Monday, 13 July 2015

5 Reasons to choose a Family Holiday at Mark Warner San Lucianu BeachResort in Corsica PLUS DISCOUNT CODE

Last week we were lucky to be invited by Mark Warner to their family friendly resort in Corsica San Lucianu Beach Resort. We all had such an amazing time and I took hundreds of photos of our adventure. There is just so much to talk about so instead of waffling on I've decided to give you my Top 5 Reasons why we would choose a family holiday with Mark Warner at San Lucia in Corsica and why we would definitely go again. PLUS we are able to give all readers A £50pp Discount on all Mark Warner Summer 2015/16 Bookings made by the 31st July 15. (not valid for free child places or infants and not be used in retrospect) DISCOUNT CODE CarissaBlog50 Book HERE

1. Mark Warner Childcare - For me this is the number one reason I would book a Mark Warner holiday, I never thought I would be the sort of mum that sends her kids off to childcare while I lounged by the pool but I totally am that mum when the facilities are so blinking amazing! The childcare centre itself is lovely, it has the feeling of a nursery we would be use to back home, large spacious rooms, filled with clean fun age appropriate toys and activates. The minute Beaux stepped foot in the Toddler Room he was off like a rocket heading straight for the dinosaur corner, he didn't even turn around to see if I was sticking around! The staff all fully trained were lovely, making both Tiger and Beaux feel at ease and welcomed. Now although the childcare centre was amazing if the little lads had been stuck in there the entire time I may have only used this service once or twice regardless of the fact they loved it, I would have felt guilty that they weren't having a 'real holiday' and experiencing the things I was so what I really loved was that scheduled in every morning Tiger was taken out to the waterfront to learn how to windsurf, sail or kayak! Although he had never tried anything like it before he absolutely loved it! Beaux was also taken to make sand castles on the beach or for a paddle in the pool by his key worker. This for me is part of what makes Mark Warner's childcare really stand out and all included in the price.

2. Resort Facilities & Pools - When we arrived in our hotel room the first thing I noticed was how spacious our room was with two large twin beds, which later I asked to be made up as a super king as I knew the little lads would be climbing into my bed each night. I was also blown away by the huge walk in shower, more than enough room for us all to share a shower when needed. The sink was also big enough room for Beaux to have the odd 'sink bath'. And last but not least the amazing view from our balcony of the entire resort and gorgeous beach.

There are two pools at San Lucianu, one a kid friendly pool which was sectioned by a wall into a splash pool which was no deeper than 80cm and a deeper pool for confident swimmers, this pool was watched by a lifeguard all day, we spent time in the splash pool every day, so safe to say the little lads loved it! We always found sun loungers with a good view of the little lads playing. The second pool was for adults only, my mum managed to sneak away a few times for a swim and gave it the thumbs up.

3. Waterfront and Activities - So while Tiger and Beaux were in Kids Club it gave me the chance to get out on the sea with my mum. There is so much on offer, sailing, windsurfing, paddle boarding (I tried that on my last Mark Warner holiday Levante in Rhodes, all I will say is its much harder than it looks!) so we decided to try our hands at Kayaking which we loved! By the end of the week I was feeling quite confident so took Tiger out which was so much fun! He loved having his own little paddle to give his mama a hand.

4. A la Carte menu - While we enjoyed the buffet food served at breakfast and lunch the meal I most looked forward to was dinner from the A la Carte menu. We were given a choice of three starters, mains and deserts. Both myself and my mum loved our choices, quality ingredients and fantastic flavors. The Thai inspired mussels pictured below are 'the' best mussels I have ever eaten! (my stomach literally just growled whilst reminiscing)  What also made our evening meals all the more special was that we were able to take our time and really enjoy our meal. The little lads had a child friendly meal at 5.30pm and after a shower I put them in their PJs and at 7.30pm headed down to childcare so they could watch a film, cosy with their new friends. Once the film was finished at 9pm they were tucked into little beds where they could fall asleep if they were tired. The evening childcare was available from 7.30-11pm although I mostly collected them straight after we had finished our meal. This service was such an added bonus for me, I rarely get to eat out without trying to force feed Beaux veg, take at least three toilet trips or hand out my iPhone as a last attempt to finish my now cold meal. This service was a real treat for me.

5. Local Area and Waterfall Trip - Corsica itself is just beautiful, I was totally mesmerised by the mountains as the constant back drop, be it at the San Lucianu resort or in the local village. I couldn't get over how epic it felt swimming in sea, lounging by the pool, browsing the market and looking up and seeing these huge mountains, it really is breath taking.

A couple of times that week we wandered to the closest village, a 20 minute walk from the resort to browse markets. Once we had finished shopping we headed to the beach which was minutes away from shops and market and grabbed delicious ice creams. As we upgraded to full board, San Lucianu offered a packed lunch for us to take so we didn't need to rush back for lunch.

San Lucianu along other day trips offer an afternoon visit to a nearby waterfall which can be walked to in about 40 minutes from the resort. Although it was very hot, personally I didn't think the walk was too strenuous and there was a few little farms and goats to look at along the way.
Once we arrived at the waterfall it was so much more stunning than I had ever imagined, clear waters running down rocks. After the walk there we all jumped in to cool down and lets just say the water was 'refreshing' it was like nothing I had experienced before and so worth the walk.

So to sum up our time at Mark Warner San Lucianu our hotel room was bright clean and spacious, the massive showers was a hit for the little lads who loved splashing around in it. 

The children's pool was brilliant, shallow enough that I never had to worry they would accidentally end up in deeper waters. We spent time in the pools every day and always managed to find a sun lounger with a good view of our little lads playing. 

The buffet food was nice with lots to choose from each meal time but the a la carte menu for me was excellent.

The childcare was the best with so much for the little lads to experience, although the little lads would have been happy going every day I was keen to make some holiday memories with them too. 

The waterfront facilities are what make Mark Warner holidays stands out. both myself, my mum and Tiger have tried water sport we've never had the opportunity to try before. 

The little lads slept well every single night and had an amazing time. Myself and my mum truly loved San Lucianu Resort and would return in a heart beat. I left feeling relaxed and crammed full of happy holiday memories. 

For full information and bookings please click here and remember all readers get a £50pp discount on all Mark Warner summer 2015/16 bookings made before 31st July 2015 (not valid for free child places or infants and not be used in retrospect) using Discount Code CarissaBlog50

It's always good to hear another side of the story, read what my other blogging friends had to say about their time at Mark Warner San Lucianu Beach Resort in Corsica.

Julie from Mama Owl
Amanda from The Ana Mum Diary
Anya from Older Single Mum
Monika from Family Mad Adventures

Disclosure - I was offered this family holiday by Mark Warner in exchange for a review, as always all photography and opinions are my own.



  1. What a great summary of the resort!
    I like it that your top point is the childcare. I was so surprised by how good it was and that the kids loved it so much.

    Like you I really enjoyed the a la Carte meals. My tummy is growling too just remembering some of those flavours.

    If only all holidays were so great!

  2. What a super review Carissa - really heartfelt. It was a pleasure to meet you all and that waterfall trip is something none of us will ever forget! I do hope our boys can remain friends and that we get to meet up again after bonding in their clubs and over the activities they were learning together - which, as you say, can give us space that is unimaginable at home. Like you, we'd return in a heartbeat X

  3. Oh Carissa, your photos are gorgeous! It was so lovely holidaying with you again! :) x


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