Travel: Summer accommodation

Travel columnIf you’re looking for a great place to stay this summer, read on. This round-up is packed with reviews of excellent accommodation which has been tried, tested and given a full seal of approval by bloggers and their families. There are some wonderful places featured in these posts, and I’ve enjoyed reading about all of them. It’s interesting to see that so many of the posts are about Devon – clearly I need to get back there asap. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Europe – Portugal

Vidamar Resort Hotel review

The post which I’d like to share from my own blog, Mums do travel, is a review of the luxurious Vidamar Resort Hotel on Portugal’s Algarve. I stayed there for a few days with my husband just before Easter, and would definitely recommend it. The hotel is in a peaceful location right next to a golden sandy beach and Salgados Lagoon nature reserve, and has an enormous outdoor pool.

Europe – Netherlands

Staying In One Of Utrecht’s Wharf Cellars Alongside The Canals, Hotel 26, Netherlands
Nichola West of Globalmouse Travels found a quirky and fascinating place to stay in the Netherlands. She says: ‘I would recommend staying in one of Utrecht’s 11th century wharf cellars. They are perfect for summer with doors thrown open, the sounds of the canals drifting past and best of all in the summer evenings other residents carry tables outside for al fresco dinners, making the canals come alive in a really special way.’

Europe – Spain

Reviewed: AC Hotel Gavaghan Mar – a Barcelona hotel by the beach

Claire Hall of Tin Box Traveller says that the AC Hotel Gavaghan Mar is perfect for a summer trip – and it sounds great to me. Claire says: ‘This hotel south of Barcelona city has the best of both worlds: the beach and a beautiful pool for days chilling out and plenty to do in the wonderful Costa Barcelona region. There’s the resort of Castelldefels just a few miles away and the bustle of the city 30 minutes down the road.’

Africa – Cape Verde

HOTEL REVIEW: MELIA DUNAS RESORT, SAL, CAPE VERDE
Well this sounds like a marvellous place to stay. Cathy Winston Mummy Travels says: ‘When all inclusive resorts are good, they’re very very good – Melia Dunas on Sal in the Cape Verde islands was perfect for a chilled out family break. Beach and pools galore, kids clubs, some great food and endless drinks plus an atmosphere that guarantees you relax.’

Asia – Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur with young children
Emma of Our Fairytale Adventure found that staying in an apartment in a quiet suburb of the city worked well for her family on a trip to Kuala Lumpur. She says: ‘I loved Kuala Lumpur! It is an amazing city to explore with little ones and the people are so welcoming and kind.’

UK – Durham

A sneaky peak around Durham’s newest hotel – Hotel Indigo Durham!
Lisa of Travel Loving Family really enjoyed her stay in this Grade II listed building, formerly the seat of Durham City Council. She says: ‘We loved this hotel as you’ll see from the video.’

UK – North Yorkshire

A wonderful weekend in Historic Helmsley at Honeysuckle Cottage
Erin Ek of Yorkshire Tots says that Helmsley, a market town on the North York Moors, is a great place for a family summer holiday, and recommends a stay at Honeysuckle Cottage. Erin says: ‘You can see Helmsley castle from the gorgeous back yard of Honeysuckle cottage. The cottage is charming and child friendly and close to delis and a butchers where you could pick up everything you need for a perfect back yard BBQ. The Helmsley Bird of Prey Centre makes for a great day out and in the summer months the kids can swim in the Helmsley open air pool!’

UK – West Yorkshire

Easter weekend on the Leeds-Liverpool canal
Louise Edwards of My Gorgeous Boys shares a post on a break with a difference – she and her family and some friends travelled on a narrow boat for three nights. It sounds like it was pretty hard work but great fun. Louise says: ‘Not the most exotic but we had a brill time on a canal boat on the Leeds-Liverpool canal.’

UK – Derbyshire

A weekend at Sandybrook Country Park, Derbyshire
Joanne Brady of Kids Days Out Reviews recommends the lodges at Sandybrook, which is right next to the Peak District – she says that the hot tubs and the location are the highlights. Jo says of Sandybrook: ‘It’s good for any time of the year to be fair, but in the summer you could certainly get in the hot tub that bit more!’

