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Club Med Opio en Provence was our family’s third Club Med holiday and definitely met all our high expectations. Part of our trip around Europe was in the South of France, so when we heard Club Med had a stunning Provence location, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to check it out. We visited in October, just as the weather was entering Autumn and perfectly breezy and sunny. I fell instantly for the picturesque olive groves, expansive French countryside views, and romantic sunsets which could be viewed with a glass of wine from their serene terrace at the bar. The highlight of Club Med is always how happy our kids are during their stay. Every parent knows a happy and occupied child means a relaxed holiday and Club Med always delivers in this category. At Club Med Opio, Ever and River were able to participate in the Creactive Circus by Cirque du Soleil as part of the varied Mini Club activities. Ever honed her trampolining skills, hung on a flying trapeze, and even tried a bit of juggling. The GO’s (Club Med’s friendly hosts) kept River endlessly entertained with active games, climbing frames, and even karaoke. Each day the Mini Club had a different schedule and they could take your kids all day or just for the activities that they wanted to join. Ours loved the circus, daily parties, face painting, dress-up and performances, and so much more. Dan and I had plenty of time to relax by the pool, enjoy an evening drink, take long walks around the grounds, and even get in a few workouts while the kids were occupied. Your kids can dine with the Mini Club in their own private room, so Dan and I took the opportunity to have a date night one evening while Ever and River ate pizza and put on a performance for the dining room. There were big smiles from our family all day and we couldn’t have asked for a more accommodating stay.

The resort is comprised of relaxing rooms featuring balconies and terraces, two mouthwatering restaurants, a large main pool with activities and abundant sun loungers, and a more relaxed zen pool which is adults only. A golf course surrounds the resort for those who play, and adults and children are all able to participate in the Cirque du Soleil sessions. The mouthwatering fare served at each restaurant was varied, French inspired, and even boasted plenty of fresh seafood. I loved the use of local ingredients and service throughout every area of the resort was impeccable.

Club Med Opio en Provence is an ideal choice for families, groups of friends, or couples looking for relaxing and beautiful scenery in a high end all inclusive experience. We couldn’t recommend it more to families who want a holiday for all ages.

November 11, 2019 0 comment
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This picturesque resort is only a short speedboat ride from the international airport and one of the most stunning we’ve seen in the Maldives. Grand Park Kodhipparu was our last stop during our three weeks in the country and we couldn’t have asked for a more memorable end to our trip. The luxurious yet rustic water villas had all the boho touches I crave and I loved the Bali inspired design accents in both the rooms and restaurants. The overwater net was an ideal touch for us and the children, and we loved being only steps from the turquoise ocean. Every morning we woke to uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean and plenty of marine life to keep us in awe. The house reef is easily accessible , even for young children, and you’re sure to spot reef sharks and an abundance of bright fish. Ever and River enjoyed afternoons in the fully scheduled kids club while we indulged in a tropical cocktail or two. We loved the dining options which included mouthwatering cuisine from all over the world, and the buffet at their main restaurant, The Edge, changed every morning and evening to ensure our tastebuds were never bored. The resort staff went out of their way to make sure our every need was met, which made it extra hard when it came time to say goodbye. A perfect choice for families or couples looking for all the beauty and luxury of the Maldives in a unique and beautiful resort.


August 30, 2019 0 comment
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Short breaks in Kuala Lumpur are always fun. We devour our favourite chicken rice, explore the bustling and lively areas, and absorb the varied cultures of the unique city. Our last few visits we fell in love with Bangsar and it’s spicy banana leaf restaurants, hipster cafes, child friendly shopping malls, and cute and colourful streets, so we were excited to check out Alila Bangsar during our most recent stay. We are familiar with the Alila brand from Bali and have always loved the modern, stylish designs and lush green accents. Their Bangsar location lives up to its name and we instantly fell for the sleek, towering location and luxurious rooms. Their pool offers perfect city views and dining establishments are mouthwatering using fresh local produce and equally stunning interiors. The location allows you to explore Bangsar and beyond and the friendly staff are available to assist you with your plans and ensure you’re always comfortable in the urbane rooms. A great choice for families or solo travellers looking for affordable luxury and five star worthy amenities.

