Top 10 kids beach essentials for summer holidays

Ahhh, beach life – how I love you and pine for you. BUT you cannot send those kids willy-nilly on to the sand unless they are properly swim-suited and booted so here are my Top 10 kids beach essentials for summer holidays.

Starting with to swim in. Now I know these swim shorts are rather expensive but come ON they are oh so amazing! By Orlebar Brown from Melijoe £110.

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I am loving this swimsuit by M&S. Ticking both the gingham trend and the appliqué trend – this ticks my boxes. From £10.

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Out and About – Family Tower Bridge Adventure

I live in London. The world’s most vibrant city. But I’m lazy. I stick to my local area, do the same things.

But – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. There’s SO much to do and I am going to schlep my family away from the sport (husband) and iPads (girls) and we are heading OUT AND ABOUT on weekends.

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First up – a visit to the top of Tower Bridge to the Tower Bridge Exhibition – yes up there, at the top between the Towers, and then, off to Borough Market.

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The exhibition not only showcases the history behind the bridge, you are also able to walk across their glass walkways that are 42 metres above the River Thames, to get from one tower to the next.

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TOP 5 FAMILY SUMMER HOLIDAY SPOTS – KID & COE

Now my husband and I are big planners. It drives everyone mad. On last years summer holiday for example, we planned this year’s summer holiday and so on. But for the vast majority of people who are not lunatics like us and leave things a bit more to the last minute – here are some fab ideas for where and how to holiday this summer from pals of the blog Kid & Coe.

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Kid & Coe are like a nicer, family only version of Air B&B – as it hand picks the properties they market and all the accommodation is by families for families – like a home from home, complete with everything you need for kids or babies from a local guide written by the owners, to high chairs and toys and books used by their kids. Oh and we have an exclusive discount for our readers too. I shall leave you in their capable hands with Laura Hall their Director of Communications. She selects her top properties for a summer escape. Let’s go…

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The Mas de Verans Residence, Saint Rémy de Provence, France

Acres of gardens to run wild in, hammocks blowing in the gentle breeze beneath olive trees, sun dappled outdoor dining spaces and a heated outdoor pool: everything about this beautiful Provencal farmhouse has been created to make families feel relaxed and at home. With a six-bedroomed main house and an optional annex available to sleep a further six, it works well for a large family group or extended family getaway, and is just five minutes, a 20-minute bike ride, from the heart of the village.

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The Mas de Verans Residence sleeps up to 16 and costs from €550 per night.

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The Hasseltssteeg Residence, Amsterdam

The design details in this remodelled 17th century home in a historic Amsterdam neighborhood set it apart: dotty and dinosaur wallpaper, a cast iron roll top bath and a pretty pastel blue Smeg fridge to name but a few. Set over 4.5 floors, it sleeps up to 8 and has plenty of space for all the family. The hosts can suggest  babysitters so you can enjoy a night on the town, and the house is well set up for young children with plenty of equipment provided, including a change table and baby monitor, so you can pack light.

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The Hasseltssteeg Residence sleeps up to 8 and costs from €475 per night.

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The Spetses Residence, Spetses, Greece

Join the Athens jet set on secluded Spetses, an island two hours by ferry from Piraeus harbour with pine-clad hills, quiet beaches and designer boutiques. It’s a popular weekender destination from the city and is completely car free. This heavenly hideaway has a pool and guest house and is just five minutes’ walk from the nearest beach. Built in 1860 and renovated in 2004, the house uses traditional materials and finishes to create a calming, soothing and romantic feel, and has featured in several interior design magazines.

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The Spetses Residence sleeps up to 12 and costs from €500 per night.

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The Can Matas Residence, Mallorca

Just off a cobbled street in the village of Selva, northern Mallorca, this designer villa is airy and spacious, with lemon trees in the garden providing shade over the day beds, and modern art and sculpture throughout. It is a prime location for experiencing the most authentic and desirable aspects of the island: the town’s weekly market takes place nearby, and kids can play in the town square with local children in the afternoon. Beaches and the mountains are just a short drive away.

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The Can Matas Residence sleeps up to 9 and costs from €500 per night.

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The Sayulita Loft 2, Sayulita, Mexico

If you don’t already know about this Mexican hippy chic fishing village, consider yourself let in on the secret. Sayulita is one of the country’s hippest beach retreats, a pretty village where people use golf buggies to get around, kids surf from an early age and private yoga lessons are the order of the day. This industrial chic apartment, one of a series on Kid & Coe, is a two-minute walk from the beach and has a restaurant on site for the days when you don’t want to cook. It’s modern and a little bit punk, full of bright colours and a unique place to stay with the kids.

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The Sayulita Loft 2 sleeps up to 5 and costs from $250 per night.

SPECIAL OFFER: $100 OFF YOUR FIRST BOOKING WITH KID & COE! USE CODE KSJ AND BOOK BEFORE 31 MAY.

Thank you so much Laura. I can almost feel the sun on my skin. What are you waiting for? Get clicking for family summer fun. Oh and if you are a big planner like me and have already booked summer – dry those tears! Kid & Coe market family properties for all weathers, all seasons and many, many countries.

 

Holiday Dreaming – LUX Resorts

OMG. It is BITTERLY cold in the UK. My fingers are almost frostbitten as I type this. The husband/heating arguments are in full bloom. It’s time to take ourselves off somewhere. Somewhere warmer. To a little bit of Paradise.

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Ahhh – now that almost feels a bit bit better already eh?

My family and I have just returned from a holiday to the very beautiful island of Mauritius. When we were there, we spent a brilliant day at LUX Resorts flagship resort, LUX Belle Mare.

Now, LUX Resorts were not really on my radar until Penny from Heidi Klein told me it was one of her favourite family resorts when I interviewed her. In fact she has created a bespoke line of bikinis especially for them. I hate to say it but I had the impression prior to that, that they were a brand that was aspiring to be Luxury – hence the name. Oh how very, very, VERY wrong I was.

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