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The best Family holiday you have been on & where you stayed?

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MorningCoffee Sat 29-Dec-12 13:07:42

Looking for our summer 2013 holiday, What is the best Family friendly holiday you have been on & the nicest hotel/apartment you have stayed in?

middleagedspread Sun 06-Jan-13 20:31:29

Marking my place, looking for somewhere with 2 sporty teens.

Emsmaman Sun 06-Jan-13 20:31:51

For those who have been to Villa Pia - I have looked at that before but one of my concerns was that the doors to the rooms don't lock. Is this still the case? I realise this is a family style place but DH is really paranoid about security etc so I'm sure he would hate it if it didn't lock!

Dancergirl Sun 06-Jan-13 20:36:47

judithhitchins totally, totally agree about Bedruthan. It's our favourite UK holiday destination. We've been 5 times, every 2 years since the dc were small. However bad or long the journey down has been, once I'm sitting on that grassy bank at the back of the hotel overlooking Mawgen Porth beach, it's all worthwhile. I feel instantly at home.

We last went in 2011 when the dc were 10, 8 and 4. It was def the best time as we all ate together as they were a bit older and that week there seemed to be loads of girls similar ages. My dds all had a ball, having the run of the grounds of the hotel with their new friends. One evening about 10 girls all piled into our room to watch Nanny McPhee!

I actually cried coming home that year as I thought it was the last time but me and the dds have managed to persuade dh to go ONE LAST TIME! So we're off again this summer, a week at Bedruthan and a week at Lavender Hill Treehouse. Even dd1 who will be 12 this summer still hasn't outgrown it. It will be the place of their childhood memories (sob).

Saker Sun 06-Jan-13 20:37:10

I would really recommend Austria where there are a lot of very child friendly hotels inclusive of meals, childcare and offering kids activities. Fantastic scenery, really clean and easy to get about. Loads of things for children and more ambitious activities for teenagers. Plus if you go to Salzburgerland you can buy a card for EURO 140 for an adult which is valid for 12 days and gets you into practically everything for free including many cable cars which are very expensive otherwise.

titan Sun 06-Jan-13 20:39:09

Watching this thread with interest. Is Villa Pia really that amazing? Have been debating about booking for ages. We went to le castel which is a similar sort if thing but in Normandy so you can drive there and take the ferry. I find flying with young DCs very stressful and am a bit of a nervous flier myself but would do it if it's really that good!

Dancergirl Sun 06-Jan-13 20:40:46

emsmaman no the doors don't lock, but you don't have to worry. There is that feel of trust. It's no different to staying in a hotel if you think about it - all the chambermaids have keys to the room don't they?

Waswondering Sun 06-Jan-13 20:44:43

Dizzy - we really loved Blue Lagoon Village in Kos. Ticks box for Greek island, lovely food, on site water park, 5 pools, ancient ruins short drive away etc. available through Thomsons. smile

trixymalixy Sun 06-Jan-13 20:46:54

We absolutely loved Bedruthan Steps too. We found it by accident as we got a last minute deal and were amazed at our luck. I'd love to go back.

MrsHBaby3 Sun 06-Jan-13 20:47:26

Villa Pia looks shockingly expensive, for 2 weeks=£5k?? Surely not! Plus Id still have to find my way there!?

CarriedAwayAnnie Sun 06-Jan-13 20:49:09

Would Bedruthan steps suit a lone parent? Or is a lot of it geared towards giving couples a break from the dc?

Indith Sun 06-Jan-13 20:49:13

we booked a dirt cheap cottage in a village about an hour from la Rochelle last year. bit shabby but everything we needed. no worries about causing damage with the dc! it had a little garden and a garage full of beach toys and a paddling pool. was on a river to walk along and feed the ducks, village had shop and croissant for breakfast. could easily go to beach, puy du fou and other places. perfect and only £250 for half term week.

ohhh love this thread came on here to start something similar!!

well we are planning first holiday abroad with our 2yr old who will be a few mths of turning 3 when we travel in May.

Husband has screwed his nose up at most destinations and doesnt want to fly for more than 4hrs (ok he is the sensible one) but he doesnt want spain or france or tunisia

so we have agreed on a greek island or cyprus - currently looking at crete and kos

Had the 5 star thomson platinum versus first choice holiday village debate both have free child places available on some and have agreed holiday village prob has more for toddler - although we wont leave him at child club/creche things.

so think we may have decided on a first choice holiday village all inc for a week

anyone done these holiday villages - in the past would have avoided at all costs!!

DizzyHoneyBee Sun 06-Jan-13 20:50:19

Waswondering, thanks, it looks lovely.

Indith Sun 06-Jan-13 20:51:23

or in the UK Whitby is great.

elizaregina Sun 06-Jan-13 20:52:41

what is so amazing about villa pia?

"France- Provence- best ever. Markets, play areas in tiny villages, lavender fields to run in, amazing food... " where in provence...

where in austria and where in somewhere else i saw someone recomending but didnt say specifically where!!

beeny Sun 06-Jan-13 20:53:39

Best family holiday Rixos Sharmh el Sheikh

CarriedAwayAnnie Sun 06-Jan-13 21:03:03

elizaregina - I don't understand your post!

brendarenda Sun 06-Jan-13 21:07:52

Hi weegiemum - do you have any recommendations for a nice rental property in the Outer Hebrides? We're particularly looking at Harris. Thanks.

catnipkitty Sun 06-Jan-13 21:07:56

We discovered flotilla sailing around Greek Ionian islands last summer and are going again this year smile. It was SO amazing, beautiful hot weather tho lovely cool breeze when sailing, anchored in empty bays and jumped off the boat for swimming an crystal clear water. Loads of wildlife, pod of dolphins with a baby... I could go on for ever. Our girls are 8 and 9, would be just as good a hol for teens. I can post more details if anyone temped!

DoubleMum Sun 06-Jan-13 21:08:33

Dancergirl I think we were there May 2006 and June 2007. Couldn't afford school hols times.
Outside of school hols, it's mostly pre-school children. I believe it's different in the school hols but haven't been then myself.
We've stayed in the main complex but the building to the side and there was definitely a key to the outside of the apartment. I remember as we were there just after Maddie McCann's disappearance and I was off the scale paranoia. The year before we stayed in the annexe up the road, the front door of which certainly locks (and if you stay there, they have babysitters).
There's one aspect of Villa Pia you either love or hate I think - the communal mealtimes. Personally I found it good to socialise but DH struggled a bit sometimes. The food is fantastic though, and was all included except for lunch and dinner one day a week. So is drink!
It's really really relaxing. Except when your son crashes head first into a stone doorstep and has to go to hospital and have a stitch. Best avoid that.

joshandjamie Sun 06-Jan-13 21:16:33


Waswondering Sun 06-Jan-13 21:19:49

Dizzy, you're welcome. Hot in July too! smile

joshandjamie Sun 06-Jan-13 21:20:05

For people who like sailing, I can recommend Club Vounaki with Sunsail and Club Adakoy with Neilsen. Been to both - both times spent a week at the club and then a week on flotilla. Our boys were 4 and 6 and then 5 and 7 on those occasions. They loved it too.

givemeaclue Sun 06-Jan-13 21:23:47

Neilsons for us too fantastic hols for all the family

givemeaclue Sun 06-Jan-13 21:24:19

To add, I don't sail, great for non sailors too

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