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Make a splash at Mark Warner’s San Lucianu Resort in Corsica

5th July 2017
Mark Warner Corsica

I like to think I’m a bit of a water baby; I guess being a Cancerian (the crab water sign), I’m naturally drawn to the water and anything activity related.

In fact, I always say to VIP that if we ever won the lotto I’d buy a house with an indoor pool and swim every single day.

And because I’ve always been such a huge fan of the water – and being able to swim is a hugely important life skill – I’ve raised my kids to love the water and be strong swimmers.

So when I was invited to stay at Mark Warner’s San Lucianu Resort in Corsica to check out its family-friendly activities – including its great variety of watersports, I just had to pull out all the stops to make the trip.

Mark Warner is well known for offering ski, family sun and activity holidays – and the company is highlighting its newly introduced all-inclusive offering at its Corsican resort – ideal of course for families.

So what’s included? 

Everyone who books a Mark Warner holiday is automatically booked on a full board basis which offers three meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner with soft drinks and wine with dinner.

As an example of prices, a week’s getaway at San Lucianu this month costs from £679 per person (off peak) for seven nights or £1,059 in peak season.

And if you’re lucky to be able to avoid the peak season then prices in September are from a very affordable £649 for adults and £599 for kids.

Prices are based on two sharing and including flights and transfers.

However, for an extra £120 per adult and £65 per child, per week you can upgrade to all-inclusive, which offers all meals, selected soft drinks and ice-cream plus selected beers, wine, spirits and cocktails for the adults as well as beach towels.

Mark Warner Corsica

The view from the hotel

It’s a great idea for families; if your kids are anything like mine, they‘ll be asking for drinks and ice-cream on the hour, every hour.

When I visited the resort just three flavours of ice-cream were offered for those on all-inclusive – strawberry, chocolate and vanilla, but one of the bar staff told me that they were changing suppliers which would mean that all flavours would be included.

Top tip: try pistachio – it’s divine!

Are you getting your Vitamin Sea?

All non-motorised watersport activities are also included in the price of a Mark Warner holiday.

At the San Lucianu resort these range from sailing and windsurfing to kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.

Let’s take a closer look at each of them…

Kayaking

This was one of my favourite activities as it was nice to enjoy a spot of calm paddling while soaking up the stunning scenery.

You can get two people in the kayak and the fully qualified instructors will help you carry the kayak to the water and offer tips and tricks if you’re a beginner.

There’s no time limit on how long you can spend on the water and what’s great is that the kids’ clubs offer kayaking sessions included in their programme.

SUP Boarding

Personally I found the Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP) the most challenging; you have to have good balance – which I thought I had, but clearly not as I was quick to fall off, face first going into the water.

However, it’s relatively easy to learn – it’s simply a case of being able to stand up and paddle.

A few people paddle on their knees (including me!) and our instructor also told us we could paddle sitting down if we wanted, which was reassuring to hear when my knees started to get sore.

Mark Warner Corsica

Sailing

Now this activity is a bit harder than it initially looks (the instructors make it look so easy), but I’m proud to say that I was one of few who didn’t end up wet from falling in.

Mind you, my partner (the host) was a bit of a pro at sailing and I insisted she take the helm to keep the both of us (and my iPhone) dry!

Having said that, when the wind catches the sail and you’re whizzing along, there’s something very carefree about it all and you feel like you don’t have a care in the world.

I’d definitely like to give this activity another go if I get the opportunity – and perhaps next time I’ll leave the mobile shore-side.

Expert tuition in resort is offered for free and there’s a range of equipment on offer – for children right up to those used by the pros.

For those looking to perfect their skills then a range of Royal Yachting Association (RYA) courses are also available.

Windsurfing

The windsurfing was the only activity I didn’t try on my adventure – not through lack of wanting to, but because I took a mini break and just didn’t have the time.

It certainly looked great fun though – and free tuition is included at the resort, along with clinics, private lessons and RYA courses.

If you’re going to give it a go, you might want to opt for a morning session when the waters are typically a lot calmer, which will give you a better advantage of getting to grips with the sport.

