We had talked on numerous occasions about how great it would be if our grandchildren could come and visit us and experience our new life. So, with some planning we decided to make it a reality.
By mid July we knew that we wouldn't be going any further than Mallorca this year, so we booked flight tickets for Olivia and Finlay. Millie wasn't quite old enough to leave her parents for that long, but we hope she can come when she gets a bit older.
We agreed that it would only be for 5 days this time as it would be their first time abroad and as neither of them had stayed for longer than one night on the boat, we weren't sure how they would settle. The plan was that I would fly back to England and then fly back with them to Mallorca and then the same for their return trip.
Where to stay? We wanted to stay somewhere that was relatively close to the airport, that had good beaches and lots to do for families. It was also important that the marina was relatively secure as we didn't want little ones to go wandering off and get lost.
I knew just the place, El Arenal. I had stayed there a number of times with my family when I was growing up and had very fond memories of it and knew that it was only 20 minutes from the airport, the beaches would be safe and there would be plenty to do. I checked out the marina in El Arenal and it looked perfect, with plenty of visitors spaces, good security, onsite bar and restaurant and a lovely big swimming pool. Perfect! We phoned a few days ahead to make a reservation for the coming week.
|El Arenal Marina and CalacEs Fornàs
Monday we headed into the marina. We decided to go in early so that we could get our bearings and get Offbeat securely moored before I left on Tuesday. There would be plenty for Mark to do whilst I was gone as he had to transform Offbeat from being our sailing boat to a boat safe and fit for two children to live aboard. This would involve stowing things away, putting netting up around the guard rail and adjusting the pasarrel so they could easily climb on and off. There was also food shopping to be done as neither of us fancied dragging two young children around a supermarket in 35-40° heat!
Tuesday I headed back to England. I was looking forward to seeing the family again, albeit a very quick whistle stop tour. It was lovely to see them all and spend time with Millie before I headed off again.
Early Wednesday morning Jamie, Olivia and Finlay's dad, picked me and took us to the airport. To say they were excited would be an understatement, they were buzzing! There was so much that would be 'firsts' for them they couldn't decide what they were looking forward to the most.
|Excited little people!
As soon as we arrived at the marina and met Mark it was ice cream, drink and swimming pool and there they stayed until early evening!
|Off for bread and croissants
We had hoped to take Offbeat out one night and sleep at anchor but the weather wasn't going to let us. Although it was beautiful sunshine and incredibly hot, the afternoon sea breeze was crazy and as they hadn't been out on the boat before, we didn't want to put them off by getting seasick.
|Fun in the sun!
|Crazy golf and dinosaurs
|Sun setting on a great holiday
All too soon the holiday was over and it was time to head back to England. I think it's safe to say they had a good time as they want to come back again next year!