With a little help from my friends – Margot and Ali – I have found the best place on earth for parents to have a true holiday – Hualalai – the Four Season’s resort on the big island of Hawaii.
I have been traveling so much recently for the book I am writing – all I long for is to sleep in my own bed for more than a night, to wake up and have my first cup of coffee brought to me in bed and listen to the kids playing as they start their day.
Last week was their half term – a week’s holiday to break up the Spring term – so we decided to go on our first family vacation. We travel as a family to France every summer but have never been on what I consider a beach holiday together, staying in a hotel. Hubby picked Hawaii – in his words “So I wouldn’t spend the whole time out interviewing chefs.” He should know me better than that – within 24 hours of the trip being booked I had lined up 3 chefs to meet with – hey, Hawaii is America and it’s good to include another State! Then after some emails and a little research we were on our way to Hualalai – flying directly from LAX to Kona.
What was so special about this holiday was there is something for everyone – fishing for the boys was a huge hit and I will post that next, today I’m focusing on all of great things to do for me and Minty – we took a class on how to make leis – the symbol of the olaha spirit – a circle of love. The kids would beg us to go to the Kids for All Seasons every day so the times when they weren’t playing with new friends were few and far between.
Minty studied a book on all the different types of leis – made with flowers big and small – she is planning this for her birthday – August!
Every morning after breakfast Minty and I would go and make shell bracelets – another Hawain craft that we learned a lot about at the Cultural Center – looking back at my photos we seemed to spend our entire time there – it was either that, kids club or the pool for Minty and Rémy!
Mummy and Minty time is what I remember most fondly and I have a lot of shell bracelets to remind me of this special time together.