Holidays are such an important element of the annual family calendar. It’s the one time of the year where routine, rules and deadlines are happily forgotten and children and grown ups embrace adventures together. I love that our children get to see a different side to their parents and the family has a communal chance to bond in a window of idyllic escapism.
As our family has grown over the past decade we’ve certainly seen a change in the type of holidays we enjoy. Eight years ago we welcomed our first child, Daisy. By the time she was three we also had my two step-sons living with us full-time. Finally our family was completed when Logan joined us two years ago. We had become a family of six and holidays had become more of a challenge logistically, practically and of course financially. We have spent the last few years holidaying in this country on camping and Glamping adventures. The family holiday essentials remain the same though….a break from normality and quality time together.
As part of my application to be considered as a Simpson Travel Ambassador I have loved exploring the wide range of stunning villas they offer for families across Europe. Simpson Travel clearly understand the importance of forward planning when it comes to travelling with young children. As well as having researched access to family friendly beaches, proximity to restaurants, annexe’s for Grandparents in their villa collection…they also offer a crèche and children’s club in two locations meaning that everyone really does get a break.
So…should we become a Simpson Travel Ambassador what would inspire us? Well where do I begin…
Perhaps we’d choose a week in Ca’n Joan in Puerto Pollenca, Mallorca.
We’d spend our days relishing the spacious grounds surrounding the villa and playing as a family in the pool. The boys could practise their Spanish in the local town square and we’d amble along Pine Walk in the evenings checking out the local cuisine.
Maybe we’d choose to stay in our very own French chateau like Chateau de la Garinie in the Dordogne.
We’d spend our days exploring the quintessentially French markets and soaking up the undulating landscape dotted with vineyards and rolling meadows. The children could let their imaginations run free as we step back in time as we visit castles and fortified cities. The evenings would be a sublime reflection of the day’s adventures whilst sampling the local wines in the grounds of our very own little castle.
We might opt for L’Oliveraiede San Francescu in Corsica which offers incredible views of the mountains and local countryside.
We could watch the fishermen bringing their catch back to the harbour at Calvi before walking along the Route des Artisans and soaking up the atmosphere. We’d head home in the afternoons for a session lounging by the pool and to allow plenty of time to prepare our freshly caught supper.
But the biggest temptation of all has to be Periyali Crèche & Children’s Club in Zakynthos.
Periyali offers a winning combination of private and shared pools, local beaches and bars and best of all….first class childcare with British NNEB qualified nannies offering creche care and children’s clubs. The option of childcare means that we could do water sports with the older children knowing that younger family members are having their own adventures in the clubhouse. We could consider having a romantic meal, just the two of us. We could treat the children to some rare 1:1 time..or just be happy in the knowledge that our children could enjoy a range of activities including nature trails, fancy dress and music sessions. Certainly no tearing your hair out parenting moments!
We’d be honoured to be chosen to represent the Simpson Holiday brand…but rest assured…wherever we end up for our annual family adventure as long as we’re together we’ll do our up most to create memories that we can treasure forever..
Disclosure: This post has been created as an entry for the 2018 Simpson Travel Ambassador Competition….inspired by their incredibly tempting range of villas and a heavy dose of wanderlust and day dreaming by me!