Handy guide to buying a gift for a child of any age

Are you looking for a gift for your child?  Or perhaps it’s a friend’s child’s birthday and you have no idea what gift to buy? Worry not, I’ve got you covered for gifts with this guide.

I’ve created a list here of 49+ items, which will help you to easily find a great gift for just about any child!

How did I come up with this amazing list, I hear you ask!? Well, just after Christmas 2016 I asked a load of mums in a facebook group what their child’s favourite Christmas present was, along with their age.

I was overwhelmed by the incredible response as 250 mums replied!  I thought it would be useful to collate all the results to produce this guide.  For many of the items I have also provided a link to the item which can be ordered online.

Of course many gifts could be bought for children above or below that particular age…

But I have listed them according to the results I received from my survey of real parents.

I hope you will find it helpful.  I know I will!

Many thanks to everyone who contributed.

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THE LIST

Gifts for Babies under 1 

  1. VTech Baby Play and Learn Activity Table – Multi-Coloured

 

2. Little Tikes Classic Cozy Coupe Ride-on (Multi Colored)

 

3. Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Puppy


4. Oball Rattle & Roll Car (colours may vary)

 

Other under 1 favourites: – activity cube, crawling lion, wooden stacking rings, dump truck, pull-along ducks, wooden maracas, ball pit with plastic balls, play mat

Gifts for kids Age 1 

1. Disney Frozen Magical Adventure Activity Ride-on


2.  Wooden Musical Table

 

3. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pound and Roll Wooden Tower Toy With Hammer


4. Teletubbies Tubby Phone Toy (Multi-Colour)


5. AMOS Bubble Machine Blower Maker Portable Mains or Battery Operated + Fluid Liquid 250ml Kids Birthday Party DJ Disco Garden Wedding (Blue)

Bubble machine is to be used by an adult, obviously it is not to be operated by or left unattended with a 1 year old!

And here are some other age 1 favourites: buggy/stroller, blocks, construction items, Teletubbies musical train water table, bath toys, plastic tricycle, baby doll, Cabbage patch doll, jigsaw puzzles, toy Dyson vacuum cleaner (see below for link in age 2 section), mop and bucket set, water and sand table, jigsaw puzzles, push-along wooden car,  Beatbo, ride on Ferrari, tricycle, battery-operated drill, toy kitchen and accessories

 

Gifts for kids Age 2 

  1. Zapf Creation Baby Born Interactive Doll


2. Little Tikes Classic Cozy Coupe Ride-on (Multi Colored)

Cosy Coupe is on the list again, as it is still really fun for this age!

3. Finding Dory [DVD] [2017]

 

4. Casdon Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner


5. LEGO DUPLO 10617: My First Farm

Any Duplo set would suit this age group, this farm set is just an example!

Other favourites for 2 year olds:

Teletubby plush dolls, Tea set, Paw Patrol story book, wooden train set, trampoline, Little Live pet birds (see below in age 3 section for link), toy kitchen and accessories, doll house, Wiggles guitar, jumping Peppa Pig, Baby Alive baby doll, dinosaur toys

Remote control Monster truck, Paw Patrol Marshall firetruck and figurine, wooden train set, set of metal vehicles (digger, truck and bulldozer), train table, automoblox car, Fisher Price medical kit, ride on Ferrari, Tool set and tool table, push along lawnmower that blows bubbles, trampoline, Mack truck daredevil jump

 

Gifts for kids Age 3 

  1. Little Live Pets 28232 Tweet Talking Birds Single Pack

Little Live Pets have birds, puppies and hamsters in their range

2. Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter – Blue

These come in many colours and accessories are available too.


3. Rubie’s Official Doctor McStuffin Child Costume – Medium

Dress up as your favourite vet!


4. Disney Pixar Cars Toy Mack Truck Playset, Lightning McQueen Story Sets (Rust-eze)


5. Bullyland BUL-12760 Buzz Lightyear


6. Imaginext Superman Playset



7. John Adams Gooey Louie Game

This game looks pretty gross but to each their own!


8. Transformers Robots in Disguise Mega Optimus Prime Action Figure

My 4-year old loves Transformers and it’s a definite favourite in this 3-4 years category.

