Novotel Twin Waters Resort was our answer to a family friendly holiday that was close to Brisbane. As soon as we checked in and wandered to the Aqua Lounge for a drink to celebrate the start of our holiday, we felt as though we were on an island resort and not somewhere in the middle of the Sunshine Coast.
After lunch at the Aqua Lounge, we were pulled in all directions by our son, the family activities were abundant. We started with a family game of putt putt golf, followed by some sailing on the salt water lagoon on a catamaran and a paddle in a kayak. Our craving for sand in our toes and some wave action was satisfied, too, with a patrolled surf beach just a five minute walk away.
For the older kids, Cirque Space is lots of fun for budding circus performers, there's also bike riding, a blow up water course, sandcastle building competitions, fish feeding, beach cricket, a games room and the list goes on. If you're not a resort guest, you can even purchase a day pass and utilise the activites if you're looking for a fun day out.
It's not just for the kids though, parents haven't been forgotten at the resort with the Lagoon Day Spa and gym perched over the lagoon, sun beds surrounding the pool where you can delve into a good book and you can even enjoy a romantic dinner, kid free if you wish.
Kids from 2-12 years old can enjoy various activities during morning, afternoon or evening sessions at Kids Cove. For a reasonable fee, the qualified staff at Kids Cove will help your kids have lots of fun during their themed sessions.
During our stay, we opted for a resort room which overlooked tropical gardens inhabited with lovely wildlife including a few resident bush turkeys. The room was well appointed and serviced daily which was perfect for someone like me who doesn't believe in cleaning whilst on holiday.
In addition to the garden view and lagoon resort rooms, there are also 1 or 2 bedroom suites equipped with a living area and kitchenette, perfect for larger families. If you're looking for luxury, there are also very spacious over-water lagoon suites.
While on holiday, I also prefer not to cook and so was spoilt for choice with a Deli Cafe, Lagoon Bar, Aqua Lounge, Grabit & Go Takeaway and Nouveau Restaurant all located at the resort.
The problem with this holiday is that eventually we had to go home, back to fast pace and the reality of cooking and cleaning. But that's OK because I've found a place where we can escape those things next time.