Our Holiday to Rhodes- Part One.


**Disclaimer- My blog is going to be a sunshiny place this week as I have a whole week of holiday posts coming up.  If it is gloomy or rainy where you are I suggest you look away now!**

Every time I look at a photo of our holiday, I get this sudden urge to burst into tears.  That might sound a little silly or dramatic, but I just feel so incredibly fortunate to have been able to experience such a special week with my little family- it didn’t feel like just an ordinary holiday to us.  The next few posts are going to be very photo heavy, so apologies in advance but I want to remember every single little detail of it.  Our tan’s may be fading, but I want to make sure that our memories don’t.  I know that we will all remember it for a very long time.

We didn’t know what to expect on our holiday to Rhodes.  We knew we would have a great time, after all you don’t go on holiday to have a bad time, but we know from experience that holidays with little people are definitely not the same as just going as a couple.  Having been a real travel bug in my early 20’s, we have only been abroad once since Mads was born.  I had visions of it being fantastic, but tiring having to constantly watch their every move in the pool, or on the beach, as well as the change of routine affecting things like sleep.

I need not have worried.  Our Mark Warner holiday exceeded every single expectation we had.  We had an amazing time as a family, while also having the chance to relax and reconnect as a couple.  We had a few hours a day to ourselves while the girls went to the kids club, and my god it was perfection.  I couldn’t imagine putting them in a kids club before we went but that part of the holiday was priceless to us, and it’s made us fall in love with the Mark Warner ethos.  I have a thorough review of Levante Beach coming up later in the week, but in the meantime I am going to let my many, many photos do the talking…


 On our first afternoon in Rhodes LL was so tired that she fell asleep sat up on the beach which she has never done before.  It was so funny that I had to take a little video of her!


Levante Beach Resort, like the name suggests, is situated on a beach!  LL clearly was exceptionally overwhelmed by her first sight of the sea.

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Waking up and realising there was sand to play with. (and have a little taste of!)  Mads never ate sand but LL seems to find it quite tasty.

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  I love love love this photo of my three favourites walking together.

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 Mads absolutely adored going to ‘Mini Club’ and met lots of little friends.  They had some incredible experiences including going windsurfing.  I hid from a distance and watched her, feeling so proud of my little girl doing things she would never normally do.  Her keyworker Rachel was just lovely with her and she has been talking about her adventure’s non stop since we left.

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I can’t believe that’s my little girl on a wind surf.  Amazing!

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I love this photo of my happy girl.  She loved the quality family time she had on holiday and turned from a baby to a toddler overnight over the course of the week, thriving on our attention.

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Every night after the girls had dinner we would walk down to the beach, it became a little part of our holiday routine.  I took so many photos while we were down there as the light was just so dreamy.

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LL has always been a Mummy’s girl but she wouldn’t leave Daddy’s side on holiday.

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She loved going down to the beach and throwing stones into the sea.  Simple pleasures.

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Cuddles with my big girl.

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And the small one.  Spending quality time with them all made me realise I need to put down my phone a little more.  It was really refreshing to ‘switch off’ for a week and I even managed to read 4 of my 6 books!

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We knew that lovely Emma and her family were going to be there at the same time as us and we had arranged to go for dinner once or twice, but the four of us ended up eating (and drinking!) together every night while the kids went and watched films in their PJs.  It was amazing to have adult only time (more about the amazing Mark Warner childcare later in the week) and we spent a really special week with the Vanstone family.

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The sun going down on beautiful Levante Beach- it was honestly just the most peaceful location.

Here is the first of two little videos I have made about our time in Rhodes…

More holiday photos coming up tomorrow! :)



  • The clip of LL nodding off on the beach had me in giggles!!!

