Where do you Summer holiday?

June 27, 2014

"family Summer holiday ideas"

I recently met up with a friend who has grown up kids and she was lamenting the fact that this would be her last Summer vacation with all her kids as they’re off to university in Autumn.  That got me thinking that I only have (at best) 13 family Summer holidays left with Anya and that just doesn’t sound like a lot.  I definitely need to make each one count!  With the first of my 13 Summer holidays coming up very soon, I started thinking about all the wonderful places I want to return to as well as new places I want to see.  Both Richard and I dream of exploring every corner of the world one day.  We did a lot of traveling before Anya came along but now since Anya is only 5, the same holidays have a different focus as they need to cater to her entertainment as well as ours so I started thinking about my top 3 choices for now:

"family villas to rent in Tuscany"

1. Beautiful Tuscany
I visited Tuscany for the first time about 3 years ago and it was love.  We hired a villa and went on a big family vacation so there was loads of fun and company for everybody.  Tuscany truly is a beautiful and very relaxing place and I can’t wait to go back there.  In case we can’t manage a full on extended family holiday with our own villa (which can be a nightmare to co-ordinate) I’d love to stay somewhere like Villa Pia.  With 17 bedrooms, there are lots of families staying in the villa at the same time so Anya will always have ready made company which matters as she is an only child.  There are also loads of kiddy activities from the more usual swimming and playgrounds to the more unusual like cooking and art classes for kids.  And for the adults too there’s plenty of lounging, socialising and eating on offer as well as fun activity day trips for all the family.  It’s rare to find a place that genuinely caters to both adults and kids equally so it’s definitely top of my list.

"Summer holiday ideas for family"

2.  Gorgeous Goa
Nothing beats a beach Summer holiday.  Which kid doesn’t like to spend time splashing by the sea side and building sandcastles galore?  There are lots of places to choose from across the world but our last beach vacation was a glorious week in Goa a couple of years ago where we couldn’t get enough of all the sun, sand and seafood.  We chose a family friendly resort so there were plenty of other families and kids around.  Anya was never short of company and made friends wherever we went.  Much like the Italians, Indians tend to be very relaxed about kids running around and enjoying themselves around the adults even at restaurants.  Most of the restaurants are open air so that helps a lot.  I can’t wait to get back to Goa as not only is it one of the most chilled out family friendly places but the food is to die for.

"city breaks with kids"

3. Vibrant cities
Even though Anya is only 5, we have taken her on many a city break which works as long as we make sure we have one thing planned for her each day.  Sometimes a full on 2 week holiday isn’t possible due to budgets or work pressures so I find even getting away for 5 or 6 days feels like a break.  My one top tip for a city break with kids is to stay in an apartment over a hotel.  This holiday isn’t as social as the others but during our last city break to San Francisco, we found lots to do for both Anya and us.  We took her to many playgrounds, fed her ice-cream and pizza and visited museums that would appeal to her.  Every city has something to offer kids so I think it’s a shame to miss out on the culture and vibrancy that this kind of a holiday offers just because you have kids.  We can’t get away for long this Summer so we’re thinking of a city break to Berlin.  Do you have any tips for child-freindly places in Berlin? 

Where do you Summer holiday?  I’m always looking for new ideas especially recommendations so I’d love to hear where you holiday in the Summer.

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{Top, 3rd and 4th photo by ebabee, 2nd photo by Villa Pia}

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  • Mirka Moore @Kahanka

    Lovely photos, brining sunshine on this grey and wet day. I have never been to Tuscany, and am so excited about going. The villa looks awesome. If you are after some more holiday places, I also have to suggest the Czech Republic, we have beautiful lakes and the best camping holidays!

    • ebabee likes

      Thank you. Tuscany is a must, I can’t recommend it enough. You know I used to live in the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia) and my father rented a place in the country and we used to go there on weekends. I don’t remember too much as I was very young but I remember it was so fun! Must try it again now with Anya.

  • Honest Mum

    Stunning pictures of beautiful Anya and your holiday destinations, we haven’t braved long haul yet with kids although that’s all we did pre but love Esta Pona, non commercialised part of Mallorca, South of France, Cyprus, Portugal for fabulous family holidays by the sea yet filled with family (relatives live all over) and culture. Loved this post, only 13 hols left-eek, enjoy xx

    • ebabee likes

      Thank you. I do intend to enjoy each one 🙂 I never worry about flight time, I just think of think of where I want to go and go. (Maybe cos I have only one kid! If I had two, probably wouldn’t leave my house :)) Some fab places you mentioned there – will definitely be checking out Esta Pona. xx

  • Uju @Babesabouttown

    Oh gosh I can’t believe how little time we have left for these big summer family holidays. And we haven’t managed a proper holiday in what’s coming up on 4 years so I’m desperate to get away. Villa Pia is most definitely top of my list, heard so many amazing things about it and that particular region. I would LOVE to go to Goa and I haven’t been to San Francisco since I was little so a US tour is on my wish list.

    Go go go for Berlin, it’s a great, fun and vibrant city, very friendly folk and so child-friendly you’ll have a fab time. Only spent a weekend there for a wedding when E was a toddler but would love to go back x

    • ebabee likes

      You’ve sold me on Berlin. I just have a little hurdle of renewing Anya’s passport which I completely forgot about 🙂 Yes, i too would love to go to Villa Pia and I totally recommend Goa, San Francisco or anywhere – 4 years girl? You need to go now!!! 🙂 🙂

  • Mel

    Beautiful holidays. Just like you, hubby and I travelled a lot before we had our children. When we only had Crevette, we kept travelling and even took him to Iceland when he was18 months. He did everything with us, even the Northern Lights trip in the middle of the night! With four children under 6 and therefore a more limited budget, we have had to rethink our holidays. We now tend to visit hubby’s family in Devon or our French family and friends in Champagne or on the West Coast. One thing I will not compromise on is the skiing, so we tend to go to the French Alps once a year as well.

    • ebabee likes

      The Northern Lights – Were you lucky enough to see them? I really want to make that trip one of these days. So many places to see, so little time. Yes,I can imagine with a family of 4 it must be a lot harder but a lot of fun too.

  • Petra

    Croatia, always:)

    • ebabee likes

      I am dying to go there – maybe next Summer. Will have to contact you for some tips 🙂

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