Take the kids – or not? It’s one of those questions like ‘to be or not to be?’ or ‘cream or ice-cream?’ to which there is no easy answer. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like we don’t love spending time with our kids, but sometimes a bit of quality time together is much needed. The issue on previous holidays had been that we like to know the children are in really capable hands if we’re going to go off and do our own thing, and often I’d just spend the day preoccupied.
Colombia Beach Resort
So, having settled on Colombia Beach Resort, Cyprus, we hoped that we could strike some kind of balance. And finally, the answer to one of the great questions of the universe is answered. Here was a chance for us to truly have our cake and eat it, with copious amounts of both cream and ice cream thrown in for good measure.
Set on Pissouri Bay’s two-kilometre sands, the location of the resort makes it a well placed stepping stone. Getting from the hotel to the beach was a doddle, tiresome preparation and travelling rendered completely obsolete. The suite was pretty luxurious with more than enough space, and it felt as though the resort had been designed with family enjoyment and parental relaxation mutually in mind.
Instead of being anxious to leave us, the kids couldn’t wait to go back to the kid’s club after a day’s sample. Games and competitions are organised for the little ones along with a really impressive activity schedule. Our older girl had a go at water sports, and was thrilled to spot sea turtles whilst diving in the reassuringly placid waters of the bay. We were also relieved to find very friendly, qualified staff leading all the activities. The babysitting service enabled us to have some quality time dining with our eldest, and to take some evenings for ourselves as a couple, a rare treat due to our busy home schedules.
So, with the kids off enjoying the island in their own way, we were free to sample the grown up delights on offer. My husband was quickly suited and booted for the championship level 18-hole golf courses within a few miles of the hotel. Admittedly, the spa was more my thing, and it was a real treat to have time for a bit of personal pampering. The sauna, plunge pool, steam bath and Jacuzzi became my regular haunts, and the specialized therapies left me blissfully relaxed.
We also took advantage of the range of day trips, walking to secluded fairytale churches and beautifully crafted villages. Cyprus has a 4000 year heritage in wine production with traditional methods still used on many of the island’s vineyards, so it would have been uncultured of us not to take a tour. The wine tasting was all the more enjoyable having learnt about all that skill and history that had gone into the process, and of course knowing that babysitting had been arranged for the evening.
Copyright © 2011 Sophie McGovern