We finally got to go on our honeymoon!
We tied the knot in December but decided to hold out until the school holidays to go on our honeymoon. We’d been on a mini moon which I previously posted about but this was our 2 weeks in the sun all inclusive honeymoon. Or as we call it due to taking our son “familymoon”.
We chose to go to a family life resort through thomson, I had heard a lot about these being good for children of all ages, to become a family life hotel they need to tick a lot of boxes to prove that the hotel/resort will cater for all children.
This isn’t everyone’s idea of a honeymoon. It was completely ours though, we decided to have our little man before getting married and therefore wouldn’t of dreamt of leaving him at home, especially for two weeks!
We found a resort that seemed to be perfect for us all but mainly we picked what would be best for Joey. After all if he was happy & entertained then we were happy. We wanted:
Sun, sea, sand, toddler pools, a range of restaurants and somewhere that didn’t have huge high rise hotels also one that wasn’t going to be too far away on the plane!
That’s exactly what we got!
We had the best time. The whole two weeks was so much fun! Joey loved all the characters that Thomson have, he loved evening music he enjoyed getting up and dancing to. (Almost as much as us!). His language developed further, he grew very confident and found a real love for swimming. The resort had so many pools and restaurants that it didn’t feel repetitive at all. Each day could be mixed up for a change.
We visited the Blue lagoon princess hotel in Kalives (Halkidiki) Greece. It was a dream 😍
The staff were brilliant, we couldn’t fault them. They could never do enough and we were in complete luxury for the two weeks we spent here. The staff worked so hard from morning to evening.
My favourite feature of the hotel was that it had a beach basically attached to it. So you could spend some time at the beach and then go back to the pool, this was perfect with having a toddler with us.
There is a water sports company on the beach. We hired a jet ski and took out a pedalow on another day. Really enjoyed both! The men that look after the beach spend a lot of time taking and maintaining its beauty. The beach it’s self was a sand/shingle beach. Wasn’t a problem for us, Joey was still about to make sand castles and the sea was crystal clear.
We hired a cabana on the beach which was a bonus. It was perfect to get Joey out of the sun for a bit. It also included drink service and a huge bowl of fruit. Bean bags and beach towels.
The food was very varied, we were able to eat at the main restaurant and also the two other restaurants. One being the Green and Grill which allowed you to BBQ your own meat, some people staying didn’t like this but we personally really enjoyed it! When sitting at this restaurant you also get to see the sun setting. In fact every night the hotels beautifil surroundings meant no matter where you were you could watch the gorgeous sun set over the greenery and mountains. Stunning!
The evening entertainment was really good and a wide variety. The kids show at the start of the night was actually always my favourite. Watching my son dancing away and getting excited with us occasionally joining in too. My husband obviously enjoyed the night he was pulled on stage with the clowns too! For us those were the moments you wanted to pause. Smiles and laughter all around! The kids show was then followed by a different show each night. Sometimes a show by the reps who were very talented and worked bloody hard! Or some nights like the Greek night there were hotel staff etc. We didn’t stay for all the shows but what we did see was great. My favourite being the musicals ones.
The only down fall was the entertainment being in the amphitheatre. It was perfect for most families. Just the ones with toddlers we’re having to chase around a lot to ensure they didn’t run down the stairs. We ended up sitting at the front each night and trying to get Joey to not climb up the stairs. I can see why they have it though, perfect for Most and to be honest I didn’t ever expect to be sat down much anyway. Something I felt we got to do a lot more than I had initially thought during our time away.
Joey really surprised me. I mean he is a very good boy, just full of beans. He doesn’t seem to not to stop, EVER. I think in a way that’s what I hadn’t realised before going. I, in my mind had the thought that I would constantly be chasing him and asking him to come back. I mean don’t get me wrong there was the odd occasions where he would leg it from the toddler pool ready to dive into the large pool. He has NO fear!! However he was so busy all the time, occupied and loving life to the full that he was just very content.
Good times were a bit more of a challenge. Usually he tucks in to his food no problem, with the heat he just didn’t have much of an appetite. So for us it wasn’t too relaxing, again we knew this would be the case and planned ahead. iPad, colouring books, crayons, toys etc. Anything that could mean we could get through our dinner and of course try a few deserts. 😉. Much to some people’s disappointment I am sure. But sometimes Peppa pig is the only way froward. Let’s be honest.
A couple of negatives:
Mosquitos – luckily we weren’t effected really. We wore bands & repellent
Snacks – only at one bar. Could do with the other pools having some especially ice cream at the family pool.
Flooring – rooms are very slippery! Slippers are provided though! My son got a black eye and bruised nose from falling twice. I’ve rushed to our room though by the fab hotel workers.
Main buffet – trousers need to be worn but it’s so hot. Not ideal.
Small negatives! The positives completely weigh out these but that’s what I would personally change.
The kids clubs looked great and if it wasn’t for my son napping 3 hours in a day giving us some mummy and daddy (hubby did wifey time) then we may have used them. I just didn’t feel the need to.
I could go on for ages about the hotel as there was SO much there! We ventured out a few times to some local villages but really we just enjoyed the fun, chilled family time. It was brilliant. I love my family and this was exactly what we had hoped for. I would 100% go back again. In brief some more positives were the room options, all sorts of choices, the beds (omg) the bed was stupidly comfortable and HUGE. Cleanliness – couldn’t fault it. The cleaners came twice a day and they were miracle workers. The place is also very flat. Perfect for puschairs and wheelchairs. We’ve come home with so many memories, a thousand plus pictures and songs that will never leave our heads!!
Thank you Greece, blue lagoon princess for a fantastic honeymoon! From the bubbles and flowers on arrival 🥂 to the minute we sadly checked out… you were great! We can’t wait to come back another time.