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Bristol to Crete | family holiday ideas

This week I’m writing quite a lot about family holidays from Bristol, which is pretty tortuous given the current weather and the rage-filled, constipated, crying baby I have on my hands. However, I’ll bravely soldier on, bringing you holiday ideas.

Tots to Travel is a company I’ve internet stalked quite a lot, and, I bet you’ve come across them too. They specialise in the more tailored, family focused holiday, for when you’re looking for something really special.

Today, for example, I’ve been skulking on their site, looking at family friendly holidays and villas in Crete. You can fly to Crete with Easyjet pretty easily, currently the flights go on a Wednesday and a Saturday, which gives you potential for all sorts of mini-breaks and ten day whoppers. I’m a big fan of EasyJet – they are really pretty cool with the amount of kid-guff you can take on the plane for free. I do book my seats though. Always!

Tots to Travel’s site is one of those where you go down amazing rabbit holes of family holiday gorgeousness and find yourself chucking your phone to your husband across the sofa and saying ‘Oh my GOD, look at this place!’. Tots to Travel basically take a holiday destination and then layer the actual dream on top of it for you. So, take this description for example, of a family friendly resort called Daios Cove….

Stay seven nights and you’ll get the Tots Exclusive Package, including free airport transfers, two free sessions per day (per villa) in the crèche, pool fencing and resort credit worth €200.

For Tots kids: each of our Tots families will receive an exclusive box of fun, top-quality toys to play with during their stay.

For Tots parents: we are exclusively giving you the use of a breakfast nanny, who visit for three sessions per week, during any stay in May, June, September and October.  The nanny will visit for two hours (7-9am), so you can enjoy an adults-only breakfast, fit in an early morning gym session, or simply treat yourself to a well-deserved lie-in.

Now, I know not everybody’s idea of the actual dream is a nanny to take the kids off your hands, but, I’m 110% in that camp, and will be until I get the seven hours uninterrupted sleep I so madly crave! Also, my experience of staying at resorts which have most things on site is that, actually, you kind of could do without the hire car, so airport transfers is also amazing. This is the view you’d arrive to at the end of that transfer, by the way!

As I’ve mentioned about 30 times before, I studied Classics at University, and have never been to Greece, which is now bordering on ridiculous. Especially as Tibbs has just started to get really into Greek myths and legends, and since Mary Beard got me all fired up about the literature again with her Radio 4 Woman’s Hour slot on political ancient women. I think I need to redress this balance in 2017. Maybe Portugal needs to take second place on my most stalked holiday list.

I found this video on the Tots to Travel site, which gives you an idea of how booking works and why it’s a safe bet for an amazing luxury family holiday experience.

As you can probably tell, this post was written in collaboration with Tots to Travel, but all ideas, envious holiday drooling, and opinions, are my own.


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  1. I flipping LOVE Crete and these properties look INSANELY amazing. Also – you’ve never been to Greece?! Get yourself out there pronto. Some of my favourite holiday destinations are in Greece! x

  2. Oh my life, is Crete actually heaven?? So much that’s breathtaking in this post. Greece is very much on our list too as Laurence wants to recreate some of his favourite childhood holidays there. I might have to mention the breakfast nanny…

    • I love the tradition of recreating family holidays, I’m hoping to do that a bit this year, too!

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