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Portugal has all the ingredients for the perfect family holiday – endless, golden sandy beaches; beautiful scenery; quaint fishing villages; and good quality hotels.
We’re staying in a fabulous lovely all inclusive 4 star holiday resort hotel, perched in a spectacular cliff top position overlooking Falesia Beach and close to the towns of Albufeira and Vilamoura.
Throughout the complex there is a good range of facilities and activities that are ideal for all ages.
Our hotel is in a peaceful spot yet close to the Algarve towns of Albufeira and Vilamoura on the southern coast of Portugal. Away from the overcrowded hustle and bustle of Albufeira and something more of the real Algarve than Vilamoura, but not far from either, we’re staying close to Olhos D’Agua, a popular fishing village located in-between the two.With it’s long sandy beaches and he Algarve – the perfect destination for families and couples of all ages.
The weather in this part of the Algarve hits the 30Cs in the summer holiday months – with a light breeze that ensures you don’t over heat! .
Our hotel has direct access to Praia d’Agua, the long, golden, local beach, nestled amongst pine trees and cliffs with their rocky outcrops. The beach is usually uncrowded, but well used by local fisherman, whose boats are often scattered on the beach.
Praia da Falesia beach is nearby and can easily rank as one of the most beautiful beaches in this part of the Algarve. Over 8km long it stretches all the way to Vilamoura and is edged by by red cliffs. Another beach, Santa Eulalia is a gentle beach, ideal for young children.
Olhos D’Agua is famed for its fresh water springs which can be seen amongst the rocks when the tide is out.
2019 TO BE RELEASED SOON!
It may be possible to extend your holiday further should you wish, the earlier you contact us on this the better as this hotel always sells out quickly. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
This is subject to availability – this hotel does sell out VERY quickly over summer!
*Please note that the coordinator is only available on the above dates*
The holiday price is based on flights from London Gatwick however most regional airports fly to Faro. There may be a supplement for a regional departure although the earlier you book the more chance of you have of avoiding these, flight prices increase closer to the holiday.
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Our lovely 4 star hotel is an ideal base for a family holiday in the Algarve, and with all inclusive board and excellent facilities making it an easy and very enjoyable holiday.
The hotel is nestled in lovely gardens in a large area of pine forests and greenery . A wide range of shops and restaurants are available at nearby Ohlos D’Agua or the lovely harbour town of Vilamoura. There are steps down to the golden, sandy beach of Praia da Falesia, with the area also boasting a number of more intimate coves. (Because of these steps we wouldn’t recommend this hotel for babies in buggies or anyone who would struggle with steps)
Albufeira is just 3km away, the hotel has a regular free shuttle bus that runs 6 days a week.
The hotel is ideal for families – with a wide selection of sports activities or spa treatments for relaxation. The children’s club is also a popular appeal for families.
The bedrooms are simply but tastefully decorated and all have private balconies, there is also a great choice of food served.
All inclusive is a great option for families, not only in limiting the amount of spending money needed for a holiday, but the free access to drinks and snacks helps reduce pestering by the kids!
The following meals are included in your holiday:
Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Local wine and beer, soft drinks, water and coffee are available with meals.
For anyone feeling peckish in between, free snacks are available between 11am and 5pm from the snack bar.
The bars offer all inclusive drinks from 11am to 11pm and serve soft drinks, hot and cold drinks, local alcohol including beer, wine, spirits and liqueurs
All the rooms are equipped with a balcony, air conditioning, TV, telephone, fridge, hairdryer and a safe for rental.
Animation team with activities for adults and children. Evening entertainment.
Two outdoor free-form swimming pools and an indoor pool for anyone wanting a break from the sun.
For anyone wanting a active break there are sports courts, a beach volley ball court, tennis courts, outdoor area for aerobics, gymnasium, room for yoga or dance, table tennis, Mini-Golf.
Spa and beauty treatments are also available at the hotel, with Sauna and Turkish Baths, massages, stone therapy, as well as a number of other face and body treatments, and a hairdressing salon.
A choice of restaurants and bars .The main restaurant is buffet style and serves international and Portuguese dishes, with occasional themed buffets. There is also a poolside snack bar, lounge bar with terrace, and a cocktail bar overlooking the resort.There is a resident pianist and entertaining shows.
Internet access (free in public areas – get the code from reception)
Babysitting service available (chargeable)
The holiday is all inclusive. Flights and transfers are included in the price.
Included in the all inclusive package are the following:
The holiday will be accompanied by a Single With Kids coordinator who will arrange group get-togethers and events – please feel free to dip in and out of these as you wish.
Please note any admission prices are not included in the price
Zoomarine is perfect for a family day out and offers the once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with dolphins – every child’s dream! The Slide and Splash Aqua Park is another family holiday opportunity. It has around 20 slides, plus a green area for a spot of sun-bathing, and of course, jacuzzis and saunas for the mums!
