When the drizzly fall weather was getting us down in Vancouver, my girlfriend and I packed up the kids and booked a trip to Sunny San Diego. We had heard good things about the Welk Resort … San Diego for families so we decided to check it out for ourselves!
With The three kids in tow (her daughter was 9 months old and Mattias and Markus are 4 and 2) we rented a mini van and set off from the San Diego airport to the Welk Resorts! It was about a 45-minute drive, mostly on the highway, until we reached the resort. At 9 pm it was dark (and surprisingly chilly, the clear nights and mountainous terrain caused temperatures to dip to about 5 Celsius at night. We were not prepared for that! ).
Check in was quick and easy, we headed up to our villa. We had booked a two bedroom villa on the green, for the week. It was everything we had hoped for, and more!
Having little kids, it is so much easier to have a suite than a traditional hotel room. We have done the hotel rooms, and will likely do them again, but we knew we wanted to be able to put the kids to sleep and relax (rather that lay in the darkness and try to watch tv without waking them up. Anyone who has stayed in a hotel room with kids knows this feeling).
Here is a Tip for having your toddler staying in a hotel bed. Im sure there are many of you like us, who have toddler’s who sleep in toddler beds. When you arrive at a hotel, the beds sure look nice, but they are after quite high off the ground. No one wants to deal with a middle of the night fall out of bed, so here is what we did to prevent Markus from falling. Take a decorative… pillow (or any pillow will do, but hotels seem to always have those round decorative pillows, and place it under the fitted sheet on the side of the bed. This will act as a… barricade to keep toddlers from falling off the bed!
The ground floor villa was perfect. It had two master suites, one with a soaker tub and both with double sinks! One bedroom had a king bed, the other, two doubles. Both had flat screen tvs, as did the living room. Both bedrooms also had had doors opening onto the patio.
The patio was perfect; it was a small pad which backed onto the golf course! The kids could run around outside on the grass outside our room while we were getting breakfast ready in the fully stocked kitchen!
The next morning we had the day to wander the resort. We had brought strollers for the kids, even though my boys and two and four, and I’m glad we did. The resort is on the side of the mountain and the hills throughout the resort are quite steep and long! (and the strollers help carry all of our pool goodies too!)
We wandered down to the water park and the playground. The kids had it to themselves for most of the morning! They spent about an hour spraying and playing in the water park and exploring the playground. I guess that is the benefit to traveling in the offseason.
The Welk Resort San Diego boasts 5 swimming pools, water slides, hot tub and recreational facilities! There was so much to do.
We loved being able to order lunch by the pool and when the sun for too hot, we went inside the rec room and played in the kids play area! Mattias and I were also able to play air hockey!
The resort has a small store full of necessities so we picked up some snacks and a coffee and then headed back to our room to cook dinner. There are various BBQs to use at the resort as well as a restaurant and Pizza Hut for delivery.
We loved the laid back stay at the Welk Resorts San Diego and will be back soon. You can check out their website here
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Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She is passionate about sharing her experiences of traveling with children on adventurous family holidays around the world! She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.