We have recently returned home from a lovely week away in sunny Ibiza. Although we only got back a few days ago it already seems like such a distant memory. We stayed at Sirenis Sea View Country Club and it was fantastic for families with the most beautiful views.
If you read my last post you’ll know that it was Bella’s first time on a plane and I was
just a tad extremely nervous about how she would behave on the flight. Luckily she was a complete superstar! She was very excited to begin with on the journey out there but then soon fell asleep sprawled out across both our laps. The flight home didn’t depart until just gone midnight so we had a very overtired toddler on our hands, all was fine as we got onto the plane and found our seats but as soon as we put Bella’s seat belt on she threw an almighty toddler tantrum. There was kicking and there was screaming. The lady in front turned around and not only game me a filthy look but proceeded to roll her eyes, tut at us and then cover her ears!!?? It wasn’t like we were ignoring her meltdown, or that it wasn’t distressing for us and Bella too. Thankfully she calmed down within five minutes then fell asleep in Daddy’s arms and slept until we stepped foot off the aeroplane and the cold London air hit us.
I briefly considered writing a ‘tips for holidaying with a toddler’ post but then I realised that I just totally winged it so therefore no useful tips to pass on 😉 Oh, apart from snacks. Take snacks. Lots of snacks! Ohhh and book a private transfer from the airport to the hotel. Worth every penny.
The hotel was actually a First Choice Holiday Village and as I mentioned it really was great for families with children. A few things that made life easier with a little one were (things I probably never would have noticed pre baby) were the amount of highchairs in all the restaurants, there was baby change facilities in all of the toilets, the staff were more than happy to fill up bottles/beakers with milk for babies, our family room had a fridge to store said milk and a microwave to heat it up too. All of these things were super handy.
When we booked the holiday I pre booked some crèche sessions for Bella so that she could interact with some other children and it meant Josh and I had two hours a day child free to relax. Despite being a bit apprehensive beforehand, I was thoroughly impressed with the crèche and kids club facilities and would definitely use them again in the future. I know it’s not for everyone but we were pleasantly surprised. All of the staff were British and the ratio for under 36 months was 1 adult to 3 children. They were very security conscious I noticed and locked the doors behind them every single time a child came in or left, this reassured me that I knew she’d be in safe hands. Bella seemed to really enjoy herself and came away each day with her face painted and proudly clutching a piece of artwork that she had made which was really lovely. At the end of the week she got a certificate to take away with her with a personal message from the three ladies that had looked after her and I thought this was a great thing for her to keep from her first holiday.
One of the highlights of the holiday for me was the setting, Ibiza really is extremely beautiful. The hotel was situated right on the coast and the sunsets each evening were breathtaking. Apologies if you follow me on Instagram for all the sunset spam, it was just so gorgeous 😉 Just outside the hotel was a lovely little stretch of beach called Port Des Torrent which was nice and quiet of an evening so we wandered down a couple of times to paddle in the sea and watch the sun go down.
We spent the whole holiday relaxing and just enjoying spending quality time as a three. We only left the resort once but that’s okay because we really just needed some downtime. We swam, we sunbathed, we caught up on sleep, we drank plenty of cocktails and ate too much ice cream. It was pure bliss.
Overall we had an amazing time and I definitely returned feeling refreshed and very lucky to have been able to spend a week in the sun with my little family. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos on my proper camera and completely forgot to vlog but I did get some nice snaps on my iPhone so I’ll pop those in instead!
Thanks for reading!