    Gorgeous pictures and loving reading all about it!! Xx

  • Alison Perry says:

    Looks so special, Katie xx

  • Aimee says:

    Aw, these are such lovely photos! I can’t wait to see more and read about the childcare too. I’m so dubious about leaving Byron with people I don’t know abroad, but I think it’s going to have to be done if we’re to ever truly have a holiday / break again before he’s 18! xo

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thorough review of the childcare coming up tomorrow- it was fantastic though and I couldn’t fault it at all. x

  • Sweatpeaandme says:

    Such beautiful photos and a magical video of your holiday. I adore the parts where your girls are together, especially where they share their ice creams. Hopefully one day Evie will have a little brother or sister to share moments like that with. Such amazing memories, that will last forever xxx ps. I often feel teary after a holiday x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      I am glad it’s not just me, I felt really teary for a fair few days as it just was perfection to us! x

  • Ahhhh this looks amazing. Such a once in a lifetime, special holiday. BB has just sat and watched that video three times and then said he wants to share an ice cream with Mads too! Looks so fun, full of different adventures and experiences you lucky devils! x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      It really was incredible, so many different things to do and we had lots of little adventures. BB and Mads can share lots of ice creams together in September! x

  • Yay for sunshiny holidays!!! Looks like you and a wonderful holiday! You are making me count down the days to ours! xxxx

  • My Two Mums says:

    What a nice happy post to start the week of with. Love the little video. You all look so happy.

  • Perfection, just had to watch that a few times as Lucas demanded it! These videos will be so special to look back on with your girls, it really does look like you had the time of your life, can’t wait to see more! xx

  • Lovely photos!! I’ve always wanted to go to Rhodes, it looks amazing. Both the girls are looking so grown up. xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      From what we saw of it, Rhodes looked like a beautiful country, I am embarrassed to say we stayed in the resort the whole time though. There was just so much to do we didn’t feel the need to leave. x

  • Alex bump to baby says:

    It sounds heavenly. I can completely appreciate why you feel so teary looking back at your pics! I love your photos and the little video, especially the part where your girls are sharing an ice cream! Too sweet :) I cannot wait to go! I know it’s going to be incredible! X

  • Oh my goodness that beach looks glorious! I’m the same re the kids clubs. I never imagined my children in one until they went. Whilst mine do still prefer to be with us (I think it might be all the steak we eat!) they love the activity of a kids club, and even more so when they have English nannies. That’s the real advantage of the Mark Warner set-up, and gives you a few hours to be adult.

    I adore that picture of Mads on the windsurfer – how cute is that!? I really want to do an MW summer holiday next time.

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Definitely, you have no idea how much it meant to us to even have three hours to ourselves in the morning. As our girl’s are so little it just meant a little real from constantly watching their every moment by the pool. Priceless to us, it really was! x

  • Emma says:

    LOVe this Katie!! Especially LL nodding off on the beach…so cute!

  • Picture Perfect – I feel like I was there with you all which just goes to show how much you have captured the moment from your special trip away Ax

  • Love this Katie, really special memories! I really need to invest in a GoPro! x

  • Ruth says:

    Our Mark Warner family holiday to San Lucianu is one of my most treasured memories from growing up. My Sis and I were a bit older but still really benefited in terms of the ‘child’ / young people’s care whilst our parents had an equally brilliant time. This first snapshot is a gorgeous one – I especially love the shot of you and Emma. When our time comes to have a family I am totally saving up for a MW trip. Also, weirdest of coincidences… one of the friends I met on a MW holiday ended up living with one of my friends from uni in fourth year, nearly a decade later. What are the chances?!?

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thanks Ruth for this lovely comment, I really hope this is the same for my girls, although my girls are unlikely to remember this one, I have no doubt we will take Mark Warner holidays again in the future and I hope they will hold them as dear to their hearts as you did. It’s funny I can’t remember some of the holiday’s I had in my 20’s, yet I can remember so many details of one’s we took when I was little. I think it all seems magical when you are young. And that is a spooky coincidence! x

  • Susan Mann says:

    Sounds lovely, what lovely memories and a beautiful place x

  • This post is so bloody marvelous! Honestly, the photos where just divine and then that video including little LL nodding off on the beach had me in absolute wrinkles!! She is such a wee funny bunny! Also, your girls? Are the most sweetest pair of sisters I have ever seen, the sharing of ice creams? Honestly…so so so SO sweet. Adorable. Cannot wait for Part 2! xx

  • I love the bit with LL falling asleep, hilarious! Looks like such an amazing holiday!

