Mazagan Beach Resort, Morocco

When you’re a child, planning a summer holiday was easy. Parents tended to pick the most child friend places/places they knew there child would enjoy and off they went. As a family, we’re all grown up now, but we still go on family holidays. It’s gotten a tad harder to please 4 adults (and 1 child who’s really just happy to go on an aeroplane).

This year we thought we’d go on a cruise because it has something to suit everyone. After much research, it was decided that we’d in fact rather go somewhere closer to home on this occasion. And so with only 2 weeks until the days we had booked off, we started looking into Morocco.

After much more research, whatsapp messages going back and forth and lot’s of “I’m okay with anything”, it was decided. 2 days in Casablanca, 4 days at the Mazagan Beach Resort & 3 days in Marrakech. To be perfectly honest, there’s not that much to see in Casablanca. For me, the highlight of our trip was the 4 days at Mazagan Beach Resort. Set on the Northern coast of Africa, it has everything I’d look for in a family holiday. Good weather, a kids club, huge swimming pools, a beach, a selection of restaurants and bars. They also have a huge golf course (if that’s your thing) and a casino.

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For families, the great thing about MBR would be their clubs. There’s a baby club from age 6 months to 4 years. A kids clubs from 4 years to 7 years and another one for 7 year olds to 12 year olds. The baby club even factors in nap time. The kids club include activities like ping pong, swimming, tennis, arts and crafts and volleyball on the beach. Although we didn’t leave S at any of the clubs, I could see the other children having a really good time. We did avail of the baby sitting services and although the sitter just sat in a dark room while S slept, she was sweet enough to keep in touch with me on whatsapp and reassure me that he was still sleeping.

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MBR doesn’t forget the adults amongst all the fun child friendly activities. As part of the resort, you get access to their many activities, many of which are free. There’s archery, paint balling, horse riding, go karting and of course golf. To add to that, they have an amazing spa as well. I totally recommend the cabana massage. A one hour massage, in a cabana, sitting atop a cliff, overlooking the ocean. Amazeballs!!

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We stayed there on a bed & breakfast basis which gave us the opportunity to try the various restaurants at the resort. No Michelen stars are going to be handed out any time soon, but the food wasn’t bad. My favourite restaurants were the Pizzeria and the BBQ Beach restaurant. Sharing the same roof, on the beach, it must be something in the air. On one of the nights we dined at the restaurant that served multi cuisine, for the guests on an all-inclusive board, and the food selection was pretty good that night.

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There are direct flights on Royal Air Moroc and Easy Jet to Casablanca and the resort is about an hour’s drive from there. It’s just under 3 hours from London Heathrow which makes it pretty easy to get to. I reckon 5 days is enough but we did bump into a family who were there for 11 nights!! Blimey!

Sun, sea, sand, swimming pools and a bouncy castle, that’s all kids want really. Perfect for a family sun holiday!

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#markwarnermum Our perfect holiday

Dear Judges at Mark Warner,

I’ve spotted my mama reading some blogs lately with the hashtag #markwarnermum She laughs at some of the videos and shakes her head at others. She’s been talking about wanting to write a post for this competition you guys at Mark Warner are holding but today’s the deadline and she hasn’t gotten around to it yet. Part of the reason is probably because she hasn’t been feeling too well and the other part…well let’s just say since I turned 2 years and 9 months last week, I’ve been driving her crazy testing boundaries!

Anyway, I thought I’d help her out by writing the post for her. My mama loves travelling and exploring new places. She’s grown up in so many different cities, wanderlust should really be her middle name. I’m only 2 years and 9 months and I’ve already visited London, Birmingham, Oxford…wait it gets better…Hong Kong, Taipei, Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Dublin, Birr, Dunmore East, Lagos, Goa, Manila, Cebu and we’re going to Dubai on Saturday.

She believes:

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and

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Before she had me back in 2012, she was quite the adventurer. She went trekking to the Himalayas with my aunty Bhavna because it was her dream to see Mount Everest and she always talks about doing it again one day.

