Best and Worst Holidays – Life And The Great Outdoors

In today’s Best and Worst Holidays guest post, we hear from Kelsey who blogs at Life and the Great Outdoors, who is sharing with us her best holiday as a couple. Best and Worst Holidays - Life and the Great Outdoors

Best Holiday as a Couple

Are you looking for somewhere awesome to take your family this year? Let me tell you why you should be heading to Rome this year. 

My best holiday so far to date has to be when my husband and I went to Rome. He wasn’t my husband back then but little did I know this would be the holiday where he would propose to me. 

So, a bit of backstory. We had been going out for about 9 years at this point but had never had a holiday just the two of us somewhere abroad. It was our first holiday booking and planning everything ourselves. So, this is another reason why it was so special. I booked everything separately as I wanted to save as much money as well. Instead of heading to a travel agent, I learned everything I could about Rome and booked it all online. I’m going to let you into the secrets of how to find places cheaper and what we did while we were there.

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The stunning Colosseum in Rome.

How did you plan?

To start off with I used Google, I Googled about Rome, what the best places to see were. The best places to stay, best places to eat and how long to stay for. I found TripAdvisor, I know late to the show, and discovered that you could book activities through this website. We picked a company called City Wonders, we used them for a Colosseum and The Forum walking tour and to skip the line at the Vatican.

I then used booking.com to find the hotel. I love booking.com, you can book a hotel anywhere in the world and they will generally come with breakfast included. And you can get free cancellations until the day before, this is great if you find the price cheaper as you can cancel and re-book without an issue. I have saved over £100 doing it this way. 

To find flights I used Skyscanner. If you have never used it before it is a good website because it shows you which flights from your chosen airport are cheaper and what times they fly in and out. It’s a great money saver, another website you can use is Kayak but I haven’t found it as good as Skyscanner yet. 

Rome is great for transport; the train takes you from the airport to the inner city. I recommend flying in and out of Fiumicino airport. The train station is right at the airport and it costs about $12 per person. When you’re in the centre of Rome you can walk everywhere. Nothing is too far awhile and the hotels stock nice sightseeing maps that you can have for free. Best and Worst Holidays - Life and the Great Outdoors

 What did you do when you were there?

We stayed a total of 3 days. We arrived early on the 1st day and left late on the 3rd. 

Day 1

The first day, my husband proposed to me at the Trevi Fountain, read my blog post on how he proposed to me, it was beautiful, may I add. We then visited the Pantheon, which was free, ate pizza, had ice cream and walked around exploring the whole city, the Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona. 

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Enjoying Italian pizza in Rome.

Day 2

The second day we went to the Colosseum and The Forum. We took a walking tour with City Wonders, as mentioned early. You basically meet up with a guide, who gives you headphones and she tells you the amazing things about the place you’re visiting while walking you around. This is suitable for children too, as you can wander around the area they are in and still be able to listen to her speaking. The Forum was beautiful and at the end of the tour, we could go back to the Forum on our own if we wanted. It was the middle of August so this day we had a tropical storm. It only lasted about an hour, but it was the most amazing experience. To experience hot rain is very surreal. 

We then ate more pizza, had pasta, Italian wine, went shopping and bathed in the beautiful afternoon sun. 

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Experiencing hot rain in Rome in August. Or not!

Day 3

On day 3 we went to the Vatican, we ended up getting the underground to this, as it’s just outside of the centre but the tickets are very cheap and we ended up walking back anyway. The City Wonders ticket was great because you met a guide outside of the Vatican with a group of other tourists, they take you in through the skip the line entrance, and then you are left to explore by yourself. You can book guides but we wanted to explore by ourselves for this one. The Vatican is beautiful, so many works of art!

Just outside of The Vatican is St. Peters Basilica, this is free to enter but there is always a massive queue. The queue goes down quickly but we didn’t really want to queue just in case we missed our flight. So, we took pictures, got some lunch and strolled back to the hotel.

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Skipping the queue and just taking pictures at the Vatican City.

It was then time to head back home. I was very upset to go home as it was such an amazing holiday. It was the middle of August so was very hot, but after the first day, you get used to the temperature. Some people say to not go in August as it can get very busy with tourists, but we didn’t find that it was busy, it was less crowded than London.  We have a reason to go again as we didn’t get to go inside St. Peters Basilica. 

