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All in for All-Inclusive?

ounders of family run production company Toddler Fun Learning, Christian & Amalie Hughes, share with us their first all-inclusive family holiday experience. As a family of five (Josh (6), Poppy (5) and Molly (1), we’ve been debating whether to go on an all-inclusive holiday for the last few years. So this summer we decided to take the plunge. After many hours of research, we booked into the Gran Castillo Tagoro in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote (good flight length and a climate that wouldn’t disappoint - and it didn’t). All the reviews were fantastic and everything we read excited us about it having something for everyone. The welcome from Gran Castillo was lovely, however far too much

The Hughes family try out the AI package holiday

information to take in all at once. The hotel was huge and it took us a couple of days to figure out where everything was. The variety of pools was fantastic, with something for everyone which meant you never got bored. We were newbies to the world of reserving sun loungers and missed out for the first few days because we clearly weren’t ruthless enough! If like us, you are not used to all sleeping in together then the configuration of hotel rooms can often be interesting. We were very pleasantly surprised with our room, it was cool, spacious and they even had a separate dressing room ideal for a cot (Sorry Molly!). We even managed a few lie ins because the curtains were well blacked out. Kids and baby clubs have never been on our list of requirements from a holiday but if ever our kids were

going to want to go this sounded like the right place. There was no booking required for the older two, which was great as we never knew from one day to the next if they would want to go. We had to book the baby crèche which was a 2 hour session and Molly seemed very happy there and it was a good opportunity to keep her out of the sun and for her to have a cool sleep in a cot without going back to our room. The couple of hours we did have to ourselves we tried out the adult only area. It was really lovely, relaxing and peaceful and a great perk of a family friendly resort. Us girls (Mummy and Poppy) also tried out the spa and can recommend the facial and Pops enjoyed her very first professional manicure and pedicure, which was a lovely treat. The part of the all-inclusive that

most excited us but also made us nervous was the food. Not having to shop, cook and clear up 3 times a day helped the relaxation, but at the same time variety, choice and checking out the local produce is a big thing for us especially daddy. The main restaurant was open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the lovely thing was you could always sit in a different area so it didn’t feel like the same restaurant. The choice was almost too much, it was tasty but by the end of the week it became a bit monotonous and my lack of will power on the desserts doesn’t suit buffet style eating!! It also didn’t feel like we ever sat down as a family to enjoy a meal as everyone was up and down at different times. There was entertainment every evening which we got fully involved with, we had to tear the kiddies away from their disco so that we could

soak up some of the live music. It was a great way for the kiddies to tire themselves out just a little more. One evening we jumped in a taxi to Playa Blanca and went out for a traditional local seafood meal, which we would definitely recommend. So…to all inclusive or not? It depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re after a resort holiday where you don’t want have to worry about where your next snack, meal or drink comes from, you won’t do much better than the Gran Tagora for facilities, accommodation and catering for all members of the family, but just make sure you step out of the all-inclusive bubble at least once or twice during your holiday so you can experience the local delights, seafood restaurants and beaches!

Autumn Escape to Marbella

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he British Autumn is here, but for those looking to escape from the dreary mornings and cold, Amare Marbella Beach Hotel is the perfect Autumnal respite, which is open until 11th November 2017. A sophisticated, adults only hotel located right on the beachfront of Marbella, yet only a five-minute stroll to the buzzing centre of Old Town Marbella and its marina and 10km away from Puerto Banus. The hotel showcases 236 contemporary bedrooms, live music events, superb beach club and a sensational spa. Autumn is a fantastic time to visit the hotel as Marbella is sheltered by the high peaks of the Sierra Blanca making Marbella much warmer than other coastal Spanish locations, with temperatures reaching 23 degrees. Guests can settle in to one of the hotel’s plush loungers by the pool and enjoy snacks and beverages at the literal push of a service button. Whilst the balmy evenings can be

enjoyed at the Belvue Rooftop Bar, the only one of its kind in Marbella’s Old Town, and the ideal place to indulge in a sundowner and the last of the day’s sunshine, with panoramic views as far as Gibraltar and Africa. For those in need of some R&R before the winter season descends, guests of Amàre Marbella Beach Hotel can check in to the Amare Spa and treat themselves to the following two new packages at the hotel. Romantic Getaway Package - Prices start from 640€/£579 first night for 2 nights from 960€/£869 for 2 pax. Detox Package - Prices start from 456€/£413 a night for 2 pax (2 nights minimum stay) Nightly rates start from €146/£128 in an ‘I was Here’ room on a bed & breakfast basis (Non-refundable rate) including complimentary daily sunbeds, use of the Technogym and WiFi. *Please note, a minimum stay is required on selected dates www.amarehotels.com

ParentFolk North West. Issue 4  

ParentFolk - rocking parenting our own way A NorthWest publication on lifestyle, business, style and parenting - Manchester, Liverpool, Ch...

ParentFolk North West. Issue 4  

ParentFolk - rocking parenting our own way A NorthWest publication on lifestyle, business, style and parenting - Manchester, Liverpool, Ch...