5 AMAZING Reasons To Make Your Next Holiday Self Catering

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Self catering accommodation is a great option for families looking to book a relaxing holiday together.  Hundredrooms is an excellent resource for finding self catering holidays around the world to suit your needs.  Not only does it compare prices so that you get the best deals but you can also specify your family’s specific requirements.  So if you can’t live without wifi or want use of a pool it’s a great place to start your holiday search.

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As you already know from my recent holiday to France, I love the flexibility that a self catering holiday offers to families.  I decided to ask some of my family travel blogger friends to talk to me about their experiences of self catering holidays and I found there experiences really inspiring.  I’ve literally found 5 amazing holidays I could book tomorrow and all for very different reasons.

You Can Stay In Gorgeous Houses

If I was going on holiday to Florida I would totally want to live the dream, and it looks like Cathy from Mummy Travels did just that on her trip to Anna Maria Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  The decor alone in this gorgeous five bedroomed villa located about an hour away from Tampa Airport took my breath away.

The villa is far superior to anything I’ve seen before and there is so much attention to detail.  I love the whole look and feel of the house, and I agree with Cathy when she talks about it being a major part of the holiday experience.  I think I would struggle to leave here!

Enjoy Eating At Home On Your Own Terms

Self catering accommodation often provides excellent facilities to enjoy some great home cooking.  When Gretta from Mums Do Travel took her family on holiday to Portugal they found they ate at home far more than at the local restaurants.

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Being able to enjoy a family meal together inspired my local produce and accompanied by the wines you have discovered from the region is a wonderful way to spend an evening.  You can dine when you want to, take your time over your food and move out onto the balcony to enjoy the rest of your evening at your leisure.  If you have young children who need to be in bed early, this is a perfect option for you.

Add Unique Experiences To Your Self Catering Holiday

When I read about Maria’s from One Tiny Leaps’s experience at Wildflower Flower Farm in Massachusetts it took me right back to my childhood and one of my favourite TV shows, Little House On The Prairie.  I know, I’m completely showing my age aren’t I.

I would love to go to America and experience life on a traditional farm, where the children can run free and meet the animals.  Being able to stay with local people and gleam their knowledge of the area to plan your holiday too is just invaluable.

Celebrate Special Occasions

Self catering holidays are the perfect setting for the multi-generational holiday and the perfect place to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary.  Laura from Side Street Style talks about sharing her 30th birthday with her family, as well as her mother and brother, on the French Riveria in this wonderfully traditional French villa. 

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Self catering accommodation is perfect for bring families together for holidays as you can enjoy each other’s company but still retreat to your own room if you need a little space.  You can enjoy time together at home or on day trips, or you have the flexibility to plan different activities also.

Take Your Travels Off The Beaten Track

Self catering holidays give you real flexibility when it comes to choosing your location.  You don’t have to feel tidied to a holiday resort and you can find locations that really inspire you and let you immerse yourself in the local culture and beauty of an area.

Charly from Pod Travels shares her tourist free experience in the stunning location of Trillayo in the Bedoya Valley.  Their holiday cottage was brimming with rustic charm and was the perfect location to explore this remarkable location.

What do you love about self catering accommodation?

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Royal Son Bou Family Club Holiday Review

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We were lucky enough to visit Royal Son Bou Family Club in Menorca for a holiday in May.  If you follow my Instagram account you might have caught a glimpse of what we got up to.  I’ve got a few posts to share with you about our holiday in Menorca, and I’ll be talking about where we ate, where we visited and what we loved about the island.  First of all I’m going to kick of with a post devoted to where we stayed in Menorca.

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Royal Son Bou Family Club

Royal Son Bou Family Club is a family friendly resort situated on Son Bou beach.  It’s about a 20 minute drive from Menorca airport so makes for a really short transfer time or an easy drive if you are hiring a car.  We had a hire car for the whole of our stay, and found driving in Menorca really easy so we would definitely recommend that option.

The hotel had just opened for the holiday season when we arrived and most of the guests were families with young children.  This worked well for us because of the age of our girls.  As the season progresses older children can be found at the resort which caters equally as well for teenagers as it does for younger kids.

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We stayed at Royal Son Bou Family Club on a half board basis which worked really well for us.  We were able to switch dinner for lunch if it fitted with our schedule, but found that we didn’t need to do that.  We arrived at the resort at lunchtime and decided to go to the restaurant for lunch.  The manager very kindly charged us for the adult meals only when we explained we had just arrived and were staying on a half board basis.

Great Service and Friendly Staff

This very much set the tone for our Royal Son Bou Family Club experience.  The staff at this resort are focused on providing you with the best experience possible and are constantly trying to anticipate what will make life easier for you and your family.  The level of customer service was excellent from housekeeping, reception, guest services, the restaurants and the animation team.  We spoke to several families during our stay and they were all giving the same feedback about the resort and were enjoying their holiday as much as we were.