 

More age 3 favourites: Doll house, kids vanity/makeup, anything Moana related, picnic box of wooden items from Aldi, shopping trolley, kitchen, rocking horse, trampoline, My Little Pony baby flurry heart, bicycle, “Reborn” baby doll (up to age 8), Torch, Rapunzel doll, Babushka dolls, Baby born dolls, connector pens, Frozen costumes, Jasmine (Aladdin) costume,electric motorbike, Hot Wheels cars and sets, Paw Patrol pup house, Good Dinosaur figures, Tonka 4×4 with trailer, a Mack from Cars with Colour changing Lightning McQueen, Thomas the tank engine minis with a track, toy vacuum cleaner, Lion Guard play set, Imaginext super hero flight city, BMX bike, bug catcher, play-doh, Thunderbird 3

 

Gifts for kids Age 4 

  1. LEGO 10728 Juniors Mia’s Vet Clinic Construction Set – Multi-Coloured

Most just turned 4-year olds will need at least a little assistance with building small Lego sets, but they really do enjoy it!  All my children are completely mad on Lego…


2. Sylvanian Families Family Saloon Car


3. Shopkins 12 pack – Series 5

Shopkins sets (I’m not sure what the attraction is to these exactly but they seem to be very popular!)


4. Hungry Hippos – New Version

This game has been around for years and it’s still popular!


5. Hot Wheels Track Builder Starter Set

Actually quite fun for adults and big kids too!


More inspiration for 4-year olds, from real 4-year olds:

Paw Patrol lookout, Lego boats, train set, Yo Kai medals, flying Blaze car, flick out lightsaber, Jurassic World Dinosaur play set, Nerf guns, Hot Wheels sets, Thunderbirds Tracy Island with Thunderbirds, First bike with training wheels, swimming goggles, Trolls and Moana things, Mud kitchen, My Little Pony remote control car, Snuggles puppy, telescope, my Blazin dragon, baby dragon (responds to voice commands), Build a bear, trampoline, Peppa pig ferris wheel/circus, Barbie camper van, Doc McStuffins pet carrier, Beanie Boos, Wonder woman costume

Gifts for kids Age 5 

  1. My Little Pony Equestria Girls Dolls That Rock Twilight Sparkle with Microphone

In my day I was obsessed with My Little Ponies, and they were actual ponies!  These days there are a whole load of dolls purporting to BE My Little Ponies… I’m very confused, but my daughter has an elaborate explanation for it.  Anyway these dolls are a huge hit.

 

2. Hatchimals Egg – Pink

Hatchimals seem to be the gift of the season, but I can’t vouch for their longevity in terms of play!


3. Global Gizmos 54660 “Battery Operated Infrared Torch Remote Control Crocodile Lights and Sound” Toy

Remote control toys are great for this age group – and surely everyone needs a remote control crocodile!?


4. Dreamworks, How to Train Your Dragon, All 5 Dragons

“How to train your dragon” is a popular film, here are a bunch of collectible figures.

 

5. LEGO 10724 Juniors Batman and Superman Vs Lex Luthor Construction Set – Multi-Coloured

Lego sets are almost always a winner, in my experience!  You can also look really clever by suggesting the parents buy a Lego mat bag (see below!)


More favourites according to real 5- year olds: remote control monster truck, soccer nets, Lego dimensions, bicycle, robot chomper dinosaur, how to train your dragon figures, 4 wheel motorbike, Blaze truck, prank set, Thomas train set, Yo Kai watch, Batman lunchbox, buncho water balloons (good for ages 3 and up), fairy door, ice lolly maker, Monster High house, Lego, bug city catcher, popstar Barbie that sings, Little Live Pets bird, Barbie dancing horse, Barbie popping dog, Barbie car, FurReal Friend dog, BMX scooter

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Gifts for kids Age 6 

  1. Furby Connect (Purple) by Furby

It’s a little pricy but if you’re looking for a bigger gift then this is supposed to be quite good fun – it makes lots of noises (speaks in “Furbish”) and responds to your voice so you can interact with it.  Its eyes are animated so it appears to have different expressions.  The Furby Connect can also be used with an app, and when there is something new to discover in the app the antenna on its head will light up.  Comes in different colours and fur designs.

2. Shopkins Monopoly Junior

Monopoly junior Shopkins version ( I didn’t even realise this existed!  It looks brilliant and I might have to purchase this for my 8-year old!)


3. Instax Mini 8 Camera with 10 Shots – Yellow

Fuji Instax Mini Camera (I had never seen this either.  I must be living under a rock!  I might have to buy this or suggest my daughter save up for this! It looks like it would be great for children of many ages from about 6 onwards, and adults too.  It comes in lots of great colours too, although Amazon seems to have low stock of certain colours at the moment.

