Porto Santo: It Wasn’t All Plain-Sailing…

Porto Santo church

This is the last of my Porto Santo blogs and in it I’m looking back at some of the highlights and sharing a few candid holiday snaps. In my previous holiday posts, I focussed on the outfits. This will give a little more insight into the beautiful island that is Madeira’s little sister and I’m going to share some very unexpected events.

I went with Ian and the children and we booked three rooms in an all-inclusive hotel. We were actually given, unexpectedly, a fabulous villa which meant we had our own private pool and space. This was brilliant and much-appreciated and we still had all of the benefits of being all-inclusive.

It’s Never Straight-Forward…

The holiday had a few ups and downs though. I mentioned previously that on the afternoon we arrived, my grandfather died. This wasn’t unexpected. In fact, I visited him in hospital two days before to kiss him goodbye.

The day after we arrived, Harry cut his foot on the side of the pool while doing handstands. This necessitated a trip to the hospital and two stitches. It meant he couldn’t go in the sea or pool for a few days, which was such a shame. But, he didn’t complain once and he joined in with everything else as normal. I was proud of him for that.

And then, during our final night, and this is something Ian and I are still trying to come to terms with, an intruder burst into our bedroom. Thankfully, neither of us panicked. We talked to him very calmly and very firmly and he left without any of us getting hurt. We haven’t got to the bottom of how he got in, nor what his intentions were, although he was armed with a rock. Both Ian and I are just incredibly thankful that he didn’t go into any of the children’s rooms. We called reception who sent a security guard around and they changed all of the villa’s key cards, but they didn’t find him. Part of me wishes we’d have caught him, but I believe that we best protected our children by acting in the way we did.

All three events were upsetting and we didn’t sleep for the remainder of the last night. You can imagine the adrenaline.  I’m very glad it was the last night because I don’t think we’d have settled otherwise. As a consequence, I wouldn’t go back to that resort. I guess something like this could happen anywhere, but I’d rather not take that chance knowing our security was breached and our loved ones were potentially in danger.

Despite everything though, it was still a good holiday. Porto Santo is a beautiful island. We spent precious time together and I in particular, loved not having to cook or even think about what to cook for a whole week.

Here are the highlights…

A Yacht Trip

We booked an organised morning excursion on a yacht. It took us around the island and then dropped anchor so we could get off and snorkel. This was a thoroughly enjoyable trip and one I highly recommend if you visit Porto Santo.

Porto Santo yacht trip

What Lizzy Loves Porto Santo yacht trip

Views of Porto Santo yacht trip

Porto Santo yacht trip snorkelling

Porto Santo Church and Centre

The centre of Porto Santo is beautiful. It has a small white church that I visited four years ago when I went with my parents and children. I was keen to show it to Ian.

Porto Santo church

Inside Porto Santo church

What Lizzy Loves inside Porto Santo church

I bought this dress just a few days before we went away, another impulse buy. I love the embroidery and tassel belt.

what lLizzy Loves embroidered maxi dress Porto Santo

Porto Santo mosaic ground

What Lizzy LOves Ancient Greek Sandals

Porto Santo centre

Tropical Twinning

I’ve worn this  high low tropical print skirt several times, the last time was in the snow actually! I love it and even though it took up a lot of room in the suitcase, I wanted to take it to Porto Santo. For the first time in our lives, Poppy and I co-ordinated our outfits and had a lot of fun posing for these photographs. Ian is such a great photographer. He really captured the fun we had that night.What Lizzy Loves tropical high low skirt

And I’m so grateful to Poppy for taking these slightly less exuberant ones of Ian and me.

what lizzy loves holiday Porto Santo

I’d like to mention my silver and rose gold bow shoes too. They’re by Ted Baker and were a gift from Shoeaholics, a website that sells designer shoes at discounted prices. They very kindly let me choose two pairs of shoes, so I chose these and the black and pearl Ancient Greek sandals that I wore throughout the holiday (and in the photos above too). Aren’t they stunning?

what Lizzy Loves Ted Baker silver and rose gold bow shoes

Happy Memories

Having our own pool was such a bonus, because we didn’t expect to get a private villa. Despite poor Harry hurting his foot, we still had a lot of fun and he went back into the pool on our last day. I bought Frank the Flamingo for Lanzarote last year and he served us well once again.

what lizzy loves flamingo pool porto santo

The photos of the children and me in the pool are so precious. I do wonder if it might be our last family holiday though. Poppy and Harry both have plans to travel next summer and then Poppy will go to university.

