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18/01/2019

Why Iberostar Llaut Palma is top of our family travel bucket list

Mallorca

*Collaboration

The one thing I have learnt from travelling with kids is it often comes with compromise and it can be hard to find the perfect location, accommodation and activities that fulfil everyones needs especially if your looking for that true relaxing break away with a touch of luxury. While we have done many trips away that are more focus on the kids needs everyone now and then its important to make sure as parents we also look out for our own needs too so finding a place that seamlessly combines both is key. Good news is I feel I have found the perfect spot, which also happens to have a real focus on sustainability and is going straight to the top of our bucket list this year. That place is the five star Iberostar Llaut Palma hotel in Mallorca and if you are in need of persuasion then let me tell you why this hotel is getting the thumbs up from us and best of all is they have a variety of options from full inclusive (with loads of ice-cream included) to room only, giving you extra flexibility.


Mallorca luxury


1. Location

When it comes to a relaxation break that also has enough going on for kids location is key! Iberostar Llaut Palma location is breathtaking with unrestricted views across the Bay of Palma, I can just imagine waking up here, enjoying a fruit filled breakfast and then taking a dip in the pool or a gentle stroll to Playa de Palma Beach which is only 200 yards from the hotel. Besides the beach the hotel is also near a beautiful pine forest which offers up forest trail walks and the famous La Porciuncula Church is around a 10 min walk and worth a stop. It's also just a few kilometres from Majorca Airport making it a real stress free transfer when travelling with kids and the hotel can also organise car hire and has parking on site.


Stylish reception


2. Stylish Family Accommodation

From the moment you walk into the light and airy reception, a-dawned with natural textures, wood panels, plants and nature you know your going to be well looked after with wellness in mind even when travelling as a family. What I really love about Iberostar Llaut Palma is how modern and stylish yet accessible it is for families especially with the pool-view junior suites which offer reasonably priced luxury suitable for all. The family rooms all come with free wifi (which lets be honest is essential with kids), double bed and sofa bed, balcony with a view and a two person jacuzzi bathtub plus added touches such as premium bedding coffee machine. I would also like to point out that Iberostar is focuses on reducing plastic consumption and has eliminated all single-use plastics from rooms and other area of the hotel which is fantastic news and is part of their wave of change movement.


Stylish hotel Mallorca


3. Hotel Facilities

When we travel we have stayed at a variety of hotels from luxury to airbnbs and cabins in the wood but as standard we usually avoid places that are too child focused in terms of what is on offer and like to find a middle ground which is why Iberostar Llaut Palma appeals to us so much because it has more than enough to entertain children without compromising on the needs of adults. Along with a beautiful outdoor pool with plenty of sun loungers there is also an indoor pool, children pool and relaxing garden plus as I mentioned the hotel is only a short walk away from the beach meaning when it comes to getting in the water there are plenty of options. While the kids are having fun splashing around why not pop into the Spa for a spot of pampering with a variety of treatments on offer or if you feeling more active head to the gym, you can also hire bikes and take a family ride around the island. When it comes to food there is also plenty of options including 3 restaurants on site from the relaxing Korai to the more upmarket Katagi Blau.


Stylish restaurant


4. What to do near Iberostar Llaut Palma

While there is plenty to do, or not to do if relaxation is on top of the list, you may want to explore more of the local area. While many sights are in walking distance such as the Port of El Arenal which is around a 20min walk, if you have young children with you it would be a good idea to hire a car which the hotel can organise for you as there is tons to see and do nearby from fun attractions to cultural sites and here are 5 fantastic places to check out.

1. Aqualand El Arenal - an action packed waterpark suitable for all ages and sure to be a big hit with kids young and old and only a short drive from the hotel.
2. Basilica of St. Francis - a breathtaking 13th century church in Palma, typically Mallorcan and a great way to get a little local culture in
3. Forestal Park Mallorca - this fun tree top adventure with the longest zipline in Mallorca is great for those looking to get outdoors and try something new
4. Iglesia La Porciuncula - as mentioned earlier this beautiful crystal church is a piece of art in it's own right with 39 stained glass windows which both young and old will appreciate.
5. El Nino Surf Centre - only 2 miles from the hotel if your looking to try something new such as paddleboarding (highly recommend) or kayaking as a family then this is the place.


family beach fun


If your looking for a more exotic and far flung option or just really want to get away from it all and opt for long haul destination then the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites in Jamaica offer up a sun soaked Caribbean family break away you won't forget. It's all inclusive luxury family friendly accommodation with again plenty for all ages to do and certainly one to consider if you want to get away from Europe and head somewhere really special.