I really hope that you consider Rome for going on your next holiday. Do some research before you go to get the most out of your trip and you will never forget it. 

Kelsey: Let me know if you’ve ever been to Rome or are considering going, I would love to hear your experiences.Best and Worst Holidays - Life and the Great Outdoors

Thanks so much to Kelsey for sharing her best holiday as a couple. BattleDad and I visited Rome one February and it was amazing. We can’t wait to bring BattleKid there one day.

Kelsey is from the UK and blogs at Life and the Great Outdoors as mentioned. It is a blog focusing on lifestyle, travel and home. Kelsey also adds her dog Ava in when she can. She is quite a newbie blogger but is loving having a little space on the internet where she can write her experiences. You can subscribe to her blog and also find her on Twitter and Pinterest.

And if you would like to feature in my Best and Worst Holidays series on the blog, please send me an email at bm@battlemum.com.Best and Worst Holidays - Life and the Great Outdoors. Kelsey from Life and the Great Outdoors shares her best holiday as a couple in this instalment of my Best and Worst Holidays Series.

 

Best and Worst Holidays – The Winnettes

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Kirsty from Winnettes to tell us all about her family’s best and worst holidays. Welcome Kirsty.

Our Best & Worst Family Holidays

Over the years we have been pretty lucky with our holidays. Generally we haven’t had any disasters and certainly even our worst wouldn’t feature on “Holidays from Hell”. I think for us the worst is simply the worst because the best was beyond comparison. I’ll start with the worst and then you can tell me if I am simply being an unreasonable, unrealistic, posh tart.

Worst Holiday – Family Village Spain

We booked this Worst holiday last minute, well with 6 weeks to go. We couldn’t really afford to go away, we had moved earlier in the year, Ellie was only 18 months old and I was pregnant, so our money was being spent on baby stuff. But Hubby got in a commission payment and we decided we would treat ourselves…. On the cheap. We went in October so the weather was touch and go, and in fact it rained more than it was sunny. This is, of course, not the resorts fault and it wasn’t exactly unexpected. On a side note why do people mention the poor weather in Trip Advisor reviews? As if anyone could have done something about it?

The Rooms

The room was actually not too bad. It had a little clean kitchenette and a huge bathroom. We could access the balcony from our bedroom which was great as we could put Ellie to sleep in the travel cot and then spend the evening sat on the balcony over looking the sea. Sounds idyllic doesn’t it? Can you feel a but coming?

But…..

This holiday really wasn’t for us. You could tell it was a budget resort. The buffet restaurant was clean but the food was disgusting. Honestly I can eat nicer food at the local kebab shop that has a hygiene rating of 1. The Al a Carte restaurants were marginally better but also extortionately priced. We ventured out to the local town on a couple of evenings where we enjoyed much better food and atmosphere.

However this was a couple of miles down the road which meant we needed a taxi. Trust me I would have walked if I could. I have always found the European taxi drivers to drive in a manor I describe as lunacy. But add my precious toddler and baby bump into the mix and those taxi rides are etched into my brain for life!

The pools were big but freezing… FREEZING! And there was always a class or group using it. Best and Worst Holidays - Winnette

This resort has actually been on TV since, on a program about all inclusive holidays, which was filmed during peak season and it looked even more horrendous.

Not all of it was bad and we made the best of it but it has put us off ever going to a Family Village again, which is a shame because they are brilliantly kitted out for kids.

Best Holiday – Sani

Ok so this is going to be disproportionate as this is a luxury holiday. And I mean Luxury! We went to Sani for our 30th Birthdays and we saved up hard for this trip. It was meant to be a once in a lifetime holiday and it really was.

The Rooms

We managed to get a large 2 bedroom suite that over looked the resort and sea (in fact it is the room they use in their brochures, or at least it used to be). There was a huge living area and both big bedrooms were ensuite.

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The amazing room Kirsty and her family had in Sani.

The Resort

The resort was set over 4 areas, Sani Beach, Asterias Suites, Porto Village and Marina, and the Sani Club. They have since added a fifth area called Sani Dunes…. I really want to see this! There were over 20 restaurants over the whole resort and you could eat in all of them. Some were included in our half board package and some weren’t but we could pay. We were well aware of this though so it wasn’t an issue.

