Polurrian Bay Hotel, Cornwall: Totally Worth The Journey

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It’s a little while since our stay at the Polurrian Bay Hotel in Cornwall, and spending an evening looking through my photos from our stay has made me think one thing:

When can we go back?

I’ll be honest and say that before we went, I wasn’t sure what to expect (I don’t think the website does the hotel justice) and I was worried that no hotel would be worth the mammoth journey down to the depths of Cornwall. But as soon as we had arrived and settled into our room, I knew. I knew it was worth the journey. In fact, I’d honestly say that even if you lived in the Highlands of Scotland, it would be worth the journey.

Built over 100 years ago, after the original hotel burnt to the ground, the Polurrian Bay Hotel is on a cliff, high above the beach on the Lizard Peninsula. The decor is fabulous – all mid-century shapes and bright pops of colour. The thing that really makes it is the fairly newly renovated Vista Lounge. Until a few years ago, the lounge area was fairly small (but stylish). But now! Now you walk down some stairs, where the original room stopped, and into a large airy lounge with floor to ceiling windows. It’s breathtaking! But as well as being super stylish and a relaxing place to sit with a cuppa by the log burner, it’s completely child friendly, with a dolls house and train set ready to be played with.

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It was chilly while we were there, but in the summer, I’m told the doors are often open and guests spill out onto the patio. There’s no bar at the Polurrian, but you don’t have to be sitting in the lounge for long before a member of staff pops up to ask you what you’d like. Oh and the staff are so friendly! While we were there, they couldn’t do enough for us. One waiter even remembered that the four-year-old hadn’t eaten the tartare sauce that came with her (posh) fish fingers one night. The next evening, he left the tartare sauce off the plate and brought her tomato ketchup instead. She loved that he remembered!

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the kids’ fish fingers, chips and peas – WITH tartare sauce on night one!

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The kids’ meals all come with a complimentary starter of carrot sticks, cucumber, bread sticks and humous. To be honest, the four-year-old ate the cucumber and left the rest but hotels and restaurants that give a healthy starter to kids always get the thumbs up from me.

The rooms are simple and chic, with neutral tones and splashes of colour. We had a gorgeous corner room which had views out to the sea on both sides. It was amazing to wake up to, every morning, and even though the room was small, the view made it feel so much bigger….

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The Lavender House: My Favourite Cafe In Bromley

I probably don’t talk about it enough, but I *heart* my local area. Bromley is such a brilliant place to live – in my 20s, I loved it because it has fab shops and it’s only 20/30 minutes from Central London by train (last train home is 00.48 meaning PLENTY time for drinking wine in Soho pubs after work). Now I have a family, I see it through different eyes. It’s a safe area, there are excellent schools, an abundance of child-friendly restaurants, an ace leisure centre and plenty of baby groups and classes.

One of my favourite things about Bromley is a little cafe called The Lavender House on Plaistow Lane. Everything from its bright purple exterior, to the garden area, to the warmth you feel as you walk inside is welcoming.

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We probably go to The Lavender House at least once a fortnight – the four-year-old loves the kids’ lunch boxes and the big basket of books and toys at the back of the cafe. Owner Niki is so friendly – she knows all the regulars and always makes time to chat, no matter how busy the cafe is. The decor is modern-country-cottage with wooden floorboards and floral bunting.

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But as well as how child-friendly The Lavender House is (see the high chair in the photo above and there are crayons and colouring sheets on the dresser) the food is fantastic. It’s really hard to pop in for a coffee and not buy one of their cakes. They recently started opening on a Sunday, serving brunch and I’m not even lying when I say the eggs benedict is the nicest I’ve ever tasted. And I’ve tasted a lot of eggs benedict….

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A Heavenly Week With The Family At Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa

Review of Beaches Turks and Caicos

A couple of months ago, I’d never heard of Beaches. I’d heard of the parent company Sandals (everyone has heard of them and those romantic couples holidays, right?) But I had no idea the same company also has three resorts, aimed at everyone, called Beaches. Fast forward to now, and not only have I been on a Beaches holiday but it’s safe to say, I’ve had one of the best holidays of my life at a Beaches resort.

