Our 'familymoon' to Holiday Village Rhodes

We got married in May but we decided that we wanted to book our honeymoon for September so that we still had something to look forward to after the big day. As a super anxious person I couldn't face the prospect of going on holiday without the children so it became a 'familymoon.'

After going round and round in circles for days and every hotel and destination now looking the same we finally settled on The Antlantica Holiday Village Rhodes through TUI.
We chose this hotel because it was the only Holiday Village that was 5 star and looked amazing for the kids. We wouldn't usually spend so much on a family holiday but we decided to spend a bit more as it was after-all technically our honeymoon. We paid extra for a swim up room, as again it was our honeymoon!

On the 8th September we set off for the local airport. Unfortunately Rhodes seems to have awful flight times through TUI so our flight was at 15.30 and after a small delay it meant we didn't actually get to our hotel room until 1am Greek time. It turns out we were one of the first flights to arrive and others didn't get to their rooms until 3am so I shouldn't moan.

The resort is set out as an actual little village and has different areas. We paid slightly more to stay in the 'Relax' area which is quieter than the main 'activity' area and we are glad that we did.

On arrival to our room we found a bottle of Prosecco, a wedding card and rose petals all over our bed which was a lovely touch.

The food in the hotel was brilliant and we could not fault it at all. There was a great selection of food on the breakfast buffet and Stanley enjoyed piling up his pancakes and chocolate sauce every morning. We never went to the restaurant for lunch as we were usually too full from breakfast and just got a snack from the bar. We ate in the buffet restaurant on 5 of the nights and were never disappointed. There was a different theme every night so the food selection was not repetitive. On the other two evenings we went to the al-a-carte restaurants which were delicious! The Greek was our favourite. The waiting staff were fantastic! One night Stanley accidentally dropped and smashed a plate, he burst into tears because he thought he was going to be in trouble and one of the waitresses whisked him off and returned him beaming with a bowl of ice cream!

September was a great time to stay at this hotel as it wasn't overly busy. I was dreading the rush for sun beds in the mornings but this definitely wasn't a problem. One day we went to the pool at 1pm and easily found 4 sun beds together. The splash park again was very easy to get sun beds and never got too busy. The kids loved the splash park! 2 of the areas were suitable for both Stanley and Delilah's age group so that kept them busy for hours. Delilahs definitely a dare devil and was not phased by shooting down the water slides. I liked floating around the lazy river again and again.

When booking the holiday we booked and paid for Delilah to have some sessions in the creche. The Holiday village Creche's and kids clubs are all run by qualified UK staff so I was happy for both of them to attend. Stanley went to the Kids club the only problem was the creche sessions and kids club session times didn't match. It would have been nice for both children to be in the clubs at the same time but that didn't really happen. They both had a great time and came away with the cutest hooded t-shirts and water bottles.

When booking we opted for a swim up room and I am so glad we did. It was ideal with the children. We were very lucky the position of our room mean that our terrace was in the sun all day so we were able to put the children down for naps or just to have some quiet time out of the sun in the room while we were still able to sunbathe and swim. We actually ended up spending most of our time here so I would definitely recommend a swim up room.

On the Tuesday we decided to go for a day out to Rhodes town so booked a coach trip to pick us up right outside the hotel. We had 5 hours free time in Rhodes which was lovely. Joe treated me to a new Pandora charm and we had lunch in the Old Town. Rhodes Old Town is really beautiful and set inside the grounds of a castle, we mostly wandered around getting lost in the maze of cute little side streets and gift shops that all looked the same.

The evening entertainment was typical all inclusive entertainment with the same kids show every night not that I'm compiling because the kids thoroughly enjoyed it and were up dancing every night while Joe and I sat and watched with a Gin. We now have a collection of the Widgets which are cuddly toys that we definitely didn't need!

Our flight home was again at an awful time and we were collected from the hotel at 8.30pm. This meant that we had the whole final day to enjoy as we had paid extra to check out of our room late. I was really worried about the kids on the flight home as take off was at 11pm. But thankfully Delilah (who never sleeps anywhere other than bed ) slept almost the entire plane trip! And Stanley was happily occupied with his tablet and then slept the last hour or so. We finally got home at 3am.

We had a fantastic week away and really enjoyed our 'familymoon.' We are even looking to book the Holiday Village Cyprus for next year and can't wait!

Thank you for reading, we hope you stick around

The Harmons x

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