As a family of 4 taking our first trip abroad was a little scary, we’d travelled as a family of 3 returning to one of mine and my husband’s favourite destinations but as a family of 4 we wanted and needed something to dip or toes into that was a little easier than what is our normal trips now and the trips that we plan for the future. We decided that an all inclusive would be ideal as we knew that unless we specifically bought something or did something extra then the cost would be what we paid. We also knew that there would be all the facilities that we needed to enjoy our first trip away as a family. Spending 14 days seemed like a huge time away with an 18-month-old and a just turned 3-year-old so 7 days meant that we could have time together as a family and visit somewhere different. Experience a flight with the two of them and see a new part of the world for me so we looked around for a great value week long deal and discovered Tropical Island Lanzarote Holiday Resort with Thomas Cook. An all-inclusive holiday resort in Playa Blanca.
4+ hours on a flight with an 18-month-old and a just turned 3-year-old is interesting! It’s not overly long but without booking an extra seat for the under 2 it does mean 4 hours with a very fidgety little one on your lap.
Tropical Island is a large holiday resort – it’s all inclusive and for our first trip it was ideal as we knew exactly what we were getting. Whereas I had travelled before I met Jeremy, Jeremy’s experience of travel before meeting me was to hotels for half or full board and holiday resorts. Since meeting me, we’ve extending his travelling a bit but still in a little comfort so far!
With multiple swimming pools, a splash park, a buffet style restaurant and a la carte restaurants, a couple of bars, children’s playgrounds as well as a little store there was plenty of facilities in resort.
We opted for a 1 bedroom apartment, it was ideal as had a bedroom with 2 twin beds plus a pull out sofa bed in the lounge. They also supplied a cot, what happened was pretty much the same as what happened at home both kids slept in the beds with us – the twins were put together and formed a large double with plenty of space for the 4 and meant that we could sit out in the lounge with the kids in the bed on an evening.
The room was cleaned daily and the bed sheets changed twice a week. We were supplied with towels and those were changed as well.
Outside of the apartments which are each set around a little courtyard, there are either a garden and a spa pool or a swimming pool. We were located by one of the spa pools and it was ideal to come and sit in with the kids as was in the shade as well.
The main restaurant which is included in the all inclusive is a buffet style with set meal times – the starting time of each was ideal for our young kids that were up early, like to eat before having a nap and eat around 6 pm. Because of how fussy both of the children are using the buffet meant that there was always something that they would eat even if it was only pasta for lunch and dinner.
We went slightly out of season once the schools had gone back and the entertainment team were in their last week of full on kids entertainment, but there was always a little show for the kids, that was then followed by a mini disco and onto entertainment for the parents all in a large dome.
For a first trip with the kids outside of the UK, the Tropical Island Lanzarote Holiday Resort gave us fantastic value for money, comfort and had everything we needed for a week long stay with the kids. The only drawback was because we were out of season if we had wanted to put the kids into kids club (which we didn’t) there wouldn’t have been one available, but as we travel with the kids to spend time with the kids and give them exciting and new experiences this for an 18-month-old and a 3-year-old was ideal. T was able to stick to her routines of a daytime nap and whilst she napped Jeremy and J would go explore, play in the spa pool or go off for a swim in one of the other many pools.