We recently visited San Lucianu Beach Resort which is a Mark Warner holiday resort. When I say we, it was actually Dylan, Erin and myself as Chloe and Lee couldn’t join us due to school. I have never been on a Mark Warner holiday before and to be honest we are not ones for package holidays generally. However the ease of everything, the staff and the place has converted me. We had the most wonderful week and I will share with you why.
Firstly the travelling there is flying with British Airways and the luxury that brings with it. A newspaper for the journey plus drinks and breakfast (we flew at 7.45) got us off to a flying start. Corsica is only a two hour flight which makes travelling with children easy, mine were happy for the flight despite our early start. Once at Bastia airport there were plenty of Mark Warner staff to greet us, take care of cases and get us on the short 30 minute transfer to the resort. Once arrived we left our bags with the staff to be delivered, which they were done with amazing speed.
Our room comprised of a huge double and a single bed for Erin. The room was spacious and it was superior as it was recently refurbished and had a sea view.
The balcony was lovely and overlooked the restaurant and sea which was a wonderful view. I shut the traditional wooden shutters each night and it kept our room both cool and dark meaning that the children and I enjoyed some lazy morning starts as we headed down to breakfast about 9.30 each morning. For this reason I had chosen afternoon childcare for Erin!
The childcare is second to none and I have never experienced anything like it before on a holiday. I think I have now been spoilt forever! The childcare is included in the price and therefore does not cost anything extra out there (unless you choose to hire a babysitter for 14E an hour). Erin went to Mini Club which is for children 3-5 year old. They can have a morning or afternoon session each day. On the first evening there is a short welcome meeting which outlines how childcare works. For Erin she went every afternoon and there are three different activities planned with one of them being sailing, windsurfing or kayaking.
After her afternoon session the children would go and eat a ‘high tea’ which was a more child friendly dinner. It was then time to shower and get into PJ’s before heading back to Mini Club to watch a DVD and then be put to bed. Just how those staff members achieved that I’m not sure but when I picked Erin up she was asleep in her little bed. On the one evening Erin did not settle they came and found me at about 10pm. This was reassuring as you know if they are not setlled or happy the staff will come and see you.
Childcare for tweens is more informal and I had given permission for Dyl who is 11 to sign himself in and out. His sessions ran both morning, afternoon and evening. He could duck in and out as it suited him. Each day there was a water sports hour and Dyl found his sea legs. Sailing is going to be the new hobby! He also enjoyed kayaking and mocktail making.
Formal childcare rocks and gave me some much needed time to
drink cocktails relax, unwind and top up the tan. However the pool entertained my little gang for hours and again the lifeguard was brilliant interacting with the children and encouraging them with their swimming. I was ensuring Erin did some physio in the water and worked her little joints. The lifeguard Poppy was also encouraging Erin and said that Erin was the best 5 yr old swimmer she had had on resort and considering all Erin has been through that’s a wonderful compliment.
I choose to upgrade to full board for only an extra £119 for the three of us and it was a good call. Lunch did seem to come around very quickly after dinner, but with all the swimming and watersports the children did need to refuel! Breakfast is always their favourite meal and they devoured everything from the sausages, chocolate croissants and fresh fruit. I usually opted for an omelette made to order which was scrumptious. Most of the fruit was local and included melon, kiwi, pineapple and apples. The buffet selection was always good and I enjoyed a fruit tea on many a morning.
Lunch was a buffet and each day there was a pizza bar providing us with fresh pizzas, Erin’s favourite tuna and sweetcorn. In addition there was copious amounts of salads and bread. This certainly refuelled us!
The evening meal was a slightly more formal affair and as Erin was in kids club by this point I was able to unwind (some more) with dinner and rose. Dyl abandoned me in favour of eating with the kids his age. They had their own table and had meals especially cooked for them. It was a good job I had friends to sit with in the evenings as the children had deserted me! Adults had an al la carte menu to order from and the food was beautifully presented and filling.
What can I say – do you know any other holiday that can beat this?
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Disclosure: The review is all my own words and I was given the holiday as part of a press trip for an honest account.