Winter Staycation at Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort

Image source: Photographer Megan Gill

Melanie Rosettenstein lives the resort life – in her own backyard!

It’s been a long and busy school term with what feels like thousands of school runs, packed lunch boxes and sports fixtures. So when the opportunity came up to spend a night at Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort in Twin Waters, we jumped feet first into the chance to get away from it all. Just the drive into Twin Waters is relaxing. As we turned off the Sunshine Coast Motorway, weaving through the quiet suburb and crossing its many waterways gave us all the feels that we were now ‘away’ for the night.

Despite its vastness, the resort’s reception area is warm and welcoming, just like its front of house staff. After being checked in by the lovely Gaby, we did a double take! We were booked into the Grand Overwater Bungalow! The resort’s most luxurious accommodation, this expansive and stylishly designed three-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow features luxe king size beds, a kitchenette and 180-degree views across the lagoon. From sunrise to sunset, we did not tire from those views. Once we’d unpacked, it didn’t take long to feel at home in this warm and sumptuous space – the perfectly chilled prosecco from the mini-bar was the cherry on top!

While mum and dad could have lounged in our bungalow drinking prosecco for hours, the children were keen to experience the resort’s Very Important Kids (VIK) program of activities. With lots of outdoor and rainy day activities, the program runs during school holidays and during the school term it runs from Friday to Sunday.

Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort’s most iconic feature is undoubtedly the sparkling pool overlooking a white sandy beach and private lagoon. This is where all the action happens and my enthusiastic kiddos were keen to try stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and to take a cruise on one of the resort’s four catamarans. But first we had to say g’day to the resident parrot fish which at 2pm every day, come rain or shine, Activities Manager, George, heads to the resort’s jetty to feed. These iridescent fish were introduced to the lagoon, and it has become something of a ritual for the children staying at the resort to feed them and, by the looks of them they are clearly enjoying their daily dose of pellets!

George laughs, sharing that because they are well-fed and have no predators, they are pretty large specimens. He suggests we take a little cruise on one of the catamarans before the rain set in. The children were amped! Climbing aboard, George gave us a brief rundown on sailing and off we went. For novice sailors like us, the experience can only be described as “family team building”. With the wind in our favour, it took us approximately five minutes to get across the lagoon – and another 25 minutes to get back! Everyone tried their hand at sailing the catamaran back to shore and, after calling for calm amongst the ranks, we heroically managed to get there with my husband observing that the kids had learned how to harness the wind.

“Better than watching a screen for sure,” he said.

Back on land, the children indulged in a plethora of activities including taking the kayaks and stand-up paddle boards for a spin followed by a bike ride through the resort grounds. After all that paddling and pedalling, a swim was on the cards. Even though it’s June, the pool water was still warm enough for a leisurely dip with the nearby spa bath offering an even warmer alternative. Lots of action equals hungry bellies. Sola Restaurant overlooking the pool offers casual family-friendly dining. For one hungry dad, the BBQ Pork Ribs went down a treat while the kids gorged themselves on a Capriccioso pizza and the SOLA Burger. And me? I indulged in a delicious Salmon Siciliano – the freshest poached salmon with pepper-lemon crust, capers bearnaise, radish, broccolini and sugar snap peas.

With bellies full, it was time to turn in for the evening and we couldn’t wait to tumble into the Grand Overwater Bungalow’s ultra luxurious king size beds! Needless to say we were all snoozing away in la la land very quickly!The next morning’s sunrise cast exquisite reflections across the lagoon’s surface. I was lucky enough to enjoy it (alone) on the Grand Overwater Bungalow’s deck with a steaming cappuccino in hand courtesy of the room’s easy-to-use coffee machine. What a privilege to soak up the stillness before the day got underway.

On waking, the children were hungry for the breakfast buffet and all the untold delights it promised. They were not disappointed. Giving them free rein, and in no particular order, they indulged in waffles and pancakes with all the toppings. Hubby and I were a bit more sensible, sampling the fruit and cold smoked salmon before tucking into a full English brekkie. Full to the brim, our staycation had come to an end, and we sadly bid farewell to the beautiful Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort and its friendly staff. But before the reality check of heading home took hold, we partook in a rather competitive game of putt putt. Winner still to be decided. With Novotel Sunshine Coast literally in our backyard, it’s super easy to live the resort life and escape for a mid-week refresh or family weekend.

Novotel specials:

  • Family & Co special – Book one room and get the second 50% off.
  • Early Bird – Book 30 days ahead and get a discount on a fully pre-paid room or include breakfast.

Coming soon… Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort’s day passes will return, offering Sunshine Coast families full access to the resort’s many amazing activities.

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