Celebrate the New Year with a Chance to Win an Adorable Trunki

HolidayExtras.com the UK’s market leader in travel add-ons, is offering one lucky reader the chance to win an adorable Tipu-the-Tiger Trunki. Designed to beat the boredom of travelling tots, for those of you who have never heard of a Trunki , it’s an ingenious ride-on suitcase for kids with a bundle of extra features such as lockable catches, tow handles and hold on horns. They can be taken on as hand luggage too, if you’re planning a trip abroad this year and need some more travelling with tots tips, you can find my post on some here.

Win a Trunki in this easy to enter competition

While that’s the kids sorted, the sponsors of this fab competition HolidayExtras.com , also specialise in helping to make your travel easy – with a huge choice of UK airport hotels, holiday parking, airport lounges, destination car hire and travel insurance. Whether you are heading to the slopes for a fun-filled holiday or the beach for a spot of winter sun,

So for your chance to win an adorable Trunki, just enter via the Rafflecopter below
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Win 1 of 2 Family Tickets To The Family Travel Show

Wondering where to go on holiday next year? If, like me,  you have an inkling but then something else catches your eye, or a friend comes back and shares their amazing get away you change tack and it’s back to the drawing board.

When you’re travelling with kids, planning the perfect break takes on a whole new meaning, whether you want to ski, sight see or sun bathe, your research into what makes your precious time to gather perfect is vital.

Win tickets to The Family Travel Show in Olympia, London

The Family Travel Show will give you the chance to get face-to-face with the best family holiday providers and specialist operators all under one roof, take advantage of exclusive show-only offers and competitions, gather impartial advice and inspiration, and of course quiz the experts on those all important questions.

As well as discovering the range of holiday options and destinations, features will also include practical advice based on travel options for your children’s ages, health information and activity recommendations. Esprit Ski are also offering a complimentary pre-bookable and drop-in crèche for all children between 17 weeks and 8 years old, to give parents the peace of mind that they can enjoy the show whilst their children are having a great time being cared for by their fully experienced child care team

Win a family ticket to the family travel show in Olympia, London,

Being held at Olympia, London on the 31st October to the 1st November, it’s the first ever event totally dedicated to family travel  in the UK and I’m giving you the chance to win a family ticket so you can go along and get inspiration and advice on where your next adventure will take you. There are 2 sets of tickets up for grabs, enter via the Rafflecopter below.

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Exploring the Caribbean with kids

With friendly locals, sunny weather, crystal clear waters and pristine beaches, the Caribbean is a holiday destination made for those travelling with children. But with so many islands to choose from, where to begin?

Well, in Aruba you will find Baby Beach, a man-made lagoon for, you guessed it, babies and children! With waters that are both calm and shallow, it really is an ideal spot for children. Another island, St. Maarten, is an ideal place for those with animal-loving kids. A butterfly farm can be found to one side of the island, along with horseback riding activities just down the road. There is also a zoo and Loterie farm. In St Thomas, part of the Virgin Islands, you can take things up a notch with humpback whale watching. This takes place between December and March. It’s not just humpbacks that you and the kids could spot though; a lucky few also occasionally see pilot whales and sperm whales.

If a super safe environment is a priority for you, there are a number of private islands on offer, including CocoCay, which is located in the Bahamas. At just one mile long, keeping a track on energetic young things becomes a lot more manageable! For young kids, the beaches are clean and the water is clear, while if they’re a bit older, a number of water sports are available too.

St Lucia is another popular spot for families. The reliable weather is a definite bonus (as long as you’ve packed the suncream!) and there is a good choice of activities. The Diamond Falls are botanical gardens complete with mineral baths, with half-price entry for children. Alternatively, kids who love a thrill can be taken to the volcano, which despite still being active, visitors can drive into. Not for the feint-hearted!

Once you’ve decided which places you’d like on your itinerary, the next step is to figure out how you will access them all. A cruise is a sensible option, and means that parents get to enjoy themselves as well as the kids!

exploring the caribbean with kids

A cruise also means that an all-inclusive option often comes as standard, which certainly takes a lot of the hassle out of holidaying with little ones. Unlike self-catering apartments and condos, which mean empty kitchens and unfamiliar supermarkets, all-inclusive packages mean meal times are taken care off. Choice will be far more wide-ranging, so picky eaters will be kept happy and refuelled for the next day!

