The novelty of having a private swimming pool does not wear off for young children.
With not one but two doors leading to our own blue oasis, there was repeated clamouring to be allowed to jump in, whether it was sunny or cloudy, first thing in the morning or late at night.
This was our half-term break, staying on the Greek island of Rhodes, where there is a bay named after actor Anthony Quinn, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour once built a villa, and Madonna and Naomi Campbell have put in wellpublicised appearances. With four young children in tow, we were not up for the party isle of Mykonos, but wanted simpler fare – sun, swimming, good food, some exploring and, maybe, just maybe, a little time to relax.
We thought it was time to bite the bullet and take our sons, aged seven and five, and our three-year-old twin girls on a plane. This was a risky experiment, as pretty much every holiday has been underpinned by a vehicle big enough to carry everything we might need.
This time was different: no car, no pram. Just two (large) bags of clothes accompanied us on our four-hour evening flight.
A 50-minute drive to the southeast of the island took us to the new eco-friendly, all-inclusive Gennadi Grand Resort. The hotel recycles 20,000 litres of clean water every hour and offers only watersaving showers.
We booked two spacious double bedrooms connected by a 10ft sliding door. One had a large pullout sofa bed, so all the children could sleep together.