Beautiful blue skies, crystal clear water and a kid-perfect splash pool only metres from our door….I can’t believe we were only there last week! Read all about our stay in Menorca with food allergies.
I only booked our holiday two days before we flew, although I had been umming and aahing about where to go for months! I had pretty much settled on a UK holiday but when I saw the bad weather report and the prices of cottage in Cornwall, I decided on a last minute sunshine break instead.
And I’m so glad I did! It was literally everything we were looking for. We didn’t want to sightsee or explore, we just wanted to chill with the kids and enjoy a few days of stress free fun.
It wasn’t completely stress free (more on that in a minute!) but it was sunny, fun and beautiful. I had never been to Menorca before and I was more than pleasantly surprised. The resort we chose – Cal’n Bosch – was small and sweet with two beaches and a lovely harbour to wander round. Yes, it was touristy but it was classy too with no ugly high rise hotels or blaring bars. The hotel – Paradise Club – had a villagey feel with two storey buildings set around green spaces and four large pools.
Our apartment was only about 50m from the amazing shallow splash pool which featured slides, fountains and a large crying turtle! Baby A and J both loved it and it was the perfect size for them.
Thomson Fly’s nut allergy policy
Flying with a nut allergy always makes us a little nervous but I was very impressed with Thomson Fly. I told them about his allergy at check-in and they wrote it on his boarding pass and said they would add it to the system. They then happily made an announcement onboard. Even more impressively, on the way back I mentioned it when we boarded and they said they already knew and had made a note of his seat number!
Eating in Menorca with food allergies
We booked a self-catering apartment as it is much easier with food allergies and a fussy three year old. I packed a pile of snacks, their milk and a few basics and then stocked up when we got there. We kept it simple and I took a small cool bag and a few container so we could take packed lunches to the beach, which worked really well. We did venture out for two meals. I took our allergy translation cards and the waiter’s English was very good. They had a nice simple children’s menu so we just went for chips with chicken for baby A and bacon for J. I took some mini Oreos too which kept them happy while Mr C and I had dessert!
The A&E trip
My friends joke that we like to visit an A&E wherever we go! Unfortunately, it often feels that way. After the ambulance refused to come for baby A’s severe Croup while we were away a few weeks ago, I was hoping for no more emergencies for a while. J had other ideas! He was balancing on some sofa cushions in our apartment on the first morning, fell and cut the back of his head on a low ledge. Luckily, after a brief trip to the hospital by taxi and two stitches, he was playing again like nothing had happened. He even got a blow up boat out of the experience for being so brave!
The holiday was just what we needed and we all have some lovely memories to look back on. We only went for 5 days as I wanted to be back for the Allergy UK Hero Awards but it was just the right amount of time. Now we are planning a trip to Dubai to visit friends in January and I might plan this one a bit further ahead!