Time spent together as a family is precious, and our family holiday, a week in Sardinia at Forte Village was no exception.
When I was given the opportunity to visit the hotel and write a travel review for the Daily Mail I was extremely excited. From what I had read about Forte Village it had received glowing reviews. When we arrived, Alex and I were pretty impressed by our room in the 5* newly renovated hotel Il Castello. It was spacious with a large terrace and there was an adjoining door to the children’s bedroom. We were welcomed by Marcello the general manager who gave us a quick tour and overview of the facilities, they were extremely impressive; 8 hotels in 47 acres, 21 Restaurants, the Chelsea football academy, a rugby academy, netball academy, boxing academy and dance academy (all run by www.superskillsexperiences.com), designer clothes and jewellery shops, a pharmacy, a tennis academy, 9 swimming pools, a children’s club, a nursery and a weekly programme of evening entertainment. We were lucky enough to look at the Royal penthouse suite and it was something else… just a little over our budget!
Alex and I really wanted to spend some time together going out in the evenings so we made the most of the babysitting facilities that the hotel offered. Francesca, a local lady and mum (who has worked for the hotel for 12 years), came to look after the children every evening from 8pm until 11pm. Thankfully they were both well behaved and slept! It was really important to us that we kept the children in their routines, so they both slept for two hours each day which meant Alex and I could spend some time relaxing in the sunshine and then in the evenings we got some ‘us’ time. Our favourite meal was at ‘Schuhbeck’s’ Michelin star restaurant. We also really enjoyed eating at ‘Trattoria’ and in the ‘Wine Cellar’ where we treated to a meal cooked by the top chef Chris Wheeler from Stoke Park in the UK. It was fantastic.
It’s fair to say Forte Village isn’t cheap, but with amazing facilities for families and a world class spa, it’s a special place to visit. As you wander around the grounds it’s a bit of a celeb spotting place too… We bumped in to rugby players Will Greenwood and Ben Kay as well as ex Crystal Palace football player Andy Johnson all of whom were really lovely…I will let you know when my full review hits the press so you can have a read but in the meantime if you want to check out the hotel you can visit their website here www.fortevillageresort.com or even download their phone app!
As soon as I got home I hit the ground running with work and working out! I’ve been having some really exciting work meetings, I’ve managed to fit in 3 personal training sessions with John Beeby, and I’ve been filming in Southport this week. Holiday seems like a distance memory.
In my training sessions I have been boxing with pads (which I love), and John has had me doing squats and lunges with a medicine ball (a weighted ball). He said he is easing me in gently but I definitely got a sweat on and worked hard. At the weekend I’m going to start my diet plan with www.fastdietkitchen.co.uk so hopefully by next week I will start seeing some results in terms of weight loss. #mrsimpatient!
When I’ve been on location filming in Stockport this week, the children have been staying with me. Our nanny Sarah planned an amazing day out with both of them at Chester Zoo. It was great for Rocco to visit this zoo because it’s somewhere Alex’s grandparents took him regularly as a child and he loved it. The zoo was also voted the best in the country this year so it’s a top place to take the kids this Summer. Check out the little video Sarah took of of Rocco below.
Whilst Sarah has been with me (and when she visited the zoo), she was ‘test driving’ the brand new tandem Egg pram which is like the Range Rover of tandem prams! Tahlia is on the bottom in the carrycot and Rocco is on top in a forward facing seat.
I have been lucky enough to test a few prams and the Egg is certainly one of the best. It looks fab, is really solid and its especially easy to use. The frame collapses down and fits in to a relatively small space and it’s not too heavy! Sarah loved using it and I think it’s brilliant too. It make life a little easier being out and about with two under two. www.eggstroller.com
This weekend I’m really excited to be going out to dinner with Alex at the Chiltern Firehouse. I’ve heard it serves great food and is a bit of a trendy hang out. Date nights are SO important when you have children and I love it when I get to experience new restaurants with my husband.
Before I finish up this week’s blog post I just wanted to tell you about another fun thing that I have recently discovered for children. A few weeks ago I attended an event being run by The Irish Fairy Door Company. www.theirishfairydoorcompany.com. When you buy a fairy door, you get a little booklet that explains how it all works. You go online to register your fairy and then every so often your child gets up dates and little surprises from their fairy. It’s a really sweet idea and they make such lovely gifts, worth checking out.
Now what should I wear for date night?
Have a lovely weekend.