Kids can also learn to windsurf as a club activity as part of the kids’ club option and there are a wide range of boards to suit all abilities.

Mark Warner Corsica

Other options

It’s worth noting that the waters off Corsica are crystal clear, so it’s definitely worth bringing the snorkelling gear for the family.

Peering down from my Paddle board into the water below (when the water was calm), not only did I spot the sandy sea bed some 15ft below, but I also saw the most striking jellyfish – a vivid blue colour- effortlessly gliding along.

Back on land and there’s a whole range of activities and adventures to try.

The resort provides an LTA endorsed tennis coaching programme and you can also opt to hire a bike (for free) or choose a guided bike tour, with both hybrid and road bikes to choose from.

We went on one of the easier cycling tours – about 5km – and stopped off at a wonderful ice-cream parlour on the way back as a special treat.

If you’re interested in doing the same, the shop is called Abri des Flots and I can definitely vouch for the coconut flavour!

Aside from tennis and cycling, you can also try your hand at volleyball, aerobics and fitness, water polo, table tennis and pool.

Mark Warner Corsica

Out and about

Simply put, Corsica is an island of beauty – and because of its stunning scenery (an aqua-coloured sea or soaring mountains as a backdrop and various fruit farms and groves) – it’s a good idea to get out and about.

You can do this by foot, bike, moped or car hire; the latter possibly being the best option if you have younger kids.

My two tweens would be up for hiring a bike from the resort, but kids have to be aged 13 and up to do so – and any child between 13 and 18 years old has to be accompanied by an adult.

One activity well worth a go (and this was one of the highlights of my trip) is a walk to the nearby waterfall.

Only attempt this if your kids are a bit older as although I say ‘nearby’, it’s a good 40-minute walk and the paths are quite rugged, particularly as you get closer to the waterfall.

Mark Warner Corsica

I’d also recommend a morning walk when the heat of the sun won’t affect you too much.

The hotel reception keeps a detailed description of how to get to the waterfall, so don’t attempt to find it alone otherwise you may find yourselves lost – and disappointed.

But if you do venture ‘off-the-beaten-path’ for this mini adventure you will be in for a great surprise; the crystal clear waters of the lagoon are certainly a sight for sore eyes.

I ended up spending a good hour-and-a-half swimming, jumping off rocks and watching some Corsicans somersault into the water from crazy heights; as a mother I almost had a mini heart attack every time they jumped in.

It’s all about the kids

Kids are exceptionally well catered for at the resort – not only by a dedicated childcare centre and its plethora of daytime activities, but also in terms of a great selection of watersports and evening entertainment – dependent on the age of the kids.

In fact, the kids’ clubs are split into three age group sections, catering for up to 17 years old in the summer months of July and August.

With a myriad of activities for kids to try, there’s no chance of boredom – and the kids’ clubs and courses also ensure kids are burning off their energy throughout the day.

The San Lucianu Resort

Interestingly, half of the guestrooms at the San Lucianu resort have been refurbished and the other half have been left untouched.

On further investigation it appears that there has been no hurry to upgrade all of the 95 rooms, simply because those seeking even cheaper accommodation have the option of doing so by staying in one of the old-style rooms.

The concept seems to work well and there’s an equal balance of guests staying in both halves.

On our trip, we stayed in the refurbished rooms that overlooked the sea, and they were clean, spacious and comfortable.

Mark Warner Corsica

The refurbished rooms

I liked the little touches to the room – namely the very ‘on-trend’ bedside reading lights, the free Wi-Fi, bottled water and the full length mirror with a plug point (for the hairdryer!) right next to it – I did say in my video that the rooms must have been designed by a woman!

There were a couple of minor things I’d change – things like offering hairdryers in the rooms and having a magnifying mirror in the bathroom – but they weren’t major.

The other thing I’d suggest to the hotel is to use silk paint on the walls in the guestrooms – as any marks are quickly wiped away.

If you’ve got matt paint on walls at a family-friendly hotel, you’re going to get scuffmarks – and lots of them. But maybe that’s just ‘The Hotel Inspector’ in me!

