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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Did you know that sleep is one of the most important things in your daily routine! Lack of sleep can lead to: Lack of concentration, weight gain, depression and you’re more likely to have accidents such as falls etc when you’re sleep deprived.
I don’t know about you guys but I know the best part of my day is when my head hits the pillow and I get to drift off to sleep, people spend a third of their lives in bed sleeping, chatting, reading, Netflix-ing, planning and laughing, thats a lot of life lived out on your mattress and that is why its so important to have the right one. For too long, there’s been a lack of innovation in the mattress world and until now, investing in one has been overwhelming and a confusing decision.
That is where I step in to give you a helping hand! I have discovered SIMBA, a sleep technology company who has created an innovative “one- type-fits-all” bed, the SIMBA Hybrid®. First launched in the UK in February 2016, high-tech sleep brand Simba was co-founded by James Cox and Steve Reid alongside the McClements family. James previously worked with start-ups, advising them on growth and strategy, and investing in their innovations. Steve founded Tribesports.com, an upmarket leisure wear brand. James’ was introduced to Andrew McClements, who – from a bed-making dynasty – had been selling thread used for the making of mattresses since 1979. In 2002, he started making them himself. Andrew is the innovator and product developer. Simba has the stamp of approval from some of the UK’s most respected heavyweight investors. Tom Teichman is Simba’s chairman who’s backed Made.com, Lastminute. com and Notonthehighstreet.com. Richard Reed, founder of Innocent Drinks, Numis Securities, Henderson Global Investors, Nigel Wray (formerly Domino’s Pizza and Saracens) and advertising legend, Sir John Hegarty, founder of incubator The Garage Soho, all invest their time and money. SIMBA has already achieved extraordinary sales of 100,000 mattresses across Europe, with thousands of five star customer reviews.
Tested with the Sleep to Live Institute who have compiled body profiling data from 10 million people, the SIMBA Hybrid® mattress is the highest quality spring and memory foam mattress of its kind in the Australian market. The design itself is based on millions of people’s sleep habits and a development process that involved many different prototypes to arrive at an ultra- premium, yet affordable, model. The SIMBA Hybrid® springs are patented and move horizontally and vertically to fit the shape of your body to give you the best sleep.
Since the moment i received my Simba Hybrid I was impressed, it was easy to get into my room and once I had unpackaged and trailed the mattress I was so impressed it was without a doubt the best sleep id ever had. The springs adjust under each person’s bodyweight because they’re conical, rather than the normal barrel shape. They don’t compress in a linear way: the more pressure applied, the more resistance the springs give, so everyone gets the right amount of support.
Cleverly rolled and perfectly packed in its box; the Simba Hybrid® can be delivered to your door the next day in metro areas – there are no awkward manoeuvers in the hallway, or navigating the stairs. The Simba Hybrid® comes in a variety of sizes including – Single $799, King Single $899, Double $1,099, Queen $1,199, King $1,299. Each mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial promise with no hassle returns and a 10-year guarantee.
*This post was written in collaboration with Simba but as always opinions are honest and my own.
My usual focus when it comes to finding a hotel or resort is on the kids but this time just for something different I thought I would treat myself and focus on luxury. I still wanted the kids to be comfortable and accounted for so it was important to me that the resort was of course family friendly, but I still really wanted the main focus to be on the luxurious side of Bali. I found a fair few places that ticked all the boxes in terms of what I was looking for, but the main one that really stood out to me was the magnificant Pullman Bali Legian Beach resort.
The Pullman Bali Legian Beach is only a short t 20 minutes drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, the luxurious Pullman Bali Legian Beach promises pure tranquil paradise, with over 300 elegant and spacious rooms and suites, a roof top infinity pool overlooking the breathtaking Legian beach, a tropical garden swimming pool and a pool for the kiddies too, a wellness centre, spa and the mouth watering choices of food with free breaky for 2 kids under the age of 12, we were truely spoilt for choice.
