Tomorrow, 3 generations of the family – myself, my husband Peter, our 2 sons: Oliver and Alexander and my parents – will be heading Alicante staying in a villa kindly c/o of James Villas.

Regular readers will no doubt remember that last time all 6 of us were meant to head on holiday with James Villas which didn’t quite go to plan, with a little incident now referred to as ‘Passportgate’ thwarting our plans.

The night before we were meant to fly, we discovered that my eldest son Oliver’s passport had just expired and there was no way we could sort a new one in time for the holiday.

Lots of tears and soul-searching later we decided that I would still go with our youngest son Xander and my parents, whilst Peter and Oliver would have a wonderful ‘staycation’ on the coast of Wales.

The holiday in Marbella was incredible and the villa we stayed in was simply gorgeous. The villa cum mansion (!) was equipped with everything you (or Beyonce) could possibly need or want including a private swimming pool, jacuzzi, luxe kitchen and even a playroom in the basement for little ones.

Whilst it was nice to be able to dedicate my attention to Xander for a whole week and see my Aunt and Uncle who live in Marbella, I desperately missed my 2 boys so can’t wait for us all to go away again this time with a beautiful break in Alicante on the Southeastern coast of the country.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again…blogging truly is the best career in the world and I am so incredibly grateful for all the wonderful experiences and travel opportunities it bestows upon our family.

I know I write how grateful I am a lot and often the more I repeat it, the less genuine it potentially sounds but I truly am thankful, because yes I work hard but we all do and I do value everything this blog brings into mine and my family’s lives.

Travel is a gift, no more so for my children who have seen a lot of the world at such a young age thanks to the blog…

This time we will be staying at the utterly dreamy Villa Maria, nestled in the heart of the Jalon Valley, an area with breathtaking views of orange groves, orchards and olive trees set against a majestic mountain backdrop.

And whilst we are on the subject of majestic views, our villa doesn’t look too shabby either.

james villas alicante

It’s been an incredibly busy few weeks here at Honest Mum HQ, filming for ITV’s Good Morning Britain, travelling up down the country for client meetings and press days and taking part in various style and food campaigns, so I’m really looking forward to week of relaxation in the sun.

james villa jalon valley

outside space james villasTowards the end of the week (hopefully a little sunkissed) I will be taking part in 2 shoots for luxe swimwear brand heidi klein where I’ll be modelling one pieces, bikinis, hats, bags and jewellery-it is all so divine I simply can’t wait to share it with you guys.
This pool makes the perfect backdrop don’t you think?

james villa villa maria swimming pool

I shall be blogging about the holiday next week, so keep your eyes peeled for post and do keep in touch with my travels on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook too.

Right I better go and pack!

Adios mi amigos!

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21 Responses

  1. Everything Mummy

    Looks absolutely stunning I have been so envious of your instagram recently with these gorgeous holidays hope it was amazing x
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  2. Caro | The Twinkles Mama

    Aaah I LOVE Alicante!! We have some very, very happy memories of the place. We’ve never stayed in a villa there but always in a hotel by the marina. It would be lovely to go and stay at a villa one year. Just lovely 🙂 #BrilliantBlogPosts

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  3. Mummy Fever

    Looks like a great place – love the view from the pool x
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  4. John @Dadyougeek

    This place looks awesome! It is great to get away and I really enjoy time away with my parents! its rare these days for everyone to be together for a few days and spend quality time together! Enjoy!

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  5. Gemma

    sounds great! Have a lovely time. Gemma x
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  6. Juliet McGrattan

    We make our own luck through hard work and boy do you deserve it. Just do one thing for me? Take a big run up to that lovely pool, scream and do a big dive bomb making maximum splash. Have fun. Xx
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  7. Hannah Budding Smiles

    Have a completely amazing time lovely! Oh and I think anyone who knows you on any level will know how genuinely grateful you are ? xx
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