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Review: Novotel Twin Waters

Sunshine Coast

I have a bit of a crush on tropical resorts, so being able to spend two nights at Novotel Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast was a thrill for this working mum!

The four-star holiday resort is situated between Mudjimba Beach and the Maroochy River and is just over an hourís drive from Brisbane and two-and-half hours from the Gold Coast during non-peak hour traffic. Itís also 5km from the Sunshine Coast Airport.

What blew me away when I arrived was the serenity and scale of the resort.

Itís set among 36 hectares of natural bushland and with its cascading waterfalls and extravagant lobby with views to the pool and beach-lined lagoon it felt like I had arrived at an overseas destination.

The resort has 361 rooms including resort rooms, luxurious over-water lagoon suites with spa baths, and one and two bedroom suites for families who want the option of self catering.

The rooms at ground level would be perfect for families with older kids who are allowed to head out on their own to go kayaking, swimming or sailing, lifejackets are supplied.

The idyllic Mudjimba Beach is just a short stroll from the resort and itís patrolled. The Maroochy River is just as close.

If shopping is more your thing then Sunshine Plaza is only a few kilometres away and it has every shop imaginable.

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Kidz Cove childminding service in the main part of the resort offers two three-hour sessions a day. Staff are qualified in First Aid and CPR, have Blue Cards and most importantly are heaps of fun!

My kids donít get to do craft at home so I was excited to see a table full of bits and bobs for kids to get stuck into.

It has an indoor and outdoor area that includes dress-ups, a climbing wall, a fairy house, all sorts of games and toys and for the older ones Playstation and Wii Games.

The resort also offers in-room babysitting depending on the age of your child. Sure you have to pay for Kidz Cove and the babysitting but you canít put a price on a few hours of peace and quiet.

With the kids amused, parents have the option of chilling out at the bar, doing in-room yoga, having a peaceful sail or taking advantage of the day spa, the gym and fitness centre and the championship 18-hole golf course.

If youíre looking for a bit of an adventure, you canít go past a Segway tour thanks to Xperiences. Exclusive to Novotel Twin Waters, the all-terrain Segway tour allows guests to explore the entire property, but this isnít just for adults, there are adventures and Segways for kids too.

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For those wanting to see more of the glorious Sunshine Coast, Coolum Beach is just 15 minutes away and itís a fabulous spot to learn to surf. Chris from Coolum Surfing School has the patience of a saint and will have the kids up in no time.

Just across the highway is the Eumundi Markets, Australiaís premier artisan markets with art, craft, products, entertainment and local produce.

A must-do for all families is The Ginger Factory in Yandina, itís free to enter and thereís a train kids will love, as well as a water ride similar to the ĎItís a Small Worldí one at Disneyland.

Also not to be missed is the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Show in the world famous Crocoseum. Itís a poignant, educational and amusing show in honour of the late Steve Urwinís wildlife legacy.

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Back at the Novotel Twin Waters and thereís plenty of dining options including Nouveau Restaurant, Aqua Bar and Lounge, Deli Cafe, Grabit and Go, as well as in-room dining for when you just canít be bothered leaving your room!

Additionally, guests who are part of the Le Club AccorHotels loyalty program, which is free to join, can also take advantage of the MyResorts program. It offers Accor Hotel guests a range of options such as My Glass, My Kids, My Connect, My Host and more.

One of the signature elements is the My Glass and for a set fee you can enjoy unlimited soft drinks, juice and water all day and then two hours of free-flow house wine, beer and cocktails. You had me at cocktails Novotel!

Families will love the My Kid offer that includes a welcome gift, kidís meals and drinks all day, a daily surprise, free in-room movies and free activities.

Perhaps the trump card for the resort is its onsite Water Park, a thrilling series of inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows and structures connected together and floating on the salt-water lagoon. Itís harder than it looks, but for those aged five and older itís a fabulous way to burn some energy and have a laugh in a supervised environment. Sessions are available for guests and visitors and run for 45 minutes.

Novotel Twin Waters Resort allows two children up to the age of 16 to stay free when sharing a parentsí or grandparentís room and if a second room is required for more children it can be booked at 50% off the best unrestricted rate.

Last but not least, the resortís 5pm check out on Sundays allows for one more lazy Sunday by the pool.

When sheís not wrangling her three children, aged 3, 5 and 7, Gold Coaster and professional writer Emily Toxward (Have A Laugh On Me) juggles work, cooking for fussy children and parent helping at school. Escaping to the beach is her idea of paradise and writing about the trials and tribulations of life in an honest and often humorous way is her way of staying sane!

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