Happy almost summer time, mamas! It’s just about that time of year that our kiddos are bursting at the seems with excitement, ready and waiting for the last bell to ring before summer break. We have officially started our countdown over here, two and half weeks left until we are doing all the summer things and having lazy mornings in our jammies with popsicles and leftover watermelon for breakfast…you guys do that too, right?!
This past weekend was full of pool fun and a special family gathering at Pop and Gigi’s where we celebrated the holiday with tastey crabs, cocktails and sprinkler time. Here in Maryland, crabs are life and we enjoyed our bushel, old bay, vinegar and favorite sides to the fullest. Lilah and I made the pasta salad together and she was ever so proud to carry her contribution to the party. Sawyer was just there for the food and sprinkler, guys…he lived his best life in his favorite patriotic swim trunks.
In two short days Lilah starts off her swim team practice with a bang and she is thrilled to get back into the water with her new coaches. She met so many sweet and new faces over the weekend and she hasn’t stopped talking about them since. While Lilah is still in school, Sawyer and I are in organization mode around here. We managed to do a lot of purging, cleaning and organizing over the long weekend and this mama is feeling ready for the summer break. I don’t know about you but I feel ready to take on summer when everything is in order…like okay kids…lets vacay it up because our garage is clean and our toy bins are organized. I tend to enjoy and relax a bit when there is organization and structure around these parts…if you are crazy about order raise yo hand!
Another way we get ready to celebrate summer is a family spring getaway. The last three years we have traveled in May with the kids to celebrate the end of school year and reset before summer break. This year we had so many places in mind that we wanted to visit and ended up choosing to travel back to The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. We visited this resort a little under two years ago and had the most amazing time that we wanted to relive our adventure this spring.
As we searched online for kid friendly resorts we found many properties that were stunning but we couldn’t resist the beautiful pools, beaches, kids club, and marina night life that The Atlantis Resort has to offer. Not to mention, we could secure a direct flight with air time in under three hours to Paradise Island from Baltimore, MD. If you are a mother of young children, air travel time is almost as important as the resort you are traveling to. Once we landed in the Bahamas it was a quick thirty minute taxi ride to Atlantis and that my friends was g-o-l-d-e-n. Straight off the plane to The Resort made our travel day not so exhausting and we had oodles of time for the pool and beach later that day.
We opted to stay at The Reef tower again for the exclusive pool, beach and ambiance. Although all of the towers at The Atlantis Resort are beautiful, The Cove and The Reef are a bit more quiet and secluded as the cruise ships are not touring this part of the resort. The exclusive cascade pool backs up to the beach and makes for gorgeous views as you are sitting poolside watching the kiddos have the best time splashing and swimming. It is also quiet enough that Sawyer was able to nap peacefully under a cabana chair while Lilah continued her tropical fun in the sun.
We are always lucky that we meet so many sweet families with children around the same age to hang out with during the day. It was a breath of fresh air to sip on fruit cocktails with adult conversation while the kiddos made sand castles and enjoyed their new company. Highlight of the trip was when we rented a snazzy cabana at the Cove Pool together with a few families. The Cove pool is an exclusive adult pool and children are not allowed to swim in this pool; however, they are allowed in the cabanas that have the most incredible part of the beach, outdoor shower, indoor flat screen, comfy furniture, private patio and personal bathroom. The kids had the most amazing time and we were wowed by how grand this cabana was. If you are able, find some friends and split the cost because it was a WOW moment and I am pretty sure Lilah will never forget this experience.
The Reef tower was perfect in that our junior suite had a kitchenette and dishwasher which came in handy for washing bottles, sippy cups and kiddie utensils. The room overlooked the ocean and was spectacular in the evening for the hubby and I after the kids went to sleep. It is a bit further of a walk to the marina and main hub, The Royal Tower, but honestly, I loved the walk! Especially after you have eaten all the vacay food and drinks…a little exercise with the stroller was much needed at the end of the day.
This time around we decided to not do the dining plan and although we didn’t eat at all of the fancy swanky restaurants that we did the last time, not having reservations to be anywhere at a specific time was more relaxing and gave the kids more time at pool and beach before heading up for baths. Instead we chose two evenings that we ate out at the sit down restaurants and the remaining nights we lazily walked down to the marina for the night life and quick stops. The kids favorite dining spot was the marina pizzeria and surprisinly they had pretty darn good pre-made sushi. The live bands, candy shop and ice cream parlors make for sweet low-key evenings. Most nights after some fun in the marina we would walk the kids through “The Dig”, an underground aquarium. It is spectacular and full of colorful fish that the kids loved to look at.
Another recommendation for families with young children is to plan a Dolphin Cay Adventure. The kiddos enjoyed seeing the dolphins up close and personal and had a ball playing games with their new dolphin friends and trainers. We were amazed at close they got and the tricks they were able to perform while engaged with their audience. It was a super fun experience and both Lilah and Sawyer had the best morning.
This years vacay to The Atlantis Resort was another one for the books and we look forward to the next time we can stay and enjoy their gorgeous family friendly amenities. You can read about our last vacay to Atlantis here. Happy Summer, friends!