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We love all-inclusive holidays. This time last year we recently returned from our second all-inclusive holiday abroad. Our first was to Menorca where we stayed at Insotel Punta Prima, while last year we visited Majorca where we stayed all-inclusive at Insotel Cala Mandia. While the kids are still relatively young we will probably continue with this type of holiday as they have so many advantages. In fact we are currently looking for our next adventure for when the kids finish school in July.
If you’re considering going all-inclusive for your next family holiday, but still need a little help deciding, here are my top 5 reasons why you should make your next family holiday an all-inclusive one.
1. No Hidden Extras
You know in advance how much your holiday is going to cost. All the essentials are paid for up front. You don’t have to worry about additional budgeting once you’re there so you don’t run out of cash by the end of the holiday. And not having to budget means you are able to relax more, which is what holidays are all about. All you need to remember are a few Euros for any souvenirs you want to bring back and in case you want to venture of the resort to explore.
2. The Food
The heat can do funny things to little appetites. The joy of all-inclusive breaks is that there is food available pretty much all day. There are dishes to suit every taste and the quality wouldn’t be out of place in a 5 star restaurant. There is always plenty of choice. From the standard nuggets and chips to healthier choices such as fresh fruit, vegetables and pasta. You can get choose from full three course meals to poolside snacks and of course, ice cream. My kids love the fact that they can just have a sample of lots of different meals, which mean they get to try lots of new things.
3. The Drinks
One of the big attractions of an all-inclusive holiday for a lot of people is the alcohol. However, if you’re travelling with small children I wouldn’t advise you take advantage of this too much. That said you’ve got to admit that being able to send your OH down to the bar for a chilled glass of sangria or a cold beer while the kids are napping has it’s appeal.
My kids also loved the constant supply of slush drinks that they could, almost, help themselves to.
4. The Facilities
Most large hotels now have kids clubs and activities available, however some of these incur extra charges. With an all-inclusive holiday you can avoid the extra costs as the majority of activities are included; although a small deposit may be required.
Also, if you’re lucky enough to manage to escape the kids for a couple of hours you may be able to treat yourself to a spa treatment or massage. It is worth noting that in a lot of places beauty/spa treatments may incur additional charges.
5. Something for Everyone
An all-inclusive holiday generally has something for everyone. Whether you want an activity packed break or would prefer to lounge by the pool with a drink in one hand or a book in the other there will be something for all the family to enjoy.
So there are my top 5 reasons to book an all inclusive holiday.
I hope you find this post useful if you if you’re considering an all-inclusive holiday. If you have been on one (or more), I’d love to hear your thoughts – pop me a comment below!
Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I’ve been going back and forth for a while now about making some changes to my blog and have finally decided to take the plunge and jump in the deep end so to speak. It was around this time I came across this fabulous Tell Me More Tag at Wishes Hopes Dreams and thought it would be a fantastic way to re-introduce myself and my revamped blog to you all.
If you’ve stumbled across me before then you may notice that things have changed. I have had a completely new rebrand and have pretty much started again with a slightly different niche. There will still be lifestyle/family related posts but there are also going to be regular posts relating to dyspraxia in both adults and children.
I hope you’ll stick around to see what I have to share and maybe even pop back every now and again.
Tell Me More…
What’s the story behind your blog name?
My blog name (My Chaotically Eclectic Life) is pretty much how I would describe my life. As a family of four (plus one that has flown the nest and two fur babies) we spend a lot of our time in chaos. Mix into this everyone’s different interests and we have an eclectic mix and so the name was born.
What’s your real reason for blogging?
Simply, I love writing and felt that it would be a way to embrace my creativity. I started out a few years ago with free WordPress site that covered everything from reading to recording memories to my love of stationery. Before long I realised that this wasn’t going to work and split my blogs. I still have my book blog, My Eclectic Reads, although it has been a little neglected of late.
The best thing about blogging?
I love the community. Everyone I’ve come across is supportive and helpful. I also like that it’s a way to explore and share my creativity.
The worst thing about blogging?
The technical side and analytics. I’m still learning about all of these things, which for a non-techie person is harder than I expected. Fortunately I have found some fantastic people within the blogging community that have been helping me learn as I go.
Proudest moment so far?
Having the courage to completely start over and head in the direction I really want to go. It wasn’t easy to remove a lot of my earlier posts but now it’s done I know it was the right decision.
What are your ultimate blogging goals? Don’t be shy!
I’m treating this as a new blog so it feels like I’m only just starting out so at the minute. Because of this my goals are pretty small. I’d like to get 100 active subscribers by the end of the year and hopefully forge some new friendships along the way. Also if I could earn a few pennies while doing this I wouldn’t be complaining.
If you released a book what genre would it be?
I would love to release a personal development or self help book, something that helps people in some way.
If you released products what would they be? Homeware, beauty, or something unexpected?
