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Indulging at the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Find out why the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is the ultimate family holiday destination from Have a laugh on me blogger Emily Toxward.

Being a stoneís throw from water parks, playgrounds and eateries is just part of the reason we chose to spend seven nights at Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort . But the facility itself is also packed with perks such as a daily buffet breakfast and a swim-up lagoon pool complete with sand.

A little luxury

We had interconnecting rooms and what a gift they were because it gave me something every mother-of-three needs on holiday, quiet time! Not that I got much of that, but it meant there were two living spaces, two bathrooms and two fridges that we packed to help keep our food bill down.

There are no cooking facilities which is great because it means thereís no way I could be made to can whip up a meal while I was on holiday. We kept scurvy at bay by visiting the iconic Rustyís Markets the day after we arrived. Packed with the freshest fruit and vegetables Far North Queensland has to offer, itís a hive of activity. We also scored some second-hand books and some tasty sweets.

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Within a stoneís throw of it all

With rooms that are serviced daily (what a treat), this resort is ideally located one street back from Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon; a 4800sq m salt-water swimming facility thatís open year round. And five minutes down the boardwalk is the popular Muddyís; a splash playground and parkland thatís shaded and has toilets, a cafe and picnic tables.

The resort offers underground parking for a fee but you can always score plenty of free spots on the street, just keep an eye out for time limits during the day. The coin-operated laundry is not a cheap option so Iíd suggest packing more and make the kids wear clothes more than once.

Babysitting is available on request, thereís a tour desk to help you plan your day and while we didnít get room service, itís available 24/7. If youíre part Le Club AccorHotels member like we are, youíll also be treated to a few perks, including cheaper parking and a free drink or two.

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Well-placed kidís play area

Next to the bar (how smart) is a kidís area where they can use a large interactive touch screen to play games together or individually. Just be warned theyíll race to get there and then probably fight over it because itís so much fun. My daughter loved the KAPLA wood set and also discovered books to read.

After day trips, including a journey on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and visiting the reef on Sunloverís new kid-friendly pontoon, it was the best feeling knowing beds would be made and we didnít have to go out for dinner if we didnít want to. The Novotel Cairns Oasis is a perfect hotel for families who prefer a little indulgence while on holiday and a lot of convenience.

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When former journalist Emily Toxward isn't wrangling her three kids she's juggling the demands of writing and failing fabulously at being a domestic goddess. A writer for 20 years, she's always on the go and looking for an adventure. She lives on the Gold Coast, the ocean is her happy place and she keeps parenting real on her blog Have A Laugh On Me.

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