http://www.alilahotels.com/bangsar

August 29, 2019 0 comment
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I was instantly drawn to Summer Island‘s bohemian vibes and laid back attitude. If you’re looking for a step away from the modern, luxury resorts and want a slice of rustic island life and uninterrupted natural beauty then this is the ideal resort. The small, friendly island is easily walkable and boasts some of the most pristine beaches we have seen to date. The cozy beach villas are newly designed and have everything you need for a comfortable stay. We loved having our own outdoor terrace only steps from the crystal clear water, and the refreshing outdoor showers after a swim in the ocean. There was an abundance of marine life and reefs to explore, even in the shallow areas, which is great if you’re travelling with young children. Palm trees swayed peacefully throughout the well groomed island paths and our kids loved the rope swings and hammocks beside each beach. Evenings were spent at the sunset facing beach bar where we enjoyed tropical cocktails and live music. Their restaurants serve a variety of local flavours and classic western dishes to keep everyone happy and we loved the fresh seafood at the romantic Beach BBQ. The all inclusive option is affordable and includes a great variety of drinks and food during your stay. A beautiful and relaxing island suitable for couples and families craving a quiet and picturesque escape.

https://www.summerislandmaldives.com/en

August 28, 2019 0 comment
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The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is the ultimate luxury destination, and a perfect choice for families who crave exceptional service and true five star amenities. Our memorable journey began from the moment their friendly staff met us at Velana International Airport, and escorted us to the comfortable VIP lounge. Toys and a playmat were immediately set up for the children while Dan and I were greeted with a lovely video message from our butler. After a delicious breakfast spread and a few cups of much needed caffeine we boarded our seaplane and enjoyed clear blue views of the Maldives on our way to our dream resort.

Our butler and plenty of friendly staff were there to greet us upon arrival and even brought gifts and treats for the children. We were in absolute awe from our first buggy ride across the island admiring the grand dining venues, alluring facilities, and dreamy surroundings. Nothing could have prepared us for the luxury of our two bedroom villa. The identical design can be booked overwater or on the beach and boasts plenty of space for a family of four or more. Each villa is designed with all the modern and stylish details we could desire. Grand bathrooms with a deep bathtub overlooking the ocean, sumptuous plush bedding, expansive terraces both downstairs and upstairs for relaxing, dining or just enjoying the surroundings. The refreshing plunge pool added the perfect touch and we loved that lights, temperature, sound, and blinds could all be controlled from the provided iPad.

When we actually pulled ourselves away from the deluxe villa, we enjoyed snorkeling, hunting for crabs and shells, and Ever and River loved the indoor and outdoor play areas at the beautifully designed kids club. Our personal butler assisted us daily by reserving our meals and spa appointments and ushering Ever and River to and from the kids club for planned activities. While Dan and I indulged in the picturesque hydrotherapy pool and a relaxing couples massage, the kids were led by staff in pizza making, crab races and so much more.

Dining options were endless from the indulgent and abundant breakfast each morning to lobster burgers, on the beach, or a Middle Eastern feast at their intimate and private pop-up restaurant, Cargo. The Whale Bar served some of the best Bloody Mary’s we’ve tasted and was where we witnessed spectacular sunsets and a grand champagne sabering display each evening.

It’s impossible to fault this incredible resort, with their attention to detail in every aspect of your stay. If you are looking to book the trip of a lifetime and truly treat your family or loved one, this would be the ideal choice.

August 22, 2019 0 comment
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After a scenic domestic flight and lively speedboat journey, we arrived on the island of Reethi Faru. This little slice of paradise is both beautiful and natural, showing the true beauty of the Maldives. A melodic, beating drum led us to the cozy reception where we were treated to fresh cold coconuts and friendly faces. Reethi Faru offers very cost efficient all-inclusive and dining packages which are great for groups and families. We loved the variety of options from cocktails at the Sunset Bar to fine dining on the beach. Our beach villa was spacious and had plenty of room for our little family of four. The best part was the beautiful patio and private jacuzzi right on our back step. We were only a few sandy feet away from clear turquoise waters and the colourful house reef was abundant with fish and marine life. Exploring the island we found small coves on the beach with sparkling calm water, suitable for beginner swimmers and toddlers. Ever and River spent the entire day hunting for shells, dipping into the ocean, only to return to our villa for a bubbly session in the jacuzzi. The staff were so kind and accommodating throughout our stay and great with children. A truly memorable spot for a Maldivian escape.