From the moment we entered the this tropical oasis we were sold, the resort even smelt of luxury. Each beautifully designed room or suite boasts a balcony or terrace, separate bath and shower, as well as an in-room gymnastic kit, (I know right how COOL!) and the most important item to tick off my list WiFi access! I really can’t think of words good enough to describe the breathtaking design of these rooms and suites, they really are just complete tropical tranquillity.
Now onto my favourite part of any resort (besides the food) the Spa. There is nothing I enjoy more than a spa treatment while I’m on holiday and the day spa at Pullman Legian Beach really lived up to my expectations (and believe me they are high). The Tjakra-7 Spa truely blends the holistic and also the traditional, offering luxurious tropical treatments that use your body’s own energy to heal and harmonise. I walked out of that day spa completely relaxed, ready to experience Bali and enjoy my holiday, I felt like a new woman! It was pure magic.
I know I said this was all about luxury but I was so impressed with how well the kids were catered for I just had to pop a little section in. Not only do 2 kids under the age of 12 eat free breakfast, but there is also a kids club (featuring a pretty cool playground) and the kids get their very own pool! The kids had a ball at the kids club and it was the first thing they asked to attend every morning! There is also baby sitting available on request if you’d like some extra quiet time.
Ahhh the food… what can I possibly say about the food that will do it the justice it deserves. With so many different restaurants and bars to choose from we really were spoilt for choice with a cozy relaxing holiday atmosphere and cosmopolitan menu featuring both European and Asian style, you can see why.
If you feel like leaving the resort for the day and exploring more of what the beautiful Bali has to offer then you don’t have to stray too far from the resort as their are plenty of shopping destinations, parks and recreational places just around the corner. The staff are very helpful and more than happy to help you navigate and also hand out their top recomendations but I will also give you mine! There is a gorgeous traditional market only a short 0.10 Km away from Pullman Legian Beach and Seminyak and Kuta are only 1-2 Km away as well!
In conclusion Pullman Legian Resort really did quench my thirst for luxury, I enjoyed every minute of our stay and cannot wait to come back one day.
If you’re looking for somewhere luxurious, tranquil and still family friendly then you honestly should look no further than here. If you have any questions or would like to know some more information then please let me know in the comments below I am more than happy to help you out!
To explore this beautiful resort for yourself head to here
*This post was written in collaboration with Pullman Legian Beach but as always, opinions are honest and my own.
Hello everyone!! Well we are back in Bali (Surprise surprise) we had only just gotten back and without realising it had already started planning our next trip there! Addicted is an understatement! Our family are obsessed with the low-key island life of Bali.
When booking our accomodation for the first half of our trip we really wanted to book something with the kids in mind. After searching through the internet and finding out it had won TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award 2017 as one of the Best Hotel for Family in Indonesia we decided on Novotel Bali Nusa Dua, and goodness are we glad we did!
It’s no secret that Novotel are known worldwide for their incredible family friendly hospitality and Novotel Bali Nusa Dua are no exception with their motto being “Children are our customers for the same reasons as their parents, so we listen to them and serve them” is no exception. From stunning swimming pools to kids clubs, Novotel Bali Nusa Dua really does have it all.
Nusa Dua itself is a very kid-friendly safe area which boasts some absolutley stunning white beaches with crystal clear sea water and vast tropical gardens, Nusa Dua literally means “two island”, the area is well-known as the area for the luxurious hotels and resorts, and is located in the south-eastern part of Bali. Novotel Bali Nusa Dua itself is actually located inside the ITDC (Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation) Complex, Nusa Dua, a 350 hectares secure-gated peninsula on the southern side of Bali.
From the moment we arrived at Novotel Bali Nusa Dua the kids felt more then welcome and we were extremely impressed. Not only were the kids happy but so were we! With absolutely stunning balinese design captured throughout the entire resort and incredible staff that are more than happy to help with anything you may need, we were off to a good start.
As soon as we had checked in the first item to check off the list (well for the kids anyway) were the pools! Surrounded by the vast tropical gardens and greenery bali is so famous for were the stunning big blue pools, the kids were SO excited! We spent most mornings by the pools watching the kids swim, it really was pure bliss.