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A Review Of Atlantic Reach Holiday Village, Cornwall

I recently started writing a 10 things you don’t know about me tag post, with one of the questions being ‘where is your favourite place to holiday?’ I pondered over the question several times, do I put somewhere far flung, hot and exotic, or maybe somewhere the husband and I have put on our ‘when we grow up’ hit list (we’ve been together 20 years and began this list many moons ago!) We had the most excellent adventure to Florida for our 10th anniversary but if I’m honest and realistic, some of our best family memories have been in Cornwall.
It’s a stunning county steeped in history with the most amazing beaches. We tend to stay in Crantock, a stones throw away from the popular town on Newquay many times and on our sad journey home we’ve driven past the modern and very appealing Atlantic Reach, with its manicured lawns and onsite spa, I often wondered what lay behind the twisting drive. Until now.

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Location

Set about a 15 minute drive from the coast, you follow the entrance drive down to reception. Well sign posted and with lots of parking, our check in was welcoming and friendly. We arrived on a busy bank Holiday where the three ladies checking the guests in were unflappable and gave me the time and attention as though I was the only one there. With a more than ample welcome pack detailing the nearest beaches, supermarkets and on site entertainment as well as a bumper pack of leaflets. With an explanation of where our accommodation and where to park we were sent on our way.

The modern styled kitchen in a garden terrace at Atlantic Reach, near Newquay in Cornwall

Accomodation
Atlantic Reach consists of a collection of 2 storey houses, reminiscent of a little village, each has a kitchen, twon and double bed as well as full window and patio doors letting the light flood in.
We stayed in a garden terrace, a mid range house with central heating, modern decor, kitchen, very stylish shower room, flat screen TV, DVD player, decked patio and HOT TUB! Tween was straight into his swim shorts and in while we unpacked. There was plenty of storage space for our clothes and suitcases as well as a well stocked kitchen with full fridge and freezer.

The view from our hot tub apartment at Atlantic Reach, Newquay in Cornwall

After settling in, we headed off round the complex to explore.

A review of Atlantic Reach, Newquay in Cornwall, our perfect family break

Facilities

Included in our stay was access to the indoor and outdoor swimming pools , leisure centre, soft play area and a clean and modern cafe area with comfy sofas, tables and chairs, a selection of games and free wifi. I need to add at this point that as you walk in the door to the cafe area you are confronted with a mass of the most amazing cakes, I won’t admit to just how many we consumed on our stay but suffice to say we are well equipped with letting you know that they are delicious and all home baked.

Although it wasn’t warm enough for us to try out the outdoor swimming pool, we made full use of the indoor one. Tween loved the independence of being able to go in on his own as it wasn’t too deep (although he is a good swimmer, it was still reassuring having a lifeguard there.) The toddler pool was a big hit too and all boys loved playing volley ball without worrying about an over zealous whistle blowing lifeguard telling them off!

We also made several visits to Pirate Pete’s soft play centre which has lots of seating for mums and over looks to the pool. This was perfect for the Toddler and gave us even more opportunities to drink coffee and try ANOTHER cake from the downstairs cafe. There was also tennis courts and a pitch and put green there but with only 2 full days, one of which was rained off, we didn’t get a chance to try them out.

 

There is also organised events such as party games, a kids disco and bingo. Toddler loved having a boogie on the lawn outside while Tween played in the nearby park. The older boys made a few trips to the Teen Den which was fantastic at keeping them from saying the ‘B’ word (bored, not the one you’re thinking!) My only gripe was how close it was to the spa, as I tried to join in enthusiastically with the penny drop, the relaxing, zen like music coming from the picture perfect entrance was a constant reminder of what I was missing!

There is also a well equipped gym which also held fitness and yoga classes. We don’t ever tend to make use of any kids clubs on holiday but I can see how useful it would’ve been.

Catering

We booked a meal in onsite restaurant The Manor House on the Sunday evening. Not expecting much as we tend to avoid them and eat out locally in Cornwall, we thought it only fair to give it a go for our review, and boy are we glad we did! I should probably confess at this point to not getting any photos of our food but that’s simply because it looked so good we didn’t hang around to tuck in. I ordered a dressed crab salad while the Husband and Teenager had steaks and Tween chicken nuggets and chips. We all struggled to finish as the portions were huge but were so impressed that we returned the next evening.

Near by

We visited The Eden Project, approximately 30 minutes away

Newquay is 10 minutes away

Stunning beaches – too many to mention but Crantock is by far our favourite

The Camel Trail a cycle path from Wadebridge to Padstow is a must.

 

Favourite points

The Manor House restaurant

Range of activities for all the children and adults

Cleanliness of the site

Helpful staff, especially booking in

Within easy reach of lots of local attractions

Remember to take

Travel stair gates. I totally forgot this and Toddler made full use of trying to get up and down them.

Kitchen cleaning essentials, such as washing up liquid, J-cloths, tea towels.

A review of the Atlantic Reach in Cornwall

 

Disclaimer

We were invited to stay at Atlantic Reach for a couple of days, all words and opinions are entirely my own.

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