The food was to die for! I don’t remember us having a bad meal once and there was even a patisserie for all my sweet tooth needs. And along with the food was the service! Honestly the Greeks know how to do 5* service. We didn’t lift a finger. There was bar and food service around the pool and on the beach. If we wanted something all we had to do was ask. Beach towels are provided and if we got ours too sandy then new ones would appear! Drinks empty… New ones are on their way.

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The Beautiful Sani Resort

The Kids Club

One of the appeals was the kids club and we weren’t disappointed. We booked the girls in for a couple of sessions as Ellie (aged 3 at the time) was quite timid and generally didn’t like to go to clubs. Well, she came out after the first session and asked to go back for more…. We quickly obliged and got her and Trixie booked in for a few more sessions.

The Only Downside…

As with everything there is a downside and it can be a big one…. Money. Because there is no option for all inclusive there is always going to be something to pay. Whilst this does mean you don’t have to walk around wearing different coloured bands, you do need to be careful. Our system to over come this was to go to reception every morning and pay off our bill. And thank goodness we did.

We really didn’t want to be too mindful of what we were ordering, it was supposed to be a luxury holiday after all, but as we were there for 2 weeks and we did have a limit to our funds, we thought this was our best option. It was. Everyday we would go down to pay and everyday there was at least one mistake on the bill. This is not an issue when you only have 24 hours to remember, but as everyone around us was paying their checkout bill you could see the blood rush from their face as they were met with their final amounts. And of course no one could remember if they really had had everything listed.Best and Worst Holidays - Life and the Great Outdoors

Thanks so much to Kirsty for sharing her tales of their best and worst holidays to date. It’s a shame the Holiday Village wasn’t great. But Sani sounds absoutely amazing. No wonder you’ve chosen to share that as yous best holiday to date. I want to go now after reading your glowing report!

Kirsty, who blogs at Winnettes as mentioned, is a mum of two daughters, Ellie and Trixie. They are based in Surrey and she enjoys baking and crafts. Kirsty blogs for motherhood therapy and write about various things that take her fancy. She often includes recipes on her blog as it would be rude not to share some of their delicious creations. Kirsty can also be found on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

And if you would like to feature in my Best and Worst Holidays series on the blog, please send me an email at bm@battlemum.com.Best and Worst Holidays - Life and the Great Outdoors. Kelsey from Life and the Great Outdoors shares her best holiday as a couple in this instalment of my Best and Worst Holidays Series.

 

 

 

5 Awesome Things to Do in London with a Toddler in Tow

If you find yourself with some time in London, perhaps like us between flights, and you’ve got a little traveller with you, if you’re anything like me you’ll be researching things to do in London with toddlers. Some of you might think London with toddlers is your idea of hell, but I’m going to share with you 5 awesome things to do in London with a toddler in tow to show that London CAN be enjoyed with little ones tagging along. These things can also be used to form an itinerary for a day out in London with young kids.Things To Do In London With A Toddler - 5 awesome things you can enjoy in London with your toddler

5 Awesome Things to Do in London with a Toddler in Tow

Breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien.

Start your day at this fabulous boutique café in London’s Southbank. I discovered Le Pain Quotidien when in London with my sisters last June and we had the most delicious brunch I’ve had in a long time. Baked eggs with chorizo was my dish of choice that day and it was really tasty. Fast forward two months and we were going to be enjoying a family day out in London, so I knew exactly where we were going to start our day.

BattleDad enjoyed baked eggs with salmon, I had a lovely chorizo and potato frittata and BattleKid tucked into scrambled eggs with crispy prosciutto. We also ordered a mixture of breads, which we unfortunately didn’t finish, there was just too much in it. To say BattleDad was impressed would be an understatement and the boy ate everything on his plate. It was the great way to start our day out in London and I can highly recommend it for your little ones as well.

