We love a city break and the UK is filled with some great baby friendly cities! Some of favourite family travel bloggers have picked their favourite cities for family city breaks and have shared other parents to offer top tips, advice and inspiration for other families to take successful UK city break. Continue reading UK City Breaks with babies
We travel a lot and don’t really stress about traveling with our baby but since starting our blog I’ve discovered that a lot of people are apprehensive about travelling with babies especially when it comes to feeding. Well here are our experiences and top tips for weaning while travelling.
We are experienced cruisers – now being in double figures, and have sailed round the Med, Carribean, Greek Islands, New York and Alaska, so there was no doubt in our mind that we would cruise with our baby! Excitedly we booked our first cruise on Royal Carribean’s Rhapsody of the Seas sailing out of Rome as soon as our daughter hit the required 6 month minimum age (minimum ages vary by cruises but 6 months seems the most common – check with your cruise line before booking).
As I normally do once I book a holiday I started googling. To my horror the first thing I found when looking for information about cruising with a baby was an article on how terrible cruising with a baby was – here’s said article – 9 Reasons Not to Take a Baby on a Cruise! Eek! Had we really been naive in thinking we could continue cruising with our baby? Continue reading Top tips and reasons why you SHOULD cruise with a baby!
We loved a city break before parenthood and were determined to carry on doing them with the baby in tow. We have been to nine cities now, and have had great fun as a family (if you want to know how our travel has changed since having a baby or about why we travel with our baby you can read about it here) but last month we went on our first Winter city break as parents. Now we like going to cities in Winter. There are many plus sides – it’s out of season which means there are less people and its cheaper – Win Win! But is this still the case with a baby?
For us the answer was undoubtedly yes! But there are definitely things that you need to think about and prepare for to ensure you have a successful Winter City Break with a Baby. Here’s what we found: Continue reading Essential Information and Top Tips for Winter City Breaks with Babies
When we had our baby people frequently told us that all our travelling would come to an end! We hoped in that foolhardy way of impending parents that this wouldn’t be the case for us. Now we’ve had to eat our words on many things but thankfully we haven’t in regards to travelling. Baby E is now eight months old and has been to seven countries, on nine long haul flights, on a Mediterranean cruise and on nine city breaks. And 2017 is going to bring even more travel – so why do we travel with a baby?
Without sounding too corny 2016 has literally been the best year of my life! 2016 was the year we became parents to Baby E ! What more could we have asked for than our perfect little girl. Parenthood is a great adventure but to on top of that we have had some great travel adventures with her already!
We have been back to the UK 3 times visiting family in birmingham and having city breaks in Henley and Oxford and spending her first Christmas in Yorkshire!
We’ve been on a Med cruise – visiting Rome, Toulon, Palma, Corsica and Valencia and had a Christmas city break in Stockholm!
And the diary for 2017 is filling out already!
So on this New Years Eve I am thankfully for my daughter and the adventures we’ve already had together and promise you many more in 2017!
Happy new year everyone! I’d love to hear your 2016 highlights and plans for 2017!
Henley upon Thames, mostly known for its regatta is a lovely town just a short train ride from London and is the perfect spot for a family weekend away. So here are my top things to do on a weekend away in Henley with a baby:
Stroll down the Thames
Henley is on the Thames – clues in the name! – and it’s a beautiful place for taking a walk!
If you are walking from the city centre you will pass
Not too be missed in a weekend away in Henley! It tells the story of the Thames, rowing and Henley! And for the little ones there is a lovely wind in the willows exhibition!
For lunch stop at any of the wonderful river side pubs!
If you don’t want to walk or perhaps want to see the Thames from a different perspective then you should take a boat trip ! Hobbs of Henley offer reasonably priced trips on beautiful boats!
It is a beautiful Tudor country house with, in my opinion, even more beautiful grounds! For the little ones, you can go on a hunt for fairy doors. We took our daughter and our niece and nephew who really enjoyed the hunt even though we were somewhat lacking in success!
Have you been to Henley? What would you recommend doing there on a weekend away?
We love a staycation. A chance to get away without the hassle of traveling especially now we have a baby. When we noticed that we had a buy one night get a night free at the Grand Hyatt Doha that had to be used by the end of the year we jumped at the chance to get away.
So how was our stay?
The service we received was excellent. From our check in with Maha to staff at the pool, we were made to feel welcome and taken care of. Staff around the pool were always ready to help carry the pram and the staff at majlis were particularly good.
Our room was upgraded so we got to experience the Presidential Suite. The suite was large and beautifully decorated. There was plenty of room for baby e to roll around.
Our bathroom – one of the things I love about top hotels is their bathrooms and gran Hyatt was no exception. It had a lovely big bath for me and baby E to relax in and an amazing shower for Wandermust Daddy. You know the shower will be good when it comes with its own set of instructions.
The pool is excellent for families. It is heated to a beautiful 29 degrees which meant we could take the baby in at any time of day and be guaranteed it would be comfortable for her. Despite what people think about the Middle East, it can get cold so finding a heated pool is a must for winter staycations.
The breakfast in the club lounge is a lovely addition and is available from 7-11am. We also loved the all day drinks and snacks.
The cot – I have stayed at many lovely hotels where design has been at the fore. Then you ask for a cot and everything goes to pot! Now this is only a small thing but I always think that it seems strange that you would spend so much time on design and then plonk a luminous cot into the centre of the room. What I loved about the cot at Grand Hyatt, was it seemed very comfortable – Baby E had a great nights sleep but it also was quite attractive.
We made reservations through the concierge on both nights of our stay and unfortunately both nights we had issues. The first night at Issaan the reservation couldn’t be found and the second our request hadn’t been sent through correctly. Now the staff at each of the restaurants were great and rectified the issue but it’s not what you expect particularly when you are in a suite.
The club lounge wasn’t as friendly as it could have been. On our first fight it took half an hour to get our luggage which unfortunately contained our baby food. When we went to grab a banana my husband wearing tailored shorts was told off because of the evening dress code. It was done in a polite but firm way however could have been approached width a more apologetic manner. It was also unfortunate that due to Qatari law you can’t take children into the lounge between 6-8. This meant that we couldn’t fully use the services of the suite and that groups of children would congregate on the bench outside the lift. It seems like perhaps table services instead of an open bar would make for a more inclusive atmosphere.
I have to say the hotel is particularly beautiful. When you visit a chain hotel you can feel detached from the place you are staying however The Grand hyatt seemed to be embedded with regional touches that we loved.
We all had a lovely relaxing weekend. It was well set up for families and was a truly luxurious weekend.
Keep coming back to the blog to see more about our Doha Staycations
Have you had a staycation at the Grand Hyatt? What did you think? What are your favourite things about staycations?