What you’ll love about Mark Warner Holidays if you are 8

Hello I am L, I am 9, but I was 8 when I went on holiday to Mark Warner’s Levante resort in Rhodes, an island off Greece. There are lots of fun things to do on Mark Warner holidays, ping pong, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving, paddle boarding, kids club, movie club, tennis, kayaking.

I liked kid’s club because they had loads of fun activities and fun teachers, like Eloise who looked after me and had us all jumping in the pool like an animal and playing new games like Marco Polo.

There’s a lot of people the same age and it’s just a great place to make friends. I liked being in the show in the end, we did a really cool dance. I especially liked learning to windsurf in kids’ club because it was very fun, and the paddle boarding, because it was very funny when people fell off. At the end we lined all the paddleboards up in rows next to each other and you jumped onto them and belly flopped into the sea.

The food was very tasty, the puddings were my favourites, macaroons, and loads of exotic ice creams and fruit.

Pancakes at Mark Warner Levante

I liked the pools because it’s very big and there is lots of fun stuff you can do in it, like swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, jumping in. I spent lots of time playing there with people I met in kids’ club and with my brother. Me and my brother had great fun at the pool bar jumping in. This is me and my Mum in front of the main pool.

The main pool at Mark Warner Levante Resort and an 8yo's perspective

I loved jet skiing because the lovely fresh air blows in your face as you glide along. Basically to learn you just hold on to a pole on the side of the boat. I fell off, which felt very wet, but not scary because basically it’s not that deep and I had a life jacket on which makes you float. I managed stay up for a few minutes which is quite good as I had never done it before. Mum was too frightened to go on a jet ski – scaredy cat! But Dad stayed up on the jet ski pole for ages and even tried it with the strings at the back of the boat. He flipped onto his back. Dad and I videoed each other on the Go Pro.

Catching the 8yo jet skiing at Mark Warner Levante

But me and Mummy went kayaking (it’s hard work when the win is against you and you have to do lots of arm work).  Luckily at the last minute a speed boat came to tow us in front of my Dad and my brother, and you should have seen the looks on my brother’s and my Dad’s face when we overtook them – it was really funny. We were very brave, we tied our kayak to an anchor in a cove and we jumped off the kayak and went snorkelling. I could see loads of fish, you couldn’t count them there were so many. It was so deep, Mummy was way off touching the bottom, luckily she didn’t have a snorkel so she couldn’t see.

kayak safari

The shop is very good they have lots of inflatables, balls which skip on water, sweets, chocolates.

Mark Warner holidays are the best, so fun and totally amusing. If your parents feel like having a relax, they can do it here, because of the fantastic, amazing kids’ club activities. I took this photo of my Mum and Dad before they dropped us off with our friends at movie club – they look so happy and relaxed!

Parents relaxing at Mark Warner Levante

 

Here is my video, watch me jet ski!

If you are thinking about a Mark Warner holiday you can read all about what Dad, my 6 year old brother and my Mum thought too and check out the Mark Warner site.

We were the guests of Mark Warner and took over their instagram for the week, opinions are own.



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  1. 06/10/2015 / 1:35 pm

    I’m loving the sounds of the water based activities like the jetski and the kayaking.

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:23 pm

      MW excel at this!

  2. Becky
    06/10/2015 / 3:03 pm

    Oh L what a great account you gave well done

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:23 pm

      thank you!

  3. 06/10/2015 / 3:25 pm

    What a fab post!
    Love the idea of the water based activities, I am a water baby as is my little girl

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:23 pm

      Water is magical!

  4. 06/10/2015 / 3:47 pm

    What a great post – thanks for sharing your best bits with us!

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:23 pm

      Thanks for reading!

  5. 06/10/2015 / 4:26 pm

    Mini and Maxi have just watched your video and now want to go! Thank you for sharing what you loved, oh and they say anything with Nutella is a winner in their book

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:23 pm

      Nutella rules! Thanks for watching

  6. 06/10/2015 / 7:41 pm

    Ooh – I know from experience those breakfasts are heaven for you youngsters! What a great post – thanks for sharing, L. I’m glad Mum and Dad had a relaxing time, too.

