Peppers Salt Resort & Spa Kingscliff

This week we set off down to New South Wales for a little R & R.

The start of this year has been all about transitioning Josh into home education and getting Piper started in prep. The kids have been working so hard and I thought we all deserved a much needed break to kick back and relax.

We decided to head down to Peppers Salt Resort and Spa in Kingscliff, I wanted somewhere relaxing, luxe and kid friendly and Peppers ticked all the boxes.

Peppers Salt Resort & Spa Kingscliff is the ideal holiday destination with numerous amenities for guests such as 24 hour front desk, jacuzzi or spa, tennis court, you will wake up feeling excited every day for your time in Kingscliff.

 

A little about the rooms and amenities:


Make yourself at home in one of the 263 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected and your Insta feed up to date, and cable programming is available for your entertainment.

Pamper yourself with a kid-free visit to the spa, which offers endless amounts of body treatments and facials and a beautiful space for you to have some much needed mum time.


After you’re done at the spa you can pop down with the kids to one of the two outdoor swimming pools, or outdoor tennis or there’s even bicycles to rent!

Now onto the important part…. FOOD!
Enjoy a satisfying meal at the restaurant serving guests of Peppers Salt Resort & Spa. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at the bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are available daily because lets be honest, no holiday is complete without a good old buffet breakfast.

For specials and bookings contact www.mantrahotels.com

If you have any questions please just drop us a line we love to chat.

Kerry xoxo

*This post was written in collaboration with Salt Resoert and Spa but as always, opinions are honest and my own.

 

 

 



Pipers Greatest Show!!

Last weekend we celebrated Miss Pipers fifth birthday with her greatest showman themed birthday party! Our little Piper is utterly obsessed with the greatest showman. From the moment she heard the soundtrack she was in love. She loved everything about it from the music to the costumes and of course the love story between Anne Wheeler and Phillip Carlyle. She was absolutely set on being a mini Anne Wheeler at her next birthday party no matter what! So we started organising!

As the months went by Piper would come to us with her own little ideas and dreams for her party that she’d thought up with her little imagination. My personal fave was “MUM! We could get a tightrope and a trapeze and I could show everyone my tricks!” yeah as you can probably imagine we decided to go against that idea but we did go with her idea of a red carpet, golden animals and a buffet with sushi.

We were lucky enough to have the incredible @bris.powerhouse as our venue. We used the rooftop terrace and had a spectacular view of the Brisbane river. The styling was all down to the beautiful people at @avideas_ and balloons were from @BigWAustralia. The theming work was so incredible and fully transformed the room transporting us into a vintage circus inspired world of The Greatest Showman. I got the incredible cake from the wonderful bakery @veganyumm and it was so delicious! The rest of the catering was done by the girls at @ThePlatterPlace. We had a completely vegan grazing table complete with sushi and rice paper rolls! It was so incredible and everyone could not stop talking about it! The entertainment this year was done by the beautiful Natty from @StrawberryFundaeEvents. Natty was a dream and the kids absolutely adored her. From dance parties and games to photos and cake cutting Natty did it all. Now last but definitely not least little Miss P’s costume was from @littleSchnucki, Piper was so obsessed with her costume it was so beautiful.

We had an absolute ball celebrating Miss P’s 5th birthday! Here are some photos from the special day taken by the incredibly talented @emmajadephotographer



VOCO Gold Coast Staycation

Earlier this week I decided to escape the Christmas stress and go on a little holiday. I adore Queensland and all it has to offer so I thought this time I thought I’d head down the Gold Coast and opt for a little staycation.

Christmas can be such a stressful time of year and having this holiday booked was kind of like a light at the end of the tunnel and inspiration to get all my Christmas shopping (and the dreaded Christmas wrapping) done before we headed off on our little mini road trip.

This time I decided to stay at Voco Gold Coast and I was not disappointed. From free wifi, stunning pools and day spas to the gorgeous Gold Coast beaches and iconic Surfers paradise being just a short walk away this hotel is a one stop shop for all your vacay essentials.

