It’s taken a long time to write about her holiday in Lloret de Mar in the Costa Brava, Spain which took place in August and its now October! (I’m posting it in August to keep the blog chronological!) The reluctance is possibly due to the photos being on the digital camera and the inconvenience of downloading the photos, but also there is a little sadness on the return from holidays and writing only seems to deepen those feelings. Holidays are those magic times when the only thing on the schedule is to relax and have fun and the time spent as just our little of family of four is so precious.
We really liked the resort of Lloret de Mar, it was just the right size for us small but lively. We were in a family hotel at the family end of the resort but it was fun in the evenings to walk into the town and see all the twenty somethings partying, oh the memories of being young and carefree. It was a really convenient resort to stay at, we left our house at 9.30 am, flew from our local airport and were in the hotel pool just after 3pm, English time. The facilities at the hotel were excellent, there was a large family pool, 2 smaller outdoor pools, an indoor pool and 5 different slides. The children loved the pools and slides and Little Man was particularly made up by the huge water play pirate ship in one of the pools. We all spent a lot of time playing in the pools from the daily Aquafit sessions, splashing down the slides and the continuous water fights, a perfect way to cool down. There were lots of children and our little duo made friends quickly so had lots of children to play with, allowing Mr S and I a little time to relax. We did go to the beach in the town one day but it is a manmade beach. This meant that the sand was tiny stones unsuitable for sand castles and the drop from beach to the sea was a little steep and dangerous, however I did go for a swim, you can’t go on holiday without a dip in the sea. For us living at the seaside, the beach isn’t as big a draw as it may be for some, our home town’s beach is so good, little else lives up to it! The pools around the hotel were so good and along with the children’s club, the best entertainment was at the hotel. We tended to be around the pool from 9am – 1pm, have lunch and a walk along the prom and around the town and then back to the pools between 3 and 6pm, before dining at the hotel and then enjoying a walk into town or the children’s disco and entertainment. I love going into town on a hot summer’s night, just pottering and enjoying the warmth and holiday atmosphere. On several evenings we stopped at an open air café for a mocktail or ice cream sundae and enjoyed watching the world go by.
It was a simple holiday but full of so much quality family time. We didn’t do any visits out of the town but spent every day playing and being with each other. These are such precious times, we create the memories which will last a lifetime.