FAMILY TRAVEL – SEAHAVEN RESORT NOOSA >
Our family holiday to Noosa last week was truly up there with some of the best times of my life. Seeing our daughter explore the beach for the first time, gush over the other little kiddies in the pools and wine and dine at some fabulous restaurants where I did as a child, was really incredible. I have been travelling to Noosa for close to 30 years and while it’s changed ever so slightly, the vibe and the feelings of a home away from home, always come flooding back instantly. This trip we chose to stay at Seahaven Noosa Resort which is located in the heart of Hastings Street (the only place to be!). I follow so many mammas on social media who are travelling with kids experts, but woha, I am just a beginner and domestic travel suits us just fine for the next little while (unless someone has a private jet with a play centre inside they want to lend us!?). Today’s blog post is hopefully a helpful travel post about Noosa, and obviously some more info about Seahaven Noosa Resort. Enjoy!
SEAHAVEN ACCOMMODATION & RESORT:
There are several different room types – studio room (ideal for a sexy getaway or babymoon!), one and two bedroom and two bedroom family rooms (standard and family). There are varying bedroom arrangements and options, including trundles etc. There is also ample room for cots in both bedrooms in addition to the king-size beds. There are three levels and two lifts, which equals pram-friendly! We chose to stay on the second level as MG is too young to be let out on the front lawn area, but if you have kids at primary school age this would be the way to go (quick access to the pools!).
If you have young children who are still on day naps (as most of the resort seem to be – as from 12.30pm – 2.30pm the pools were an adult-only oasis, ha!), the back/second bedrooms are dark and away from the outside noise. Our children sleeping well or not can often be the difference between a great holiday and a totally average one – parents need some time out too! I think next year we might have to try the Penthouse, they look ahhhmazing! For more info on accommodation types to suit your needs, < CLICK HERE >
*NOTE TO PARENTS > you can also hire cots and high-chairs through Seahaven, you just need to inform them prior to arrival. You can also borrow a DVD player from reception, free of charge (for your room).
GUEST SERVICES: direct Beach access (all childproof!) / free and secure parking / air-conditioning / free Wi-Fi / gym and spa / three outdoor poos + one kiddie’s wading pool (this is where we spent most of our time) / it’s non-smoking / dry cleaning service & laundry in each room / Children’s wading pool / BBQ area overlooking the beach / tour desk (and super lovely staff!)
HOW TO GET THERE?: You will need to fly into the Sunshine Coast Airport and it’s then about a 25 minute drive or 2 hours’ drive Brisbane International Airport (airlines: QANTAS, Virgin Australia, Jet Star & Air New Zealand). The resort is located absolute beachfront at the western end of the famous Hastings Street towards the river and Noosa Woods. The resort overlooks the stunning Laguna Bay, Noosa Main beach and offers year round swimming. With the beach, river and the National Park all at your doorstep you will enjoy this prime position. There are also several options of travel once you arrive – shuttle bus, private driver, hire a car, taxi or a public bus. I’ve linked this all through above FYI.
DINING OUT: As we were only there for three nights, we chose to eat out every night for dinner – however, the Seahaven apartments are fully serviced and each have their own BBQ, as well as a communal area overlooking the beach. I would highly recommend >
Locale – Italian cuisine and probably the most beautifully designed interior of a restaurant I’ve ever seen. The staff were impeccable and although we were in by 5.30pm and out by 7pm, we were able to enjoy a fantastic meal and not feel as though we weren’t welcome. Try the gnocchi and the salumi tasting plate – amazing
Cafe Le Monde – I have been eating here since birth and it’s amazing! I do miss the live music they always used to have growing-up, I have so many fond memories of grooving away with my little sis thinking we were soooo cool! It’s huge, it’s busy, it’s got a great vibe the staff are fab. There’s plenty of pram parking and high-chairs available. Super chilled and low-key, lunch and dinners are fab – try the crispy skinned salmon for dinner and chilli calamari for lunch!
Bistro C – BC without question is in the best position. The staff were awesome and very understanding RE kids (inc. parking bays!) and of course, all meals were great. MG was obsessed with their mango smoothies! The pulled pork fritters with poached eggs were deeeelish (different, unusual, noice), so give them a go. We ate their twice for breakfast and once for dinner – all winners!
Rococo Bistro & Bar – Rococo has the most beautiful white baby grand piano and has done for so many years, it’s a gorgeous setting – spilling out onto a busy corner and sucking-up all of the good feels and vibes! We were lucky enough to see some live jazz (2016 Noosa Jazz Festival), and MG totes rocked-out and stopped crowds in their tracks – hilarious. Good food although you never see many kids (lunch or dinner). They do ‘allow’ them, but it’s always a bit awkes when you are the only family there + baby!
WHAT’S ON FOR KIDS?: While we only spent time exploring on the beach and in the pools, there is A LOT more to do for kids who are older than MG (16 months). There is go-karting, jet boat rides, whale watching in Hervey Bay (day trip), Australia Zoo, Sea Life Mooloolaba, Fraser Island tours (we did this as kids and loved it!), kanu and kayaking hire, scuba diving and horse riding – just to name a few. For more info, head to Visit Noosa > CLICK HERE