4. Binatone Latitude 100 Twin Walkie Talkie – Black/Yellow

I remember having walkie talkies as a child, we had so much fun with them!  They are probably considered a little retro now, in the age of mobile phones, but apparently kids this age are still into them 🙂

 


5. Minecraft “Light Up” Wall Torch

If you don’t know what Minecraft is you soon will.  It’s a computer game/app that’s become quite a craze, and a very addictive one it seems!  This torch looks like one from the game.

Other favourite gifts of real 6-year olds: wristwatch, Snuggles the dog, trampoline, My Little Pony toys, tickets to Nutcracker ballet, tickets to pantomime, Journey Girl doll and accessories, Our Generation doll, Smiggle pens, Shopkins colouring book, ribbon wand, Hatchimal (see link above), trampoline , Stanley junior tool set, Rescue bots, Minecraft lego, Lego Friends Amusement park, Care Bear, board games, watch

 

Gifts for kids Age 7 

  1. LEGO CITY Fire Station 60110

We have this Lego fire station and it is a brilliant set, I enjoyed constructing it with my 4 and 8 year old).  Sadly it’s now been deconstructed by the 2 year old but I’m actually looking forward to re-building it.  Bit sad I know!

2. 4M Kidz Labs Crystal Science

We have this exact set and enjoyed growing these crystals, the snowy “tree” grows very quickly in a day, the other two take up to a week and the results are impressive!)

3. LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack with Supergirl Figure (PS4)


More ideas for 7 year olds: Bicycle, fooseball table, quadcopter, dirt scooter, candy floss machine, science kit, Imaginarium marble run, Beanie boos, Robo hedgehog, Batgirl costume, Harry Potter stuff, Pez dispenser, camera, Pendo pad, tablet, roller shoes, Shopkins happy places house, craft kit, Crown of Flowers, bed tent, Pogo stick, remote control air rebound car, keyboard, Lego dimensions starter pack (video game)

 

Gifts for kids Age 8

  1. My Fairy Garden Fairy Garden

2. Tamagotchi Friends – Blue Gem

 

3. Zoomer Chimp Toy

4. YO-KAI WATCH (Nintendo 3DS)

Some other favourites of 8 year olds: Learn to draw animals book, robotic turtle terrarium, Harry Potter costume set, Captain Underpants books, Dinosaur backpack, trampoline, spy gear, mountain bike, tent, remote control car, Nintendo 2DS, walkie talkies, Pokemon cards, 3DSXL with Pokemon sun game, Lego dimensions game, Nerf guns, R2D2 Bop It

 

Gifts for kids Age 9

Camera, Hatchimal (link above), Chill Factor slushy maker cups (for older kids too), magic kit, fake nails kit, go pro, Tamagotchi (see link above), shoes, Big Mickey Tsum Tsum, Nerf gun, tablet and zombie brain saw, Nerf guns, kayak, Harry Potter board game, portable DVD player, virtual reality glasses, Tamagotchi

Skylanders Imaginators (Xbox 360)

Gifts for kids Age 10

Camera, Baby Born doll, Skylanders imaginators game (link above), prepaid mobile phone, Fairy Garden, Goosebumps books, Crayola Airbrush set, Furby, Sims 4, Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, 3DSXL with Pokemon sun, David Warner cricket bat and light up wickets

 

Gifts for kids Age 11 

  1. Garmin Vivofit Wireless Fitness Wrist Band and Activity Tracker – Black

 

2. LEGO Star Wars 7965: Millennium Falcon

Of course this is a rather special set of Star Wars lego, but there is a huge range which includes less expensive sets.

Other favourites of 11 year olds: Cluedo game, stikbot green screen and figures, skate shoes, skateboard, chocolate pen

 

Gifts for kids Age 12

Latest Harry Potter book, MGP scooter, Forza Horizon 3 game, prepaid mobile phone (ZTE zip phones), stereo system, X box one, tickets to a cricket match, 3DS game, Lego

 

Gifts for kids Age 13

1. Virtual reality glasses


2. PS4

3. Skate grind rail
4. Yahtzee Dice Game

5. Bluetooth speaker

6. Dark shadow controller for Xbox1

Gifts for kids Ages 14-15 

Canon SLR camera, Sony Bluetooth speakers, virtual reality goggles

Older kids

Navman, Uniden UHF radios, virtual reality goggles, concert tickets

 49 Fantastic gifts for kids of all ages
Hope this inspiration list helps you find something just right!

I would love to hear more recommendations from parents.  So if your kids have an ultimate favourite gift they received recently please let me know in the comments! You can also follow Awaybies on twitter @AwaybiesKids, instagram or facebook.

