Fuerteventura! Our Family Holiday

Fuerteventura! Our Family Holiday
Here it is – the obligatory holiday in Fuerteventura post! I did consider writing a post each day whilst away but I soon realised:

a) I’m not that organised

b) I took a blogging break

c) We didn’t actually go on any trips and had one of those holidays where were stayed around the hotel and local town so my posts would get boring!

I thought I’d write more of a summary, highlights and more pictures.

Myself, hubby, gremlin and my parents all went to Fuerteventura, Caleta de Fuste, for 11 nights. We stayed at a great hotel called the Barcelo Thalasso Spa and it was all inclusive (awesome).

family in fuerteventura
View of the pool
We were lucky to have an afternoon flight out and it was about 4 hours to Fuerteventura. The gremlin really surprised me as was good as gold in the airport whilst we queued to check in and in the lounge.
Waiting to check in

 

waiting to fly to fuerteventura
Pole dancing in line (so like Mummy)

 

Eating some orange in the lounge
She didn’t sleep for the whole flight to Fuerteventura (quelle surprise!) and finally crashed around 10pm in the travel cot in the room.
Family selfie

We settled into a holiday routine very quickly. Late nights meant the gremlin’s wake up time shifted to 7.30-8am (from 6am!) which was fabulous. The mornings were not always very warm in the beginning, we had some cloud and it was often mid-late morning on some days before it heated up. Often I would toddle off to the gym with hubby or my Mum and the gremlin would go down to the beach for a play, into the town shopping or to a play area, with whoever had not gone to the gym.

In the lift first morning

 

First morning exploring with Nanny
Loving getting my hair done
beach in fuerteventura
Beach posing
Time in the sand with Grandad
We tended to settle for a drink and a read before lunch. The gremlin needed a cup of iced water and   a straw and she was fascinated. We took turns walking around with her when she fancied a stroll.
The food was great! Lots of fresh fruit, eggs, bacon and a tonne of carbs for breakfast. Lunch and dinner was always salad, fresh meat and fish, paella, pizza, pasta (basically my most favourite foods). There was yoghurt, ice-cream and loads of funny shaped (and tasting) cakes and fruit for pudding.
Hubby’s mountain of desserts

Most afternoons were spent by the pool. The gremlin always went for a dip but she was never in the water for too long; not that much of a water baby. We had one hilarious moment (well now it is) when she was having a go in her inflatable boat. Hubby pulled her along too fast and the next minute all that was left was a capsized boat and a floating hat, as the gremlin took a dunk! Safe to say he did not live that one down for a while! A very LONG while! Another reason the gremlin requested her “towel” relatively quickly was a couple of times she was given a little ice-cream after her swim. Lets just say my daughter is a VERY fast learner; her towel was no sooner over her head and she was asking for her chocolate ice-cream…indeed!

The chocolate ice-cream towel ritual
Bobbing in the pool
Time in the pool with Grandad
Gremlin either napped pre or post lunch. Pre was often better as she was happier and ate more at lunch. Post meant my Mum and I could take her down to the marina and have a cheeky pm Sangria. These were delicious and we got to sit and stare out at the marina and gremlin would feed the fish, with pinched bread on our way back. The days really did fly and it stayed so hot well into the evening. We often didn’t want to get ready but knew we had to, as had limited time with a toddler.
Feeding the fish
The lush Sangria
Off to get ready for the evening
The evenings of our holiday in Fuerteventura were busy! We would bath gremlin and get ourselves ready. She often looked so sleepy but always got a second wind and would have some tea with us. We then either took her for a walk but mainly down the the kids disco. She got braver as the days passed, dancing more and wanting to touch Morgan the giant parrot. The music drove us flipping nuts (post to follow) but she had a blast, Then we either retired to the lobby or went to the outside bar for drinks and chats. Gremlin was going to bed at 10pm most nights; most days we had no problems but others she was grumpy and would cry a lot. This improved towards the end as she just got used to it, I guess. I was amazed at how she adapted. She did eat but not as well as at home. Possibly due to her new routine, extra snacks (ice cream!) and the heat.
Chilling before dinner
Mini disco time
Hubby and I had a date night which was lovely. We went to a steak house; hubby had steak and I had sea bass. This was the actual fish; head and tail. Was a bit daunting at first but so yummy. We went on for a cocktail and couldn’t resist going back to the lobby to see gremlin. She ran across to see us like a loon, so was worth cutting the night a bit short.
A whole sea bass
Love the girlie so much

I’m no fashion blogger but thought I’d put a piccy of what I was wearing. I lived in New Look and H & M clothes. White jeans, maxis, dresses and tops. Perfect and not too pricey.

The gremlin was just obsessed with all the cats at the hotel and we were always having to look at them and tell her not to touch!
Cat love
We weren’t as sure about Fuerteventura at first as usually go to Turkey. It is a lot more chilled out there (less hotel rules!) and much more green. However, by the end I changed my mind. The hotel was really fab, the beach walk was lovely and it was a pretty place.
The Marina
Chilling on the beach walk
sunset in Fuerteventura
Sunset

We had a brilliant time! Hubby and I got time alone and to ourselves as well as lots of time with the gremlin and as a family together. I was so much more relaxed from start to finish as was the third holiday abroad with my girl. We chilled, ate and drank, exercised, shopped and walked. What else to you need?