A visit to Albufeira for sight seeing and shopping . Once a quaint fishing village, Albufeira has retained its original charm whilst providing a wide range of tourist facilities. There are various stalls and small shops dotted around the old town streets, selling local crafts, such as knitted dolls, wooden toys and hand-made jewellery.The old town with cobbled streets and white painted houses has a very traditional feel, whilst the east of the town boasts a wide range of restaurants, shops and new hotels.
For anyone wishing to travel further afield, the magical, Spanish town of Seville is easily accessible for a day’s excursion.
Boat trips and markets and local markets also abound.
Fabulous for all ages!
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Stunning red cliffs and soft sands
Beautiful sunsets on Falesia beach
All inclusive - free drinks for all
One of the hotel dining rooms
Albufeira old town
The hotel's kids club
Fun on the beach
2019 dates TO BE RELEASED SOON!
The prices are based on 7 or 10 nights all inclusive package in a lovely 4 star hotel in Ohlos d’Agua. The price includes flights from London Gatwick, we can offer flights from other airports in the UK although these may be at a small supplement depending on location – please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Please note – the earlier you book, the more likely there will be availability from other airports without a supplement.
The first child in any family is classed as a child as long as they are 17 or under. Additional children must be 11 or under for children’s prices, there is a small supplement should they be older than this.
Book now and pay in low monthly instalments for your 2019 holiday (valid for bookings up to the end of March 2019)
The price of your holiday is simply divided equally, with the last monthly payment to be made 6 weeks before your holiday at the very latest. The first instalment will be taken at time of booking, with further monthly instalments on the 1st of each subsequent month. Please do email us if you would like further information.
The earlier you book, the cheaper your holiday will be:
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It may be possible to extend your holiday further should you wish, the earlier you contact us on this the better as this hotel always sells out quickly. Please email us at email@example.com to discuss.
This is subject to availability – this hotel does sell out VERY quickly over summer!
*Please note that the coordinator is only available on the above dates*
What the Parents Say…
" Where do I start? This has been a lovely holiday for us and our first experience with SWK. Stress fee, fun, great for kids, pool, great for adults, happy, sunshine, beach. Gill and Abigail have been wonderful “hostesses” and taken great care of us all. I have loads more to say but there won’t be any space left for anyone else to write. Thank you for a wonderful holiday. Lots of SWK love. "
" Fantastic holiday. Gill smashed it out the park with her activities and meal bookings. The Grill restaurant is fantastic. Boat trip was the best. Thanks Gill once again. Join in the fun, just do it. "
" I’ve never been on a SWK holiday so was nervous and unsure about what to expect. We’ve been made to feel welcome from the start and we’ve both felt lucky to have met some wonderful people. Add to that amazing food, glorious weather and a kind, considerate hostess in Gill, what more could you ask for? See you next year. "
" Thank you, thank you, thank you. Our second SWK, same resort, wonderful company. The children have had such a good time. Made lovely friends and I know they will be talking about it for a long time to come. I’ve enjoyed meeting everyone – the same group next year would be perfect. Thank you Gill. "
" Our first SWK holiday and not our last. So glad we found you. New friends and lasting memories made special thanks to our wonderful host Gill who made us feel welcome from the start. "
" Have enjoyed every minute of our time here in Portugal. Our first SWK holiday and we would definitely do it again. Loved meeting new friends and loved that the children and adults got on so well and done the floss together as one. Thank you Gill and Abigail. It’s been great.
I really enjoyed it. I made lots of new friends and I can’t wait to come back next year.... Rianna 14 "
" Came here with my 8 year old son, we were the only Icelanders on the trip but it didn’t stop us from getting to know everyone. Agust practiced his English and we both felt at home with the group. Special thanks to Gill. She was so nice and good with keeping everyone happy. We are definitely coming back here or doing another SWK. So much fun. "
" Portugal was my second SWK holiday abroad with Fred and it’s been great. A really nice bunch of people. Gill has been a really good coordinator and the pool, hotel and beach have been perfect. "
" Our second SWK experience. Although a little apprehensive about coming as Luca was the only boy it’s been fantastic. Great bunch of families, parents and kids. Gill did a wonderful job. Very happy memories made. "
" Our first SWK holiday and what a great holiday it has been. Thanks so much to Gill who has been absolutely fantastic. Tilly made lots of lovely friends and the parents were great too. We have to repeat the experience in the near future. "
" I enjoyed it and I never enjoy anything. "
" Fab holiday. Great group. Gill was brill. Down with the kids. Loved it. Thank you. "
" Lovely holiday. Thank you so much. Lily said it was the best holiday ever! Thank you Gill. "
" Sue and Saf made a good holiday great with your seamless and gentle coordination. Herding adults, teens and kiddies simultaneously is a real art and you did it with charm, humour and a bit of mischief. It was an absolute pleasure to have your company so much that the rest of us are about to board a coach to come and stay with you both. "
" Second time with Sue and Saf and just as good. Great group and great location. We will be booking again.
