the mini disco! Evie will hopefully sleep in the pram as she likes to here so fingers crossed! We have booked Amelie into the kids club which we think she’ll enjoy as she’s used to the routine of a structured morning at home.
We can’t wait and will be reporting back on how it works for us as a four this year.
What do you look for in a family holiday?