Algarve Portugal

We’re now back from two blissful weeks in the Algarve, Portugal, relieved to have brought the sunshine home with us, helping to ease away our holiday blues.

Staying at the beautiful Hotel Baia Grande close to the beach in a breathtaking residential area on the outskirts of Albufeira, far from commercialisation, it was a time for pure family fun, eating fresh fish daily, swimming in sparkling turquoise waters, sunbathing on golden sands, watching dolphins play and even dancing by candlelight.

It was truly touching to experience the new sunny surroundings through Oliver’s wide eyes and inquisitive questions, “They’re aren’t sharks in the pool are they Mama?” and the ease in which new friendships were formed abroad with other children and families and also in my case, two lovely ladies I ended up partying with on the beach on our last night away.

We also met dear old friends and former neighbours of ours from London who relocated to the Algarve, sharing clams and sardines over red checked tables and seaviews and I even managed to go dress shopping at the super chic Algarve Shopping Centre (well I couldn’t let my Mummysgotstyle readers down now could I!). A post on Portuguese style is coming soon!

Alexander was also quite the hit at the hotel renamed by guests as King Alexander. There was actually a queue of German, American and Dutch guests waiting to hug and wave him off as the shuttle bus took us to the airport; I’ve never known a baby to get so much attention. Forget the Royal Baby, Prince Alexander is here!

sunshine

Playing in the shade and adoring the beach in particular, Oliver was always occupied with new friends and Alexander was happy to play, continue his pursuit to try and walk, eat everything Portuguese and nap in between cuddles from hotel staff and guests. Peter and I took it in turns to swim and we often had time to eat dinner together as both kids had siestas from all the fun, in prams beside us.

During our 15 days away, we travelled the island, spending a night in Carvoeiro and a day by the port in VilaMoura.

We adored where we stayed in Albufeira and found on a walk near the hotel that the President of Portugal’s summer house was on the same street (we were met with friendly guards at the entrance) and it was obvious why he’d chosen this part of the island with its white washed villas decorated with floral tiles close to secluded beaches and discreet hotels.

Sir Cliff also suprisingly adorned billboards advertising wine everywhere and it turns out he too has a holiday home nearby.

With its warm climate, delicious food and the most welcoming and kind people, Portugal really is an ideal destination for a family holiday.

I feel so lucky to have had such a lovely break. We’ve returned feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and freshly inspired with new perspective and greater clarity that only holidays and breaks away from the norm bring.

Portugal, we miss you already.

Here are some postcards of photographs my husband Peter Broadbent shot whiles we were away.

Beach time with my boys.

Children playing in Portugal

One chilled dude as the sun shines on. And on.

The Algarve

Pretty tiling on houses near our hotel.

pretty Portugal

Clams and the place they came from.

Fresh clams and the sea

Vilamoura-by the port enjoying Moet& Chandon ice cream!

Moet and Chandon ice cream

Where I had morning and late afternoon swims. Delicious.

Hotel pool

The Baia Grande Hotel.

Baia Grande Hotel, Portugal

Alexander proudly grins 6 teeth and enjoys crawling around the hotel, lifting himself up to pose and enjoying a well deserved nap.

Alexander

Alexander on holiday

Oliver discovers his love of the sea and swimming.

Oliver in the sun

Watching the dolphins (which moved me to tears) at the must see Zoomarine, Algarve.

ZooMarine

Photos to treasure.

 

Pool and beach timeA Gymboree for Oliver to play in when the midday heat hit and cuddles by the pool.

playtime

Hotel Baia Grande by night.

Baia Grande Hotel by night

A candlelit beach we stumbled upon on our last night. Playing on the sand with the boys as the sun set was the perfect end to the holiday…

Candlelit beach

Siesta time

And then when they both fell asleep, Peter encouraged me to return with lovely friends I’d made at the hotel to enjoy the beach party. Another perfect end to the holiday.

Beach party

What a holiday!

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37 Responses

  1. Charly Dove

    Oh wow Vicki it looks like the most wonderful location and the photographs are just stunning. Beautiful post, thank you so much for sharing #whatsthestory
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    • honestmum

      @Sara fabulous place isn’t it! Haven’t been since I was a child! Will again though x
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  2. Lou's Lake Views

    Absolutely gorgeous photos, especially the beach and blue skies. We have beautiful beaches and blue skies here in Canada, the only trouble is they are currently under a foot of snow! 🙁
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    • honestmum

      Thanks, I really want to visit Canada, my husband has with work and adores it!
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  3. jenny

    Your pictures are STUNNING!!! Your holiday looked fantastic. I am jealous. I just went but your pictures came out amazing, it made your holiday look better. hahahaha I am really impressed. Love your post. I am just learning photography, I take horrible pictures. Fingers crossed our next holiday looks like these.
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    • honestmum

      @jenny thanks, Peter my husband takes incredible pictures, such a wonderful holiday x
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  4. Franglaise Mummy

    What an amazing holiday and what fab pics! I missed reading your blog posts while you were away, but I’m glad you got a lovely family break x

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  5. I Am Into This

    What an amazing spread of pics – you have so many for that gorgeous family album! Glad you had the best time. You absolutely deserved it! You needed a break and wow does it sound like you had a good one 🙂 xxx

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  7. Michelle @ Bod for tea

    Welcome back lovely! What gorgeous photos – that hotel looks awesome – might need to check it out for next year’s holiday list 🙂 By the way I love that panama style hat that you’re wearing in the pool – where’s it from? xxx

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    • honestmum

      @Michelle @Bodfortea thanks darling, style post on Portugal coming tomorrow-hat from there after other one got too crumpled x

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  8. ebabee

    Incredible pictures! And that last pic of the sleeping boys – I feel like plucking them out of the screen and giving them both the biggest hug ever! x

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  9. Mirka Moore @Kahanka

    Stunnying photos as always, was missing you so much lovely xxx but glad you had an amazing time. We went to Algarve before having Olivia and loved it there. Your two boys are gorgeous, and cannot believe how much hair Alexander has!!!

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    • honestmum

      @MirkaMoore aw and you darling, we need a proper catch up soon, BM seems so long ago now. Alexander was the hotel star and his hair is big like his Mama’s! x

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  10. Franki | Little Luca & Me

    Looks like you had an absolutely perfect holiday and how beautiful is the candle lit beach! Amazing! I’m only a little bit jealous! 🙂 So glad you had a wonderful time xx

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    • honestmum

      @Franki/Little Luca & Me thanks sweetie, we really did and that candlelit beach was the perfect end to the holiday-memories to treasure. Excited to see you soon xx

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  11. Xandi | The Mummy Scripts

    Amazing holiday indeed!!! Wow. And those photos are spectacular, you should make an album dedicated to the holiday – truly stunning. So glad you had a wonderful relaxing time – we all need that break (and reality check) once in a while x

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    • honestmum

      @Xandi thanks darling, Peter is going to print a lot of them for an album and to frame some of them too. Really is good to have a break and reality check-time for new work structure and greater balance x

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    • honestmum

      @MamaandMore it was lovely, family time really is the best thing ever and lots of sun…so need to move abroad x

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