Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Just Ask Alfred!

So many things change when you have children that it seems almost impossible to remember your previous life sometimes.  The person who travelled, ate out, partied, stayed in hotels for no particular reason, went shopping, drank cocktails, well it seems she is long gone!  But of course, I wouldn't trade my beautiful girls and life now for any of that, not a chance!

And our mantra since Lara was born, and part of our whole 'attachment' philosophy is that we still do just what we want to do, but bubs come too.  Admittedly, money is tighter so we can't always do things that we might want to for that reason, but that's what saving up is for!!  At the moment our plans include our Butlins holiday next month, and beyond that another caravan holiday and a couple of hotel breaks.

We have stayed in a couple of UK hotels now, and have been really impressed with the standard of family accommodation available, and some of the extras offered.  One such is the Ask Alfred children's concierge scheme from Millennium & Copthorne Hotels.  For just £12.99, children receive their own delightful little extras package:

• A Hamleys teddy bear

• Organic Children shampoo

• Slippers and a bathrobe

• Ice cream on arrival

• A Wisdom toothbrush

• Jelly beans

• Parent’s survival guide.

How cute is that?!  Plus £2 from every booking goes to the inspirational Rays of Sunshine charity, which grants the wishes of seriously ill children.

We love our regular trips to London, both for blogging events and for socialising, with our pre-Christmas visit having become a new family tradition.  Having seen how gorgeous the Millennium Hotel London Knightsbridge is, I have now started a little savings fund for our trip!

Harrods and Harvey Nicks are top of our Christmas pilgrimage list, with Lara inisisting on pie-time at Harvey Nichols 5th Floor every year!!  The Millennium is superbly located, with all the shops Steve has to visit pre-Christmas (hee hee) within walking distance, and the delights of Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland nearby.  Yes, it's only March, but if we're going to save, we need to have a fabulous end goal in mind to make it worthwhile!

Millennium & Copthorne have kindly sent me some lush L'Occitane hand creams for Mother's Day, and to me they epitomise the indulgent luxury of the Knightsbridge hotel - perfect luxury, extra treats for the girls, and hopefully a little bit of 'me time' for Mummy too!  Bliss.

With hotels worldwide, from Auckland to New York, via Beijing and Paris, which Millennium & Copthorne hotel is top of your wish list?  I've just added Bangkok and New York to mine!

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