Have you ever had a chocolate crepe every day for a week? Yeah, me neither...
This month I was lucky enough to have seven days soaking up the sun in Greece. A country which has been hanging around on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.
Come at me sun, sea, ice cream and endless cocktails.
We booked an all inclusive holiday with Thomson - my first ever. If you ever want to visit Kos, stay with Oceanis Beach and Spa Resort because it will be everything you would hope for and more. This huge and beautiful hotel sits right on the beach, there's over 900 sun loungers and the staff are the loveliest people you will ever meet. P.S. If you like food and cocktails as much as me, you'll be happy as can be.
Most days were spent with bare feet, sitting beside the pool or sea, book in hand and a crepe or Pina Colada in the other. Although I was more than happy to soak up the sun for seven days straight we also had a few days of exploring. This included a visit to Kos Town, Therma Beach and a boat trip to visit three Greek islands.
Spoiler alert - we saw dolphins!
Isn't it beautiful?
Swinging and Reading
The first few days were spent relaxing at the hotel. Each day you could choose a different spot, whether it was beside the sea, in the gardens or beside one of the two pools - the choice was endless. The swing chairs were my absolute favourite. Situated beside the sea, it was the perfect spot to relax - not to mention it's the most bangin' Instagram snap location ever.
Shout out to the blogger boyfriend.
During the week I read 'The Versions Of Us' written by Laura Barnett and it was a wonderful holiday read. It follows two characters Jim and Eva, sharing three different versions of their futures. It was a really interesting read, and makes you wonder whether things are truly meant to be. Funnily enough, part of the book was based in Cornwall, where I live - does anyone else find this weird when they stumble across stories featuring your home?
We had to visit Kos town during our stay, so we hopped on the bus and within ten minutes we were faced with the stunning marina. We strolled around, unsure of where exactly we should be walking... but that was ok because we stumbled upon colourful gardens, cobbled streets and yay - ice cream! There's the Old Town and New Town, with so many shops and stalls to discover. My favourite thing was strolling alongside the marina and admiring all of the boats.
Oh my god guys, you cannot miss Therma Beach if you ever visit Kos. If you like sitting in a steaming hot bath, to the point you are forming sweat beads on your forehead - well, yep you will love this. Unfortunately, there's a HUGE hill to get down to the beach so make sure you wear suitable shoes and leave plenty of time to make your way back up to catch a bus if you do so. I was a hot mess by the end of it.
Back to the hot spring goodness... When we arrived, we saw the swarm of people wanting a piece of the steamy action and we couldn't wait to plunge right in. Dipping our feet in the soft waves, the warmth covered our toes and then we went into spa mode. It was hotter than expected - but just how I like it. If you do get too hot, simply head to the outer section (by the barrier of rocks) where the coolness of the ocean seeps through.
And by the way, you may even see a goat perched on the cliffs. No joke.
Boat Trip and Dolphins!
If we were going to do a day trip, it was going to be a boat trip and we're so glad we did it! Stopping off a three greek islands was a great way to experience Greece's culture, clear water and the people.
We stopped off at Pserimos, Kaylmnos and Plati where we got the chance to explore these tiny islands. It turns out Kos is famous for its sponges, so of course Jack couldn't resist picking one up. I on the other hand, reached for a plate full of doughnuts covered in honey and cinnamon - because food.
Half way through our boat trip, we spotted dolphins! I couldn't believe it as we weren't expecting to see any and it was the most magical experience. In fact, we saw more as the trip went on.
Not only do you sit on the boat admiring the scenery, you can jump off of it too... I KNOW. I'm naturally so scared of heights, but for some reason I was totally up for this. We took a leap and swam in the clear and serene water. Jack also had a mask, so we got the chance to spend half an hour finding all of the fishies.
Oh and Jack forgot his swimming trunks, lol.
The only downside was on that evening, I felt like I was STILL on the boat. Rocking, back, and, forth. Ugh. It was early to bed for me.
We booked the trip through Thomson, which included lunch on board and transfers to and from our hotel and I would definitely recommend it. If you would like to book it yourself, search for the Captain Hook Kos 3 Island Cruise.
Celebrations and Champagne
We celebrated Jack's Birthday while away and after informing the hotel they planned a little something special. Champagne! But it didn't stop there; our bed was dressed with flowers, a perfectly formed towel cake and a complimentary spa day. Could it get better than this? No way. We sat on the balcony, chinked glasses - we felt like royalty.
All Inclusive Goodies
The hotel's food was delicious. Although it was a buffet setting, the food was fresh and full of variety. From fish, pasta to classic greek dishes there was something for everyone. Each night was a different theme and we really took advantage of the all inclusive. I'll be hiding under baggy jumpers for a few weeks that's for sure!
Not only this, you could grab as many cocktails as you like - win. There was also a crepe station, YES a crepe station! This was a daily stop, where ice cream would also make an appearance.
Oh all inclusive, you babe.
Sometimes, if you were lucky and picked the perfect time to lounge beside the pool, a waiter would hand you a slice of watermelon.
This is not a drill.
Sunsets and Hammock Life
The evenings were a chance to dress up, catch the sunset and appreciate the heavenly day we had. After spending the whole day smothered in sun screen and hair tied tightly in a Miss Trunchball bun it was nice to put some makeup on, pop on a dress and take a stroll before dinner. Hammock life was also on the cards - can we reverse time please?
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Have you ever been to Greece?