Holidays For Active Kids – When The Parents Are In Need Of A Lie Down
I’m sure I’m not the only mother who feels she needs to lie down and have a little rest.
Excuse me whilst I fall around laughing!
Who amongst us doesn’t need, and deserve, a little break? A real holiday even?
All too often on holidays, I haven’t had much of a break at all. It’s because I took the children with me. What an error!
No seriously, I have very active children, super super active in fact. The two teenage boys have slowed down a bit, but the twin terrors are still up and at it at a cracking pace from dawn until dusk.
We’ve had some real holiday horrors, in the past. But I think we’ve cracked it. My hubby and I had a taste of relaxation in Fiji last year, when we went to a very family-friendly resort called “The Outrigger.’
Then recently, I reached family holiday nirvana in Bali… and there was no meditation or chanting involved.
Myself and the twins went to stay at Club Med Bali. The sheer range of kids’ activities, plus the quality of the staff meant that even my turbo-charged twosome were kept joyfully occupied.
And I could chill out by the pool. With a book. And a coffee or even a cocktail or mocktail. It was bliss. And I’m telling you, I totally deserved it.
So what were the kids up to whilst I was lounging around?
Well, for the first time ever they were actually demanding to go to kids’ club. The twins are six and they went along to Mini Club which caters for kids aged four – ten years.
Younger children can have nannies up to the age of two, or go to Petit Club when they are between two – four years. These care options are not covered in the Club Med all-inclusive costs however.
There’s also Junior Club Med for offspring aged 11 – 18 years.
Mini Club Med is also open for two sessions 9am – 5.30pm and 7pm – 9pm.
Our previous kids clubs had always had a lunchtime break and it felt hard to get anything done in the morning or afternoon short blocks.
At Club Med Bali it felt good to know that the kids were busy and engaged all day. A rare sense of freedom!
Here’s a list of the sorts of things the twins got up to: archery, circus, pool games, yoga, pirate arts and crafts, show time, fun with nature, beach exploration, art and crafts, baking, games and races.
No wonder they were happy to stay at the kids club for most of the day for three of the four days we were there. Astounding!
I think part of the reason they loved it so much was because of the energy and dedication of the staff. The people who care for the kids are known in Club Med speak as GOs which stands for gentiles organisateurs. There is a very high staff/kids ratio and the exuberance of the GOs is infectious.
Actually I didn’t spend ALL my time by the pool. It was a semi-work trip for me so I took loads of photos, also did some swimming at the beach, joined the kids for some death-defying leaps on the flying trapeze, played in the pool and checked out the facilities.
If my older boys and hubby had come along they’d have spent lots of time on the golf course and tennis courts.
I also fearlessly investigated the spa there, enjoying a very relaxing pedicure. Well, one must.
A long walk along the seashore was great too, going through many other resorts that line the beaches of Nusa Dua.
For myself and my husband, who used to be quite lively, holidays with a bit of lying down time are more than welcome, they’re essential.
These kids have knocked the stuffing out of us over the past 16 years. I’m not saying we will lounge about all the time, we won’t. But we love not to have to keep up with those crazy kids ALL the time!
Seana’s first book was ‘Sydney For Under Fives’ now in its third edition. Seana blogs at: Sydney, Kids, Food + Travel.Her latest book is ‘Sydney’s Best Beaches For Kids.’ Seana loves sharing her knowledge of family travel and Sydney’s best places for families. Drop in anytime!