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Amazing organic food at Le Pain Quotidien

Take a Ride on the London Eye

After fuelling up at Le Pain Quotidien, why not pop around the corner and take a ride on the London Eye. Again, I had done this with my sisters and thought the boys would enjoy it, so I booked us tickets online. As our tickets were Fast Track Anytime, we were able to arrive in our town time, and with our tickets printed before we arrived, we joined the Fast track queue, avoiding the other long queue. Despite it being the August Bank Holiday weekend, our queue moved relatively quickly and before long we were stepping into our pod to enjoy the views.

You might be thinking I’m mad to put this on my list of things for toddlers to do in London. But rest assured, BattleKid thoroughly enjoyed his time in our London Eye capsule, especially the interactive tablets which point out the various landmarks you can see from the Eye. And, as the rotation is only 30 minutes long, there wasn’t time for BattleKid to become bored before we were getting ready to disembark. So yes, the London Eye is something that you should include on your list of places to go with toddlers in London. My only recommendation is to book Fast Track tickets to prevent little people from getting too bored in the queues, which can be over an hour at times for the standard tickets queue.

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Enjoying the views from the London Eye

Visit the Fish at Sea Life, the London Aquarium

Conveniently located beside the London Eye, Sea Life is another ideal place to visit in London with toddlers. Again, for our visit to the London Aquarium, we got Fast Track Anytime tickets as we hadn’t been sure when we would visit (and finish) on the London Eye. This meant we could arrive at our leisure. We only had to collect a Ranger Pack for BattleKid from one of the ticket desks and in we went.

And I must say I was really impressed by Sea Life London. With it being located on the banks of the River Thames, I did wonder what it might be like inside, but I was pleasantly surprised by it. Spread over three floors with fish of all shapes and sizes, Sea Life had a vast array of fish and animals to keep any toddler occupied for hours. BattleKid loved seeing them all, especially Nemo of course, and he also enjoyed visiting the penguins. By far his favourite part was stamping on jellyfish lights in the newer exhibition. And my personal favourite was the largest of the tanks which spreads across all three floors and which contains Easter Islands Head statues. Very impressive I must say. We can highly recommend Sea Life if you’re wondering what to do with toddlers in London. You can never go wrong with a good aquarium.

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The amazing Easter Island statue in the main tank of Sea Life London

Go on a Dragon Hunting Adventure in the Tower of London

BattleDad and I had visited the Tower of London a few times in the days before BattleKid came along, and we always enjoyed our visits. When our dragon hunting adventures started with BattleKid in Wales, I knew we had to take him dragon hunting at the Tower of London if we ever got the chance. And during our family day out in London last year, we did exactly that.

After seeing the fish in Sea Life, we walked across the Golden Jubilee Bridge to Embankment and hopped on a direct tube to Tower Hill. This was BattleKid’s first ride in the Underground. And once he clapped eyes on the Tower itself, he knew we were going to visit a castle to hunt a dragon. It’s such an impressive looking building from outside.

As you may or may not know, we always carry a little red dragon teddy bear with us, and we plant this for BattleKid to find. It makes visiting castles much more fun for him, and in turn we get the chance to wander around castles without someone saying, “can we go home”. However, if you don’t have a teddy bear on you, you can still hunt a dragon in the Tower of London without one. How? Just make your way to the top floor of the White Tower where you’ll find a huge dragon guarding some treasure.

There are lots of places to explore in the Tower of London and a few places to grab a cuppa and a slice of cake if little legs are getting a bit tired. You can always continue your dragon hunting after cake. Just remember to leave your visit to the White Tower until towards the end of your visit if you aren’t planting your own dragon for your toddlers to find.

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Why not go on a dragon hunting adventure in the Tower of London

Visit Paddington Station and get your own Paddington Bear Teddy

The last stop on our family day out in London was Paddington station. We were heading back to our hotel at Heathrow airport and we took a Circle Line train from Tower Hill direct to Paddington Station. I had forgotten that there is a Paddington Bear shop there, naturally because this station is where Paddington Bear first arrived in London.

Unfortunately, a certain someone had fallen asleep in the tube on the way, so I had to venture into the shop myself. There are gifts of all sorts from bears and t-shirts, to keyrings and books, there’s something for everyone. I picked up a lovely Paddington Bear teddy for BattleKid who travelled all the way to Portland and Yellowstone with us. He now takes pride of place on BattleKid’s bedroom shelves. And coincidentally, we watched the Paddington movie during our two-week USA road trip which followed our day in London.

