Holiday fun for the family! (part 1) Travelling Abroad

We have just returned from our family holiday to Fuerteventura – well it was over a week ago already but time has flown by since we got back, so this is the first time I have been able to sit down and really write a quick post on our holiday.

I booked the holiday through Low Cost Holidays – we have not used them before but we are signed up to one of these cash back sites, and this means that we get money off our Utility bills when we use certain companies online, so we thought we would give it a go.

The flights were with Ryanair and the hotel we chose was the Iberostar Gaviotas Park in Jandia, Fuerteventura. We also booked transfers with them.


The flight out was great – in so much as by some strange miracle we ended up with priority boarding and 2 spare seats in our row of 6 (3+3), so we were able to stretch out.

You’ve got to love the Ryanair fanfare when you land too!

The transfer was meant to be private but we were put with another couple – the only plus to this being that they were lovely and also going to the same hotel, so at least we didn’t have to stop elsewhere.

The hotel was fantastic. We had a sea-view suite which was lovely and clean, nicely decorated, with a fridge and complimentary mineral water on a daily basis. The view of the sea was pretty good – spoilt a bit by the neighbouring hotel covering some of it but we could see the beautiful white sandy beaches that stretched for miles and miles.

We slapped on some suncream and went straight down for some lunch in the pool bar. There was a good spread with plenty of pizza, pasta, salads, breads, cheeses, desserts, ice-cream, as well as spanish and fuerteventuran fayre.

We headed down to the beach after lunch and played in the sand and at the edge of the water.

Pure bliss and relaxation.

And that was how our holiday stayed.

We have had so many disasters with holidays since Rachel was born – ash clouds, norovirus, ear infections (multiple) etc etc – that it has become quite a standing joke amongst friends and family and I tend not to get too excited about holidays before  we actually come back and there has been no incidents!

Well this was completely incident-free week, aside from one day where Rachel wasn’t feeling too well anyway!

We spent the whole week basically by the pool – not venturing in it unfortunately as the water was not warm enough to brave it – by the kids play area, while the kids played with some friends that they made (both boys and Rachel was quite taken with them – funny considering she can’t stand boys at home!)


The only times we left the hotel were once to walk along to the shopping centre and go to a cashpoint – the nearest one was around 20/30 minute walk from the hotel! – and then we went on a trip to Oasis Park which is a kind of zoo/safari park. We had a great day there – except for the fact that that was the day that Rachel was feeling poorly and she can be so overdramatic with these things!

All in all I would recommend the hotel, the place, Oasis Park and even Ryanair for the flights – tip for any of you that are not aware – make sure that you print off your boarding cards either while in resort or pay to upgrade and do it before you leave. They charge a penalty if you don’t!

Happy happy holiday 🙂