School holiday fun at Novotel Creswick

If you are looking for somewhere to spend a night or more in country Victoria these school holidays,  Novotel Forest Resort Creswick is a great place to consider.

Having stayed there myself, I can vouch for the comfortable rooms and great resort facilities. But these school holidays, the resort is launching a brand new Kids program.

Novotel Forest Resort CreswickBetween September 21 and October 6, the whole family can find some great activities to do at the resort.

Kids can choose from 3 Junior Master Classes:
* Pizza Making
* Cupcake Decorating
* Arts & Crafts

The Junior Master Classes will run every day and will last approximately 60 minutes. Each session is $15 per person and needs to be booked in advance; bookings can be made via emailing or calling 03 5345 9600.

Other activities that will take place at the resort include movies and for the adults, Cocktails@Candlebark.

This is all in addition to the resort facilities which include a heated outdoor pool, tennis & table tennis, mountain bikes, a day spa (perfect for Mum), the NovoZone (air hockey, pool table, arcade games) and golf and putt-putt on the Terrace.

More information: Novotel Creswick school holiday program


Upgrade for Gold Coast’s Paradise Resort

When Melbourne mum, Sharon, stayed at Paradise Resort in October last year, in her review for Family Friendly Accommodation, she said she loved the resort, but commented that her room could do with an update.

Well, the resort owners knew this as well and plans were already underway. And this month, a $2 million refurbishment of 100 rooms has been unveiled.

According to Paradise Resort, a high demand for accommodating larger families, combined with the chance to further the holiday experience at the Resort, was behind the upgrade.

Resort General Manager, David Brook, said the refurbishment was only stage one of the Resort’s upgrade.

“The 100 rooms are made up of 78 Superior Resort Rooms, 9 Superior Junior Bunkhouse Rooms and 12 Superior Family Rooms, and 1 Family Spa Suite” said Mr Brook.

The refurbished family suite at Paradise Resort

The refurbished family suite at Paradise Resort

“Our Family Rooms and King Bunkhouses traditionally sleep five people, so for families of six or more, the only option has been to purchase two resort rooms.  We have now added bunk beds to our Superior Family Rooms allowing the room to sleep up to six people.”

Resort owner Robert Zagame, who has a background in design with his own fashion label Robb & Lulu, was instrumental in making sure the rooms are modern and vibrant, but family-friendly and practical.

“We have a firm ‘kids first‘ philosophy at the Resort, catering for babies and toddlers right through to 12 year olds. By focusing our attention on keeping kids happy and entertained, we ensure that our parents’ stay is that much more enjoyable,” Mr Brook said.

In addition to design enhancements the stage one refurbishment includes the installation of microwaves to all of the Superior Resort Rooms for added convenience and all rooms will be fitted with HDMI and USB ports for direct plug in access.

“All rooms have received a total refit including all furnishings and a total bathroom fit out and guests can upgrade to one of these newly renovated rooms for only $30 more than their original version,” he said, adding that the remaining rooms were planned to be renovated next year.

Learn more about staying at Paradise Resort. And if you stay in one of the newly refurbished rooms, why not write a review to let others know about them.