Absolutely loved it. Loads of stuff to do.
Thomas 9 "
" Thank you for a wonderful holiday and amazing trips, especially Zoo marine. Swimming with dolphins was amazing and definitely a once in a lifetime experience all because of you guys and I hope to have more holidays in the future. "
" Thank you Sue and Saffy for an amazing holiday. Loved the activities and the organisation. We will be returning. "
" This is our first SWK holiday and we will be booking again. "
" What an amazing holiday Mikey and I had not forgetting Thierry who insisted for me to say bye, bye to you and thank you for making him feel welcome. You are both an amazing team and we again had a fantastic time which was all down to Sue. We will see you soon.
Thank you so, so much for a wonderful holiday. It wouldn’t be the same without you two. A brilliant team without a doubt. I really hope that my mum and I will see you again in some way. Thank you for an amazing holiday....Mikey 13 "
" It has been a great week with a fab group of people. Weather, food (but don’t mention the Portuguese night), laughter and everything has been wonderful. Will miss you all. Especially Sue and Saf for making it all work. "
" Thanks Sue for all your hard work. It was a great week. "
" Thank you so much for everything you have done for us. Dhalya and I had a fabulous holiday. Such good organisation. Such good company. "
" We have had a fantastic time. Thanks for all your hard work. "
" Thank you for organising such a fabulous holiday. The kids and I have had a ball. Exceeded our expectations in every way. Thank you. "
" The girls and I had a great time. Thanks for all the hard work and organisation. "
" Oscar and I had a wonderful time. It’s been a while since we laughed this hard (not at Sue) but just having great fun. "
" Thank you for all your help, assistance and fun times. The holiday has been fab. Many memorable moments which I will think about when I am back at work next week to keep me smiling. "
" What a fantastic time we have had. From the moment we arrived, tired and sweaty, Sue and Saf have made us feel so relaxed and included in the SWK holiday group. We have both made friends and laughed so hard it hurts. Thank you so much Sue and Saf for ensuring our holiday was great.
Thanks for all the support during the holiday. We have had a great time.
" Good support and company from the rest of the group. Easy to dip in and out of activities. Really good time, great company for both children and adults. "
" Good organisation and fun time for kids and adults. "
" I was very nervous about this holiday - booking it, travelling for it and being on it and it has been a wonderful process from start to finish. Your team are brilliant - its all so efficient and the communication is spot on. It was a proper family holiday (day trips, time around the pool, meals and drinks out and the kids met new friends and played and played and played...) I didn't once feel out of place as 'one parent' with the children because other families were in the same position - we were each others safety net. I've met new friends, had great chats and laughs and have thoroughly had a brilliant time. What a memory hey! My son gave the holiday 9 1/2 out of ten - the full marks were pipped at the post by the sun being too hot! I knew the holiday would be okay....I hoped that it would be good but honestly it was more than excellent! The accommodation, food, staff, atmosphere was perfect and sharing a holiday miles away from home with 15 other families that we have never met couldn't have worked out more relaxed, happy and fun than in my wildest dreams. Excellent coordination from start to finish. My children have thanked me for the 'best holiday ever' which says it all. Thanks so much. "
" It was our first SWK hols and we loved it and would definitely do it again. Cath our coordinator was brilliant ...she did a brilliant job as host "
" It's the best way to get a holiday with kids - if they are happy so are the grown ups. "
" This was my first SWK event and I would highly recommend it. Highlights - My son having the opportunity to swim with dolphins. Starting - and finishing - a book, the first time tho year I've been able to do that!! Accommodation great, hotel lovely with great grounds. "
" I think SWK is a great idea, especially for newly single parents like me and I will be going on more of your holidays over the coming years. Thank you very much! Great for parents and great for kids - can't say more than that. Brilliant time from start to finish and very well organised indeed by Claire who made us feel very welcome, sorted out any issues that we had and made sure that we were in the right place at the right time for the brilliant activities on offer. "
" Good standard of hotel that felt safe to allow my daughter to have a bit of freedom within the hotel complex. Claire was excellent as a co-ordinator - she went above and beyond on many occasions and was always helpful and knowledgable. "
" You're not on your own, isolated and struggling to entertain children on your own. It takes the pressure off and I had a very relaxing time (for a change!). Thank you. The hotel, seeing my daughter happy and laughing, spending time with nice people in the group, not being on my own of an evening and sharing meals and social times together whilst my children disappeared! Not having to think about sorting out food and meals and not having to carry money around with me for drinks etc. My children loved the independence of choosing their own food and drinks. Our coordinator Claire was absolutely fantastic and made the holiday trouble free and I didn't have to think too much! In fact without Claire it wouldn't have been half as good a holiday. Many thanks Claire, you're a star! "
" The children all got on brilliantly from the start which provided the adults peace and relaxation as well as a great comradery and solidarity. It felt like one big happy family! "
" Great company, unpressured environment, opt in /opt out activities....as much or little as I wanted to do. "
" Out of all the wonderful SWK holidays Maisie and I have been on abroad. This has been top of the list. A superb hotel, lovely staff and we have been blessed with a great set of singletons and their kids! So relaxing – even for just a week and a good choice of activities and excursions. It has been an absolute joy of a holiday. Much needed by us all. Another SWK triumph. It would be totally remiss of me not to give special mention to Sarah Gray – our wonderful coordinator/ Organised, calm, unflappable, one step ahead and brilliant. Oh and lovely too…. A special coordinator (and person)
Bravo Sarah. Bravo SWK
We’ve had a superb holiday "
" Great resort, friendly staff, it was good to have a pool which was quiet and a separate one where the activities took place. "
" Memories of Portugal 2013
• G&T club
• Mandy mounting a horse in the dining room and other holiday makers taking photos
• The aqua – aerobics instructor making 3 old ladies very happy
• After dark activities in the tennis courts
• Tarot readings
• Gangham style (groan…)
• 24 hour eating frenzy
• Swimming with dolphins
• Very drinkable rose wine
• Great hotel with helpful staff
• Catching up with old friends and making new ones
• A great coordinator in Sarah
• Sun, sun, sun!