Being a mum and just loving to be a super organized person I always research wherever I’m staying within an inch of its life before I decide. So to make it easier on you guys I thought I’d write this blog post and put all the information in one spot.

Listed below is a list of all the restaurants and cafes available at Voco.
Clifford’s Grill & Lounge –
Class and culture, salt and sophistication, with an emphasis on interaction, taste and relaxation, Clifford’s is just what the Coast has been waiting for. Come together over the finest food.

Waves Buffet Restaurant –
At Waves Buffet restaurant offers a fresh local seafood buffet accompanied by a selection of season themed international dishes inspired by the exotic flavours of Asia, India and the Mediterranean.

Social House – Bar
Lounge, dine, game. connect, celebrate and relax over tapas platters and cocktails. Watch the game on the weekend with your mates, cold beers in hand. Catch up after work for drinks and dinner with colleagues or stop by for a mid week business lunch paired with a sneaky glass of wine or beer.

Decadent High Tea
A chunky, contemporary and generous high tea that does not come with the typical cucumber sandwiches. Sip tea, coffee, sparkling or champagne garnished with waves of prosciutto, curls of chocolate and hills of clotted cream.

Social House – cafe
Get good coffee where baristas remember your order. Before getting on the G:link, choose something from the grab and go menu: pastries, salads and wraps. Stop by Social House Cafe before or after your swim in the Pacific Ocean for some Surfers Paradise nourishment. Order a protein booster to feed sore muscles after your beach run. Bring the morning paper and settle in with your favourite coffee at Social House Cafe.

The rooms are modern and has absolutely stunning views of the Gold Coast and with free WI-FI what more could you possibly want?!

My favourite part of staying in a beautiful hotel is always the day spa and Voco’s is stunning. With spa features such as: Masseuse, Hydro therapy, Sauna, Steam bathing, Beauty treatments, Body scrub, Waxing, Facials, Foot reflexology, Therapy baths and Paraffin hand treatment.

The kids adored the pool. I had to bribe them on our final night with pizza from the room service menu just to get them out of the pool and back to the room for showers.

We loved our little staycation and I think i’m going to make it a yearly Christmas tradition as it was so perfect and exactly what we needed before the stress of Christmas.

If you have any questions, I’d be more than happy to answer them so please don’t hesitate to let me know.

*This post was written in collaboration with VOCO GOLD COAST  but as always, opinions are honest and my own.



Stay in a heritage cottage in one of the world’s great parks

 

For all our fabulous followers you can stay in this iconic location with 25% off accommodation.

Its simple just email The Residences and use the code ‘UNIQUEHOME’

Imagine being able to stay in a heritage cottage in one of the world’s great parks. Well it is possible, and just minutes from the Sydney CBD.

The Residences Centennial Park  are set to become an iconic accommodation experience for locals and tourists alike.

We were thrilled to enjoy a night away in Sydney in the gorgeous Rangers Residence with kids in tow.

The homes are beautiful, spacious and so well maintained it has the perfect historic feel to it, yet with all the modern convinces at the same time.  It’s so well stocked full of everything you could wish for in the kitchen. We loved the fact you could just pop out the door and find yourself on the Centennial Parklands cycleway loop just a few metres away.

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About The Accommodation

The historic (1890s) Residences are uniquely located in Sydney’s Centennial Parklands.

Featuring two unique Residences – Originally built in 1890-91 from sandstone quarried directly from the site, The Superintendents Residence was the home of the Park Superintendent and his family. The building offers a superb view down Parkes Drive and across Centennial Park to the suburbs beyond.

The Superintendents Residence sleeps up to eight people in four King or twin bedded rooms, ideal for weddings, family, social or corporate groups. It also offers a beautifully landscaped private backyard with a courtyard for entertaining and parking. The house also offers a stunning dining room, study and fully equipped kitchen.