There are lots of places to take toddlers in London as I hope I’ve shown. You need not be worrying about visiting London with toddlers and whether you can find interesting and enjoyable things for them to see and do. London is filled with so many attractions, that you are bound to find a few to take your little ones to. Our list includes just some of the best things to do in London with toddlers. But don’t be limited by these. For more inspiration, why not check out these blog posts as well.

So, will you be visiting London with your toddlers in the future?

Cath x

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Best and Worst Holidays – Busy Mum Lifestyle

Some people are lucky enough to only have great holidays. They are the fortunate ones who have good holidays and don’t have bad ones. They are few and far between. And one of those lucky people are today’s guest blogger in my Best and Worst Holidays Series on the blog. Rosie from Busy Mum Lifestyle is sharing with her their best holiday to date. Best and Worst Holidays - Busy Mum Lifestyle

My Best Holiday – Kefalonia

My partner has always been a huge fan of Kefalonia – a small island just off Greece – but having an only child we’ve always opted for places with stacks of entertainment, disco’s and kids clubs.

However last year I relented, and we booked two weeks in Lourdas, a tiny resort with just a handful of shops and restaurants. Fourteen nights with an 11-year-old boy and no water parks, kids clubs or entertainment felt like a holiday-disaster waiting to happen – but I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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Smiles all round!

We arrived at the tiny Kefalonia Airport and were swiftly transported to our also tiny hotel with its 20 rooms. I was convinced I was going spent the whole holiday hearing ‘Mum I’m bored’!

Because the hotel was so small we got to know our fellow-holiday makers pretty quickly and in turn the pack of Brit kids, aged between 5 and 15, quickly bonded over football and swimming.

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The holiday kids together

With a pool, somewhere to play football, a beach and a sprinkling of shops, there was plenty to do for children at the older end.

For parents it really is a fantastic place; the scenery alone is breath-taking. White sandy beaches and crystal clear blue water; we could have been on a Caribbean Island.

The Greek people do not disappoint, they were absolutely lovely where ever we went and welcomed children with open arms.

For the first time ever we tried self-catering and we’re so glad we did; the food was absolutely to die for. We didn’t have a bad meal in any restaurant. If you like an authentic holiday experience it really is the place to go – we didn’t see any ‘Brits abroad’ type restaurants, it was all Greek. They were also happy to cater for children with pizza’s and chips.

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The Greek food Rosie and her family enjoyed during their best holiday

The only draw-back I would say was the cost – it was easily the most expensive holiday we have ever been. Opting for self-catering added on even more. A decent meal out with drinks and desserts typically cost us between forty and fifty euros for three of us. Also with younger children you might want a bit more entertainment. All our hotel organised was a Greek night once a week – enough for us, but others might want more.

I would heartily recommend Kefalonia; the food, scenery and people were all equally wonderful. We will definitely go back – we just need to start saving!

Things to do:

  • Visit the capital of Kefalonia – Argostoli and see the turtles. They are usually out at 10am around the lagoon.
  • Take a trip to the Rabola Winery – it’s a small place so children won’t get bored but great for parents to look around and you can take some wine home.
  • The Melissoni Lake and Drogarati caves are great to look around but at the height of the season expect the queue for a while.

Where to eat:

  • Aphrodite’s, Lourdas Stunning location overlooking the sea – the food was wonderful (huge prawns) and the staff were super-friendly.
  • Olive Lounge, Lourdas Simply the nicest moussaka I’ve ever had – great place, lovely location. 

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Thanks so much to Rosie for sharing her best holiday. Greece is one place BattleDad and I haven’t visited together and by the sounds of things, Kefalonia should be on our to-do list. 

Rosie Cook is a former journalist who now works in PR and blogs about health, fitness and family life at Busy Mum Lifestyle. She lives next to the Yorkshire Moors with son Harry, partner Stuart and two naughty Basset Hounds Darcey and Dexter. Rosie can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.

And if you would like to feature in my Best and Worst Holidays series on the blog, please send me an email at bm@battlemum.com.