I hope they’ll both look back with happy memories. Memories of tipping their mum out of the flamingo, of wearing similar outfits and posing for the camera. I want them to remember spending time together and sharing experiences, even the unplanned, unexpected and unnerving ones.

Memories of Porto Santo

Porto Santo is a beautiful island. It’s quaint and quiet. The people are lovely and the staff at our hotel were excellent. But I don’t think I’ll go back. Instead, I’ll remember the glorious beach, the rolling waves, the yacht trip, the lizards. I’ll remember drinking Cava with breakfast and cocktails with lunch. But most of all, I’ll remember a week in which we all became even closer still and I’ll remember it fondly.

My Porto Santo Holiday Wardrobe

Pampelone Grimaud Maxi Dress
Pampelone Grimaud Maxi Dress
Just Female Raspberry Maxi Dress
Just Female Raspberry Maxi Dress
So Belle Silver Angel Wing Pendant
So Belle Silver Angel Wing Pendant
So Belle Silver and CZ Climber Earrings
So Belle Silver and CZ Climber Earrings
Ancient Greek Sandals. Apli Eleftheria
Ancient Greek Sandals. Apli Eleftheria
Ted Baker, Appolini Sandal
Ted Baker, Appolini Sandal
ROAV Eyewear, Zuma
ROAV Eyewear, Zuma
ROAV Eyewear, Earhart
ROAV Eyewear, Earhart
Lotus Gold Aldita Wedge Sandals
Lotus Gold Aldita Wedge Sandals
Infinity Name Bracelet
Infinity Name Bracelet
Sideways Heart Necklace
Sideways Heart Necklace
Silk Dress
Silk Dress
Shooting Stars Necklace
Shooting Stars Necklace
Silver and Apatite Gemstone Bracelet
Silver and Apatite Gemstone Bracelet
Maison De Nemes Green Maxi
Maison De Nemes Green Maxi
Infinity Anklet
Infinity Anklet
Silver and Apatite Gemstone Necklace
Silver and Apatite Gemstone Necklace
Aspiga Tie Dye Dress
Aspiga Tie Dye Dress
Toolally Fandangos in Azure and Nude
Toolally Fandangos in Azure and Nude
Toolally Peacocks in Arctic Blue
Toolally Peacocks in Arctic Blue
Toolally LBD Drop Hoops, Black
Toolally LBD Drop Hoops, Black
Via Spiga 350S, blonde tortoiseshell
Via Spiga 350S, blonde tortoiseshell
Cut Out Lace Eyelet Maxi Dress
Cut Out Lace Eyelet Maxi Dress
Palm Print Maxi Dress
Palm Print Maxi Dress
Navy silk maxi dress
Navy silk maxi dress
Seaspray Coral Halterneck Swimsuit
Seaspray Coral Halterneck Swimsuit
Aspiga Charlotte Dress
Aspiga Charlotte Dress
red espadrilles
red espadrilles
Fantasie Dione lace trimmed tunic
Fantasie Dione lace trimmed tunic
Lotus pewter wedge sandals
Lotus pewter wedge sandals
Fantasie Margarita Island bikini top
Fantasie Margarita Island bikini top
Fantasie Margarita Island bikini briefs
Fantasie Margarita Island bikini briefs
Iconique Cadiz sundress
Iconique Cadiz sundress
Tory Burch, Bel Azur
Tory Burch, Bel Azur
Aspiga Embroidered kaftan
Aspiga Embroidered kaftan
Aspiga Clutch
Aspiga Clutch
Multi-coloured shell sandals
Multi-coloured shell sandals
Gold beaded star fish sandals
Gold beaded star fish sandals
Ted Baker scalloped top
Ted Baker scalloped top
Green tassel earrings
Green tassel earrings
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18 Comments

  1. Kath Jordan
    August 26, 2018 / 7:44 am

    How awful! Look after yourselves – the same thing happened to a friend of mine and they had nightmares for weeks afterwards, lots of self care needed!