 

The Ranger’s Residence  circa 1890s, is perched on a hilltop inside Sydney’s Centennial Parklands, near the Roberston Rd Gates. With sweeping views across the park, this home welcomes everyone, including the family pet, to experience its hidden charm and see the park at dark.

The Ranger’s Residence has 3 king and queen bedrooms with views into the parklands, 2 bathrooms, full-service kitchen and private garden. The wrap-around verandah overlooks the ancient Morton Bay Figs and parkland lagoons. This nook is ideal for wine with friends, luncheons, intimate garden party, special occasions, or for the bridal party to stay and get prepare for the big day and a family brunch afterwards.

Experience the vast gardens, labyrinth, bike tracks, duck ponds and horse riding adventures during your stay. Watch the sunrise and be the first to say ‘hello’ Centennial Park!  While enjoying home-grown honey from your own backyard.

Boasting unlimited park access and close to Sydney’s Eastern suburbs and local beaches, with horse riding, bike hire, native flora and fauna, formal gardens and a vibrant range of community events on the doorstep, The Residences Centennial Park are a truly unique short-stay experience.

The Residences are one of Sydney’s most unique accommodation experiences that is not to be missed.

Amenities

Air conditioned 

Dining Setting 

Cots Available 

Linen and Towels Provided 

Non-Smoking 

Kitchen 

Laundry Facilities 

Outdoor Setting 

Verandah 

Wireless Internet 

Views 

Barbeque 

Bath 

Lounge Area

Heating 

Cable/Satellite TV 

Pet friendly 

2 bathrooms 

On site parking 

Breakfast provided upon request 

Tea/Coffee Making

 

For us one night was just not enough and it’s at the top of our list to revisit one day!

If you have any questions please just drop us a line we love to chat.

Kerry xoxo

Contact www.theresidencescentennialpark.com

 

*This post was written in collaboration with The Residences Centennial Park  but as always, opinions are honest and my own.

Photographer – Anastasia Fua

Wardrobe – Alfaberry

 



Looking for a place to stay for the family in Bali – Villa Ayu

 

We just got back from the beautiful Bali and had an absolute ball. This time we decided against a resort and stayed at the stunning Villa Ayu , only 20 mins from the airport and 25 mins from Seminyak it’s the perfect oasisis. With a huge 40 square metre sparkling blue pool and three large, well appointed executive bedrooms this Villa is perfect for a large family.

My favourite part of  our experience at Villa Ayu was that it was the perfect peaceful getaway from the hustle in the heart of Bali. It’s the perfect place to get work done and really relax. I loved having no distractions and being able to order poolside massages via Go-JEK for $9.00 AUD straight to our villa. It’s also a great place for the kids to play, explore and swim and really get in some great family time.

ROOMS

Located around the pool, the three master suites in this Jimbaran villa are equally impressive. You can leave the doors open to take in the picturesque scene of the outdoor area with the azure pool and lush gardens – or enjoy air-conditioned comfort. Villa Ayu is a hidden slice of paradise!  There are entertainment systems, a desk and chair, and end tables with reading lamps. The bathrooms have rainfall showers and there’s a terrazzo tub for taking long soaks.

LIVING ROOMS

Villa Ayu’s flat level living area sprawls under the main pavilion to create a relaxing and comfortable lounge with a dining area and kitchen that are all separated by artfully placed, modern furnishings. The room has a uniquely serene atmosphere allowing guests to lounge in comfort, eat in style or even sit and read a book on the colourful, comfy cushions. The classic Balinese wooden Bale besides the pool also makes for an enticing spot to commune after the day’s activities. Kick back on a beanbag, a couch or even take a dip in the pool as you while away the long afternoons in your very own Bali holiday villa.

POOL

Villa Ayu’s pool is a sparkling white oasis that will beckon you for evening swims accompanied by starry skies, cooling afternoon plunges or even cheeky early morning dips as you climb out of bed.

