If you’ve got kids you need to go here solely for the kids club!

We’re just headed home after 10 days at the Iberostar Cancun. I have a 5 year old and 1.5 year old so trying to entertain them both simultaneously is an effort.

Kids club! What can I say, the ladies running the kids club (Paulina, Sehem, Koral & Nancy) are absolutely fantastic! They are so hard working and the kids absolutely love them! They are open 930-445 and can also take them to dinner and the show which can extend it to 930pm. My daughter loved it so much she was upset when she had to do anything else. They take them to the beach, pool, buffet for lunch and dinner, art and craft and even put on shows and play treasure hunts and discos. I cannot rave about these ladies enough! Thank you so much for making ours and my daughters holiday so much fun and relaxing!

Other than the kids club the staff are the most friendly we’ve ever had on a trip and we travel a lot. The cleaning ladies were so thoughtful with flowers daily and the restaurant and buffet staff were so happy and friendly it was so nice to be around.

We were in an ocean view room with balcony which was perfect for us, the balcony was big enough for night time when the kids were asleep. They have fridges in the room with soft drinks and beers, my favorite restaurant was the Japanese restaurant and steak house.

The pools are amazing and the kids pool with the pirate ship was perfect for kids. The pool bar is great however the last 2 days they were renovating.

They have a number of activities from shooting to volleyball, table tennis and yoga.

Overall the only thing that would be nice would be different options each day at the buffet. We were there 10 days so we felt like we ate similar things each day.

Nashville with kids: Where to go and what to do on a hot day in Nashville.

We are 6 days into our week long vacation in Nashville. Like many people frequenting the city we are here for a friends bachelor party however in our case we bought our kids with us!

After spending the better part of 5 days in party mode, today was a day for the kids and it was hot! So where do you go in the city when it’s hot and what do you do?

Here’s my itinerary for a family of 4 and the cost of the activities.

Morning breakfast: we decided to stay at the Aloft hotel in midtown. Great hotel approximately 20 mins walk from downtown Nashville and out of the party chaos. There are amazing eateries around such as the midtown cafe, the row, midtown tavern and Hattie B’s chicken. This hotel can also be free if you save up your SPG points on your Amex SPG card which we did. Being located outside of the tourist trap, restaurants tend to be cheaper however on this particular morning we decided to go to Just Love Coffee and Cafe. I would say they make the best coffee and Chai latte we’ve had so far in the US so it’s a must stop! We had a latte, Chai, 2x breakfast wraps and 1 full sized berry waffle (shared by both kids) for under $30. Not too bad when traveling and it was quick and filling. Obviously there are cheaper places to eat out there but it was good quality and a nice atmosphere so it was a plus in our books.

After breakfast we jumped in the rental car or should I clarify pick up truck (a must have when frequenting Nashville) and drove to the beach. The closest lake to Nashville is Percy Priest, less than 10 miles from the city. We headed out to Anderson Beach, $5 entry per vehicle and they have a beach, playground, toilet block and BBQ tables. If you are organized you could bring a picnic however as we had, had breakfast we were just happy to spend the day at the beach with some snacks for the kids and wait to eat lunch a little later in the day. The water was very clear for a lake and was warm at 85F/ 29.4 degrees Centigrade. Perfect temp for the little ones and it means you can spend a good chunk of the day there.

By 2pm we were getting hungry so we decided we would hit up one of the restaurants that Anthony Bourdain frequented when he shot his Nashville episode; Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish. This place was great but be prepared for spice if you add it. I thought of myself as pretty well versed in spice but this was something else… for the kids you can get no spice and that’s perfect. I had medium spice and I couldn’t finish the food. I was crying and my husband who got hot was sweating like never before. We got the chicken tenders, wings and pork chops which are all hand rubbed with spices in addition to sides of macaroni, fries and corn. All up with drinks it was under $30 but we definitely over ordered and the meals are huge. If you don’t like spice get plain, I think if I went again I’d get mild 🔥🔥🔥

After lunch, which we had later around 3pm we took a drive round the city to retrace some of our steps taken on our nights out. Took a few pictures of the city from Rolling Mill Hill (around pinewood social) then headed back to the hotel to get the kids ready for bed.

All in all, a relatively inexpensive day out and ticked off a few experiences along the way. Percy Priest Lake is a great way to get out of the city on a hot hot day!