Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
Published September 3rd 2012
It makes for a peaceful weekend when the kids are happy - and that was certainly the case on our overnight adventure in Leura, Blue Mountains. The Fairmont resort has something to please all ages - including the oldest in the group, me!
The location is convenient to the quaint township of Leura and the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Blue Mountains, but the Fairmont Resort is a destination in itself. Set on lovely grounds, there are flowered walkways and formal gardens as well as spectacular views over Megalong Valley.
Check in was smooth as the kids either lounged on the sofas or were entranced by the gigantic aquarium - and our luggage made it's way to our room ahead of us.
We settled into our courtyard room - or should I say the kids settled into the room while I took to the courtyard with a cup of tea and my book, and sat on the deck chair in the surprisingly warm winter sunshine. A very civilized start to our stay.
Eventually we had to hit the pool, the purpose of our visit - the hotel has a very inviting outdoor pool and spa but for our winter visit, we had to swim indoors, in the massive heated 25 metre pool. The spa is fortunately located so that I could supervise my kids in the pool, while I relaxed with a strong, heated jet on my back. They played with the copious pool toys, there is even a basketball hoop at the side of the pool for a variation of water polo, and we all spent a very relaxing afternoon.
As I was there solo, I couldn't make use of the myriad of facilities, the gym, the day spa, yoga, the golf, tennis and squash - these are the reasons most guests come to the resort, but if you have kids, there are a few others.
They have segways! My kids were beside themselves when they saw a group ride past. Alas with the three year old in tow, it wasn't to be this time, but a promise to return for a ride has been extracted.
Much of our evening was spent in the games room - the old kids played the arcade games, table tennis, pool and table soccer while the wee girl was ecstatic about the new addition of an under 4's playroom. State of the art equipment and free. Ballpit, ride on cars and 'roller coaster', climbing frame - hours of fun. I sat with my book on the comfy lounge until it was time to drag her reluctantly to dinner.
The tip to remember is that you need to book if you intend to eat at the hotel. We hadn't but as we spent so long in the playroom, we ended up getting a table at the bar, as both restaurants were fully booked. The kids menu had generous portions and enough range for the adult choices on the bar menu so we all had a pleasant dinner by the open fireplace, without great expense.
My reward in the morning was the lovely Mor Snow Gardenia toiletries, that really lifted my mood for the day ahead. After the huge buffet breakfast, the kids demanded 'one last play' in the games room, so we finally checked out a little later than I'd intended but everyone had enjoyed their stay, especially the relaxed lone and outnumbered adult in our party, and I think that's a sign that the resort has well thought out operations, with all guests in mind - big and small. What started as a daunting exercise, lone parent entertaining three kids with a broad age range turned into a really enjoyable and relaxing weekend,where everyone is keen to return.