• A fabulous holiday
Thanks everyone!! "
" It was a lovely group and ticked the boxes I needed. "
" What a wonderful SWK trip
Fantastic hotel and staff, fab trips, especially the zoo marina, Ben absolutely loved swimming with the dolphins.
Having Sarah as our coordinator last year in Turkey I knew I could come away safe in the knowledge that the trips would be organised, and I wasn’t disappointed! Sarah works so hard to accommodate the whole group and I feel her easy going and approachable manner is appreciated by all.
The group I feel have bonded well and I have to say all the children have been a real delight to be around
The only negative id say is I wish is booked 10 days!!!
" Wow 7 years of no holiday and its been worth the wait. Have had an amazing time, made friends and been abroad! Portugal is fantastic, hotel resort has been beautiful, so big and plenty to do. Good food, company and fun.
Sarah has been an amazing ‘group mum’ and it has been lovely talking to adults (supposed to just kids) and finding out their individual stories. Kids have been great have bonded.
" I like swimming "
" Our first SWK trip….
Well our family was one of three newbies on this trip and I, pleased to say it will be the first of many.
The group is fantastic you don’t need to explain why you are on your own and single – everyone gets it.
My 7 year old has told me he feels like a grown up getting to eat with the older kids who have been brilliant with him. He was never made to feel too little to join in.
The hotel is fantastic and amazing resort and I may even return one day.
Finally a big thank you to our coordinator Sarah and her some Alex who have gone out of their way to ensure everyone feels welcome. "
" I think the trips were nice. "
" We already knew what a fantastic time we would have on our second SWK holiday.
The 2 years in between our holidays has not dimmed the friendships Harvey and I made last time – we now have a new set of fabulous people to call friends.
The mixture of ages and boys and girls has been perfect, with the little uns, pre-teens and teens all enjoying their company and happily mixing – especially on the tennis courts every evening, away from prying eyes!
Sarah has been the perfect host for all of us this holiday – great communicator and totally unfazed at whatever has been thrown her way. Thank you Sarah!
This is, sadly, our last day – and normality returns tomorrow – but the memories will last – as will the photographic evidence he he he!!
" We have all had a great holiday. Greg and Rhiannon have made nice friends and left daddy in the evening with the SWK around! Sarah has done a grand job at organising us all and dealing with any problems. Can’t wait to see the photos.
Until next time.
" Although this has been our fourth SWK trip abroad and we knew what to expect, no 2 holidays are ever the same.
We have had a fantastic holiday, not only with our existing friends but with the many new friends we have made.
The highlight of our holiday has to be Joe swimming with dolphins… definitely an amazing experience for the memory bank.
The hotel and resort have been perfect and the ever helpful staff have made the holiday complete.
Thank you to Sarah for being a great host and haven patience in abundance.
It may have only been a week in Portugal but it has left us with a lifetime of memories… thank you everyone.
" Another wonderful holiday with SWK. AS we do each holiday abroad we say this has been the best one but this defiantly has. The organisation has been brilliant, the hotel has been fabulous leaving nothing to be desired. An absolutely beautiful location with a perfect mix of entertainment or peace and quiet. Much as I want to visit different places I would certainly come back to this hotel.
Sarah as coordinator has been superb and been there to sort out our every need. I have watched SWK develop over the past 4 years and look forward to after Christmas to see what is in the pipeline for next year to come. Well done. Keep up the high standards!
" This has been our first SWK experience and we have loved every minute of it. The resort is fabulous with helpful, polite and friendly staff. Entertainment is fun but you can also find quieter places and moments of calm.
We love the beach with its exciting waves. We have met lovely people and that is the highlight of the holiday. Sarah has been a brilliant coordinator we felt totally relaxed as she took care of everything. Thank you Sarah!
