OMG, I have holidays permanently on my brain just now! I go to Lanzarote in 19 days, and i’m counting – me and my partner even bought an advent calendar to count down to the sun instead of Christmas! Then i’ve been thinking where I can take him for his 40th birthday next year. I was going to go with Sorrento, but I’m sure I can come up with something better than that. I thought that i’d share with you some of the places i’ve been thinking of. A lot of them are great for family holidays too, so if you have kids, these vacations are super kid-friendly. You can also read about my travel plans for 2019 here.
Santorini, Greek Islands (you can search for all-inclusive holidays on Travel Republic)
Photos of Santorini are instantly recognisable. Those crisp, clean, white buildings are Instagram heaven! It’s the perfect place to chill out and do nothing, or there are lots of little lanes and pathways for you to explore. You might even come across some medieval ruins. All the houses and buildings are attached to the cliff and offer stunning views of the beaches and out to sea. There are stunning beaches to sunbath on, incredible Greek food to enjoy, and you can even visit a winery or go scuba-diving. This can be an active, or a total chillout, break. It’s totally mouldable to your needs.
Sardinia, Italian Islands (holiday is available via Mark Warner)
I’ve been looking at some of the family-friendly Mark Warner holiday resorts. We would be going out of the main school holiday seasons, so there won’t be many kids about, but if you’re interested in taking your family, their all-inclusive resorts are hassle-free. I’m liking the look of several of their resorts (but Sardinia is top of my list) and i’m loving that you can just book everything all at once – childcare, flights, accommodation, meals, airport transfers and even fitness classes. Going on a one of these holidays would be the easy option, but it would be so stress-free! Sardinia would me more of an exploration holiday, checking out all the little local shops and restaurants, and maybe going on some excursions.
Barcelona, Spain (via Capri by Fraser Hotel)
I’ve been to Barcelona before with my parents, but I didn’t get to fully explore it properly. One of the things that I loved was that there is an actual beach in the city, so you get the best of both types of holiday – a sea and sand break, and a city break. The food is amazing – I adore tapas and paella. The architecture is so pretty too, and i’d get a lot of Instagram posts out of it. The harbour in Barcelona is a really beautiful place to visit and eat – I’d definitely recommend that. I love the idea of staying in a serviced apartment like Capri by Fraser too, as you get more of your own space and can cook for yourself if you want a romantic night in.
Castaway Cay with Disney Cruise Line (you can find out more information from Cruise Critic)
As you’ll no doubt know by now, I’m a huge Disney fan. I have always wanted to go on a Disney Cruise and I think it’s a great way to introduce your partner to the Disney way of life, rather than throwing them into the middle of a theme park. There is also so many classes, clubs and activities for children on board, that you’ll be able to get so much romantic time as a couple. Disney actually have their own island in the Caribbean, and you can only get on it via the Disney Cruise Line. They have huge BBQs, hammocks on the beach, walking trails, Disney shops and character meet and greets. Heaven for adults and kids alike! You can read about my trip to Disneyland in California here, if you want some more Disney magic to read.
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