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"Relaxing, beautiful and perfect with kids…"
We spent 2 fabulous weeks at Padre Aviles in August - the first time we have ever returned to a summer holiday location we have visited previously. Always keen to explore somewhere new, we just coudn't better what Padre Aviles has to offer. We have 4 children aged 3-10 and finding somewhere that is both relaxing, beautiful, well equipped and offers enough - but not too much - entertainment for the children is a tall order. We stayed in Bougainvillea (head for the apartments near the convent to make the most of the views) which opens (through a gated terrace - important for littlies) straight on to the enormous swimming pool which we shared with the owners' (lovely) children and the apartment upstairs. I would challenge anyone to find a bigger and more perfectly proportioned pool in a self catering house. It is especially fab for families with kids who are both swimmers and non-swimmers - there is a large shallow area (perfect for our 2 younger children to potter around in - they did in fact both learn to swim in it) and then there is a dividing wall which you can jump/dive off into the 3m deep section - perfect for our older 2 who spent 2 weeks retrieving objects from the bottom of the pool. The deep section is 20m long so also ticks the box for the parents who want to do a few lengths every day. The best bit is that the non-swimmers can't just wander out of their depth - genius. This is the first time my husband and I were actually able to relax with kids and the pool. The dividing wall also serves as a great spot for various jousting battles and Harry Potter-esque spell contests. Plus you can pretend you are walking on water. The property has a huge terrace with a range of ride ons/trikes/bikes/scooters, a climbing frame and swings for the kids, plus 2 sensational sky seats hanging from the trees with awesome views over the med. Perfect for a sneaky read of the book and beer while the kids whizz around. The apartments themselves are big and spacious, spotless, comfy and perfectly equipped. Claire and David are fabulous hosts (my kids keep asking when they will come on holiday to our house) - home made cakes on arrival and an absolutely brilliant paella evening on our penultimate night with 2 other groups of returning guests. Their 3 daughters are charming and great fun and our kids loved seeing them again. We returned to Padre Aviles because we wanted to be able to relax properly for once - tough with 4 kids. Well, having done a monster shop at Carrefour the day we arrived, we then didn't leave the property for 9 days. We just didn't need to, the kids were having a great time and we were relaxed for once! Top tip - play your daily tennis match first thing in the morning - it's too hot after about 10.30. We will definitely return!Read moreLess