I recently spent a week at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Village & Spa with Mr P and the four-year-old. All three of us loved it and we’d thoroughly recommend it to any family. Here’s why…

Who we went with

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Our travel buddies were Katie, Mr E, Mads and LL – better known as the family from Mummy, Daddy And Me Makes Three. I work with Katie on family travel blog Space In Your Case, and we were both invited by Beaches to stay at their Turks & Caicos resort. (You should have SEEN us dance around when we received the email. We were at the Clarks press day and Katie actually did a lap of the room.)

The four-year-old loved having two little play buddies for the week, and Mr P and Mr E got on well too. Thankfully. Would have been a bit awkward, otherwise. You can read what Katie had to say about our stay here and here (and watch her fab videos.)

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How we got there

We flew from Heathrow to Miami (just under ten hours) with American Airlines, then after a four hour wait in Miami Airport, we hopped on a short American Airlines flight (1 hr 20) to Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The journey was thankfully smooth and all of the kids coped so well with the long day. Before we went, I was genuinely a bit stressed about the flight, wondering how I’d possibly entertain my four-year-old for ten hours (never mind the five hours after that). I didn’t like to go on about it at the time, for fear of getting lots of “Oh poor YOU, worried about how you’ll cope on the long journey to the CARIBBEAN” responses, but I was genuinely worried.

So it was such a relief to find the journey was actually fine. It’s six years since I’ve done a transatlantic flight and in that time, I’m amazed at how in-flight entertainment has improved. We had a touch screen TV with dozens of movies and TV shows to choose from. The four-year-old watched Frozen, Tangled, a few episodes of Sofia the First and listened to a Disney music album. We also each had a plug socket and USB socket too, meaning we could charge iPhones and iPads. Such a brilliant feature when you’re on a long flight and might lose power.

By the time we got to Miami Airport, the girls were as thick as thieves, running around together and playing games on the iPad. Only fighting a little bit (ahem) over whose turn it was.

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a couple of iPhone snaps i took of Mads and the four-year-old at Miami Airport

When we got to Providenciales, the kids had been awake for 22 hours so I think they deserve a medal for being so brilliant. There wasn’t a medal waiting at the airport, but there was a chauffeur driven car which whisked us away on the 15 minute drive to the Beaches resort, and as we got out of the car, we were given a cold wet flannel and welcome drink. They sure know how to make a weary traveller feel happy….

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Grab A Merlin Annual Pass For A Year Of Family Fun

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 With 52 weekends a year, half term breaks and the entire summer holidays, there is so much time to have family fun. But how can you create fond and fun memories without breaking the budget?

A Merlin Annual Pass unlocks 31 Worlds of fun across the UK for an entire 12 months and with Merlin Worlds across the country there is something for everyone, and the value is amazing.

Merlin Worlds include, Alton Towers Resort, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort, THORPE PARK Resort and SEA LIFE centres around the country….

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6 Reasons Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa Is A Parent’s Dream

Beaches, Turks and Caicos: a parent's dream

You might have noticed the blog has been a bit quiet in the last two weeks (actually, you probably haven’t noticed. Who do I think I am? Zoella?)

I’ve been away in the Caribbean, at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa. I’m writing this a day after we returned home and I’m so so sad to have left the white sand and turquoise sea behind.

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I’d never been to the Caribbean before, unless you count a day trip to the Bahamas when I was 10 (which I don’t) and I know I’ll be back. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to describe how fantastic a resort Beaches is – I went with fellow Space In Your Case family travel blogger Katie and as we walked around the resort, we discussed how magical it was and how hard it would be to put into words. It was such a perfect mix of family time and relaxation – hanging out with the four-year-old (and Katie’s two gorgeous girls Mads and LL) having fun in the sun.

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I’ll be writing a full review of the resort but before I do, I wanted to focus on the elements that make it so special for parents.

1. The ahh-mazing activities for kids – seriously, there is so much to do that we didn’t fit everything into a week. From snorkelling to baking and from pool games to tie dying t-shirts, there is an incredible number of fun things for the smalls to do. Oh and there’s an actual water park on-site. This was definitely the four-year-old’s favourite thing of the holiday – she must have gone down the yellow slide with Mr P at least 20 times….

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