What holiday would work best?

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We've had a windfall and I'd like to spend a bit of it on a foreign holiday. Max £3k. Dh can't come but mil can. The dcs are 4, 2 and 6 weeks.
I can't decide if it's better to go for a hotel with kids club and have no domestic responsibilities whatsoever but have to share relatively cramped area with the dcs and obvs I don't want to share a room with mil even though she's lovely. OR go for a villa, but miss out on kids clubs and everything that staying in a hotel means. WWYD??

Typing one handed whilst bfing has made me slightly illiterate.

Geordieminx Tue 02-Apr-13 16:06:03

I'd be tempted by a hotel. All inclusive, interconnecting rooms if possible.

Are you restricted by school holidays? What time of year are you thinking?

If you go to a villa you will have to entertain kids 24/7... And MIL

Hotel will have other kids and a little bit of dire entertainment of a night and at least a little bit if adult company.

Geordieminx Tue 02-Apr-13 16:07:24

Interconnecting rooms mean kids could take it in turns to camp in with Granny, although beware you will pay a premium fir this.. Money will go further if you can suck up sharing a big family suite

Branleuse Tue 02-Apr-13 16:25:27

can't you wait till your Dh is able to come??
does he not get holidays ever??

IntheFrame Tue 02-Apr-13 18:17:10

Cruise! Two rooms, kids club (plus evening babysitting), sun and somewhere new to visit everyday.
Lots of med ports are beached based so you can do a lovely beach holiday as well as a pool type holiday

malteserzz Tue 02-Apr-13 18:18:37

I'd wait till dh could come too seems a bit mean to go without him

Cruise is a good idea. It's the last chance we will have to take advantage of not adhering to school holidays. Don't worry about dh. He's a big boy.

Portofino Tue 02-Apr-13 19:20:17

Do many companies offer kid's clubs for children 4 and under? I thought Mark Warner/Pierre et Vacances took them from 3 months, but it was otherwise limited. KinderHotels might fit the bill. I think they also have FT child care and big family suites. Spas and lots of lovely food. Mountains rather than beach though that might not be a prob in the summer. Not TOO hot for littlies.

Portofino Tue 02-Apr-13 19:24:40

I could cope with this for example.

That's v interesting. I'm not looking to get rid of all the kids tho, prob just the eldest for a few hours while the other two nap in the afternoon. I would like to lie on a sun lounger and read a book next to a pool for an hour. That would be amazing!

MrsShrek3 Wed 03-Apr-13 05:35:48

yy to cruise... lots going on to be taken or ignored, listening service if you want an hour out in the evening.

And is a nice cruise in that budget??

Geordieminx Wed 03-Apr-13 07:47:45

Cruise would be fab.

Have a look on cruise nation or igloo or similar. Give them a ring... There is always a deal to be had.

Would recommend a royal carribean from Barcelona round the med

verygentlydoesit Wed 03-Apr-13 07:50:21

Sounds to me as though what you are (understandably) craving is a break and a bit of chill out time. IMO going on an expensive holiday with 3 small children may not give you any opportunity to do this. I think the accepted MN phrase is 'same shit, different place'.

I'm sorry if I sound horribly negative, I just mean that you could find the experience frustrating and exhausting if you were really hoping for a few hours of 'me' time in the sun.

Could you put a little money on one side to facilitate a couple of days somewhere after your family holiday without DC so that you can get a break.

That's why MIL is coming! I'm happy spending time with the kids and would like to entertain them somewhere warm, with a pool. After dc1 I agreed, same shit different place. With 3, a bit of nice weather really helps. It's same shit, same place ATM!

3MonthMaid Wed 03-Apr-13 09:28:28

I've just booked a first choice holiday village (the one in Cyprus this time) and I'm hoping it will be exactly what you describe.

They have a kids club included (even have a crèche for the youngest if that's what you want) and its all very clean and child friendly.

I went to the one in lanzarote before with 2 just 3 year olds and it was perfect! The entertainment was funny enough and the kids loved it. Plenty of playgrounds on site etch.

At the Cyprus one you can even book a kids suite which has a separate kids bedroom all done out for children smile

I paid much much less than your budget too.

I LIKE!

Branleuse Wed 03-Apr-13 09:43:43

why doesnt your dh want to come?

IntheFrame Wed 03-Apr-13 09:46:09

Had a thought about the 6 week old on a cruise as some don't take under 6 months I think ? Would have to check with individual cruise lines though.
You can get a get great deals from £500 pp up. Children are half price or less and you can get 3 children in lots of cabins

Geordieminx Wed 03-Apr-13 11:04:16

Tbh much as I love cruises I would probably try and go for a hotel. The pools aren't great on a cruise ship (very small and over crowded)

Have a look at the Anthelia in Tenerife, without a doubt the best hotel I have stayed at. Lovely pools, inc a shallow warmed one for kids.

Why the dh curiosity?! We are already going on a couple of breaks w friends and family when his boss is on holiday in the summer and he doesn't want to go away when his boss isn't. In addition he's had several hols away without me since we've had kids and is happy for us to go without him.

IntheFrame Wed 03-Apr-13 13:16:33

As a lone parent though the hotel option doesn't work. It's pants in the evenings even if MIL does the kids you are on your own.

The cruise works better because everyone is sort of "stuck in" albeit on a bloody massive boat. It's not like wandering the streets at night or stuck in a hotel bar.

Pools are small but I sat lay by the baby one (which wasn't as crowded as the main deck and the lovely waiters brought me cold drinks all afternoon while DS (4) splashed around. As I said most days we went to the local beach. Can you tell I miss it!!

Fluffy1234 Wed 03-Apr-13 15:37:24

I love cruising with my DC but definitely wouldn't recommend it as OP's first choice with such young children. I'd phone up a company like Thomas Cook or Thomson and perhaps ask for a complex which offers apartments or an apart/hotel which has also clubs and activities for children. I saw a good one in Zante when I was looking in the Thomson brochure. In an apartment you would get a bit more space than a hotel room and also more going on compared with staying in a villa.

sunnyday123 Wed 03-Apr-13 19:30:34

Thomsons family resorts - have done them every year! All inclusive, there are kids pubs but my dds don't use them as we like to spend the days together - however I like all the kids discos, entertainment round the pool etc that goes with family resorts. I'd not fancy a cruise at all with kids and a villa etc would be harder with kids nd you'll spend time cooking and cleaning etc!

sunnyday123 Wed 03-Apr-13 19:30:52

Kids clubs

Kids pubs sound good.

Geordieminx Wed 03-Apr-13 20:58:54

Mallorca is lovely, there are some lovely parts of Ibiza too...with 3 littlest I would be tempted to go Balerics, as you have a 2 1/2 hour flight time as opposed to Canaries with 4 1/2, although it does depend on time of year. Wouldn't go to Balerics before end of May as weather can be iffy, and as experience has shown, if it isn't warm there really have much to do in a holiday resort with toddlers.

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