You may remember back in June Monarch launched a search to find the UK’s best junior travel writer. After dozens of entries, we managed to pick a winner; Michael, who is 8 from  Stretford won us over with his entry and secured that family holiday to Tenerife. Here’s how he got on:

Hi there, it’s Michael here, just reporting in after my family and I had the time of our lives at the Be Live Experience Playa la Arena in the resort of Puerto Santiago, Tenerife.


I still can’t believe how lucky I was to win Monarch’s Mini Travel Writer competition…

From the moment we boarded the plane at Manchester Airport, it was non-stop excitement all the way!!  The cabin crew were really friendly and the food on the plane was so tasty.  Luckily for me, I was allowed in the cockpit and the captain explained all the controls.  I think I would maybe like to be a pilot when I grow up.


When we arrived at the Hotel it was sssoooo exciting!!  The foyer was huge – I had never seen anything like it before!  We had a beautiful room on the ground floor looking out to sea and I couldn’t wait for the next day to explore!

The grounds of the Hotel were so impressive, in total there were four swimming pools (one including a water chute!!) tennis courts and crazy golf.  One of the best bits of my holiday was getting involved with the Children’s Mini Club.  My sister and I did so many fun things such as bowling, archery, a foam party and theme parties.  Every day there was something new to do!

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The food was delicious and there was a choice of restaurants.  I could not believe I could have unlimited ice cream EVERY SINGLE DAY!! 🙂  Most evenings we went to the family cabaret bar – it was such good fun!

Overall, I’ve had such a great holiday and I can’t wait to tell my friends all about it when I go back to school – but until then, I really hope I can go back to visit Be Live Experience Playa la Arena again one day soon…

Michael Ryan McManamon

Age 8

Naomi is the Social Media and Content Executive at Monarch and is a regular contributor to the Monarch blog. She is a big lover of Northern European countries and is very excited for the launch of one of Monarch's newest routes, Stockholm!



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