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We’ve spent the most amazing week at Paradise Island Villas. I seriously didn’t want to leave!

From the second we arrived (even at 10pm!) we were greeted with big smiles, refreshments & a big “welcome to paradise!” – We immediatly felt at home & like part of the family.

Their concept is just perfect, it makes for the most relaxing holiday whether you’re a couple or a family like us. There are 12 villas in total, all with amazing facilities as if you’re at home which is what we love when we’re travelling with Arla!

✮ The Villa

We stayed in a 2 bedroomed family villa, called ‘Hera’ (meaning goddess of women) all of the 12 villas are named after the greek gods & goddesses adding a real touch of Greek charm.

You can even tailor your stay to include what you need for your little ones. We arrived to a highchair in the kitchen, baby monitors in her room, a cot, baby stair gates, toys & most importantly, a fence around the pool! They really have thought of everything to take the stress out of travelling.

Plus, we had a fully equipped kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an outdoor dining area & our own swimming pool with jets.

(with & without gates, we took them down on the last day & Arla was absolutely fine!)

✮ The Pools

Each villa has its own pool, which was great for when Arla was napping. There are two main pools to use too. We hopped between all of them!

✮ The Food & Drink

The Ambrosia Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch & dinner using fresh local ingredients. They even grow their own olives & bananas, which of course we loved to sample!

Arla absolutely loved running to breakfast every morning, it melted my heart to see her get so excited! She tried so many new foods, including THE most amazing waffles & French toast – Delicious! We had breakfast in our villa one of the mornings which was so lovely too.

✮ The Location

Paradise Island Villas are quietly tucked away in Anissara, around a twenty minute walk to the beautiful local beaches.

The turquoise water, shallow rock pools & shady spots made it the perfect day trip with little ones!

✮ Extras

There’s a gym (not that I ever used it!) but it has lots of great equipment.

They have Tennis court & a really cute little shaded play area. (we spent lots of time playing!)

Each pool has jets included, so you can swim against the current to keep fit.

They can help arrange spa treatments, water-sports, car hire & day trips etc.

They offer a shuttle service to take you to the beach & back, we used it once but we liked to walk so Arla could have a nap!

The kitchen has cutlery & dinnerware for kids & they even have kids clothes hangers too – It’s the little things!

They have blackout blinds for the kids room.

✮ The people

Eleni, Paul, Mike & the team are all utterly incredible. They really make the place so special. I felt so emotional leaving – I’ve never felt like that before! They just made our trip so amazing, especially the way they interact with the kids, they make them feel like little VIP’s!

I loved watching Arla play with them all, she’d always wave and giggle as soon as she saw them, so cute!

If you’re looking for a holiday to escape everyday life, I can’t recommend Paradise Island Villas enough, it’s just been the most perfect week all around, I wish we were staying longer, it’s been just what we needed!

THANK YOU Eleni & Team, you’re all absolutely amazing – We’ll miss you!

Let me know if you have any questions, pop me a message on Insta/Facebook etc – I’ll be happy to help!

Efcharistó,

Hannah, Quinn & Arla xo

Blog post in collaboration with Paradise Island Villas. These views are all my own, it’s been the most amazing week spent with such wonderful hosts.

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I actually can’t believe Arla is ONE! How did that happen!? I know parents always say how quickly time goes, I never believed it….but WOW! It really does fly huh?

I’ve been so excited for her 1st birthday, it feels like Christmas Day x 100, I’ve been counting down the days for what feels like forever. 😂

It’s hard to know what to get a baby sometimes isn’t it. They seem to have so much! All I know is that I HATE waste. I’ve been trying to invest in toys that are built to last & can be passed down through generations. That’s why I love Yes Bebé! They have so many wonderful brands onboard all with a great ethos.

Let’s start with her Spectra Rocker. Manufactured by Utukutu, a small family business from Prague and a brand exclusively offered by Yes Bebe in the UK.

We’ve had so much fun – It’s been a tunnel, bridge, ladder, rocker, climbing frame & even a desk. It’s so clever & it’ll last such a long time.

Next up, something I’ve wanted for Arla for so long! A Dinkum Doll. I’ve chosen Sprout for her, I’d love to start a tradition where I’ll get her a new one each birthday. They’re a great collectable & so beautifully made.

