Recently, we went to Marbella, Spain to visit our friends that have just moved out there. It was great to see where they live now and make memories together as families. We both have two children each at similar ages so our family dynamics were perfect together. We were also excited to see our friend’s bump growing as she is about to have a third baby to her beautiful family. One of the days we were visiting they booked Nikki Beach for us to all spend the day. It’s one of the most beautiful places I have been both for views and amenities. Also, one of my favorite days in Marbella with our friends. We are so grateful for the thought they put into our visit and for their amazing friendships too.
Our day started with the sun shining brightly overhead and the beach bags packed. MM had been very ill the day before so I was a little nervous how she would do on the beach but she did her very best and we still made a whole day of it. I didn’t know what to expect of Nikki Beach but I will say my expectations were by FAR beat right from the moment we walked in.
There were tables up top for eating, and sofas and coffee tables with fluffy cushions near the bar and on the other side of the pool, steps upon steps of inviting lounge beds and cushions galore. I could have ran and did a body dive in them if it wasn’t inappropriate to do so. I really wanted to though trusty me. The place was flawless from each corner. The staff were super friendly when you walked in and were always on hand whenever we needed something. I loved the english theme they had going on and the kids all received their own little mini flags they could wave around which they absolutely were delighted about.
We perched ourselves on a gorgeous lounge bed and the kids took the scene in and dived into the sand, while we got settled. It was a shame that my two were still under the weather but they normally love the water and sand so they did their best. We lathered their english skin with sunblock as the sun was blaring that day.
In true kid fashion sense that MM all the sudden has; she adorned her pink sunglasses she picked out herself the entire weekend in Marbella. At first I was thought they were a little ridiculous but the more I saw her in them the more I thought they actually suit her personality to perfection.
B couldn’t wait for Mommy to stop with the sunblock so he could go play. He was begging to jump in the waves down at the beach. I loved how we could see them from where we were sitting. It really was the perfect set up. B kept asking can we come back here again tomorrow. We had only just arrived, got to love toddlers and their enthusiasm. It only took him a second to get confident enough to be running out into the waves making Mommy and Daddy a little nervous to be honest. Even though Mr P really can’t swim either, he was like a little floundering fish jumping in and out of the waves after B. I always love watching them from a distance. The kids idolize their father so much and it always melts my heart to watch the way they look up to him, and rely on him to comfortable them. MM is turning into a true Daddy’s girl too. After watching them for a bit I had to go join in the fun. I am more of a pool girl than a salt water girl but where the family plays, I shall always remain.
There was sand castle building, and even some sand eating going on too. It wasn’t long before a few of them, mostly my sick little ones crashed out in the shade on the lounge bed. We took this time to enjoy some scrumptious bubbly while we had free hands.
Of course, when in Marbella one must have a lovely sushi by the sea to go with all that champagne. The food was amazing. I really felt so spoiled by our amazing friends and the day they planned for us. I loved sitting around chatting with the kids playing at our feet. It’s always great when you just click with another family. We don’t have many family where we all have a friend in each other so it’s great that we have that with them. I hope they feel the same about us.
The pool (for adults only) was behind us, so the men went for a dip first while the ladies and kids played in the sand and then we switched, taking turns in the lovely turquoise waters. It felt so refreshing, relaxing and truly like paradise. Something both Mr P and I needed after both working some long hours recently. It was lovely having our separate time at the pool and some peace in the water. I love that kids weren’t allowed in the pool. At one point it was just me in it and there is something so calming about having a pool to yourself. Of course, I enjoyed the uninterrupted chatter with my lovely friend too. It’s always great when we get together to catch up. I was so sad when she told me she was moving that I really did cry but I also knew she was going somewhere not too far away and a lovely place for her beautiful family. (We still all miss her here in the UK though). It seems every time I get a chance to hang out with a friend more often they go and move away on me or I do.
Our friend’s little girls were true beach babies. You could tell they were one with the sand and water. I like to think mine would have played longer in it if they hadn’t been so ill. We normally have to beg the kids to leave the beach but on this occasion we weren’t that lucky and our day ended possibly a few hours short as MM just couldn’t take the heat anymore and was completely miserable. I feel guilty for having her at the beach when she was unwell but also felt guilty for having to make everyone go home a little bit early. I have never seen my daughter cry that long for anything so she must have felt awful. We just can’t seem to catch a break these days on vacation. If it’s not raining our entire holiday one of the kids is really sick. I just wish we could go away to see friends and both my kids be on top health and their happy, fun loving selves. Sadly my kids got her kids sick in the end too and the guilt I felt just kept growing. I think one night I even cried about it. Its the last thing you want when you visit and you sure hope you ever get invited back to see them again and make up for it but understand why they might hesitate next time for sure.
Our friends girls are so adorable and have such good manners. I love having friends that are similar to us in the way we parent and I always think it leads great examples to my kids on how to behave right. Its the same as if a child is around a naughtier child they copy and it goes for good manners too. It was bittersweet when I noticed B trying to talk like their older daughter and be sweet and respectful like her too. (not that he isn’t polite too) but it’s great to have great role models around our kids. It just shows you how great their parents really are to them too.
Our Nikki Beach day out was such an amazing experience, a perfect day with great friends, minus a little cry fest from the princess but nevertheless we made great memories all together and I hope there are many visits to come in the future.
Stay tune for Part 2 of our Marbella extravaganza.