KITCHEN

At one end of the main lounging pavilion is a fully equipped, modern kitchen that’s ready and waiting with everything you need to make a meal for just you or the family. Pull up one of the stools at the breakfast bar and enjoy a morning coffee with your fruit breakfast. Or ask the staff for help and try your hand at preparing an Indonesian recipe or visit the local supermarket for your own ingredients.

OPEN DINING AREA

This luxury Jimbaran villa is perfect for dinner parties. Once you’re ready for some food, the gorgeous eight-person dining table is waiting and ready to be set for a feast! You can cook for yourself; order from some of the world-class restaurants in the area, or ask the staff to create fresh Indonesian dishes that will satisfy even the pickiest appetite. Whatever you choose, you’ll find yourself making unforgettable memories as you laugh away the evening over fine food and good wine.

We adored our beautiful housekeepers who helped us out everyday! The kids even cried when we had to leave them! It was so nice to pre organise dinner with them the day before and have it ready for us after a big day of exploring.

If you have little ones be mindful that the villa is located on a main road so the noise can sometimes be quite loud. The main road also makes it very dangerous to walk along so we decided to use car service whenever we left the Villa.

Overall our experience with Villa Ayu was incredible and we would love to stay there again.

If you have any questions please just drop us a line we love to chat.

Kerry xoxo

 

*This post was written in collaboration with Villa Ayu but as always, opinions are honest and my own.

 



Caribbean Resort Mooloolaba Staycation Review

Looking for a staycation package that is thoughtfully-designed with families in mind?

What about reasonably priced and just a stone’s throw away from the beach?

Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it?

I’ll give you a quick overview of our recent staycation at the Caribbean Resort Mooloolaba that ticks all the boxes.  

The location is excellent as you can walk everywhere and not use the car, it’s within easy walking distance to the Esplanade and Shopping Center, just a short stroll to the Beach, Restaurants, Surf Club and Wharf entertainment area. Plus the hotel has a nice café attached for coffee & breakfast if you don’t feel like using the fully equipped kitchen in your room.

This is, by far, one of the most memorable staycations we’ve ever had. We were really looking for a simple beach side holiday where we could just relax for a couple of days and take some time out to just be together as a family.

Value-for-Money Staycation Package

At the Resort, head down to the central pool to work on your tan and enjoy a relaxing swim and spa. Clear your head and get the body moving with an invigorating workout in the gymnasium or cleanse your pores in the steam room.

Let the kids take advantage of the well stocked games room at the resort. With a number of games on offer, there is plenty to keep them entertained while you enjoy some peace and quiet. Back in your room, there’s free Foxtel TV with two movie channels plus a kid’s channel or take advantage of the free wi-fi

Inside Your Room:

Open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area

  •       Fully equipped kitchen
  •       Air-conditioning / heating in lounge only and fans in the bedrooms
  •       Free foxtel satellite TV
  •       Free WiFi Internet access (download limits apply)
  •       Spa bath in bathroom (or outdoor jacuzzi)
  •       Walk-in shower (most)
  •        Private balcony / terrace
  •        Flatscreen TV / DVD player / Stereo / CD player
  •        Second TV in master bedroom

 

Book the Perfect Hotel in Mooloolaba – Visit www.caribbeanresort.com.au for full details and reservations.

 

I hope this post answers all your questions but if not feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to get back to you!

Happy exploring xx

 

 

*This post was written in collaboration with Caribbean Resort but as always, opinions are honest and my own.

 







Our thoughts on staying with Jen – Hotel Jen, Hong Kong

We just got back from Hong Kong and had an absolute blast! Besides the hot hot weather we loved every minute of exploring Hong Kong’s beautifully rich culture. I’ve had a few questions on our accommodation in Hong Kong so thought I would share a little review that will answer all your questions.

