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We LOVED our recent family holiday to Cornwall. It’s the first time we have taken the boys on holiday and the first time that Mikey and I have managed to go anywhere together for more than a few days. It was a new experience for all of us and we thoroughly made the most of our time away. I suppose it was inevitable that on our last day in Cornwall we’d start thinking about where we could go as a family next year.
We are open minded when it comes to holidaying and travelling.
There are just a few requirements that we need to meet in order for us to all have a great family holiday. Firstly, wherever we go, it obviously needs to be child friendly. Not just the accommodation either; there needs to be attractions and events locally that are easy to get to and will keep the kids and us happily occupied during the holiday.
It would also be rather lovely if we could have a bit more freedom.
It did get rather stuffy in our 2 bedroom bungalow down in Cornwall. With all of our luggage squeezed into the living room/kitchen space and two children excitedly playing, it quickly felt very overcrowded. We did love having the useful amenities that you find in a bungalow rather than a hotel. Having a fully kitted out kitchen was vital for us as we were feeding ourselves as well as a nearly 1 year old baby. Eating out in restaurants wasn’t always an option for us, though we did treat ourselves a couple of times.
We’d really love something a bit more luxurious.
If I’m honest with you, I was really unimpressed with the bungalow we stayed in and the customer service we experienced from the holiday park company we stayed with. For the price you pay for this type of accommodation, you would expect to at least have your complaints dealt with in a professional manner…but that’s a whole other story. Next time we go on holiday, we want to find somewhere where customers are taken seriously – especially when there are children involved!
I don’t feel like I’m asking too much – I just want somewhere fun, affordable and interesting to explore with my family.
After a little while, the idea of searching for all inclusive holidays and villas came to me, rather than trying to find nicer holiday parks in the UK. It would be even more amazing if we could get the freedom and the luxury that comes with a villa, without spending that much more than what we’d spend on a UK staycation.
Exploring a new country and having a little bit of luxury to come back to at the end of the day is exactly what we’re looking for when it comes to booking a family holiday.
I came across a website called Villa Phuket and after a quick scroll, fell in love with some of the gorgeous, luxury villas on offer. There are huge ones for big family holidays where you can get everyone together and there are also smaller ones that would make absolutely amazing ‘bases’ for our little family of four.
Take a look at this one, for instance – the Villa Leelawadee Karon. It’s ideal for families of four, though an extra bed can be added if you have more guests. It’s practically a stone’s throw away from the beach. There’s a child friendly swimming pool. The interior looks absolutely dreamy and there’s a full range of modern amenities from a kitchen full of appliances, sofas, sun loungers and and even a coffee maker. What more could you need? There are additional restaurants near by if you fancy sacking off the cooking and treating yourselves. Villa Phuket villas are affordable and after an email with one of the team, I’ve learned that their customer service is excellent.
“Customer happiness is our top priority and the majority of our customers are families. They can be sure that the villas are inspected and handpicked so they are properly maintained. They can also save time looking for the right villa, as our team will get in touch, find out what they need, as each family has different requirements. Then they will recommend the villas that meet the requirements and budget. And while staying with us, they can ask the Concierge team to help with arranging anything they need, from groceries to tours, activities booking and special requests like a private yoga teacher, zumba teacher, cooking performance, parties, birthday cakes, etc. Our tagline is “Your Happiness Guaranteed” – We make sure that our clients don’t have to worry about a thing.”
Phuket isn’t a place I would immediately think of as a family holiday destination, however having researched the island further, it sounds like an amazing place for us to all experience and explore together.
If you’re looking to visit a place that has it all, Phuket looks like it could be a winner. It’s got rainforests, mountains, snorkelling, luxury spas, beautiful beaches, some good nightlife, an array or restaurants to suit everyone and a rich culture to explore. Thailand is a place I have wanted to visit for a long time, but didn’t think it would be a family destination, or that it would be so affordable.
It seems like a pretty safe area of the world to travel to, as well with most scams being carried out on tourists during the high tourism season, however cluing yourself up on what type of thing you might come up against will help arm you against falling victim to anything. The same can be said for almost anywhere in the world – I remember being warned about pickpockets in Paris but I never realise just how bad it was until me and my friend travelled there together.
Have you ever been to Phuket or is it on your bucket list? I’d love to hear other people’s experiences of the island, especially if you’ve taken children there with you! Let me know what you made of Phuket in the comments.