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All inclusive 'family friendly' hotel hell..

Post by Flora » Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:47 pm

.. is what were doing for skiing - mostly for the childcare.

Haven't been on this sort of holiday for 20 years. What do I need to take to get through it comfortably? Ear plugs are on the list, obv.

We've downloaded loads of films onto laptop, lots of podcasts etc on phones/ipods.

We'll take peanut butter, marmite, child snacks, teabags, tabasco.

Genuinely considering buying a travel kettle and taking a cafetiere... is that over the top?

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Post by Flora » Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:49 pm

Oh, and vegan margarine will go in. We'll do a buy of soy milk when we're there.

I'll be better at this than boyfriend, who thinks that because we're paying a fortune, we should get everything included... I'm more realistic, cheap ski company, 3* child friendly hotel in the school holidays... it's not going to be palatial.

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Post by rezuar » Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:23 pm

The Falkensteiner chain was a total bliss when the girls were little. The hotels were worth every cent as their pools, playcentres, and childcare 8-20 were impeccable,and that was all that mattered. (We didn’t use it half as much as we could’ve, but just the possibility made us...high).
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Post by Flora » Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:34 pm

Yep, the hotel has really great reviews for the child side of things. Less good for the adults as far as I can tell (although it's very mixed, people from the same week giving one star and five star reviews). Food being a particular problem. We're in Italy though, so as long as we get a pasta option every night, it'll be fine. I don't mind that when skiing. As long as there is bread and eggs for breakfast, same - it'll be fine.

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Post by korgy » Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:05 pm

what exactly does "child-friendly" hotel mean?
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Post by veronica_inheels » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:29 pm

hordes of screaming children. places that people with children who know how to behave in restaurants avoid.
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Post by rezuar » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:32 pm

Perfect place for me, I told ya. I avoid people whose children behave well in restaurants like plague.
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Post by veronica_inheels » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:35 pm

hehe.
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Post by Klara » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:40 pm

I've seen a couple of Kinderhotels in rural Austria. They looked nice, but they're not really my thing.
I always preferred staying on farms. It's so much quieter, and they often offered to look after our son if we wanted to go skiing.

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Post by desertstorm » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:46 pm

How old are the kids, do they take classes?

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Post by rezuar » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:49 pm

Oh, there’s another thing, Flora. These places usually have decent wellness centres, spa, sauna and pools. Also, the chance that they’ll have food that a child will eat is pretty high, too.
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Post by Klara » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:00 pm

desertstorm wrote:
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How old are the kids, do they take classes?
Skiing classes are almost always an option.
In my country, if the kids can walk they're old enough to ski.
Needless to say I'm not part of the Slovene obsession with skiing.

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Post by Bill Barilko » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:07 pm

Klara wrote:
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I always preferred staying on farms. It's so much quieter.....
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Post by Klara » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:22 pm

Hm? I think it's pretty clear I'm not a people's person. Of course I prefer staying on farms.

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Post by veronica_inheels » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:26 pm

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Post by Flora » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:32 pm

Noooo, not the sort of place that has a spa! Far too downmarket. Kids running amok I reckon.

Child friendly means they do a child sitting for tea if that's what we want (we won't, since that's when we'll be in a bar), and they have a massive childcare/nursery in the basement for day time childcare. They'll take children to ski school if that's what they are doing (ours is not), but otherwise it's just like nursery - play time, outside play time, painting, playdough, role play blah blah. All the stuff they love doing. While we ski. We'll take her out at 3.30/4 ish to play with us in the snow/get her on skis.

It's more that once the child goes to bed, we're 'in bed' too - sort of confined to a room we think. I'm taking blackout curtains to try and cobble together a blackout tent around a bed, options for our own entertainment sharing a room with a 3 year old. Bad buffet breakfasts, probably bad coffee.

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Post by Klara » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:09 pm

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Post by leela » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:15 pm

I've never done the family hotel thing of any kind. Because other people's kids.

It was bad enough having to take our holidays in school holiday time. The last thing we wanted was to be in close proximity to loads of kids.
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Post by BulletPark » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:16 pm

korgy wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:05 pm
what exactly does "child-friendly" hotel mean?
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Post by northern_goddess » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:35 pm

Flora wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:47 pm
Haven't been on this sort of holiday for 20 years. What do I need to take to get through it comfortably? Ear plugs are on the list, obv.

We've downloaded loads of films onto laptop, lots of podcasts etc on phones/ipods.

We'll take peanut butter, marmite, child snacks, teabags, tabasco.

Genuinely considering buying a travel kettle and taking a cafetiere... is that over the top?
Yes, bring a kettle, the kind of crackers you like to eat, etc.

Order a fridge for the room, or do you have a kitchen?
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Post by Klara » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:52 pm

But she's going to Italy. There are all sorts of things wrong with it, but I wouldn't take food and drink with me to Italy.

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Post by northern_goddess » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:55 pm

Except if you are at a resort with a young child it may be difficult to get out to shop.. and it's always good to have your favourites or go-to foods when you are travelling. I always bring that stuff with me when I travel.
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Post by Flora » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:14 pm

Update.. it's alright. They've even done ok with boyfriend's vegan thing. Glad we bought favourites for additions to meals, but otherwise not at all bad. Fecking ski lifts in Italy are bloody slow, but we've got the child on skis and she's loving it.

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Post by ExPat From Hell » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:33 pm

Sounds like a total nightmare. And you are paying a fortune for this special slice of fresh hell? Well, good luck and all that. Can't wait to hear all about it.
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Post by Flora » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:12 pm

No, it's not hell, it's great. Obviously we are being our usual unsociable selves, but child is loving the nursery option, the snow is good. Beds comfy. Tick.

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