The refurbished rooms offered:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (throughout the hotel)
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Mini fridge (superior rooms that do not interconnect)
  • Safe deposit box (superior rooms only)

Grub’s Up!

If there’s one thing I was mighty impressed with at the San Lucianu Resort, it was the food, particularly the a la carte menu, which is served a few times a week.

For a three-star hotel I would have said it offered four-and-a-half star food. Meals were beautifully presented and tasted as good as they looked.

Mark Warner Corsica

And when it came to the buffet meals there was always plenty of choice – and very often some show cooking going on, with things like fresh pasta and homemade pizzas.

Local specialities are also offered to satisfy adventurous palates or those seeking something a bit different.

The setting of the terrace restaurant was pleasant – and it overlooked the gardens below. It was also undercover, so if it did rain there was little chance of getting wet.

A quick overview

So, the big question is…would I recommend a family stay at the San Lucianu Resort?

Well, I think I answered my own question many times on my return back home.

When asked if I had a good time by friends and family, I always found myself telling them that I wasn’t ready to return home.

Anyone that really knows me, knows what a home-girl I am. Always have been; always will be.

So for me to want to stay a few more days to enjoy the activities and explore my surroundings speaks volumes.

If you’re seeking an active family getaway at affordable prices, then you wouldn’t go far wrong with choosing Mark Warner’s San Lucianu Resort.

I’ve got to mention the staff at the resort; as a Mark Warner resort all staff were English – and most of them were young workers, making the most of their mortgage-free and kid-free lifestyles.

But don’t let this put you off. Service was ALWAYS with a smile and staff went the extra mile to ensure you were happy.

They also seemed very relaxed and keen to chat with guests, asking what they had been up to. And all of them were clearly huge activity and adventure fans, keen to offer their advice on what to do, where to visit and point out the highlights of the island.

Moving on to the activities and the three best words to describe them are: free, fun and plentiful.

Mark Warner Corsica

The scenery is stunning on the bike routes

The free childcare and clubs also seemed entertaining and engaging (for all ages), while the resort’s surroundings are peaceful and quite stunning. It really seems to tick all the boxes.

If, however, you’re seeking a ‘fly, flop and a week on the sunbed without moving’ kind of holiday, then that’s also possible – as long as you’re okay to put up with screams of delight as guests try their hand at various activities during their stay.

As a passive observer, I guess you do get the added advantage of watching others potentially making fools out of themselves as they fall in the water etc., which all makes for an ideal people-watching spot as you enjoy a cold one on your lounger.

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Annie Tuohy and Trevor Swain 29th August 2017 at 10:40 pm

Absolutely loved it. Mark Warner, San Luciano, Corsica is just great. Clean AND comfortable room with a really good bed. Shower is great, really powerful. The complex itself is really lovely with amazing views front and back and a stunning sunrise. The staff are super friendly and always at hand to help with anything. Food was delicious with great variety and the service from the staff was flawless, plus they all clearly work very hard. All in all a super holiday.

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LaurettaCWright 30th August 2017 at 7:33 am

Brilliant news Annie – really pleased to hear you had a great holiday. I’d definitely like to go back and do a bit more exploring…Not sure about you, but I could easily have stayed there a while longer!

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Timothy 19th August 2017 at 8:05 am

I’ve stayed at the San Lucianu beach resort in June 2017, with friends and family. The facilities are fantastic, supported by a great staff team. They had a good range of boats, including Picos and Lasers.

We opted for the all-inclusive, which I would give a neutral review of, as the choices were extremely limiting. For example, there were only three cocktails from the cocktail menu and a lot of confusion around the what ice-cream you could or couldn’t have. This is probably one of the poorest all inclusive options that I have used.

Some of the other reviews are very negative about the state of the hotel, which are fair points, as the hotel is very much overdue a refit, however, you can spend much of your time outside, enjoying the beautiful weather, sea, and sailing.