My favourite trip was to the markets at Loule where we had a taste of real Portugal.
I will be remembering this holiday over the long winter months and cherishing the memories and friendships made
Thank you SWK
" A brilliant holiday for all of us.
Having been to Turkey last year it was great to see both Sarah and Alex and Sam and Ben again and make and meeting new friends. What has been absolutely great is seeing my 3 children, who tend to be a group already, join in and play with a wonderful group of youngsters of all ages. Although no water park all the children have become great frinds over the week and have had a wonderful time – from truth or dare to simply all disappearing to the smaller pool or games room to making friends while jumping in the waves.
Sarah has been a great coordinator so I knew we would be well looked after. Also the first hotel where a ‘family room’ didn't feel squashed and we had space.
This was a holiday that will be hard to beat!
" Wow Chrissie – What a find! This place is AMAZING!!! My three have all said that this has been their best holiday so for – and I have to say, I agree with them!!
Everything has been absolutely spot on! A fab group of people, some of whom we’d met before, but also some new and special people, have made this an extra special holiday.
So many happy memories some of which I will cringe at when I see the photographic evidence – but very special – I will never be able to look at a horse in the same way again – enough said!!!
Thanks to Sarah – what an absolute love! So chilled and happy to help… she’s been a star!!
All in all a fab holiday – thanks to everyone for making that happen!
" “It was a brilliant trip, everyone had a great time, the adults and the kids! Elaine was a fabulous coordinator, there were tears when we left.
The accommodation was lovely, staff friendly and helpful . Location excellent. Group size good …Elaine was fantastic, a great coordinator from welcoming us as we arrived to making sure everyone was ok during our stay. We had great fun, adults and kids alike. Was great to meet up with old freinds and make new ones! Great value for money – the food was lovely, noone had a dodgy belly!! Great value for money, lovely location and brilliant people! Thank you SWK!! X" "
" “Couldn’t fault hotel. Staff were great And very friendly and helpful. Everyone seemed to really get on with each other, kids and adults alike. I would just like to say that Elaine was a fantastic coordinator and we couldn’t have asked for a better organiser or friendly face to go to if there were any problems.
Highlight: Not seeing the kids for a week! Seriously it was Elaine’s organisation and the lovely group of people we were with.” "
" “We both had an excellent time, Thea loved being with all the other children
Elaine our Co-Ordinator was fantastic, she was extremely helpful and very organised, nothing was too much trouble. The highlight: Thea having so much fun with all the other kids and the fantastic group I was with. Everything was excellent!” "
" “The coordinator, Elaine was great. She really put a lot of effort into making sure the group had lots to do and stayed together. It was also nice that the trips were reasonably priced and that there was no pressure to book them like you normally get on package holidays. This format really worked for me and my daughter. It was lovely to be able to get some guilt-free adult time knowing that she was having fun with her friends. It’s the first holiday since I’ve had her where I actually got to read a book!
I’ll definitely do more holidays with SWK – I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders knowing that I’ll always have a group of friends we can holiday with. Incidentally, I think there’s a gap in the market for this type of holiday for families with one child, because keeping an only-child entertained on holiday is difficult even if you’re holidaying with an adult
It was a lovely way to spend the Easter holidays. Much better than sitting in the rain at home.” "
" “Just back from a FAB SWK hol in Tunisia! Met some really lovely people and made some great new friends. Thanks Elaine for being such a great organiser and mum to all! Anyone dithering about going in the summer – definitely go! It was truely fab!” "
" “Back from an amazing week in Tunisia, excellent food, loads of drink and met some more amazing people. Couldn’t have asked for more!” "
" “The most awesome holiday thank you all so much for making mine & Noah’s first SWK holiday so fabulous x” "
" “It ticks all the boxes , I like that you can walk on the beach with out crossing any roads ,in door swimming pool ,food was nice and the flights not too long. My 4th (SWK) holiday say no more! “ "
" “Elaine was brilliant. I would definitely do another SWK holiday.. the hotel was great and the staff lovely I think you all did a great job, as before, Chrissy, Elaine and Rachel” "
" “The whole thing worked brilliantly. I have to say I was a little apprehensive when the green bags arrived but it couldn’t have worked out better for us. Linda was a great coordinator – friendly, helpful and laid back, which helped us all to relax straight away.
Lovely quiet location, small family run feel, beautiful gardens, great company. It’s great to know I can plan and book a super holiday for us both. Matilda had the time of her life and saw that she wasn’t the only child from a single parent family. Many thanks.” "
" “Lisa had exactly the right temperament and personality to lead the group and her children were also an asset to her….she did a terrific job of responding a wide range of needs within the group. I would recommend her as a leader of other groups.
There was a great group dynamic, it was great to feel that we were all in the same boat and the kids had a really fantastic time.
