Sunday, 28 September 2014

At least I've always got Mark Warner Levante Rhodes


Wow what a welcome home, the last two weeks have been a struggle! There has been Chicken Pox, a sickness bug doing the rounds, punctured tires, migraines whilst acting like I'm on Super Market Sweep buying last minute birthday presents for Beaux and The Mister. 

It's hard to believe that just a couple of weeks ago I was invited along with eleven other bloggers to Mark Warner Levante in Rhodes. To think I was lounging by a stunning pool, learning to paddle board, eating too much yummy food and my biggest worry was whether to have the traditional mint or strawberry mojito (long sigh) here's a look back at my time at Mark Warner Levante...

When we arrived at Mark Warner Levante I was pleasantly surprised to see a beautifully lit hotel, with a gorgeous water feature. The reception was clean, bright, spacious and we were met with welcoming and smiley faces. It was quite late and I was really tired so couldn't wait to see my room, jump in the shower and sleep. My room was a deluxe en-suite room , it was huge with contemporary interior and wardrobe space to die for. The room had interlinking rooms with sliding doors, I couldn't help feeling a little sad that my family weren't with me, there was so much space. I could imagine tucking the little lads into bed, closing the sliding doors while myself and The Mister sat on the balcony and toast the first night of our holiday.

The bathroom was very clean, modern, had lovely complimentary toiletries , double sinks and walk in powerful shower. I spent far too long in the shower washing away airport grime and then crawled into my kingsize bed, I rarely spend nights away from home and thought I would struggle to get to sleep, but I slept like a baby and awoke to the beautiful sunrise.


The next morning we met for a buffet breakfast which had everything from bacon and eggs to waffles and plenty of fresh fruit. AND real tea, this is the thing I most crave when I am away on holiday, I need a proper breakfast tea to get me through the day.

We then met for a welcome meeting and headed to the beach which is right next to the hotel. Mark Warner Levante offer some amazing activities sailing, paddle boarding, wind surfing to name but a few none of which I had tried before and all of which would be included in the price. I thought this was great, a lot of other resorts I have been to before these activities would been at an additional cost.


I was convinced to try paddle boarding which I must say is MUCH harder than it looks. I managed to stand up a few times but I just couldn't get the hang of the paddling bit and seem to just go around in circles and drift!! I managed to drift out really far and couldn't get back to shore, luckily I paid close attention to the 'safety on the sea' talk and remembered my 'SAVE ME NOW' wave and I was quickly collected by the lifeguard who was already in a speed boat circling the area, my hero!

Safe to say paddle boarding isn't really my thing but louging by the pool is, I consider myself quite the expert at this! and Mark Warner Levante have plenty of stunning pools, a shallow and shaded baby pool, a main pool, an adult pool and bar pool over looking the beach, I was spoilt for choice. We spent most of the time by the adult pool where at times water polo and aqua-aerobics happened, I did manage to drag myself from the sun lounger to take part in aqua-aerobics, it was actually really fun and I did regret not doing it every day .



One last thing I wanted to talk about is the childcare, I have never considered leaving my children in childcare when on holiday. I hate the thought of them being stuck in a hot stuffy room, with old sticky toys with people who they don't know and may not even speak the same language as them, while I sit by the pool, I would never be able to relax. I like to think a holiday is for us all, so I would want them to experience what I am, which realistically ends up meaning its a holiday for them and not so much me.

That is until I saw the childcare options at Mark Warner Levante, Mark Warner offer very different childcare. The childcare rooms feels like a nursery/school I would be use to back in the UK, light, airy, colourful, air conditioned and with new clean toys. The childcare staff are all english speaking with NVQ qualifications. However while the childcare area is lovely the children can still do plenty outdoor activities, tennis, visiting the beach and they are encouraged to take part in the water activities, even the toddlers are taken out on a little boat in the pool, it is the most adorable thing ever! This for me means guilt free time alone with The Mister, we could actually try sailing together as a couple (imagine that!) They also offer a baby sitting service in the evening, myself and The Mister could enjoy a meal and a few drinks together while the kiddies watch a film snuggled up in little sleeping bags, this is the one thing we've never been able to do when going on a family holiday. This is a huge reason for me that I would return to Mark Warner Levante.


Looking back I really loved my holiday at Mark Warner Levante, I tried some amazing food, created some beautiful memories and I would love to say took away some new wind surfing or sailing skills (which I didn't) but I did tick a couple of bucket list things off! and most importantly for me I left feeling the most relaxed I have since having children, which is huge.

I would love to return with my family so I can share the experience with them too as I know they would love it as much as I did.


One other unexpected thing I took away from this holiday is that I made eleven new amazing friends, who made this holiday even more special for me. They have also written about their experience of this holiday, have a look at what they have to say.





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  1. Lovely post - you took some gorgeous photos! Reading this has made me thoroughly sad and wistful for our lovely four days away... :)

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    1. Thank you, writing it made me feel the same. Such great memories x

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  2. Love your post, makes me want to back there so badly though! So lovely to meet you and can't wait to see you soon hopefully! x

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    1. Me too, sharing the experience with such lovely ladies was just the icing on the cake for me x

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