Best and Worst Holidays - Busy Mum Lifestyle. Today on the blog I have the pleasure of welcoming Rosie from Busy Mum Lifestyle blog to share her family's best holiday to date.

 

Best and Worst Holidays – Pondering Parenthood

As BattleKid and I travel around the southern half of Ireland on our road trip, in what I hope will be one of our best holidays, I have the pleasure of having another guest blogger on the blog. This time in my Best and Worst Holidays Series I have a little something different. Julie from Pondering Parenthood is sharing with us her best and worst holidays as a couple. Over to you Julie.

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Best and Worst Holidays as a Couple

The best and worst holidays I’ve ever been can be covered by one trip! It has to be my last holiday abroad; my honeymoon. We spent three nights in Dubai, followed by nine nights in Mauritius. We’d never visited either place before. My husband and I love to travel and experience new places, and while we were only planning to visit Mauritius for our honeymoon, when we realised it would actually be cheaper to visit Dubai on the way for a stopover, our decision to visit both places was quickly made!

Dubai is the strangest place. As it’s such a new city, it lacks any kind of history really. We did visit the old city and souks as part of a day trip, but to be honest it didn’t appeal to us. I think because it was too fast-paced and far too hot to be able to walk around and explore properly. Our hotel suite was beautiful, but I wouldn’t be in a hurry to return. We felt too trapped by having to stay indoors with the air conditioning!

The other thing that put a dampener on our stay in Dubai was that the food in the buffet-style restaurant wasn’t labelled very well, so I inadvertently ate a salad that I thought was labelled gluten free, but actually contained gluten. This was a bit of a disaster for my poor digestive system for several days, even after we’d arrived in Mauritius, so perhaps that’s another reason why I don’t think of Dubai particularly fondly!

On to Mauritius though, and what I would say is the best holiday I’ve ever had. We stayed in at a beautiful spa resort, with private villas in gardens that were right next to the beach. I don’t like the weather to be too hot, so Mauritius was a welcome change from Dubai, as we visited in August, when the temperature was a fairly steady 23ºC.

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Their resort on Mauritius sounds amazing

We’d received excellent advice on where to stay from our travel agent at Kuoni as, when we hired a car to explore the island, we discovered that different parts of Mauritius actually have their own micro-climate. So it could be throwing it down with rain on one part of the island, but beautifully dry and sunny in another part, just a 45 minute drive away. Fortunately, our resort was in the sunny part, and we never saw a drop of rain there!

Mauritius was everything that we wanted our honeymoon to be. We stumbled upon a tour guide and arranged a private tour with him – he rode around on his moped and we followed in our hire car. I don’t remember how much it cost but for the amazing amount we learned and saw that day, it was well worth it! He took us to a beautiful Hindu temple, where we received blessings from a priest; to a model-making workshop where they make the most intricately detailed model boats; to an amazing café where all the Mauritian taxi drivers go for ‘proper’ Mauritian food; and to a range of beautiful natural landmarks that we’d never have been able to find without his local knowledge. It really was a magical day!

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Receiving a blessing during their guided tour

The resort itself was beautiful too, with a lovely spa. I enjoyed a reiki session and we also had a couples’ massage. The rest of the spa facilities were free to use whenever you liked, and surprisingly whenever we visited we had the place to ourselves, which was great.

The story couldn’t have been more different to Dubai regarding my dietary requirements, either. I think the resort chef took it as his own personal challenge to spoil me and had a butler deliver handmade gluten free treats to my room daily! Little touches like this just made the whole stay so special. We’d definitely go back to Mauritius again in the future!Best And Worst Holidays Pondering Parenthood

Thanks so much to Julie for sharing her story with us. Wow, it’s not often you read about the one holiday being both the best and worst someone has had. I’m glad Mauritius was the best part as I’d love to visit one day. 

Julie is a primary teacher, and parenting and lifestyle blogger at Pondering Parenthood. and is based in Norwich. She lives with her husband and daughter, M (with another on the way!) and writes about their lives together as well as play and learning activities for toddlers, honest product reviews and days out. She can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

And if you would like to feature in my Best and Worst Holidays series on the blog, please send me an email at bm@battlemum.com.Best And Worst Holidays Pondering Parenthood - When your best and worst holiday happened to be the same one!