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:22 pm

      So good aren’t they?

  7. 06/10/2015 / 8:11 pm

    It all sounds fantastic. I know I would LOVE it, and I am not even 8! Loved the sound of the snorkelling off the kayaks, how beautiful, and those pudds look good too! (:

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:22 pm

      That was my favourite bit too!

  8. 06/10/2015 / 8:19 pm

    You know what, I think you’d love this if you were younger and older than 8 too! Such a lovely post. I tried jet skiing once a long time ago and would love to do it again someday (hope I’m not too old…….)

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:22 pm

      Mr A did it for the first time in 20 years too, never too old!

  9. 06/10/2015 / 9:42 pm

    Ah what a BRILLIANT holiday! I love every single one of those things!

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:21 pm

      It was brill!

  10. 07/10/2015 / 10:08 am

    What a fab post, you make it sound like so much fun – I wish I was 8 again!

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:21 pm

      Me too!

  11. 07/10/2015 / 10:11 am

    Looks like you had an amazing time, so much for you to do! Boo would love it there x

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:21 pm

      No time to get bored!

  12. 07/10/2015 / 10:01 pm

    What an absolute dream for an 8 year old. MW holidays just look amazing. Mich x

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:19 pm

      Yes, I had to pinch myself watching the video back- can’t believe how much she did.

  13. Sarah Bailey
    07/10/2015 / 10:15 pm

    These holidays sound absolutely amazing – I wonder if they work for couples as well as families. x

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:19 pm

      Definitely Sarah, MW have a great offering for couples and many people were really enjoying learning a new sport or sailing or playing tennis together. We weren’t far from the adult only pool too – so it is easy to relax and find child free areas too.

  14. 08/10/2015 / 9:37 am

    Isaac’s favourite part was playing water polo with all his new friends and performing in the show

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:16 pm

      They still talk about marco polo!

  15. 08/10/2015 / 1:34 pm

    Such a fab idea to have the holiday reviewed from all different angles and so refreshing to read the thoughts of an 8 year old. I love how she comments on you guys being so happy in that pic – made my heart melt. Getting that quality time with childcare provided must just be FAB. MW always get such great reviews, deservedly so. Loving the pics too x

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:16 pm

      Yep, I typed she told me what to write, it is so true, everyone benefits when parents get a little breather!

  16. 08/10/2015 / 5:26 pm

    you know my feelings on Mark Warner and I am not even 8! … its such a wonderful place i am sad to not be going back next year

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:15 pm

      So much left to do still!

  17. 08/10/2015 / 9:06 pm

    Rhodes is a beautiful country and this looks like a great family hotel, will keep it in mind in the future

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:15 pm

      Rhodes is just stunning isn’t it?

  18. gretta @ mumsdotravel
    09/10/2015 / 8:20 am

    This is a great post, it’s really interesting to read about what kids enjoy on holiday. I love your video – it looks like you had a fantastic time.

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:14 pm

      Thanks Gretta!

  19. 09/10/2015 / 11:56 am

    Fantastic post! It’s great when there’s lots to do for children, after all, it’s their holiday too!

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:14 pm

      Gives the parents a break too 😉

  20. 09/10/2015 / 9:16 pm

    I am wishing I was 8 and on a Mark Warner holiday, it does look and sound like I am missing out!

    • parentshaped
      12/10/2015 / 7:13 pm

      ha ha – I wish I had behaved more like an 8 Year old – fearless!

  21. 16/10/2015 / 10:07 pm

    You had me at Levante Penny! What a wonderful post and I love the video, brilliant waterskiing skillz! Mark Warner do the best holidays, we just love them. We’ve done 4 now and each has been ace. Part of me wishes we’d done more before Poppy started school. I hope you’re good, I’ve been burning too many candles! Hopefully catch you at WTM, need to sort out when I’m there x

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