With Christmas over and the rest of the winter still to come, we need to cheer ourselves up. What better way than to dream of a holiday somewhere warm and relaxing. This month?s round up is all about the Caribbean. If you hadn?t considered travelling that far for a bit of sun, sea and sand, have a read of the following posts: these families will give you some food for thought.
Sally (Who?s The Mummy?) travelled with her 10-year-old daughter Flea and praised the watersports facilities in Beaches Ocho Rios, and in particular the scuba-diving opportunities for Flea. Here?s what she has to say about the resort and the ?luxury included? ethos: Things to do at Beaches Ocho Rios.
Jamaica with a baby? Becky from The Mummy Adventure took her youngest child, Finn, as her travel companion and found the layout of Beaches Negril perfect for little ones. Reassured by the excellent crèche facilities, Becky and her babe in arms had a wonderfully chilled time at Beaches ? Negril.
With my baby now at university, I was accompanied by my husband, Dougie, who was perfectly happy trying out family-friendly activities. Breakfast with the Sesame Street characters? No problem. Having another go on the water slides? Yes, please! Unable to decide which resort we preferred, here?s a comparison: Taking a closer look at Beaches Ocho Rios and Beaches Negril.
Helen (Actually Mummy) and her family spent a week in Negril and made the most of the sports, excursions and swimming pools. The holiday was a huge success. Helen writes on her blog about the relaxing flights, fantastic food and excellent accommodation but here are her thoughts about what makes the resort ideal for children: The 7 best things for kids in Beaches Negril.
St Lucia was the destination for Jen (Jenography) and, with a teen and tween in tow, the sporting activities were a big hit. Unsure about whether an all-inclusive resort would suit her family, Jen was very pleasantly surprised and scored the holiday a perfect 5/5. St James?s Club Morgan Bay, St Lucia
Cathy (Mummytravels) took her three-year-old daughter to Antigua and praised the shallow, sheltered bay where the Verandah Resort and Spa was situated. There is a wealth of information on Cathy?s blog about the resort but here are some useful things to remember about travelling with a toddler: Antigua: Travel lessons learned.
If you?d like to know a little more about Antigua itself and its people, Susanna (A Modern Mother) has some fascinating insights, together with some excellent pieces of advice, many of which pertain to other Caribbean islands too: Antigua with kids: 16 important things to know before you go.
Jen, Susanna and Cathy have highlighted the best bits of their Caribbean vacations here on BritMums: 14 ideas for kids in the Caribbean.
All of the parent bloggers travelled to the Caribbean islands in October and all agreed that it was a great time to visit. Despite the forecast predicting daily rain, it was either very intermittent or non-existent. October half-term in the UK is off-season for these resorts so often there are good deals on offer.
For February?s travel round-up there won?t be a theme so I would love to share your blog posts about any recent trips in the UK or further afield. Get in touch via my blog or on Twitter @mumsgoneto.
About Trish Burgess
Trish Burgess started her blog ?Mum?s Gone To?? with a series of posts called ?Mum’s Gone To Iceland’ where she was extremely ill on a whale-watching trip and thought she would die snow-mobiling on a glacier. Thankfully she survived and continued with less scary family trips: ?Mum?s Gone To?Canada, Cyprus, Barcelona, Berlin etc. Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne she now lives in South Lincolnshire and travels with her husband and occasionally with her son, who is now at university. Trish can be found on Twitter at @mumsgoneto