The first girls holiday, another rite of passage for many, and a chance to let your hair down after A Levels. The thought of a holiday to Malia was the carrot dangled after the A Level exams. Month’s of studying and not going out out was to be rewarded with a week of fun in the Cretan sun. But what about the parents! Here is what you need to know if you have teenagers wanting their first holiday in the sun.
Being the savvy shopper that I am, I had taken control of booking the holiday. With my help they got a much better deal than they expected. For approx £300 they had flights, transfers and accommodation on the strip in Malia. I was worried about their expectations of the accommodation as many of the girls are used to 5* All Inclusive holidays with their parents and this was being swapped for 3* self-catering rooms, sleeping three at a time! I had encouraged them to go self-catering as I knew they would not be up for breakfast. I had suggested that they could have croissants in their rooms instead.
Parenting teenagers is very different from parenting babies, generally, little people can be cajoled and persuaded. Navigating the teen years is different and there are constant rites of passages like passing driving tests and going out in other people cars. The holiday was no different, the girls would need to manage their money and look after each other. One of my concerns was that they would fall out with each other or that they wouldn’t eat much, saving their money for drinks!
Read the papers this week and it’s all about the rise in ‘ego travel’ for young people who are apparently now looking for ‘holidays that make them look good on social media’. But party holiday brand say that ego travel isn’t the primary motivator for their 18-25 year old customers. I have to agree with Party Hard as Chloe and her friends will share their holiday on social media but it is the events that matter. They want to go to the best parties and have fun.
When I came across Party Hard Travel I really liked the concept. Rather than the old hard sell of events in the resort you can buy passes to the hottest events in town before you go. Party Hard Travel are offering their Ultimate Events Package for free with every booking for 2018, giving access to around 9 of the biggest and best events that each resort has to offer. In Ibiza, choose from club nights Abode or Together @ Amnesia, back for 2018 with Chase & Status, Hannah Wants and MK. The Ibiza Rocks Pool Party is also back bigger and better than ever this season with residencies from Craig David, Rudimental, Lovely Laura and Cuckooland. In Malia, you’ll get access to the likes of Tom Zanetti, Big Shaq, Nathan Dawe, Phillip George and General Levy courtesy of Malia Live, I Love House and Go Deep, plus the chance to experience the best boat party in Europe!
One of the big advantages of this is that it helps with budgeting. Secondly, I liked the idea of having an itinerary as this sorts out the planning. The girls all had wristbands which they picked up from their rep on the first day. They were given a time and place to meet where everything was explained and where they could meet their reps. We found Party Hard Travel after booking the holiday package otherwise I would have taken more notice of the complete holiday.
Chloe and friends had the itinerary and of course, they were free to go to the events as they wished. Back in their hotel, they were also really happy with the accommodation and they believe they landed on their feet with their hosts who looked after them all week and took time to get to know them. The girls also became great friends with two other groups staying at the same hotel and they to had the party hard travel entertainment package.
I was kept up to date with their fun via social media (although I am sure there is plenty that I don’t know), although I know a couple came back with REAL tattoos! I know they rode quad bikes and I know Chloe and Charlie managed to fall over a wall resulting in a black eye for Charlie and a lovely grazed leg for Chloe! I even know Chloe spent one night throwing up thanks to mixing her drinks plus watching the sunrise at 8am having not been to bed!
Ego travel might be a thing for some but I am not sure its that relevant for a group of 18 year olds who have just spent six months revising. They work hard and they deserved to party hard at the end it all. As parents we can just guide them, support them and hope that they’ve picked up enough from us in order to make the best choices at the right times.
So that is another rite of passage accomplished and I think Party Hard made that possible. The wristbands offer a great value way to make it to the best events, it ensures that they don’t miss out because they have spent all their money and it provides peace of mind for parents who want their teens to have a great time yet want some control still. Buying before you travel is also a huge saving. For example, the entertainment package costs £129 but the tickets bought individually have a combined value of £260 – its a no brainer really!
Chloe and friends did most of the experiences and rated the Full Moon Party and Paint party as their top two. They think it offered great value for money and they liked that all the entrance costs were covered and they felt it helped with budgeting. However, from what I can see they didn’t eat much and they drank a lot of cocktails, but you can’t win all the battles! If your teen is going away or planning to in the future I suggest taking a look at the packages offered by Party Hard Travel.
Disclosure: Chloe and her friends received a discount on the entertainment package in exchange for a review.