Sun, sea, sand and well lets be honest…food, is usually what I look for on a holiday. However, when we were searching for a place to take Thomas’ on his first holiday, there was much more to consider. I was very anxious about the destination and resort we took Thomas too, as he was only just 5 months old. I always look for reviews before I go, to get a feel for the place and we ended up making a brilliant choice and having a fantastic time. So, I thought I would share our holiday and hotel experience with you, so you can get a feel for The Blue Lagoon Princess, in Kalives, Halkidiki, Greece.
TUI Family Life, Blue Lagoon Princess
When it comes to booking a holiday, our go to travel company is always TUI. We have always loved our package holidays with them, providing stress free travel where everything is taken care of. That includes booking all aspects, such as the flights, transfer, hotel and holiday rep, all from one place. Not to mention, they have a huge selection of all inclusive hotels, which we prefer.
There were quite a few room choices upon booking, some of which included swim up rooms and jacuzzi suites! A girl can dream!… We chose a twin room, with a sea view and balcony.
However, we were incredibly lucky and upon arrival we were upgraded to a Junior Suit with a balcony! I was also offered a tour of the hotel by Vefa from guest relations.
Our room was beautiful and had everything we could possibly need on a holiday. We had an enclosed bedroom, which had a lovely big bed and a gorgeous cot for little man. This room had shutter doors (which was incredibly handy while making up night feeds) that lead into a lounge area. Having this added bit of space made all the difference, when travelling with a little one. Thomas’ could happily play in the lounge area and we were also able to shut the shutters while he napped in the bedroom and relax on the sofa.
The bathroom was great as well, it had a shower and bath (I was so worried there wouldn’t be a bath for him) and two sinks (we used one for us, and one as a bottle washing station). The storage and balcony space was great as well, there was also coffee and tea making facilities which is so great when your English!
For the little ones
This hotel was fantastic for children of all ages. Myself and Mr Mitchell have already said, we can’t wait to take Thomas back when he’s a bit older.
For babies, there was an amazing air conditioned baby room which had a changing table, sink, microwave, steriliser and toys. This was a fantastic place which we used to get Thomas out of the sun and have a little break. He loved being in the room, as it was very homely. We also used this room before we left to wash up all his bottles and sterilise them, ready for our flight.
The hotel shop also had a range of stock for little ones, including nappies, wipes, formula and baby food.
There was also a BabyClub crèche, which I saw on my tour of the hotel. This was a lovely room, which was similar to any nursery room you would find in England. It’s open 6 days a week, with fully-trained staff. There is always a Level 3 qualified staff member in the room and each member is DBS checked and employed by TUI. The hotel also provided parent and baby sessions made up of music, games and storytelling.
For the bigger ones
This is where the hotel seemed to really come into its own. Thomas didn’t access any of this, but we were able to witness how well older children were catered for. We can’t wait to come back.
The KidsClub looked great and offered activities 6 days a week. The club is split, catering for all ages. There’s the Bamse Club for 3 to 5 year-olds and the @611 Club for 6 to 11-year olds. There was also a cool Hangout area where teens could chill out and relax in their own space. All of the Kids Club staff are also trained to UK standards and have undergone relevant checks.
Now we’re talking…
The Blue Lagoon Princess is an all inclusive hotel. Meaning all food and drink comes in with the price, apart from optional extras and can I just say, I have never been to an all inclusive hotel before, that had a snack bar like it! The snack bar served sandwiches, ice cream, pancakes and waffles! ALL INCLUDED! They were so good, in fact I must have consumed my body weight in pancakes throughout the holiday.
The main hotel restaurant (where men had to wear trousers, in the evening) had a good variety of food each day. There was also a large children’s’ section.
There were two additional restaurants which you could eat in during the day and also became home to the hotels a la carte dining, in the evenings. One of which was the Green and Grill, where you could cook your own meats BBQ style!
The hotels’ beach was lovely and was right at the back of the hotel. There were plenty of sunbeds, that were free to use, and was close enough to get drinks from the bar. You could also rent gazebos on the beach.
On the beach there was the opportunity for water-sports, this was an added extra. We had a go at paddle-boarding and kayaking, which was great fun.
The hotel had many pools! There were 4 large outdoor pools, with life guards, plenty of sunbeds and lots of pools attached to various rooms around the complex. The hotel app was a fantastic find. At certain bars, you were able to order drinks from your phone, to your sunbed!
There was also a shaded baby pool and children’s’ splash pool. Unfortunately, we went away at the beginning of the season and these pools were very cold! We tried Thomas in them, but it was just too cold for him… and me…
The hotel had a lovely spa with a wide range of treatments, including massages that could be arranged for on the beach. There was an indoor spa pool, which could be used for free, with a sauna and steam room. This pool could also be used by children between the hours of 10am-11am and 6pm-7pm. However, if it is raining access is allowed throughout the day. This pool is described as heated, however it was still too cold for Thomas to use.
There was also a gym… which I didn’t use and very clean changing rooms.
Due to the time of year we went, there was two days on our holiday where it rained a bit and was too cold for sunbathing. However, we were not board as the hotel had lots of additional options (which I would never have used in the heat) and lets face it, a little bit of rain never stops the British!
There was a great beach volleyball court which provided hours of fun, table tennis and a tennis and basket ball court.
The staff at this hotel were incredibly welcoming, helpful and brilliant with children. Thank you to everyone who put the effort into ensuring our holiday was fantastic.
We had an absolutely amazing time at the Blue Lagoon Princess and I would highly recommend a holiday with them. This was Thomas’ first holiday and we had a fantastic time both as a family and a group travelling.
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This hotel has won the Travel Life award and take pride in helping to reduce their impact on the environment. You can see this in the little details such as recycling opportunity’s around the hotel, and only providing plastic straws with selected cocktails.
Images in this blog are a mixture of photos I took myself and ones from the TUI website.