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LaurettaCWright 19th August 2017 at 8:17 pm

Thanks Timothy – really interesting to hear this. I was there around the same time as you and I’d heard that they were changing their policy on the ice-cream choices (as they were changing suppliers) to include all flavours. They obviously hadn’t implemented that when we were there. I can’t speak for the cocktails as I didn’t order any, but I do know that the refurbished rooms were really modern. I have to agree that certain areas of the hotel could have done with refurbishing. And you are of course quite right – if you’re on holiday, you don’t tend to spend most of your time inside anyway. Thanks for commenting!

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London Mumma 18th July 2017 at 4:28 am

I have heard so much about Mark Warner’s family friendly holidays, super affordable at luxury destinations. This is something that I will be looking into for my daughter and I.

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LaurettaCWright 18th July 2017 at 12:31 pm

You got it in one – super affordable at luxury destinations so you get the best of both worlds! Thanks for commenting!

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Cal at Family Makes 16th July 2017 at 5:09 pm

I’d love to take a holiday with Mark Warner, they would be just perfect for my active kids. The boys would love every single activity on offer here, and I’d love that they were occupied and happy the whole time. It sounds like a perfect adventure. You’re really lucky to have had this experience Lauretta!

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LaurettaCWright 16th July 2017 at 9:08 pm

Thanks Cal – I was certainly very lucky to be able to take time out and try some wonderful activities with a bunch of great people.

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WhatLauraLoves 15th July 2017 at 9:04 pm

Oh wow what an incredible place to travel to for a holiday. I like that theres plenty to do but equally the option to chill out xxx

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Laura 15th July 2017 at 12:11 am

Growing up in South Africa where its hot for most of the month means I love water and water sports!! MW looks like a fantastic place to take kids and families who want to be active and have fun on holiday

Laura x

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LaurettaCWright 15th July 2017 at 7:21 am

Oh wow … I love South Africa – we were there last year. I’m not surprised you like the water!

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kerry norris 14th July 2017 at 9:20 am

It looks amazing with so many fab activities to do. I’d love to go on one of their holidays x

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Tanya 14th July 2017 at 8:40 am

I don’t even know how to begin with how exciting this holiday sounds. The views and area sound and look lovely, the food sounds Devine, the choice you have is great and you get so much for your money. I love water sports too so I’d really enjoy this, glad you had such a good time

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LaurettaCWright 15th July 2017 at 7:21 am

I think I need a return visit Tanya! Thanks for commenting ?

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Ashleigh Dougherty 12th July 2017 at 2:53 pm

Looks like an awesome holiday with everything you could ever need. I’d love to try wind surfing one day!

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LaurettaCWright 15th July 2017 at 7:22 am

I’d like to try it when the winds are calm I think ?

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Kira 12th July 2017 at 12:39 pm

Look absolutely stunning! I would love to go there! I love anything to do with the water as well, I regret not going kayaking when I was last on holiday, it’s so much fun!

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LaurettaCWright 12th July 2017 at 12:42 pm

Kayaking is great isn’t it? it was one of my favourite activities! I’m a fellow water baby so understand your enthusiasm!

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Louise Smith 11th July 2017 at 9:53 pm

Oh, wow! This resort looks amazing. My kids have seen a few Mark Warner adverts recently and they’re dying for me to book a holiday with them 😉

Louise x
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LaurettaCWright 11th July 2017 at 10:42 pm

i think that’s a sign Louise! 😉

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five little doves 11th July 2017 at 8:47 pm

WOW! What a holiday! I always feel envious of anyone on a Mark Warner holiday, they really do look like the most amazing holidays to have! That food looks so delicious!

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lisa prince 11th July 2017 at 2:22 pm

omg that looks amazing i wish i was there those views

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LaurettaCWright 11th July 2017 at 2:24 pm

The sunrise was especially beautiful on the beach.

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Angela Milnes 11th July 2017 at 1:30 pm

What an amazing adventure. I enjoyed reading this and there are some really beautiful places..I love the waterfall.

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LaurettaCWright 11th July 2017 at 2:21 pm

I’m glad I included news about the waterfall as it has gone down a storm!

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Dannii 11th July 2017 at 1:29 pm

I have been hearing a lot about mark warner holidays recently and it seems that kids are really well catered for, so I might give them a try.