This post contains some affiliate links to amazon.co.uk. If you purchase through the link I do get paid a very small amount, but the item will not cost you any more than normal.  Just to reassure you, I only recommend products I honestly like, or in this case, have been highly rated by other mums.

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Do you feel like it’s time to book a holiday? Read my blog post on going to a wonderful kid-friendly hotel in Cyprus, for our first family holiday abroad with 3 children.

 

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Top 16 attractions at Legoland Windsor – Fantastic family day out!

Going to Legoland Windsor? Below you’ll find a list of the top 16 attractions you won’t want to miss!  

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LEGO!  I have a love-hate relationship with it.  I mostly love it, and now that my kids are getting a little older and have sets of the small Lego, there’s almost nothing I like more than helping them build their models!  Ok, so sometimes I build the whole thing…after they’ve gone to bed.  But shhh…don’t tell anyone.  However,  I must say I do find it horrifying when there is a lot of Lego, mixed up, and spread all over the living room floor.  Mainly because I know my husband or I will end up having to tidy it away.  The older kids are pretty good about tidying when asked, but our youngest…he prefers to throw things!  And not into a toybox, just in random directions.  It’s a work in progress.  Anyway…Legoland Windsor is a different story.  How can one not love it?

Top 16 Attractions at Legoland Windsor

If you haven’t been to Legoland Windsor and don’t know, it is a theme park where almost everything is made out of lego!  There are loads of rides, and play areas, and it is super child-friendly.  I’d say the ideal age to enjoy it is 3 years and up, and my daughter who is 7 still enjoys it immensely and I suspect she will continue to for a few more years.  We went as a family yesterday and it was her 5th visit!  The 1-year old loved it as well!  He didn’t nap ALL DAY as he was so excited.

When to go

The first thing to know is that Legoland Windsor is not open every day of the year.  It is open all summer long, but by September there are some week days when it is closed.  It remains open for much of October, including half term holidays but by November it is mostly shut except for the 5th.  It is then open again during the pre-Christmas period in December and on weekends.  You’ll need to take a look at opening hours on the Legoland website.  I can highly recommend, if you have preschool children, taking them outside of school holidays!  The queues can otherwise be very long, and the crowds rather overwhelming.  If you do find yourself going during the busy periods, you can look at purchasing the Q-Bot pass in order to spend less time queuing, which I’ve never used but I hear from friends who have, that it is worthwhile!  We were lucky when we visited, as it was a school inset day for my kids, but a lot of schools had already started back.  So it was lovely and quiet!

Top 16 Attractions at Legoland Windsor

Where to stay

I’ve never stayed at the Legoland Windsor hotel, but a friend who stayed there previously told me great things about it.  The rooms are themed, which sounds amazing to me.  There’s a play area in the hotel lobby near the restaurant.  And in the evening there is a disco where lego characters (humans dressed as lego people, that is) come out and dance with the kids!  Unfortunately for me, I live a little too close to legoland to justify staying at the hotel, but it sounds like quite an experience.  You can book the full package here at LEGOLAND Holidays

There are also other hotels and B&B’s nearby, and Windsor is a great place to check out if you’re visiting the area.

Tickets and parking at Legoland Windsor

Admission to Legoland isn’t cheap, but you can save by booking online in advance.  There are also annual passes and a 2nd day free offer, which is a smart idea as there really is a ton to see and do at the park so it would take the pressure off if you have 2 days to explore the park.  Car parking costs £5 in the regular car park or £12 for the priority (closer to the park) area.  Don’t forget to note where you have parked as the car park is pretty huge!

Top 16 Legoland Windsor Rides and Attractions

Here is a list of all the rides/attractions enjoyed on our recent visit and a brief explanation.  All of the rides I’ve described are outdoors except for Laser Raiders and the Star Wars Miniland.

