As much as Australian summers are magical, Australian winters (especially in Melbourne) are pretty bleak. And when your birthday is in July, a tropical island getaway to celebrate isn't an option.
So now we live in the Philippines, my birthday was the perfect excuse to pack up and head to Dumaguete on the island of Negros Oriental for a perfect mini break!
Atmosphere Resort has become synonymous in the dive community as bringing the best of both worlds - some of the planet's best diving on it's doorstep, combined with luxury accommodation and dining.
Matt & Gabrielle Holder started Atmosphere in 2009, and today the resort has 14 suites, 8 garden apartment and 4 penthouses built on a former coconut grove at the edge of the Bohol Sea.
Our suite was close enough to the pool that we could enjoy fresh buko and watch the sunset just before kids bedtime.
The weekend was idyllic - a cycle of swimming, eating, napping - and colouring!
And if all that becomes too taxing, book in for a treatment at the amazing Sanctuary Spa - bext Thai Massage i have had (counting massages in Thailand too!)
Every afternoon, at 4:30pm, the friendly staff ring the bell to annouce the start of Happy Hour - 90 minutes where staff and guests alike meet, talk about their day and get to know one another, whilst the kids can splash in the pool beside.
The gift shop offers carefully selected pieces which serve as the perfect souvenier from your trip to this little slice of heaven.
Special thanks go to Adam, Matt, Gaby and all the staff who went above and beyond to make our long weekend so wonderful. For more information on Atmopshere, go to http://www.atmosphereresorts.com/