 

We stayed in Hotel Jen Hong Kong, for us staying with Hotel Jen was a no-brainer, our family are obsessed with the Hotel Jen in our home town Brisbane and love to pop in there for a stay-cation whenever possible so as soon as we found out there was one in Hong Kong we knew we absolutely had to stay there.

Hotel Jen Hong Kong is ideally located for anyone who wants to really get to know this amazing city. Featuring a beautiful rooftop pool and 24-hour fitness centre with great harbour views and free high-speed Wi-Fi available throughout the entire hotel during your stay. Hotel Jen Hong Kong by Shangri-La is located in the Western District of Hong Kong, with the MTR HKU Station on its very doorstep.

 

The “My hotel” service offers convenient proximity to key transport junctions – 5 minutes from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal, 10 minutes from Central and Airport Express Hong Kong Station, and just 30 minutes from Hong Kong International Airport. You can also enjoy complimentary shuttle service to Central, Wan Chai, Peak Tram Station, Ocean Park, and Hong Kong Disneyland.

Hotel Jen Hong Kong has an array of differen’t restaurants, bars and lounges, Café Malacca has been named a Bib Gourmand restaurant in the MICHELIN Guides for 2014 and 2015. Transport yourself to the hawker stalls of Malaysia and Singapore for street-style food, all freshly prepared with aromatic spices, herbs and ingredients. There is even a western menu available for any picky eaters you may have on board. But I highly recommend trying as many different again cuisine dishes possible. We were so amazed at the beautiful different flavours and it felt great to get out of our comfort zone and try something new.

The Lobby Bar and Lounge is a great little spot for meet-ups or a quiet coffee. Start the day with a quick pick-me-up coffee, take a pit-stop between excursions, catch up on business, or end your day with a relaxing cocktail from Jen’s Signature Cocktails, Created to reflect Hotel Jen‘s team’s experience and talent in artfully integrating fun with unexpected Asian flavour fusions, Jen’s range of cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages offers you refreshing drinks with a playful twist.

At the end of a busy day exploring beautiful Hong Kong, enjoy the simple pleasures of a comfy bed, perfect pillows and a great shower. Each one of the hotel rooms is touched with thoughtful details that make life a little easier. With panoramic views, fast free WiFi to keep you connected everywhere, always, DVD players, Cable TV, full-size executive writing desk, international direct dialling service, electronic safe, in-room order-in from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm, tea and coffee station, steam iron with ironing board and a hair dryer along with speciallised Hotel Jen Toiletries its impossible to fault.

 

My favourite part of our Hotel Jen experience was how great they were with the kids. Any children of registered hotel guests under the age of 6 can enjoy *buffet meals at no extra cost in the All Day Dining venue when accompanied by a paying adult; and this offer is for up to 2 children. For more than 2 children under the age of 6 or children who are 6 years and above but under the age of 12, a 50% discount on the buffet price will be given. Having the kids able to load up on a yummy nutritious breaky before heading off into the streets of Hong Kong to explore was a life saver. It also saved a lot of money on the usual snacks we would buy here and there throughout the morning to tide the kids over till lunch because they were still full!

I hope this post answers all your questions but if not feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to get back to you!

Happy exploring xx

 

 

*This post was written in collaboration with Hotel Jen but as always, opinions are honest and my own.



Scenic World Blue Mountains

We are on the road again (surprise surprise) and this time we are heading to the Blue Mountains! While researching some fun family friendly activities to do in the area I kept coming across Scenic World! Located in beautiful Katoomba, Scenic World is an array of different sight seeing attractions and loads of FUN! With a Scenic skyway, Scenic cableway,Scenic walkway and even a Scenic railway Scenic World is the best way to experience the beautiful mountains and lush rainforest that surrounds it. From the moment the kids saw the Scenic World website they were so excited to experience all of the attractions! and after experiencing it first hand I can definitely say we were not disappointed. It was such a fun day out and really great for the kids to learn about the rich history of Katoomba and how important our wildlife and rainforest echo system is. Here is some information on Scenic World and the attractions it has to offer below.

