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Luxury holidays in Sifnos

I love to go on Holiday, I have lists of places around the world that we would love to visit. Most of them as a family but a couple are in the dream bag for when the children are old enough to not want to come with us anymore. Over the last couple of years we have been fortunate enough to go away abroad as a family a couple of times, with a trip planned for later this year and we already have our summer holiday booked for next year to the Greek island of Crete.

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We love visiting Crete, it wont be the first time we have visited. The Greeks are such friendly welcoming people, that sometimes I think we wouldn’t go anywhere other than Greece or one the the Greek islands. The food is also amazing, we do like to try out more local food when we holiday abroad, so often opt for a Greek luxury villa rental rather than a hotel. For us it means to explore the island more and get to know it better. My Hubby is much more adventurous than me when it come to trying new food, but Greek food is so delicious we can both enjoy our meals.

I have started to look around at other Greek islands, and I found the stunning Sifnos, one that I hadn’t heard of before but an island that is so beautiful you will never want to leave.

Holidays in Sifnos

Sifnos is located in the Cyclades group of Greek islands. It is home to fabulous beaches, 360 little churches across the island, wonderful restaurants and bars not forgetting some beautiful luxury hotels and villas.

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Whenever we go away, I always like to add as much luxury as possible. I often upgrade to nicer rooms or find the most luxurious accommodation within our budget. For me a holiday is about a little bit more luxury than what you would get at home, it’s about time out of your everyday life to enjoy something new and different. We both work hard, so having a bit of luxury when we are on holiday all adds to the experience but also helps us to relax.

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For accommodation then Verina Hotels in Greece have beautiful range of luxury hotels, if it is hotels you are looking for. Perfect for enjoying the infinity pools, beautiful bedrooms, fine dinning restaurants and bars. If you love the stars then look no further then the Verina Astra named after the geek for stars, it has some of the best star gazing locations on the island. Open gardens, cocktail bars make holidays in Sifnos the perfect for someone wanting a luxury trip. No matter where on the island you are the views are just breathtaking. I have read that people often return to Sifnos year after year for their holidays, I mean why wouldn’t you? It’s beautiful.

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What do you look for when you go on Holiday? As you might have guessed for me it’s about a little bit of luxury.

 

*This is a collaborative post. Images are from Verina Hotels. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Five romantic Honeymoon ideas

Tradition is fun, but it is no longer the hardened rule that it used to be. Women want to get married in white because it’s what they’ve dreamed of their whole lives, not because it shows their chastity. They want to be walked down the aisle by someone that they love, not given away by a man. For every person, there is another unique interpretation of marriage, weddings, and even the honeymoon. It is important that you know who you are as a couple and how you will best celebrate your new marriage together. To help you out, here are five romantic honeymoon ideas to get you started:

Go On an Adventure

Whether your adventure is hiking in a national park like Snowdonia or going on an inter rail trip through Europe, it doesn’t matter. What matters is the adventures you have along the way. Though technically adventure can and does happen on any trip, an adventurous honeymoon will specifically be one where you go out and explore. This will often mean a lot of time spent walking on foot or enjoying outdoor sports. The more extreme, the better for couples who want to go on an adventure honeymoon, and therefore the best destinations are those that have the wild landscapes to entice and inspire like Iceland or New Zealand.

Rent a Luxury Escape

For most, of course, staying in bed with your new spouse is the only thing that matters. Making it the only thing you can do, however, is a mistake. That’s why choosing a great vacation home in an area that has a few things you can do and explore is the best of all worlds. Choose a stylish, private abode from VacationRenter.com, and you can enjoy quality time and explore new things together all at once.

Go on a Multi-Day Boat Tour

Exploring the world on water is one of the most romantic ways to spend your honeymoon. If you have boating experience, then this could mean renting a private boat for the two of you. If you don’t, then book a cruise so you can enjoy all the thrills of the water and explore top destinations on land.

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Find a Beautiful and Private Beach

The water and the ocean captivate us, but not everyone is thrilled to be out on open water. Instead, consider renting out a rental or vacation home on the beach front. The more private the beach, the better. If you are on a budget, this might mean switching out the white sands of Africa or even the picturesque shores of the Mediterranean for the cliffs of Briton, but the opportunities for a romantic getaway remain the same.

Find Your City of Love   

Paris might be the city of love, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make any city romantic. Choose carefully, however, as when you go to a city destination for your honeymoon that city has the potential to be yours. It will always hold a special place in your heart, and the more unique, the fewer tourists.

Honeymoons are tricky because they have so many expectations attached to them. Pull back your expectations and try to have fun, because that is what you will remember the most.

Holidays in Devon with Marsdens Devon Cottages

As a child we always holidayed in the UK, with our go to places being Devon and Dorset. We spent many a day on the gorgeous beaches and visiting the wonderful attractions there. When we got married, we actually went to Devon on our honeymoon, it had the most amazing time.

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Woolacombe in Devon is one of the most beautiful locations in the UK, having been voted UK’s best beach in 2012. It is also found in the top European beaches and regularly within the top 20 beaches in the world. Woolacombe is home to a 3 mile long, beautiful sandy beach, that gently slopes down the Atlantic ocean, so it’s very popular with surfers.

Set in North Devon coast line, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Many areas are now owned by the National Turst meaning it will be looked after for generations to enjoy.

If you are looking for a somewhere beautiful to visit then Woolacombe is the place to go, with little shops and restaurants to visit. With lots of little villages near by to visit, and coastal walks. You will always have something to do.

My Aunty has been taking her Grandchildren to Woolacombe each year for a mini holiday, for the last 8 years. They love it. Although I have visited as a child, it’s somewhere I would love to go back to with my own children.

Marsdens, Woolacombe Cottages are gorgeous and they have so many available to choose from. I have picked out a few that I would love to stay in.

My top Marsdens Devon Cottages in Woolacombe

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This is the gorgeous Highfields, a fabulous open plan bungalow. It has recently been renovated to a high standard that gives that beachy feel from walking through the door. Highfields sleeps 4 people, with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, all bed linen and towels included. There is an enclosed garden and plenty of parking. With Fabulous see views and if you fancy a stay in the winter there is a log burning stove. Although no pets are allowed here it does make a lovely holiday home. Oh and there is wifi, a plus note for most people with families now.

Palms 1 is an awarding winning cottage, with it’s very contemporary interior and sea views. It’s just lovely. Sleeping 4 people in 2 bedrooms, bed linen and towels, open plan kitchen and living space. There is also private parking and a private garden. Palms 1 also allows you to bring a dog with you, the location is perfect for hours of dog walking.

Broadside is a lovely bungalow, which has garden of beauty, decked patio area for enjoying during the evening or for having you breakfast at. I could imagine spending hours just taking in the gorgeousness of this garden and wishing mine looked anything like it. Sleeping 4 people, it has everything you could want from a holiday get away in Woolacombe.

Number 53 is a detached bungalow, sleeping 6 people. It is a gold award winning cottage, with a fabulously large garden, sea views and a beautiful interior. Number 53 has 3 bedrooms, and not only does it have a wonderful garden there is also the decked balcony area that has plenty of seating for everyone to enjoy.

So what do you think to my picks? I would love to spend a week visiting Woolacombe and although it would be fabulous to visit during the Summer I think it would also be a great place to visit during the winter months. I am starting to think it might be the place for us to go for February half term.

 

*This is a collaborative post. Images are credited to Marsdens Devon Cottages. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*