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LaurettaCWright 11th July 2017 at 2:22 pm

It’s worth a look Dannii – they really do cater well for families.

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Rhian Westbury 11th July 2017 at 9:49 am

That’s really awesome that so many water based activities were included within the price of your holiday, plenty of things to keep you occupied with x

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LaurettaCWright 11th July 2017 at 2:22 pm

Absolutely! No chance of getting bored that’s for sure!

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LaurettaCWright 11th July 2017 at 3:57 pm

Absolutely! Thanks Rhian.

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Nazrin 11th July 2017 at 9:18 am

Look at all the things you got up to! It looks liek you had an amazing time! My day would have been made at the waterfall! I am sucker for the water!!

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LaurettaCWright 11th July 2017 at 3:57 pm

Oh me too! I’m such a water baby!

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Laura H 11th July 2017 at 8:37 am

The activities sound so fun! I’d love to try sailing but I would probably be one of the unfortunate souls who ended up wet!

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LaurettaCWright 11th July 2017 at 9:12 am

That was me Laura, but it wasn’t all bad! ?

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fashionandstylepolice 11th July 2017 at 6:57 am

This looks like an amazing place. So beautiful!

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LaurettaCWright 11th July 2017 at 7:10 am

Thank you! ??

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Tereza 11th July 2017 at 4:43 am

This sounds wonderful! What a beautiful place too. You gotta love all inclusive holidays in resorts like this one. xx

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LaurettaCWright 11th July 2017 at 5:35 am

Thanks Tereza.. I could very easily go back there!

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Jessica 11th July 2017 at 4:28 am

This sounds like an amazing vacation. I love being the water as well. The water activities look and sound like a lot of fun. I love that this is a very kid friendly place. We have 5 kids so wherever we go has to cater to kids. I like that this place caters to kids. Corsica looks very and sounds very beautiful!

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LaurettaCWright 11th July 2017 at 5:37 am

Thanks Jessica; well if your kids like water then they’d love it there!

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Sandeep 10th July 2017 at 11:50 pm

I’ve never considered taking such an active holiday, but all of these activities sound like so much fun! I’d love to go and take the family with me, I think we’d have blast!

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LaurettaCWright 11th July 2017 at 3:57 pm

I’d have to agree with you! 🙂

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Ana De- Jesus 10th July 2017 at 10:21 pm

I am all for rustic walks and what strikes me about Corsica is how naturally beautiful it is. I would love to go and jump in the sea right now x

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LaurettaCWright 10th July 2017 at 10:32 pm

Especially when it’s hot eh Ana?!

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Sarah Bailey 10th July 2017 at 10:14 pm

I’ve heard so many good things about Mark Warner holidays, they all seem to be filled with such fun and joy. How beautiful is that water fall as well, such a shame the walk is a bit rugged.

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LaurettaCWright 10th July 2017 at 10:33 pm

I guess the walk kept us on our toes! 🙂

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The London Mum 10th July 2017 at 10:06 pm

Pre wise actually it’s very reasonable.. I never thought it would be! Especially when you take into account how much you can do as well!

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LaurettaCWright 10th July 2017 at 10:37 pm

that’s very true!

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Mummy Times Two 9th July 2017 at 9:22 pm

This looks like you’ve had an incredible time. I’ve never been on a Mark Warner holiday but would definitely consider doing so after reading your post.

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LaurettaCWright 10th July 2017 at 6:25 am

That’s very kind – thank you! It was my first time and i was pleasantly surprised at how much there was to do and the affordability.

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Jen 9th July 2017 at 9:20 pm

You make me want to learn to swim again. I’m not exactly a water baby myself, but this looks amazing. The price is rather good, especially with the inclusive option for not much more. Really good for families.

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LaurettaCWright 10th July 2017 at 6:26 am

Thanks Jen – I love swimming! I just wish i had the opportunity to swim more often. You would have liked the waterfall I’m sure – it wasn’t deep at the sides anyway! 🙂

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Rachel 9th July 2017 at 7:21 pm

Ooooh looks like such a beautiful place, loving the look of the waterfall! xo

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Nikki 9th July 2017 at 7:11 pm

wow how stunning is that waterfall?? Looks like you all had a fab time!