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Royal Son Bou Family Club is a lovely sized resort and I can’t imagine it would feel overwhelming even when fully booked.  The apartments are in blocks of 3 stories surrounded the pool and are accessed by ramps and stairs.  We were staying on the 3rd floor over looking the main pool and we had a lovely view from our balcony.  We had a 1 bed apartment which was really comfortable with a good-sized bathroom and living space.  It included a small kitchenette with fridge, hob, microwave, toaster and kettle.  To be honest we barely used it apart from keeping drinks cold and storing snacks but it was nice to have the option if we wanted it.

What’s The Food Like at Royal Son Bou

We ate at Los Olivos restaurant most of the week, and outside there was a small creche for children aged up to 4 years old to play in while you were eating.  Our youngest daughter asked to go and play in there a few times during our holiday and we were quite happy to let her go.  I think she liked the dolls and pushchairs, as well as the staff, and she liked to pop in for half an hour after her dinner to play without being bothered by her sister.  We just gave the staff our table number and when she decided that she had had enough they bought her back to us.  It was a lovely set up to be honest and a win for everyone.

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The food at Royal Son Bou Family Club was excellent.  Breakfast was really nice and you could get freshly cooked omelettes and pancakes.  I was partial to an omelette most days and the kids liked tucking into the pancakes.  There was cereal, fruit and cooked options too so plenty of choice for everyone.

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The evening meal was also lovely with plenty of selection and freshly cooked options from the griddle.  The best food came out on the speciality nights and my personal favourite was the Menorcan night.  Fresh salad was available, and there was also a kids station with child friendly food for them to choose.  The selection of desserts was quite incredible, with ice cream, cakes and puddings to choose from.  It was very difficult to just pick one, I can tell you.  There was usually a selection of cheeses to finish also.  Over all the food at Royal Son Bou gets a thumbs up from us.

Great Family Friendly Facilities at Royal Son Bou

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There were a few features that really stood out about Royal Son Bou and helped to make our holiday a wonderful experience.  The children’s pool was a big hit and is separate from the main pool which we really appreciated.  There was no flitting from one pool to the next and I can imagine that later in the season it’s helpful as the older kids don’t take over the space either.

The pool is no deeper than 45 cm so as long as your child is confident standing and playing in water they can play safely and independently if you want to relax on the loungers.  There is a pirate ship with slides at one end which the kids loved and a shoreline entrance at the opposite end for very young children and babies to enjoy splashing in.  We invested in an inflatable boat for the girls from a nearby shop and they had a lot of fun together splashing around in it.

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The pool is surrounded by sun loungers and we were able to get a space whenever we visited this pool.  We could relax in the sun while the girls played because of the child friendly arrangements.  I really appreciated this as a non swimmer and another family I spoke to described the pool as ‘unique’ and made sure to visit it everyday.

Kids Club at Royal Son Bou

Kikoland is another feature of Royal Son Bou Family Club which we really loved.  This is where the kids club and play areas are and I cannot speak highly enough of this facility.  We took the kids for a look around and to pick up their gift when we arrived.  They enjoyed the bouncy castle and climbing frames from the outset.

The staff would come and say hello even if you weren’t leaving the children in the kids club.  We used the childcare a couple of times while we were at Royal Son Bou Family Club and the girls were quite comfortable staying there.  It gave me and my husband the chance to do something together like watch the paella demonstration or explore some local sightseeing.  There’s a full timetable of activities in the morning and afternoon.  They offer mini excursions which parents attend with the kids.  We did the pony riding, at no extra cost, and this was a big hit.

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During the week there was also a Disney themed show which the girls loved.  There is an evening program of activities but sometimes younger children miss out as they have already gone to bed.  This show was at 4pm so no one missed out and it was very well done.  There were lots of games and activities throughout the week and also Kiko and his friends popped along to play with the kids and sing songs.  We came home with a toy Kiko and the girls adore him.  I suspect he will be a feature at school in the show and tell very soon.

Son Bou Beach

I cannot review Royal Son Bou Family Club without making a special mention about Son Bou beach.  You can access the beach via a connecting tunnel  during the day and it’s literally a few minutes walk from the hotel.  You can also visit the Basilica Paleocristiana de Son Bou and get your first experience of one of the many historical sites that are plenty across the island.

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Son Bou beach is 2 miles of unspoilt coast line with protected dunes and natural habitat.  The sand is white and the water is clear and there isn’t a party boat in sight.  Menorca is a family holiday destination and the beaches are a real testament to this.  There are a few bars where you can enjoy a drink and the sunset in the evening, but they are quiet and subdued so as not to spoil the family feel.  We visited Son Bou beach most days and loved it for it’s cleanliness and natural beauty.

We had a wonderful week staying at Royal Son Bou Family Club and can see why it’s scores so highly on TripAdvisor as it ticked so many boxes for us.

We were guests of Royal Son Bou Family Club on a half board basis for the purposes of this review, but all thoughts and opinions are our own and we would have no problem recommending a stay here to anyone looking for a family holiday in Menorca.  

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Have you seen our travel diary from Menorca yet?

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