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23 Comments

  1. pooprainbows.com
    June 15, 2015 / 7:12 am

    Looks gorgeous, as do you! Love your summer wardrobe.

    #mummymondays

  2. June 15, 2015 / 7:27 am

    Aw it looks gorgeous hun, I love your 'what you were wearing' collage, and can I just say how beautiful your parents are!!! 🙂
    #MaternityMatters

  3. June 15, 2015 / 7:43 am

    Looks like a fab family holiday! We went for an all-inclusive holiday (for the first time)to Turkey last summer and loved it! Fuerteventura was our second choice, and it is somewhere we may go in the future. How lovely you got to have some time to yourselves and have a date night. You looked great in your fashion pics, love thefloral dresses! #mummymonday

    Carolyn

    http://www.stylishmemories.com

  4. June 15, 2015 / 7:58 am

    Ooh this looks like such a lovely holiday, making me even more jealous we aren't going away this year! Gorgeous outfits too xx

  5. June 15, 2015 / 8:22 am

    Sounds like a perfect family holiday! It must have been lovely to get a little bit of time to yourselves as well. Xxx

  6. June 15, 2015 / 7:44 pm

    Yey you're back hehe 🙂 Looks like you had a great time, we stayed in a Barcelo when we went to Cuba and it ws nice. I adore that picture with the cat, it is far too cute!!

    Hels – #matenitymondays #mummymonday

  7. Tracey Quinn
    June 15, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    SO glad I found this post. We've been to Caleta the past two years now and we plan to go back in September for a week or 10 days. We usually stay in the Bungalows Castillo Playa but know the Barcelo of course. Looks fab. I just love Caleta, so family friendly, clean and not tacky at all. Your photos are great. You and your mam could be sisters and your Dad is ridiculously young looking! #mummymonday

  8. June 16, 2015 / 5:43 am

    I love her doing your hair and the one of her looking at the cat, very cute! Found you through Twinkly Tuesday I'm linked up after you. I would love you to link this fun post with my mummy & us linky too, it's super fun post

  9. June 16, 2015 / 8:58 am

    Looks like a wonderful holiday. You are your Mum are so alike!!! Glad you had a good time #twinklytuesdays xx

  10. June 16, 2015 / 11:49 am

    Looks fantastic!! I'm not jealous at all!! 😉 I especially love the cat love photo! So cute! #twinklytuesday

  11. Mary Smith
    June 16, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    I love your outfits and the location look lush! How nice that it was all inclusive, they are the best haha! So glad you had a lovely time and chilled out and did the things you enjoy x

  12. June 16, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    That looks like a fabulous holiday. Gremlin is so cute! I love your outfit selection too. We were recently away in France but since I lived in one pair of jeans and denim shorts it wouldn't have made a good feature on my blog! #twinklytuesday

  13. Wander Mum
    June 17, 2015 / 7:35 am

    What a fab hol! Glad you had a good time. What was the temperature like there? Fab to have date nights and a break during the day too so you could go to the gym etc. I think that's the one thing we missed on our recent family trip – a bit of down time #bestandworst

  14. June 17, 2015 / 9:42 am

    Sounds like a great holiday and what fab photos! Next holiday I'm hoping to take my mum & her partner to help (babysitting) haha! Your outfits were lush and I love new look and h & m, I live in clothes from there. Look forward to the post about the music 🙂 #bestandworst xx

  15. Mrs Tubbs
    June 17, 2015 / 11:29 am

    That sounds like an amazing holiday! Glad you had a fantastic time. #bestandworst

  16. June 17, 2015 / 11:14 am

    Sounds like you all had a great time. How good are you going to the gym on holiday! I always say im going to do this but never do! #maternitymondays

  17. Talya Stone
    June 17, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    Ah looks like you had a gorge time hon and hopefully it was a bit of a break for you! I find my girl tends to behave better on hols as everything is new and exciting rather than boring and whinge-inducing haha. Welcome back! #bestandworst

  18. June 17, 2015 / 11:55 am

    Wow,looks like an awesome holiday!Some really lovely photos x #bestandworst

  19. Janine Woods - Unhinged Mummy
    June 17, 2015 / 8:10 pm

    Awww, beautiful pictures and beautiful memories. Sounds and look like you all had an amazing time. Glad you had all had a happy holiday 🙂
    #bestandworst

  20. Susan Pajaro
    June 18, 2015 / 5:32 pm

    Wow, it looks beautiful and the food omg!! I am so hungry now

  21. June 19, 2015 / 9:32 am

    You & your mom look so alike!! Do you think your little girl will complete the set? Lovely photos, can't wait to go on holiday in a couple of weeks. So needed! #bestandworst