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shelley 9th July 2017 at 6:47 pm

Looks like you had a fab time, love the resort! That waterfall looks gorgeous 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 9th July 2017 at 8:57 pm

Thanks Shelley – it’s lovely there.

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Kacie 9th July 2017 at 4:18 pm

It’s great that all of your meals are included in Mark Warner holidays. The waterfall would have been a highlight for me too!

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LaurettaCWright 9th July 2017 at 6:15 pm

Yes – avoids you worrying about running out of money and not being able to eat! 😉 thanks Kacie.

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Jenny 9th July 2017 at 2:57 pm

Sounds like such a fantastic place for an adventurous family!

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LaurettaCWright 9th July 2017 at 3:52 pm

Yes – I’d like to discover more places like this if I’m honest! 🙂

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Erin Ek Rush 9th July 2017 at 8:27 am

Sounds like a fantastic holiday. Love that the resort offers different options in terms of price and activity levels – makes something for everyone possible

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LaurettaCWright 9th July 2017 at 3:52 pm

Yes it’s a good idea that they do this – caters for all needs and tatstes…

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Sarah 8th July 2017 at 9:56 pm

Sounds like a fantastic holiday! I love the sound of all the water sports! I’ve always wanted to try parasailing one day, SUP Boarding sounds like so much fun too though!

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LaurettaCWright 9th July 2017 at 7:35 am

Thanks Sarah – you needed good balance for the SUP boarding… something I thought I had but didn’t!

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Nelu Mbingu 8th July 2017 at 10:13 am

The place looks decent. It probably warrants the price (which, to be honest, is a little outside my budget at the moment). Thanks for sharing!

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LaurettaCWright 8th July 2017 at 1:55 pm

No worries Nelu – yes – all the included activities definitely warrant the price.

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Stephanie Usher 6th July 2017 at 9:02 pm

We recently went on an all inclusive holiday and loved it! I really didn’t think it would be my cup of tea, but it was fab! xx

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Lauretts 6th July 2017 at 11:38 pm

That’s great! Going all-inclusive really is worth it I think.

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Lilinha 6th July 2017 at 9:01 pm

What a wonderful resort! We stayed at the Mark Warner resort in Sardinia and loved it! 🙂
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LaurettaCWright 6th July 2017 at 11:39 pm

That’s great news Lilinha! So I’ve got to try the Sardinian resort & you’ll have to do the Corsica one! 🙂

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Stephanie 6th July 2017 at 10:59 am

Wow what an amazing place! I’ve never been on a Mark Warner holiday, but it’s certainly one to consider x

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LaurettaCWright 6th July 2017 at 11:07 am

Absolutely- thanks Stephanie!

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Jenni 5th July 2017 at 8:39 pm

Wow, look at that view and the food! Sounds like a very nice resort. I would definately want a hairdryer though!

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LaurettaCWright 5th July 2017 at 9:19 pm

Apparently they have them on hand if you ask

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MELANIE EDJOURIAN 5th July 2017 at 8:29 pm

I haven’t been on a Mark Warner holiday yet. Corsica looks amazing it’s not somewhere I had thought to go before but I am sure my family would love to visit.

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LaurettaCWright 5th July 2017 at 9:12 pm

It’s certainly a beautiful island ?

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five little doves 5th July 2017 at 7:51 pm

WOW! Amazing! I have heard such good things about Mark Warner, I would love to go on one of their holidays although I’m not sure we could afford it just yet!

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LaurettaCWright 5th July 2017 at 9:14 pm

It’s lovely – and a lot more affordable than you think – especially with all the activities included plus full board.

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LaurettaCWright 5th July 2017 at 3:30 pm

The water was lovely and cool – much needed on a hot day!

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Gareth Torrance 5th July 2017 at 3:08 pm

I have to say, that looks like an awesome place to visit! Especially that waterfall! It’s utterly beautiful!

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