I have to admit I spend endless hours scrolling instagram at beautiful holidays wishing I could just grab a bag and go tomorrow but its just not that simple when you have kids! You need to pick the perfect place that will keep everyone happy and that is just the start. The packing is a military operation that takes 2 days, god forbid you forget the favourite tractor that insures they sit quietly in the restaurant or the very loved bunny that helps them go to sleep.
I started following Watergate Bay hotel about 10 months ago so I was delighted when they invited us to come and stay for 3 nights.
I was pretty desperate to try this hotel out as they pride themselves on being dog and kid friendly and when you look at the hotel spec it really does tick every box for a mother.
- Spa, pool and gym
- 3 restaurants
- Extensive kids menu
- Kids play zone (big fat tick)
- Family room that has a separate little room for little ones (huge tick that I don’t have to share a room with my son and creep around in the pitch black from 7pm or eat my dinner in the bathroom)
- Dog friendly
- On the beach
- Baby monitoring service
So did it live up to my pretty high standards? Yes!
What does a food control freak mother take with her is the question! Well here is what I always travel with even if its a 10 hour flight away…
- Different grain and pulse pasta (chickpea, lentil, rice, quinoa, buckwheat)
- Tahini to stir through sauces for extra calcium and protein
- Snacks (orgnanix granola bars, rice cakes and nut butter)
- Sheeps yogurt
- Oat and cashew milk (this is what he drinks for his morning and night bottle we use Plenish)
When travelling I tend to make simple mess free food like my Green patties with a corn on the cob and berries which go down very well.
The food at Watergate was delicious – I described it on instagram as ‘unpretentious’ which I really think sums it up. We loved the variety that the different restaurants had to offer. I loved the Buddha bowl which had sweet potato wedges, avocado, quinoa and Kate chips which Rudy shared with me.
The kids menu was not great though, it was the usual pizza, pasta, fish and chips which was disappointing. HOWEVER they were brilliant and made me what I wanted for Rudy. On the first night they made him a spinach, broccoli and feta pesto which they mixed through the buckwheat pasta I brought and some grilled cod on the side. Most of the time we ordered on the main menu and adapted the meals so he could have them with one of the pastas I brought with me. He was fed and happy and that is all that mattered!
Our days were filled with trips to the beach with a bucket and spade which the hotel provided (nice bonus not having to buy one and fill the car with sand on the way home), swimming in the pool overlooking the surf. What I loved was there were no time restriction on kids using the pool… however you were not allowed to use the kids club in the morning unless you dropped them off so we could only use it in the afternoon. He loved the toddler room and the big sand pit with lots of diggers (very happy and over excited little boy!)
We never took advantage of the baby monitoring service as our room was in the ‘coach house’ which was the back of the hotel across a parking lot. We just didn’t feel safe leaving him there as anyone until 9pm could walk into the building off the main road. I would have liked to say in the main building as the views are much better but I am not sure those rooms were dog friendly. Our room looked out to the main road which was a little disappointment. However because of the ‘family room’ layout we had separate bedrooms so we could order room service each night and not have to sit in darkness in fear of waking him up!