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Our perfect holiday would look something like this:

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I love the sand and sea and my mama loves to keep me happy. This summer we built sand castles on the beach, played in the sea and she let me sit on a jet ski but then made me get off so she could speed away! Spoil sport! I know I’m little but I’m quite the adventurer myself.

I hope the resort we go to has a nice swimming pool, a fab indoor play area, bikes to rent and ride around the resort, a good selection of wine (don’t worry, that’s for my mama, not for me!) and lots of extra fluffy white pillows (my mama loves them!).

I think you should choose us because…

1. I absolutely love the water:

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2. I can charm the pants off any air hostess, making flying with me a breeze:

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3. I can rock a pair of sunglasses:

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4. Watching aeroplanes makes me happy:

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5. My mama would be the perfect #markwarnermum

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Well it’s time for me to go to bed but I hope my mama receives some good news at 10am on Friday, it would be the perfect Christmas present for her. Aside from the fact that she would make an awesome #markwarnermum, you’ll have fabulous pictures of yours truly on holiday!! 🙂

Love,
S

*This post is an entry for the Mark Warner Ambassador 2015 programme.

Flying list

For the most part, I’m a pretty organised person. I like certainty and I like to know when I’m coming and going. Things don’t always work out that way and I often think life has a way of challenging what we’re comfortable with, but that’s a whole other blog post.

As part of my “organisation skills”, thinking ahead about what to pack when flying with a baby/toddler is always on my list and I often get asked about the necessities. So here it is, in no particular order, the things I always carry on a flight with S (I’ve learnt from my mistakes).

1. Sling (for a baby/younger child) – I’ve talked about my Ergo before and how easy life was with it. At an airport, it’s much easier having a sling instead of a pram getting in the way. It keeps your hands free, baby can nap in it and it takes up a lot less space.

2. Sachets of Calpol – When we were flying from Hong Kong to London last May, S started teething, developed a fever and I had no Calpol. Luckily the flight attendant did and so he had some of that before going to sleep.

3. Nappies – I’d say take a nappy for every hour of the flight, plus three. There’s something about the cabin pressure that makes a baby “clear their tummy’s” several times through a flight. Our record is 7 times on a 6 1/2 hour flight!

4. 2 extra sets of clothes for your baby (1 if it’s a really short flight) and an extra set for you.

5. Formula, milk, food – Whatever your baby is having, take one or two extra feeds.

6. Snacks and fruit packets – You know how you like to munch on a flight (I always ask for an extra packet of pretzels), well so does your kid. Routines tend to go out the window when flying, especially if jet lag is involved so take extra snacks because your child will get hungry. Or in case there is a delay.

7. Hygiene – This encompasses a few items so I’m just going to throw it under one heading. Nappy sacks, 2 plastic bags, extra wipes, hand sanitiser and a disposable changing mat.

8. A blanket – I don’t know about you but I find the blankets on aeroplanes a little itchy (unless you’re flying business class and they give you a duvet), I always take a blanket for S on the flight.

9. Pacifier – If your child uses a pacifier and you want to avoid a melt down, take an extra one. Those little buggers have a way of getting lost or falling down the side of the seat. You don’t want to have to go on the hunt when your child’s crying and everyone else is asleep.

10. Entertainment – While most airlines have a decent entertainment system, your child might not like what’s on show. I always take an Ipad. I hate to admit it but it’s a saving grace on a flight. I also tend to take something new so there’s the novelty factor for 10 minutes a short time. Now that he’s older my list will include stickers, puzzles, cars and a couple of books.

I know it sounds like a lot but really, a good cabin sized stroller will fit it all and leave you enough space to buy some chocolate at duty-free which you’ll most likely need for the flight!!

There’s a couple of other things that were suggested to me but I’ve never really bothered with them – Your child’s red book (health book), a copy of their birth certificate, teething gel (although this would have helped on last year’s flight) and disposable thermometer strips.

If your child is young enough for a bassinet but you don’t think they’ll sleep it in, ask for it anyway. It’s a great thing to have, if for nothing else but to put all your stuff in it.

Happy holidays and happy travelling!

Is there anything on your list that I’ve left out of mine?