After a long hiatus, I’m so pleased to be resurrecting MTM’s regular feature of showcasing other bloggers’ wonderful holidays – learning about other people’s trips always gives such fantastic travel inspiration.
So I’m over the moon to be showcasing Donna’s family escape to Greece recently. In the blogging community Donna is hugely supportive of everyone, and can be found over at What The Redhead Said, where she talks about her family life, days out and parenting.
Over to you, Donna…
What do you look for in a holiday?
Because of the children’s ages we love an easy family break – something where the children can be easily entertained but where we can all relax. So, this will be somewhere by a beach or pool. We’ll save the adventures and sightseeing for when they’re a little older.
Where did you go?
Our last holiday was to Mark Warner’s Lemnos resort in Greece. We ended up needing to book a holiday with only a couple of weeks notice as our previous holiday fell through. Because of this we had limited choice and, in all honesty, we ended up at Lemnos purely because it was within budget and they had availability!
It was our first family holiday abroad with myself, Hubby and the kids – who were three and four at the time.
Tell us about the accommodation
We stayed in interconnecting rooms in the resort. They were basic but comfortable and had working air condition which was amazing in the hot afternoons when we’d spend some time relaxing before dinner.
The resort hotel was full board and so we just had to buy drinks – although there was always juice and water available at meal times and wine at lunch and dinner. We booked it directly through Mark Warner and most of the resort is run by Mark Warner with just a few privately owned rooms.
Were there plenty of activities for the kids?
The children got to spend each morning in the Mini Club children’s club. Whilst they were there they got to do wind surfing, paddle boarding, sailing and lots of swimming as well as typical club activities like painting, story time and going to buy ice creams! They loved it and it was a highlight of the holiday for us.
Your most memorable moment/s of the trip?
That would have to be when Athena, at four years old, went windsurfing. She was standing on the board, holding the sail, in the sea and had absolutely no fear. It was such a proud moment. She absolutely loved it!
Any sights, activities you want to shout about?
Whilst we were there Hubby passed his PADI qualification, letting him scuba dive anywhere in the world. This is something he has always wanted to do and it was so good to see him fulfil an ambition.
We didn’t really see any of the island as the resort had everything we needed and the children loved the children’s club so much we didn’t want to skip a day for sightseeing.
Was it good value for money?
Before we went I thought it was just so expensive but now that we have experienced Mark Warner for ourselves we would pay it again tomorrow. It was worth every penny. The amazing Mini Club and having access to so many water sports included in the price – although Hubby paid extra for his PADI course – makes it well worth the money.
Your top tip/s for the area?
Greece is beautiful but it does get incredibly hot – plan to stay out of the sun at peak hours and always, always wear sunscreen!
Which photo is your favourite and why?
Our family photo was my favourite as I had to play with the camera settings in a way I never had before to be able to take it with the sun right behind us. It’s one of the only family photos we have from the break and because of that I love it. It sums up our perfect first family holiday abroad.
Would you recommend to a friend?
Definitely! We’d go back next year – and we’d book two weeks instead of one. We had the perfect family break and anyone with children would find Mark Warner Lemnos the perfect place both relax, have family time and do their own thing, too.
What are the five holiday essentials you couldn’t live without?
I always take books on holiday – it’s the perfect time to catch up on reading! Also, games to play in the evening. Hubby and I love relaxing with a drink and a game whilst the kids sleep.
More practical things would be sunscreen, lots of aftersun and a basic first aid kit – someone always hurts themselves on holiday!
What is your most favourite place in the whole world?
I love Rome. Hubby and I went there before we had children and had the most wonderful holiday. It’s such a busy city and the driving is terrifying but it has so much culture, so much history and the food is incredible. It’s easily my favourite place.