In collaboration with Iberostar 

13/01/2019

Choosing Goals over Resolutions this year




Like most people when it comes to the New Year its a chance to make a fresh start, to try new things and leave any negativity from the previous year behind and usually this is done with making new resolutions which I have done for the past few years. Something however changed in my outlook going into 2019 with my main priority to drop the guilt! I found last year I succumbed to stress for a variety of reasons and a lot of the time I would beat myself up about not doing a good enough job, being a present parent, eating healthy enough etc and I started to wonder why that was? Why was I always aiming for this weird idea of what perfection was and should look like than rather enjoying all that I had and giving myself a break when simply trying to do the best I can.

Most mothers will be aware of "mum guilt" which is sort of thrust onto us whether we like it or not as the media simply backs up the perfection we are meant to achieve - this applies not only to mothers but all woman as society lays out what it is we should look like, earn etc to obtain happiness but this just isn't realistic or particularly healthy.

Saying that I am all about trying new things, about making improvements, tackling areas of your life you are unhappy and using the New Year to put things into perspective and learn from any mistake you made the previous year. However I don't feel strict and unrealistic resolutions is the way forward and can often set ourselves up for failure right at the start of the year which is why longer term goals is something I am more interested because as they say slow and steady wins the race. If you are looking to lose weight or eat better then avoid any crash diets or major restrictions which are not sustainable and make a long term doable goal and don't beat yourself up if you slip up every now and then - it's called being human!




When it comes to my own goals what I would like to achieve this year is

1. Being more organised! I know that organising key parts of my life will free up a lot of space. Last year I felt at times that both the house, work, lack of childcare and personal relationships where in chaos simple because I was trying to do it all without enough hours in the day. This year I am putting things in place such as regular childcare, reducing clutter and having a better work station and working hours to make things clearer and cleaner and easier to deal wth. I know this won't happen over night but I have already started to put together daily doable lists to ensure things get done.

2. Continue to Minimise
Last year I set myself a minimalist challenge - it doesn't have a time limit and is pretty open ended and something I am still working on and I have learnt it's pretty hard to minimise a home with kids but I am getting there slowly and feeling the benefits of less clutter in my house and this is something I want to continue doing.

3. Celebrating good food
When you have kids cooking can go a little out the window at times and despite the fact I love to cook and enjoy it, it comes down once again to being organised and good time keeping skills. When your doing school runs, swimming lessons, gymnastics etc things like pesto pasta can be the quickest option but this year I want to make sure that at least a couple of nights a week we try something a little different and celebrate fresh food that is fun and interesting. It doesn't need to be complicated, expensive or take a long time but looking into quick, fresh and colourful food to also inspire the kids to have a passion in eating well.





4. Make time to have fun

I think that its really important to prioritise time for fun and self care and there really does have to be a balance between work, parenting and down time, including screen-free time that allows you to be more present in the activity.

This year is all about making small improvements, taking my time and not feeling guilting when things go wrong and most of all to laugh, have fun and enjoy 2019 to the full.

07/01/2019

My top Family Travel and Lifestyle posts of 2018



Well can you believe it it's 2019! Last year was a bit of a strange one in general, so much happen around the world, moments that tore communities apart and moments that brought different cultures together in beautiful ways. Personally I too had so many wonderful highs but also a few lows, there were changes in quite a few areas of my life from personal to work, both for the good and not so good but my boys and I made it through to the other side and had plenty of laughs along the way and I am not one for boring, we like life on the go and have some very fond memories we made in 2018 and are now looking forward to what the next year brings and feeling really positive about 2019.

As always I am very grateful for every reader that finds there way to my blog and takes the time to enjoy the content, leave comments and feedback and enjoy following what myself and the boys get up too. So I thought I would share my top 10 Travel posts and top 10 Family Lifestyle posts and top 10 style & Interior posts of 2018.

Travel

We had some fantastic adventures this year and had the chance to explore some amazing places, this is just a small selection of what we got up too.

1. 5 Reasons to Visit South Devon
1. Tips for surviving long layovers with kids
2. The Ultimate Pre-Holiday Checklist for Families
4. A Weekend in Shrewsbury
5. Cofton Holidays Devon
6. A Weekend Guide to Historical Durham 
7. The Ultimate Autumn Family Camping Bucket list
8. 5 Family travel bloggers you need to follow
9. An Unexpected guide to Bath
10. Paddle boarding on the River Wye




This year I wrote on an array of family lifestyle topics and learnt a fair bit along the way too. Here is what my readers enjoyed the most. 


Family Lifestyle

1. Getting outdoors with Kettler
2. Why Free play is so important 
3. Small Changes that make a big difference
4. Organic on the Go with Little Freddie
5.  5 Ethical Products that reduce plastic and give back
6. Covering our bases with Bassetts
7. A Day in London with Nickelodeon
8. 6 Meaningful ways to fit more exercise into your life
9. Dinosnores and Airbnb Base Camp at The Natural History Museum
10. 17 Family friendly things to do in Cardiff when it rains 



I hope you stick around for another year. Of course I also feature a fair amount of style and interior posts as well and may do a separate top list for those as well. If there is any content you really want to see then do leave a comment or send me an email as feedback is always welcome.


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