    • elizabeth
      Author
      August 26, 2018 / 12:13 pm

      Oh gosh, I’m so sorry to hear that. Yes, it was a shock, but we are truly fine thank you. It all seems very surreal when we think about it, but thankfully, none of the children saw him and it ended very quickly and very calmly. Have a lovely Sunday xxx

  2. Rosemary
    August 26, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    What a dreadful experience Liz, … how distressing. You both seemed to have handled it really well though, which has got to be reassuring for the children. Far worse for them to be aware and then to see you and Ian angry, stressed “in pieces” etc.
    So tough for Harry cutting his foot as well. Hope he’s ok now.
    As you say, lots of happy memories were made and you have some gorgeous, happy photos that capture them perfectly! I especially love the ones of you and Poppy and the last one of you and Ian on a beach.
    I totally understand why you feel you won’t ever go back though … you just wouldn’t feel safe or at ease … not a good basis for any holiday.
    All of your holidays outfits have been stunning and you’ve looked gorgeous… as does Poppy in her tropical outfit! 🌴
    Take care and have a good week!
    Rosemary 😘 xxxx

    • elizabeth
      Author
      August 27, 2018 / 9:43 am

      Oh Rosemary, thank you so much for all of those lovely compliments and kind words. We are all fine now, although could do with another holiday ;). Harry’s foot has healed well and he’s already back at football training and yes, Poppy looked so lovely. We did have a wonderful time but won’t be going there again! Lots of love xxxx

  3. August 26, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    I can’t imagine how frightening the intruder must have been. Your grandad’s death and son’s injury obviously made it hard to fully relax too. But you all coped admirably and your photos are gorgeous!

    • elizabeth
      Author
      August 27, 2018 / 9:41 am

      Oh thank you so much Gail. Yes, it was a week full of emotions, but we are all very good at seeing the bigger picture and at getting things in perspective which helps massively. Thank you again, much love xxx

  4. Sally
    August 26, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    Really sorry to hear of your experience. Glad you’re all okay. X

    • elizabeth
      Author
      August 27, 2018 / 9:39 am

      Thank you so much Sally. Yes, we’re all fine xxxx

  5. August 27, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Wow, calling those days days with ups and downs would be a total understatement. So good that you (and Harry) have managed to stay positive and have enjoyed your holidays to the max Liz. Love, Lieske

    • elizabeth
      Author
      August 27, 2018 / 12:44 pm

      Thank you Liekse. Yes, it was a very emotional week, but we are all blessed with a very positive and optimistic outlook and can always see the best in things! I think it brought us all even close which is something very positive indeed. Thank you again xxxxxx

  6. August 27, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    It’s lovely seeing more beautiful outfits & gorgeous photos from your special place Liz. Apparently you have my yacht 😉
    Life sure can be a rollercoaster ride xx

    • elizabeth
      Author
      August 28, 2018 / 7:48 am

      I thought that when I saw the yacht MT!!!!! And yes, soooo many ups and downs! xxxx

    • elizabeth
      Author
      August 28, 2018 / 7:47 am

      Thank you so much xxx

    • elizabeth
      Author
      September 3, 2018 / 11:44 am

      Oh thank you so much! xxx

  7. mummabstylish
    August 28, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I do hope you holiday went well though. I love that statement skirt, it looks fabulous. JAcqui Mummabstylish

    • elizabeth
      Author
      September 3, 2018 / 11:43 am

      Thank you so much Jacqui. And yes, I love the skirt too. I always enjoy wearing it. It’s just so swooshy!!! xxxx

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