UK – Pembrokeshire

Dog friendly camping Pencarnan Farm Pembrokeshire
Reading this by Natalie Ray of Plutonium Sox has made me want to go camping again – if only my teens would come with me! Natalie says: ‘We love this campsite right by the beach in St David’s, Pembrokeshire. The campsite and beach are both dog friendly and it’s the perfect place to stay as a family. You can hire a SUP or kayak, swim in the sea and buy fresh pizza from a pizza oven.’

UK – Bristol

BRISTOL HOTEL REVIEW BRISTOL
Melissa Williams of The Diary of a Jewellery Lover recommends this four-star hotel in the centre of buzzing Bristol. She says: ‘I recently reviewed the Bristol Hotel which is on the Harbourside in Bristol and is a luxury hotel at an affordable price. Bristol has a lot going on in the summer and it’s a great hotel for a staycation.’

UK – Dorset

Moonfleet Manor – Luxury Baby & Toddler Friendly Hotel In Dorset
Jo Addison of Kiddieholidays really enjoyed staying at this hotel on the Jurassic Coast – and I can see why! Jo says: ‘We loved Moonfleet Manor in Dorset. The sea views were amazing, plus it was located a few miles from Weymouth which is a lovely seaside town with donkey rides and lots of boat rides. It is also a few miles from the Dorset coast road so you can easily get to West Beach (Broadchurch) and Lyme Regis. The hotel itself is great for families. There are family rooms, a swimming pool, family dining and a huge playroom. We loved it!!’

UK – Devon

THE SAUNTON SANDS HOTEL, A FABULOUS FAMILY HOTEL IN NORTH DEVON
Saunton Sands is a beautiful beach and this hotel sounds perfect, especially if some of the family want to try surfing. Shobha George of Just Go Places says: ‘We loved this family-friendly hotel in North Devon. It’s right on the beach and you can arrange for surf lessons as well. There’s plenty to do in the area with kids.’

North Bradbury Farm, Devon – A unique, hands-on farm-stay experience
Anna Miller of Popitha says: ‘The Popitha Twins had a ball here and couldn’t wait to get out of the door to help Farmer Chris every morning feed the animals, bring the ponies in, drive the tractor, play in the wilderness area, swim in the pool, the list goes on. With the owners’ backgrounds in education, they really know how to engage and inspire children to learn all about farm life no matter what their age! The cottages are fully equipped with everything your child will need from baby baths, bounces, potties, toys, buggies, (and can cater for twins and multiples!) you literally just have to pack your clothes.’

A weekend in Salcombe, Devon
Karen of Travel Mad Mum says that she loved the views at the Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa: ‘It felt a little bit like the Mediterranean.’ The hotel sounds like a wonderfully relaxing place to stay.

UK – Cornwall

THE PARK MAWGAN PORTH, CORNWALL HOLIDAY PARK
Josie Peden of Where Jo Goes is a big fan of this upmarket coastal holiday park and has stayed there several times. She says: ‘I’ve been here with groups of friends and also with family. You can take a dog, or not. You can stay in a yurt, or a caravan, or a cottage or a luxury lodge.’

Over to you

If there’s a place which you’d like to recommend for summer stays, please do share it in the comments below.

Next month

The topic for the July travel round-up is road trips, so please do send me links to posts about travel experiences on the road. The posts can be from your own blog or from someone else’s. Please send me your links, with a couple of sentences to introduce the post, by 22nd June by email to gretta@mumsdotravel.com. I’ll include a maximum of the first 20 relevant links which I receive. Thank you!

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About Gretta Schifano

Gretta Schifano is an award-winning blogger, journalist and social media manager. Gretta writes about luxury, cultural and active family travel with teens, and trips when parents escape without their kids. Winner of the 2016 Women in Marketing Award for Best Social Media Campaign and the 2014 BritMums BiB Award for Best Travel Blog, she lives with her husband and teenage kids in the Surrey countryside, near to London. Gretta previously worked as a BBC radio producer, has lived and worked in Italy and Spain and loves exploring new places, chocolate and kindness.

2 Comments

  1. 06 June 2018 / 22:19

    Thanks for including my recommendation!

  2. 07 June 2018 / 21:52

    Thanks for hosting what a great range of accommodation options! Thanks for including mine.

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