When we had kids, I was pretty sure our days of nice holidays were over – at least for the next ten years! I know some families enjoy luxury holidays where the kids are catered for in their own special program, but when we have time away I want us to be together as a family. So when the Hilton Hotel at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast invited us* to trial their “Doing It For The Kids” family holiday package, I jumped at the chance to find out if family-friendly luxury breaks actually exist.
We took a spontaneous long weekend away to the Sunshine Coast, which is only an hour from home for us. All four of us really needed the time away from everything, we shared some lovely moments on the beach together:
The boys learned about water and waves.
We explored the rock pools (one of our all time favourite family activities).
We discovered new and interesting creatures: hermit crabs, fish, molluscs… and check out the amazing Spotted Sea Hare we found! (No, I didn’t know what it was without googling, though I guessed sea slug.)
And at the end of the day, we wandered the sandy shore together. Happiness.
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Holidays with under 5s are full of beautiful moments, but you have to find them. Holidays with under 5s can also be tiring, challenging, and an organisational nightmare!! I spoke on radio this week about my top 3 tips for holidaying with toddlers.
- #1 = make bed times familiar
- #2 = work in with toddler routines
- #3 = take basic kitchen plastics (2 x plastic fork, spoon, plate, bowl, sippy cup)
Click the following link to hear the podcast if you’re interested: