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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.