Villa wins away! Journalist review in the Sun newspaper
15th June 2016
We are absolutely delighted with the glowing review in the travel section of the Sun on Sunday newspaper on 2nd August…. Villa wins away! was the headline…..Spotting three babies together on a plane would put most people off flying – and have them waving goodbye to any sleep.
But the three tots – with two pending – were part of our holiday party and we were about to embark on a five-hour flight to Cyprus. Accepting that glam beach bars and party breaks were a thing of the past for us, our three sets of thirty somethings chose a holiday catering solely for families with kids. We decided that a beach resort in Kapparis on the east coast of Cyprus would be the ideal place.
On arrival in Larnaca airport our convoy hopped in two cars all arranged by the holiday company Villas4kids complete with car seats and English-speaking drivers.
Once at our destination an abundance of goodies greeted us – local wine, pasta, cereals, milk, tea bag – creating an instant home-from-home feels. The beds were crisp and freshly made and in the brightly-coloured cots the little ones were soon blissfully snoozing away as we enjoyed our first balmy evening. Little touches such as the signature Villas4kids ducks dotted around and the baby monitors also provided a great touch.
I instantly relaxed and did a silent “whoop!”. They had EVERYTHING covered and we needn’t have packed one suitcase full of toys. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac with five other villas in the popular Blue Water Bay our new home “Lydia” was a three minute walk from a safe and sandy beach with lots of water-sport options.
A big plus in the property was stair gates, cordoning off the kitchen and tiled stairs. Everyone knows babies love an assault course challenge. There was a fenced-off area outside complete with playhouse linked to the patio doors so the children could hop in and out easily plus oodles of toys and DVDs that kept them all amused and in the shade. The crystal-clear pool was wincingly refreshing and serviced twice in the eight days we spent there and was great to cool off after an hour in the scorching sunshine. A large Cypriot style BBQ with sink and preparation areas kept the dads busy and a Balinese outdoor shaded area with seats and a table was perfect for overheating (pregnant) mums.
The local supermarket was a cab ride away and cost 10 Euros/£7 return. Shopping there was a joy as all the fruit and veg were so juicy and plump and the delicatessen counter offered everything from olives and tzatziki to BBQ wings and peppery T-bone steaks perfect for popping on the BBQ. On our first shop we blew around £50 but that covered breakfast, lunch and dinners, booze and treats and made the overall cost of the holiday very cheap.
If you don’t fancy cooking each day within a five minute walk there is a mile-long strip full of restaurants and bars. These are all very family friendly with adjoining outdoor soft play areas. There were bouncy castles galore, ball pits and trampoline, I’m not sure who enjoyed in most. Tony’s bar was our favourite for hanging out and enjoying a drink, a stone’s throw form the villa. We enjoyed halloumi drenched in honey and pina coladas while the kids played happily.
Our favourite seaside spot was Fireman’s beach a 15-min walk away. Slightly hilly with a ramp down, perfect for prams it has soft vanilla-hued sand, plenty of shade and a beautiful azure sea.
Our super holiday was stress-free thanks to the accommodation owners who go above and beyond.
Our first family holiday was a resounding success for all. And I even managed to get a tan.
Lauren Naylor (The Sun newspaper travel section, 2nd August 2015)