The highlight: Chatting to adults while watching the kids swimming in the sea at night. ” "
" “My son really loved the holiday and meeting other children. He absolutely grew in confidence in the swimming pool as he made friends and spent the days largely playing in the pool with new friends. I loved how the 2 eight year old girlfriends he made would come to the door of our room and call for him for dinner!
The write up was accurate and the pictures too – both these and the text absolutely got the ethos and environment bang on.
We couldn’t fault this holiday. It was absolutely what I wanted and needed. Beautiful location, great standard of hotel. It was a great group, and good to be able to dip in or out of the group aspect with no pressure. Very relaxed. We all pitched in to signing up for the Aqua slide day out which was a lot of fun, then a few of us informally on the last day rented Quad bikes for the day and scoured a little of the island. Best fun I’ve had in ages!
It was like being part of a group holiday family and I could at times just relax knowing that my son was being watched by others in the group, especially once closer friendships were forged which happened naturally and quickly.” "
" “Lovely location, hotel, pool.Lovely people, everything I hoped it would be. It was just what we needed. Being the sole parent of a teenager who cant stand the sight of me a lot of the time, it was great to have other adults and kids for both of us to talk to and spend time with. It meant we could holiday together but not drive each other mad. Everyone was really lovely and the whole environment felt very supportive.” "
" “A really great holiday, the kids made loads of friends and spent most of the time in the pool. I sat round the pool reading books and chatting. The staff at the hotel were really helpful, the restaurant provided a free cake for my daughters birthday.
Elaine was really helpful and went well beyond what I would have expected of her as a coordinator.
The highlight? The kids, making friends and swimming in the pool. Me. Having the time to relax and socialise knowing the kids were having a great time. It’s a great holiday for all the family.” "
" So easy and relaxing. kids had plenty of other similar aged children to play with. The highlight? Quadbiking, all the kids wanted a go on the quadbikes that some of us had hired.
Jake, Jasmine and loved our latest holiday in Crete with SWK. We met some old friends and made some new ones too. The hotel and resort were fantastic, the hotel staff were very helpful and friendly. "
" “This holiday is certainly included on my list of best things I have ever done! Alex had a fabulous time as did I. He always had someone to play with and we both gained a lot from the holiday. I can’t wait to go somewhere with SWK again. We both have some great memories. It was relaxed, weather great, right amount of trips, plenty to do. Good value for money.” "
" “It was a lovely holiday and great that all the parents and children got on so well. My daughter was sad that we only stayed 7 days!
The highlight? The lovely people that we shared the holiday with and the fun we all had together.” "
" “Fantastic to be introduced to so many lovely people yet still have the freedom to be on our own family holiday and choose what we want to do. Was great to meet similar families to not be the only one-parent family surrounded by conventional families. A great confidence booster. Location was perfect for a family beach and pool holiday. Good selection of group activities which weren’t too expensive.” "
" “Great mix of families and playmates for my daughter, and so nice to be able to chat with parents in a similar position. Lisa our co-ordinator was great. Very calm and chilled, there to great us when we arrived, checked we were ok without being ‘in our face’ all the time and an all round lovely person to spend time with.
The highlight? For my daughter it was seeing dolphins at Marine world, for me it was watching her having such a great time with new friends in the pool
The accomodation was very family friendly and as a female i felt safe at all times, even in the resort late at night. ” "
" I have just returned from my first SWK holiday to Majorca. What a fab time we had. Of course it was nerve racking to start with but everyone was so friendly. A big thank you to Chrissie who made us so welcome. Everyone helped everyone out so it felt like you were on holiday with your family – perfect for people like me who have children of different ages with very different interests and needs.
When I think of the 3 holidays I took the kids on before SWk on my own and how lonely I felt and compare it to Majorca there is no comparison !!! I made some great friends that I have seen since arriving back in England – even though they live “up North” and they have introduced me to other SWK members too! My kids made great friends too, who they cant wait to meet up with at Wickstead. So if you are reading this and you have booked something and are nervous – don’t be! you will have a great time If you are thinking about taking the plunge and booking a SWK holiday go on do it! "
" This was our first swk holiday and we thoroughly enjoyed it! The girls had such a good time making new friends, as did I, and we will definitely stay in touch with several families. Thank you both so much for being great hosts! We will most definitely be coming on an swk holiday again, and the girls are already asking me what the next one is!! After this holiday, I don’t think we will be able to do any other holiday again as we enjoyed ourselves so so much, and the laid back easy-going manner was most definitely a positive. Thanks for a great holiday!! "
" “Excellent holiday, made returning to work today really hard – we should’ve done 10 days.
Good mix of mums and dads made a good group, like going on holiday with a large family but without family politics…we all had a great time.
The highlight? Diving off the starfish was good, the beach party and drinking local shots, taking the kids out, girls first then boys, on the pedaloes was great.
Most fun you can have with laughing.” "
" ” A nice group of people, very helpful and friendly coordinator, and all very well organised.
I think this is a really good holiday idea for single parents and I would definitely book another in the future. Having adult company for me was great, and the children had a wonderful time with other children of their own age.