This is quite a hard question, however I would love to produce something that would help raise the awareness of dyspraxia as too many people still don’t completely understand the condition.
What would you name your products and why?
I am rubbish at coming up with names for things so if I’m honest I would be asking for help on this aspect, should I ever get to this stage.
What has blogging taught you?
There is a lot more to running a successful blog than I initially thought and it can be hard work to maintain.
However the blogging community is full of fantastic people who are willing to help and support you achieve your goals.
Sum up your blog in three words.
Dyspraxia awareness; family
I really enjoyed doing Tell Me More blog tag and I hope you enjoyed reading it.
If you choose to take part, leave me a comment as I’d love to see your answers.
Matlock Farm Park Regular Attractions
I’ve heard lots of fantastic things about Piglets Adventure Park near York so thought it was about time we paid them a visit, which is exactly what we did last week when we met up with some friends.
Piglets is an outdoor fun park which is fantastic for kids of all ages and ours (aged between 18 months and 5) had such a good time Corey asked if he could come again the day after.
We got there shortly after opening and parked up quite near the entrance, which was good as it began to rain as soon as we got out of the car.
After a quick toilet stop we set about exploring, the kids were totally spoilt for choice as to what to do as there was so much choice, although the weather wasn’t in our favour at the beginning.
After realising they couldn’t go on the bouncy pillows due to the rain the kids made a bee line straight for the obstacle course and the quirky fairy tale themed climbing frames. The sand surrounding the houses was also a hit with them.
Barrel Rides and Maize Maze
From there they went on the tractors, followed by a barrel ride.
We then attempted the maize maze challenge, although I don’t think we did too well as we kept getting lost trying to avoid the big muddy puddles.
By the time we found our way out of the maze, they sun had found it’s way through the clouds and the weather improved considerably. It was also getting close to lunch so we headed to Truffles Trough Cafe for some food.
Myself and Rik had a burger while the kids had hot dogs. The food was reasonably priced, although there selection here wasn’t all that great. If we were to visit again I would more than likely take a picnic as there were plenty of seating areas.
Tractor Rides and Tricks
After lunch, and an ice cream we took a tractor ride down past the pigs to the Bale Play Baaarn which gave us some respite from the heat while the kids played in the dig n play corn pit and on the hay bales, tractors and slides.
Another tractor ride later and we were back in time to catch some of the show in the big top.
During our visit Fatt Matt was the main attraction and I’d have happily have paid the entrance fee to just watch him. Unicycles, acrobatics, puppets and juggling were the order of the day and the kids, and adults, were enthralled and amused throughout the performance.
Farm, Fairies and Foam
After the show we went to explore and animals around the Farm. The kids loved them all, especially the pigs and the Shetland ponies.
Crazy golf, the newly opened Fairy Trail and a bounce on the bouncy pillows followed before it was time to head for home.
But not before the kids attended their first ever foam party. This went down pretty well with the kids who both ended up covered from head to toe in foam. I was eternally grateful I had brought a change of clothes for them both!!
Piglets is a fabulous summer attraction. We will definitely visit again as we didn’t get around all the activities, missing out on the pig racing and water wars. They also have some events on over Halloween and Christmas so, providing we wrap up warm, we may be back for those.
Prices range depending on the time you visit. Weekday visits are £5.95/4.95/3.95 for children/adults/concessions respectively, Weekends are £8.50/£7.50/£6.50 and the Summer Fun prices are £9.50/£8.50/£7.50. Discounts are available for booking online and there is also an annual membership scheme.
If you are looking for a fantastic day out that isn’t dependant on the weather than The Rainbow Factory in Leeds ticks all the boxes. We haven’t had the opportunity to visit since last year so were more than overdue another trip. All throughout the holidays they are running themed events and our visit fit in perfectly with our superhero theme.
There are exciting new themes each week of the holidays:
- Circus: August 7th to 11th
Sci-Fi & Science: Aug 14th to 18th
Fantasy, Myths & Legends: Aug 21st to 25th
Mysteries, Spies & Detectives: Aug 28th to Sept 1
We chose the VIP Pass for the day which was £12.50 per child (adults go free!) and allowed us access to all of the activities throughout the day. Activities are scheduled every half an hour from 11.00am until 2.30pm and cover everything from science to arts and crafts.
What we got up to
After a brief introduction from the fantastic staff we started the day with some science activities with Storm. The first was all about controlling the weather; the second was exploding sandwich bags, both of which the kids loved and recreated at home for their Dad later in the week.
We had a quick break for lunch which we purchased from The Gingerbread Cafe before moving on to some heroes and villains training.
After the training we listened to Supertato before making our own Supertatoes. We then moved to the next room to make some superhero biscuits (which didn’t last long enough to get a photo) and undertake some further training, this time with marshmallow shooters.
After this it was time for the goodbye song before we headed home as fully trained superheroes.
The kids had a fantastic day and participated in almost all the activities hosted throughout the day.