Next up we have another future heirloom…

The Holdie House 🙌🏼 I love it so much, It’s a great size to carry & easily transport.

It’s so stylish too! The furniture we added is better than my own 😂 We’ve gone for the bed set, dining table & sofa to get started, but I’ll be adding more for sure!

Lastly we chose this little dog. It’s the shapes & colours dog by Janod.

It’s going to be perfect to help Arla learn all about the different colours & shapes, all whilst being super stylish with it’s pastel colours – Love!

Yes Bébé have so many wonderful toys for all ages to enjoy, I’ve fallen in love with their website & Instagram.

[Items gifted. Views as always are my own, Arla’s too!]
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I’ve really not achieved much in lockdown so far. I’m just over here literally trying to get through each day without gaining 45 stone in biscuits & keeping my child alive & healthy.

So, it’s about time I do something useful. I’ve popped together a little guide of things we’ve found really useful with Arla since she was born. If it can help just one person, that’s a big enough isolation achievement for me!

Now, I’m no professional – These are just things we have found really useful & have massively helped us so far.

I’ve split it out into categories to make it a little clearer, as it’s quite a long list. (soz)

S L E E P

Ok let’s start with sleep, the saviour of everything!

☐ From 0-4 months Arla slept with us in her SnuzPod bedside crib. The side comes down which is what I wanted, for her to be as close to me as possible. It’s so good for night feeding too, I would just roll over and feed her without having to get up!

☐ We kept her Moses basket downstairs for when she was napping in the early days. Little Green Sheep has such lovely baby things!

☐ From 4 months Arla has slept in her Mokee Cot. They have some really cool colours, but we were super boring & had white. I love her room so much though!

We discovered noise machines far too late! (Who knew they existed before babies?!) We tried Ewan the sheep that everyone raves about, but he only plays music for 20 minutes which just isn’t long enough, I was literally awake all night pressing the button in fear she would wake up if the noise stopped!

☐ We have this one, it’s £14.99 from Amazon. It plays continuously – The best!

OK let’s talk Baby Monitors. We have two (because I’m a psycho)

☐ We have the Angel Care with movement monitor – It sets off an alarm if she stops breathing. It just gives me some peace of mind shes OK!

Then we have the Lollipop Baby camera. It runs from wifi which is amazing. Quinn watches her from work on his phone, it’s so cute!

I think I’ll leave that in her room forever, just to spy on her and see what she’s up to, even when she’s 18 😂

☐ Arla literally does a full 360 in her cot in the night, so sleeping bags have been a lifesaver. We’ve used a mixture of the SnuzPouch & Little Green Sheep’s sleeping bags since she was born.

☐ Mokee also do a Travel Cot.

It’s so spacious, it can double up as a playpen too, but it folds down small to easily transport it!

T R A V E L

I seem to be a pushchair hoarder, oops! We have 3 different ones. (All for different purposes though!)

So we have a Cosatto WOW XL, Bugaboo Ant & Mlle Venture.

☐ The Cosatto WOW XL is honestly amazing, that’s our everyday pushchair! It’s so sturdy. Arlas super comfy in it too. It’s easy to collapse & put together. The wheels are huge, it can go anywhere! The only downside is that it’s quite big, it’s a squish in my tiny boot, but it fits! It’s great from birth and you can switch the car seat in & out easily.

☐ The Bugaboo Ant – I can’t praise this enough for traveling! It’s amazing. It folds down super small and Arla loves being in it – She can see everything! Probably not so great on rough/bumpy terrain as it’s so lightweight.

☐ The Mlle Venture. It’s a great all-rounder! It’s lightweight, sturdy, folds down quickly & it’s small. I had this one to keep with our parents, we’ve used it from about 8/9 months – It’s perfect!

C A R S E A T S

Car seats are complicated huh? Joie make it so simple!

We have two car seats, one in each of our cars. It just helps make our lives so much easier having the two.

We have the Joie i-Spin 360 & the Joie Everystage FX.

They are both suitable from birth, it saves having to keep finding & buying new car seats, these will both last years!

They are both super stylish. I love them & Arla is so comfy in them. There’s a little toy pouch on the side which I especially love! (It’s the small things!) 

Joie Everystage FX is suitable from birth right up until 12 years.