The highlight? Spending time with my children in the secure environment of a group. Good value for money, comfortable hotel in a good location, and very family friendly.” "
" I have just come back from the Cornwall Lodges holiday. I was really nervous about going as I didn’t know anyone, and my 11 yr old daughter was in a panic!!!!!!…… Everyone on the holiday was brilliant, single parents, just like me. My daughter said on the last night ” this isn’t a holiday mum. . . . . this is heaven, when can we do this again?” I can only say with the greatest of gratitude THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE FOR MAKING ME FEEL SO ACCEPTED.
If any new people out there are thinking about booking a trip, stop thinking about it and just DO IT !!!!!!!!! . Joining SWK was the BEST thing i have ever done, and i am looking forward to many more trips, and making many more friends. Thank you so much Chrissie and Richard for the lifeline you have thrown me. "
" “Best holiday I have had as an adult! Thank you A Fab location, quiet enough pool and beaches, good facilities.” "
" “The best holiday I have ever had with my son!” "
" “A really lovely holiday with good company.” "
" “Best hols I’ve ever been on, was relaxed from the start, the overall package of the holiday was just fantastic could not wish for a better place to stay and everything was ideal for my son, met lots of wonderful people from SWK from the start of the holiday and went home with a lot of wonderful new friends. So I thank you from the bottom of my heart.” "
" "I would be lost without SWK and all the fantastic people that are part of it !!
Thank you for being my life line in so many ways." "
" The highlight…“Meeting such lovely people and learning that I’m not alone! I will definitely book another SWK holiday instead of a holiday on my own with the children!” "
" “We were very lucky to there being such a lovely group of families on this trip. I’d say everyone gelled together (similar to the Conwy bunk barn last year). I found this holiday to be more relaxed than the UK holidays. I’d guess it’s because once I’d checked in everything was out of my hands. No driving here & there, no cooking, washing up etc.
The highlight? :Feeling very relaxed. So much so that only after a few days of arrival, Lisa said I was very chilled – something that not normally can be said after running around after my two!
It was in a fab location, just over from the beach. The resort was small and not commercialised, but just the right size for a family. As always, the holidays give parents the chance to have a speak and laugh with other parents rather than sitting their on their own whilst the children mix and mingle.” "
" “Best Holiday I have been on in years – thank you Single with Kids – Chrissie was great!!” "
" “It was great to have adult company, the kids always had someone to talk/hang out with. Plenty of trips offered but no pressure to take part. Entertainment at hotel was good. Loved every minute of holiday Location was excellent, beach couldn’t have been nearer if you tried. Chrissie was absolutely brilliant, made everyone feel so welcome, group events planned but no pressure to join in. Couldn’t have asked to have met a better group of people. Have made so many new friends. Excellent value for money even though i paid for 7 !!!!!.” "
" “First time I have been on holiday with SWK and overall it was excellent value and a great success. Already looking to see next one I can book!” "
" “This was our first SWK holiday. We had the most fantastic welcome from the two Linda’s who worked tirelessly throughout the holiday. Everyone gelled so well and the children had the most amazing time. On Sun/Mon groups of us went out and about so there was no pressure to participate if you didn’t want to. Conkers was a superb attraction to visit.” "
" “Beth had a fantastic time with new friends. This is a big part of our going away with SWK. She gets friends to play with 24/7 and I get a rest and some adult company. Stunning location with very friendly staff. Great caterers for several nights. So nice to be spared the cooking and delicious food!” "
" “Once again thank you so much for organising another fantastic holiday which we both loved from start to finish – SWK has made such a difference to our lives, and our holidays are certainly the highlights of our year! Can’t wait for the next one!” "
" “It was fantastic! Lots of friends for Maddie, and I really appreciated the chance to chill out with a lovely bunch of people. Effectively 20 babysitters, the way we all looked out for one another’s kids and felt comfortable doing so. Will definitely be back! Would like to say thanks. Both Maddie and I blossomed on this holiday. It has shown me that I can cope with anything life throws at me because no matter how it feels when I’m at home with all my coupled up friends, I’m not unusual and there are people in the same boat. And what’s more they are fantastic people who I really want to keep in touch with. It may sound a bit sappy but coming away with SWK has totally changed my outlook on life. (Don’t you think that a lot of the time we were having way more fun than the ‘traditional’ families?! ) Thanks again x” "
" “This exceeded my expectations. The accommodation was amazing as was the food. The group was super friendly and the activities that Linda and Linda organised brought people together in a gentle but non pushy way. The SWK holidays are an amazing idea. Thank you – you have revolutioned my idea of holidays for the foreseeable future… ” "
" “A fantastic holiday…everything we could have wished for and so much more!! Was so lovely to see the children enjoying themselves and able to have so much freedom, whilst being able to enjoy the company of adults and have a really good laugh!! It was so good to be part of a group where everyone was in the same boat.” "
" “Thomas and I had a fantastic time thank you, special thanks to Kendra, think she did a fantastic job.” "