  • Jessica Hill says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! Such precious memories in the video of the girlies too, I welled up a little when they both shared their ice cream with each other! :). Looking forward to seeing the rest of your photos! :) xx

  • Notmyyearoff says:

    Lovely lovely photos and you all look so Hapy and chilled out. Bet it was so lovely to have friendly adult company too :)

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      I think that’s exactly what we were, chilled out, it’s almost like as soon as we arrived we left ‘real life’ behind for the week and just relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company. Definitely what you go on holiday for. x

  • Fritha says:

    omg there is so much to love about this post! Beautiful pictures and that one of LL fallen asleep is the cutest!! x

  • Gorgeous photos! Your girls are so lovely together. Love LL falling asleep sitting up :) x

  • Karen says:

    Awh this is just beautiful, gorgeous photos of a gorgeous family. Your family just ooze with happiness and love and joy, both in the place and with each other! I think I might start a little piggy bank for a MW holiday – the child care bit got me 😉

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      I definitely think it is worths spending a little bit more and getting the perfect family holiday, the childcare made it priceless for us, it really was incredible. x

  • katie says:

    Oh go away!! lol only joking it looks amazing and the pic of LL’s grin is amazing :) x

  • Penny says:

    What a gorgeous post Katie, I absolutely couldn’t stop watching the video. Mark Warner sounds like so much fun and so easy, I wanna hang out with the Vanstones and drink cocktails while the kids go to kids club.

  • Michelle says:

    Looks like you had an amazing family holiday. I love the photos and video. The girls sharing their ice creams was so sweet :) xx

  • Oh my gosh, major holiday envy!! It looks like the perfect mix of every type of holiday and being able to have a few kid free hours sounds amazing. And the kids activities look so good, windsurfing, wow!! Love the video, LL falling asleep is the cutest thing, and she has such amazing eyelashes! xx

  • Charlotte says:

    Welling up here! Grr you always make me so emotional :) That video of the girls feeding each other is just so so lovely xx

  • OMG Katie, I’m at my desk in the office and have tears rolling down my cheeks. This is the sweetest thing ever! That video of Mads and LL sharing an ice cream did it for me. You really have made me consider the thought of going abroad. x

  • LauraCYMFT says:

    Such a gorgeous video. LL was so cute falling asleep on the beach bless her! x

  • Lauren says:

    Wow the photos and video are incredible. I am going off to look at the Mark Warner website now! x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      I can honestly recommend it, it was wonderful. It’s completely changed the way we look at holidays and I hope that we can do a Mark Warner holiday again! x

  • Life at the Little Wood says:

    Oh Katie, when they share their ice creams!! So sweet! It looks amazing poppet – such lovely family memories! Xx

  • Donna says:

    Your holiday looks so idyllic and I love your photos. I’ve never wanted to take young children abroad but you are really selling the idea to me – I cannot believe you were only away for a week x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      You do worry about taking children abroad because of flights and unfamiliar surroundings, but we had a wonderful time and will definitely be going next year too! :) x

  • Jenny says:

    Oh that is absolutely amazing to have another family to hang out with on holiday. We ran into a family similar on our lanzarote trip and it was great to have adult time and kids play together. Your holiday photos truly show how much the vacation meant to you all and how much fun was being had. I see why you are close to tears when you go back and look over these. Gorgeous holiday makes me want to go there now.

  • Carie says:

    Oh the pictures of LL asleep on the beach made me chuckle; I’d consider it a sign that she felt properly properly relaxed! And as for Mads on a windsurfer – wowee!! Well done little one!

  • Gorgeous video and photos! So funny LL falling asleep sitting up. X

  • Kara says:

    Wow wow wow, oh how I want to go there so much lovely holiday goodness, love LL falling asleep and the sharing ice creams, your girls are precious
    ps. you look fantastic xx

  • Lauren says:

    LL falling asleep on the beach made me laugh SO much. Her balance is fantastic! haha!! She looks so cheeky in all of your photos, so adorable.
    I can’t believe how long Mads hair is now! You all look amazing xx

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