1.Hill Train – turn left when you’ve passed the main Legoland souvenir shop, and you can catch the Hill Train down to ground level – this saves you having to walk down the hill if your party has little legs, and you can put your entire buggy on the train without having to collapse it!  Great for the end of the day especially, when the hike uphill may well finish you off 😉

2. Laser Raiders – We had never been on this indoor ride before, but I am glad we tried it out!  So much fun.  It reminds me of the Toy Story ride at Disneyland Paris (another great place to visit that I’ll be reviewing soon!).  You sit in a 4-person car, and it takes you from room to room, while you aim and “fire” a laser gun at various targets.  You get a score at the end of it, just like in a video game.  Admittedly our 3-year old found the ride a little scary as it is quite dark and there are a few skeletons popping up, but it is completely safe and the 1-year old sat still, transfixed for the whole ride!

Top 16 Attractions at Legoland Windsor

3. Aero Nomad – a mini ferris wheel, this is a nice and gentle ride

4. Castaway Camp – pirate themed playground, with a pleasingly bouncy floor

5. Duplo Train  the smallest train I’ve ever sat on!  I enjoyed this ride with the 1-year old.

6. Brickville – a lovely play area, with climbing frames, slides and imaginative play, which I honestly had to tear all 3 of the kids away from

7. Duplo Valley Airport – The kids insisted that we go on this one twice!  Helicopters that you climb into, that go up and down and round and round in circles, which your child can control themselves.  Incredible.

8. Heartlake Harbour Arena (Pirates show) – this show was fun for a break, to take the weight off our feet and enjoy an ice cream.  Great for all pirate fans.  We’ve previously seen a “Lego Friends” show here, and apparently this will return next year.  Heartlake City is the “Lego Friends” section of the park, and is themed to look like a Lego Friends set.  There are lifesize lego figures of the girls, which are fun to pose with!

9. Atlantis Submarine Voyage – DO NOT MISS THIS RIDE!  I won’t spoil it for you, but it is wonderful and the whole family can get on it together.

Top 16 Attractions at Legoland Windsor

10. Lego City Driving School – Driving real lego cars!  For ages 6-13

11. Coastguard HQ – Boats which you can ride in groups of 2 or 3, and navigate to a certain extent yourself, around a waterway that passes many lego animals

12. L-Drivers – The mini version of Lego City Driving School, this ride is for ages 3-5.  I highly recommend this ride if you have a pre-schooler, and if you arrive early and the park isn’t busy yet, head straight for this ride as the queues can be long and it is an absolute must-do!

13. Fire Academy – Drive a small fire engine, then spray real water at a make-believe fire in a house to save the day.  Wonderful for all Fireman Sam fans.

Top 16 Attractions at Legoland Windsor

14. Miniland – Absolutely incredible display of what feels like every landmark in the world that you could ever imagine, made of lego.  Usually not a busy part of the park, so great for a bit of a breather and break from rides.

Top 16 Attractions at Legoland Windsor

15. Lego Star Wars Miniland Model Display – I don’t know why but I felt compelled to visit this display, even though I am not actually a Star Wars fan at all!  I was still impressed by it, and I am sure any diehard Star Wars fans would be blown away by it.  At the end you can take a picture with a life-size lego model of Darth Vader, while you hold a light saber.  I insisted my daughter do this, even though she has no idea who Darth Vader is!

16. Vikings’ River Splash – My husband and I took our 7-year old on this white water rapids style ride, which is one of her favourites.  Be prepared you will get wet!

Other attractions

There were several other attractions and rides at Legoland Windsor that we didn’t try out this time.  For example there is Drench Towers which is like a little waterpark, complete with waterslides!  (Bring swimwear and towels if you want to try this bit.)

But we were pretty thrilled that we managed to enjoy so much of the park, not to mention exhausted by the end of our day so we will have to save the rest for next time!

Eating, drinking and shopping at Legoland Windsor

There are plenty of places to eat, buy drinks/snacks/ice creams at Legoland.  We had lunch at this place, which has both indoor and outdoor seating and is near the Duplo theatre puppet show stage.

Top 16 Attractions at Legoland Windsor

The food was good although the burgers were a little on the small side.  I recommend bringing some drinks and snacks of your own if you’re trying to save money, as these are on the pricy side in the park as one might expect.  The Legoland shop is near the entrance/exit, be prepared that your children will demand lego products!  I’m not sure what I mean exactly by “be prepared”, except that it is going to happen!

Finally… I can’t recommend Legoland Windsor enough, it really is brilliant fun for all the family!