" “This holiday was wonderful, it has given me a new lease of life! The thought of travelling with a baby was daunting at first, but now I have done it I feel that I can conquer anything. It was lovely to be in the company of such nice people and it has boosted my confidence levels. I was able to relax and enjoy my holiday fully. The beech party, the day trips out and the evening drinks by the pool really made it for me. My older son made lots of friends and so did I. I will definitely be going away on the next abroad trip, Thanks Chrissie and Richard, Love from Claire and the sprogs xxx” "
" “This was my first holiday ‘alone’ with my girls. SWK meant that we already had friends waiting for us when we reached the hotel. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. Amanda was a great co-ordinator and we were made to feel comfortable by the group, immediately. Everyone was able to spend as much time with the group, or not, as they wished. There was plenty of fun and laughter, and I had a relaxing time…….a great way to take a holiday as a single parent due to a ready made support network of other parents in the same position – other people to go to dinner with, and always someone who’ll keep an eye on your kids for 5 minutes if needed. We all had a great time many thanks SWK” "
" “Fabulous time – perfect hosts. plenty of daytime opportunities for group outings, no pressure applied – could do own thing if wanted or join in – loved evening get together on beach – fabulous idea great fun – a simple cheap but totally wonderful idea. Last evening get together at restaurant also well planned great idea and the 100% take up of it from group speaks for itself the lovely parents I met, the fantastic children my kids met, sat on the beach drinking sangria watching all the kids having fun in sea at nearly 11pm at night, feeling part of one massive family, feeling safe secure, knowing my kids were always being looked after if my back was turned, listening to my kids say it was the best holiday they had ever had, and finally seeing one of my kids in tears not wanting to come home, what better proof of a good time !!.” "
" “Totally loved it from the moment we opened the door to our yurt which was the most beautiful, sumptuiously decorated ‘tent’ ever…and the site was just idilic, perfect…I loved the freedom the girls had to roam the surrounding woodland with their new friends. We all made new friends, it was a perfect sized group, everyone was lovely.” "
" “Absolutely both loved it. great location and fantastic group. this was our first holiday and will be going on others if this is what to expect. many thanks” "
" “It was everything I hoped it would be. Great people, great coordinator, relaxed, not over organised. The first of many more holidays I hope! "
" “Had a fantastic time, both myself and the kids loved it. The kids even the eldest one (Jack 14) loved the Easter activities especially the Easter egg hunt and the sweet hunt!!! We all enjoyed the trip to Conkers and extended our last day by visiting Twycross zoo. Very tired kids and mum!! Both co- ordinators were very helpful and friendly, instantly felt part of the group when I arrived. The activities they had arranged were fun and appealed to all ages – which was a hard job when the age range was 2-14. We had a great time and would love to come back. Met loads of lovely parents and children and made some good friends. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Would have liked the karaoke on both days, but understand it’s not to everyone’s taste. Great, great holiday – keep doing what you are already doing – hope to see you all soon.” "
" “It was fantastic and the group was lovely, we all gelled well and the location was superb. Chrissie and Richard put a lot of effort into making us all feel welcome and getting the group together. My son loved it and has been so sulky since he came back I’ve booked another trip to console him!” "
" “Perfect location and perfect company. Highlights every single day….! Perfect relaxed safe resort with clean and comfortable accommodation. Plenty to do whether you want to book a trip out for the day or stay close to the hotel…beach and shops all less then a couple of minutes walking.” "
" “This was one of the best holidays I have ever been on. The management and everything about it was first class. I only wished I had found SWK when you first started. Was going to say going away with SWK has been life changing but do not want you to think going too much over the top. But it has” "
" “We never felt alone at any point and felt included at all times. Well organised Friendly people. No pressure to “join in”, but felt really included when we did. Brill holiday co-ordinator, friendly, knowledgeable” "
" “We both had a great time, lovely group of people Emma didn’t want to leave thought it was ‘the best’ and made some good friends who she has been emailing which is really nice to see.” "
" “Great group of people, good set-up, made it all very easy. I came with SWK because I knew that if the kids were with other kids I’d have an easy time too, even if I just read my book, but the mums were lovely too” "
" “So great to have people to talk to and the children made friends really easily because we are set up as one big happy family. It works really well. Sun sand and sangria, and good value compared to other single parent holidays” "
" “We all had a fabulous time. Family friendly hotel. Lovely beach. Good location” "
" “Hotel was lovely. The people were fantastic and the concept and the way you run things is exceptional. Brilliant. I had such a good time. Only wish I had done it sooner.” "
" “It’s a fantastic way to meet friends and have a great holiday.” "
" “Holiday was great value for money, really loved the accommodation…thought Kendra was lovely, and would love to meet her again. Kendra I felt really tried to put the right people together and you could tell she had thought it out…would definitely book the House on the Prairie trip next year if it is similar to that one…” "