August 19, 2019 0 comment
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Did you know Kurumba was the first private island resort in the Maldives? Built back in the 1970’s this friendly island is still one of the visitors’ favorites. We met many people during our time in the country who spoke of the resort with nostalgic fondness. The Maldives now boasts over 200 luxury resorts, but Kurumba is still going strong and has stayed true to its Maldivian roots giving you a taste of the local culture alongside island luxury. We loved the rustic beach villas, clear blue waters, activity filled kids club, and amazing dining destinations. Their Dine Around All Inclusive Package is amazing value for groups and families looking to sample a little of everything and also enjoy cocktails poolside or at the sunset bar. Have a romantic dinner under the stars at Thila or check out the Middle Eastern fare at Al Qasar. Sign up for family snorkeling sessions or take a cruise in search of dolphins. We loved long mornings in the refreshing main pool and spotting crabs and reef sharks along the shallow beach. The fun is endless and the close proximity to Velana International Airport means it’s a great option if you have an early morning flight and want to spend your last night only a ten minute boat ride away. Staff cannot do enough to assist you in all aspects of your stay and you’ll feel right at home on the comfortable and relaxed island.


August 16, 2019 0 comment
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After a picturesque speedboat ride through the Indian Ocean we arrived at an island oasis, Taj Coral Reef. The natural island is completely walkable and has a distinct feeling of being on your own private island. Our spacious and rustic beach villa came complete with a marble bathroom, outdoor shower, relaxing terrace and direct access to the sandy beach and clear blue waters. Service was impeccable at Taj Coral Reef from check-in and restaurants to the detailed turn down service. Mornings were spent indulging in a decadent breakfast and swimming in their refreshing infinity pools and afternoons were occupied with beach lazing and snorkeling. Daily feedings meant we saw an abundance of marine life everyday. The kids came in close contact with stingrays, reef sharks, and friendly herons. The food is a true highlight at Taj, with the Indian and local Maldivian flavours as our favourites. We had such full days and restful sleeps during and made so many unforgettable memories. A perfect getaway for couples or families seeking a restful and beautiful resort.

August 15, 2019 0 comment
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Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma is the perfect little island escape in the Maldives. After a short boat journey you’ll find yourself in a white sand beach paradise with all that you had hoped for during your stay. We loved our cozy beach house complete with picturesque views from the balcony, relaxed private space downstairs, and only a few steps to the clear blue waters and white sand. The best part about the resort is all the activities offered ensuring you’ll get the most out of the country’s beauty and marine life. You can sign up for anything from surf lessons to dolphin cruises, snorkelling tours, and even night fishing. Our kids loved the splash pool at the kids club and snorkelling with turtles alongside their expert guide. Sunsets are epic whether they’re enjoyed from the beach or the luxurious sunset cruise, and the food was delicious and varied for all palettes. We often get asked about affordability in the Maldives and I truly believe Holiday Inn Kandooma is one of the best options. There’s no shortage of postcard worthy beaches and you’ll see all the marine life you can imagine. A variety of room categories ensures you will find something within your budget and is very suitable for larger groups. Their dining packages are perfect for groups or families and you can even add the Stay Spirited package to enjoy wines and cocktails throughout your stay. A lively and friendly resort we would love to visit again.

August 13, 2019 0 comment
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We kicked off our month in the Maldives at the fun and idyllic Finolhu. The beautiful island boasts stunning villas over the turquoise water, long white sand beaches and epic views, as well as mouthwatering dining options. We were instantly in awe of our dreamy and luxurious water villa complete with a large relaxing deck, decadent bathroom, a plush oversized bed, and steps straight into the ocean. Long sunny days were spent exploring the marine life, lazing in the lively main pool, splashing in the clear blue water, and indulging in a variety of cuisines and cocktails. The kids couldn’t get enough of the family friendly Oceaneers Club, where children were entertained with a full schedule of activities. The friendly staff made sure they had an unforgettable time doing everything from snorkeling and cooking classes to meeting a real life mermaid. Highlights included the mouthwatering seafood at the resort’s Crab & Fish Shack, cocktails at sunset, the picturesque sandbar, and the friendly and accommodating staff. A Maldives resort that offers luxury and fun for everyone from couples and groups of friends to families big and small.

https://www.finolhu.com

August 12, 2019 0 comment
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