Scenic Skyway-

Suspended 270 metres above ancient ravines, the Skyway provides a unique thrill as breathtaking views are revealed beneath your feet through the electro-glass cabin floor. For the less adventurous, seating and solid flooring is also available!

With 360° views, the 720 metre journey provides the best views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters, and Jamison Valley stretching to the horizon.

Following a three million dollar upgrade to improve the visitor experience in November 2017, the new Skyway cabin features 30% more capacity, free Wi-Fi, and improved loading and unloading to make the Scenic Skyway one to remember!

Disembark at the Skyway’s east station to access lookouts over the valley along with bush trails to Echo Point.

 

Scenic Cableway-

Discover panoramic views of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains from the Scenic Cableway.

The 510 metre journey gently descends into the Jamison Valley and also returns visitors to the top of the escarpment. The Cableway’s fully enclosed cabin provides a unique vantage point for viewing the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Mt Solitary and Katoomba Falls.

Disembark at the bottom station to access the Scenic Walkway and stroll through 2.4 kilometres of Jurassic rainforest.

Wheelchair accessible with a capacity for 84 passengers, the Cableway is the steepest and largest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere.

Scenic Walkway –

Discover the tranquility of ancient rainforest – or simply tire the kids out – strolling along our 2.4 kilometre Scenic Walkway.

Brilliant in sunshine and even better in the rain, this elevated boardwalk immerses visitors in Jurassic rainforest on the Jamison Valley floor with minimal impact on the environment.

Along the way, explore elements of the site’s coal mining history including the mine entrance, a replica miners’ hut and scale bronze sculpture of a miner and his pit pony.

Learn about local flora, listen for the native lyre bird or taste pure Blue Mountains water straight from Marrangaroo Spring. Enjoy a peaceful moment in the open-air Rainforest Room, or on rest benches located along the route.

Options for various walks taking ten minutes or a full hour are clearly signposted, along with the wheelchair accessible link between the bottom Cableway and Railway stations.

Experiencing the Walkway in the rain is magical; colours change, mist shrouds the towering cliffs above, hidden waterfalls murmur, raindrops cling to leaves and native birds become more vocal.

Protected by the rainforest canopy, the Walkway has its own microclimate which can be quite distinct from the weather at the top of the escarpment. We recommend the rainforest in the rain – don’t let a little weather stop you!

Scenic Railway-

Discover the thrill of a 52 degree incline (128% incline) riding the steepest passenger railway in the world, the Scenic Railway.

Following an award-winning redevelopment in 2013, this unforgettable experience offers glass-roofed carriages with expansive views of the rainforest setting and spectacular Jamison Valley.

Custom designed carriages allow passengers to choose their own adventure like never before, adjusting their seated position up to 20 degrees! Choose an adventurous ‘Cliffhanger’ ride at a steep 64 degree incline, or for those seeking a relaxed journey select the ‘Laid Back’ option. Of course, loyal fans can still ride the ‘Original’ at 52 degrees (128% incline).

The Railway experience descends 310 metres through a cliff-side tunnel, emerging into ancient rainforest at the Jamison Valley floor. Operating since 1945, the Scenic Railway has thrilled 25 million passengers – this is the fifth generation train to ride the tracks since the Hammon family opened the attraction.

Carrying 84 passengers, the train departs every ten minutes. Disembark at the bottom station to access the Scenic Walkway and stroll through 2.4 kilometres of Jurassic rainforest.

The term ‘Scenic Railway’ was first used in the late 19th century in reference to amusement rides at English seaside funfairs. Consisting of simple carriages on rails, passengers passed a series of exotic ‘scenic’ backdrops such as the Swiss Alps or Egyptian pyramids.

As you can see Scenic World has so much to offer, as a family we had so much fun learning new things and trying out all the different attractions and we would go back in a flash! If you have any questions please comment them below or if you’ve been to Scenic World and loved it as much as us!