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Does it have a spa and a kids club? Right! We’re going there – our first family holiday to Cyprus


If like me, you’re a parent in the UK, you may well be feeling what I’m feeling now.  Both slightly relieved that the kids are back to school soon, and yet a little wistful that the long summer break has come to an end.  And perhaps you’ll be dreaming just a little about future holidays, possibly even researching where to go already.  If that’s the case, I want to introduce you to a fantastic place we just visited, on our first family holiday abroad as a fivesome, on the off chance you’d like to go there one day.

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This is the view from our hotel room balcony at the Azia Resort and Spa , near Paphos in Cyprus.  I’m not even sure how I first found this hotel, but I was doing a lot of online holiday research when I stumbled upon it.  And I am so glad I did, as it really did have a little of everything we needed, and some additional luxuries that we…ahem…required.  Such as a jacuzzi on the balcony.  And a full breakfast buffet, with a nice man cooking omelettes to order every morning.  Did I mention it also boasts a world-class spa?

We arrived by night, and as it was only a 20 minute drive from Paphos airport to the hotel, we were really there in no time at all.

Kids club from age 2.5 years

We spent 10 nights at the hotel, with some lovely friends of ours and their two children. One of the biggest successes was discovering that our middle child was crazy about the kids club.  This was a pleasant surprise indeed.  And I think this was all down to the warm welcome and genuine wonderfulness (is that a word?) of the woman who ran the place.  You’re given a buzzer while the kids are at the club, which vibrates and flashes if you’re needed.  So you’re free to roam around the hotel grounds as you like…free as a bird…well except for the small but important matter of the one-year old, who kindly had a nap on a few occasions so we could enjoy a cool drink by the sea.

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Beautiful clifftop views of the sea from the hotel grounds

Swimming pool with pool bar, wonderful spa, beautiful beaches

Of course, it would be wrong to have you believe the kids spent all their time at kids club!  On the contrary, they had the time of their lives splashing and diving about in the child-friendly swimming pool, which has a separate yet adjacent shallow section for babies and toddlers.  There is a swim-up pool bar, and fresh towels to be used by the pool can be acquired for free from the spa when you need them, meaning there was no need to pack any.  The spa itself is wonderful, and I truly wished I could have had a treatment there every day!  Or at least more than one!  But mustn’t be greedy 😉 They do a 10-minute children’s massage as well, which was a highlight for our daughter.

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There is also a beach right by the hotel, which you can reach via a 120m-long path.  It does end with a lot of rocks, so be aware that you would not be able to push a buggy all the way down there.  We just parked our buggy on the rocks and brought the supplies that we needed down to the beach itself.  There was a lovely shallow stream here, which our little ones just loved messing around in for hours!  The sunset was amazing as well.

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Beach by the hotel

We also made a couple trips out to nearby beaches.  One was just a short stroll away.  Being August it was incredibly hot, so it was essential for us not to have to walk far!  There was a convenient path along the seafront that is completely buggy-friendly.  The other beach, Coral Bay, was a 15-minute bus ride away.  The sea here was beautiful, warm and with calmer waves than the beach near Azia.  The bus, which is air-conditioned, stops directly outside the hotel and costs 1.50 euros for adults and 75 cents for older children.  At the beach there are umbrellas and sunbeds here for hire, which cost 7.50 euros per umbrella, including 2 sunbeds.  There is also a lovely cafe here, where the children enjoyed enormous ice creams and there are toilet facilities including showers.

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Coral Bay Beach

There was no need for us to hire a car, but if we had wanted one it would have been simple to do, and there seemed to be many interesting places nearby to visit such as ancient Greek ruins.  I did venture to a rather splendid shopping centre by bus (under the pretext of buying nappies).

 

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Jacuzzi on the (very spacious) balcony

Food, drinks and entertainment

The food was very good as well, and there was a huge array of it at each mealtime.  There was a different theme each night.  One of my favourite dishes was coconut chicken with tropical rice, on “Jamaican night”.  Not quite Cypriot but delicious nonetheless!  I ate far too much!  The Cava bar was brilliant too for some pre-dinner drinks. And the kids enjoyed dancing at the baby disco, face-painting, and watching the evening entertainment including fire shows, stilt-walkers and acrobats.  A Michael Jackson impersonator was a surprise hit with our 3 year old!  He drew this the next day at kids club.

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Picture by our eldest, age 7
Picture by our eldest, age 7

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Stunning bougainvillea at the front of the hotel
Stunning bougainvillea at the front of the hotel
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Sunset view from the balcony

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All too soon it was time to leave!  Goodbye Cyprus…still missing you.

We booked our accommodation at Azia Resort and Spa through Booking.com UK.

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