When the kids weren’t eating, sleeping swimming or exploring the rest of Bali’s magic with us, they were at the kids club! The kids club is available for children aged 4-10 years old and is open from 8:30 till 17:30, Novotel Bali Nusa Dua also have other activities available for the little ones such as Balinese dance, Indonesian traditional games, swimming lessons, cooking class a playground and more..!
Now we are into my absolute favourite thing about Novotel Bali Nusa Dua and that is that kids get FREE breakfast!! Yep you read right, breakfast is absolutely free for any 2 kids under the age of 16. For my family food is very important and can ,are or break a holiday. My little ones aren’t too fussy but sometime can be a little iffy when it comes to trying new cuisines. Luckily for me the kids adored the Indonesian cuisines but if you aren’t so lucky you don’t have to stress as their are still plenty of western options available, seriously this place is incredible.
In conclusion our stay with Novotel Bali Nusa Dua was an extremely positive one. The kids were so sad to leave and keep asking when we are going back to see their “friends” (the staff members) from beautiful beaches to exotic cuisines this resort really does have it all. We cannot recommend it highly enough if you’re looking for a family friendly place to stay in Bali and as I said Nusa Dua is a very safe place to stay, and explore.
To explore this beautiful resort for yourself head to here
*This post was written in collaboration with Novotel Bali Nusa Dua but as always opinions are honest and my own.
Each week more than 16,000 Australians begin their journey to the small island of paradise, Bali.
Immersed in sun, beauty and enriched with culture when I think of ‘Bali’, lots of words come to mind; blissful health retreats, vibrant nightlife etc.
However, there is one aspect that didn’t come to mind when i thought of Bali, and that was it being a standard “family friendly” holiday, but boy was I wrong!
Although Bali does have has a reputation of being an adult’s paradise, I was pleasantly surprised to find that even when you have the kids in tow, it is an amazing place to visit.
As soon as we stepped off the plane we were greeted with a sense of belonging and an enriching welcome, that really only people who have travelled to Bali can truly understand.
After researching areas to stay, we settled upon Nusa Dua.
A kid-friendly area containing great beaches and huge pools (which for kids, is the most important aspect of a holiday of course). All resorts in this area are within the 4 and 5- star range, which is important when wanting a safe and relaxing vacation.
We stayed in the wonderful Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua. Promised to be fault-less luxury and believe me it was. Among vast tropical gardens, all within a kid-friendly and superb location it’s safe to say we were all very excited.
As soon as we stepped a foot into the lobby, this description was fulfilled.
The sheer opulence and utter extravagance, along with the intricate detailing captured us all. If luxury is important to you when looking for accommodation within Bali resorts, you cannot go wrong with the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua.
This resort is a dreamland, far removed from the frenzy of Kuta.
Another aspect I was slightly apprehensive about was whether Bali itself contained enough activities to keep little ones entertained. Although my two are happy to sit on a beach for endless hours, it is nice to have the options of other entertainment. I can now say with great confidence that Bali well and truly delivers with fun filled, whilst also delivering educational activities, for children of all ages.
From tennis, yoga, water-sports, all the way to monkey forests and beach bike rides. There is more than enough to keep everyone entertained and happy.
And, if the activities outside of the resort weren’t enough, the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua offers a Children’s Learning Centre, filled with more than just the usual kids club. Here kids are taught Indonesian dance, language, cooking, and music. It’s safe to say I was beyond impressed with the experiences on offer.
I think almost every parent only has to say this word to their children once before they get excited, FOOD.
Food is such an important part of any family holiday. You want to be comfortable in knowing that this food is not only edible, but will cater also to the fussier palates (of little ones, and adults of course). The world’s best breakfast buffet (I know, big call) could well be at the Kwee Zeen. Filled with fresh fruit juice, made from handpicked fruits, and food that makes your mouth water as soon as you get a smell, this place is AH-MAZING.
The first day I enjoyed perfectly poached eggs on top of grainy toast with buttery mushrooms. Another day I attack the flaky, buttery, almond croissants.
Finally, on the third day I indulge in creamy Bircher muesli.
Not only is their amazing breakfast places on offer, but there is exquisite lunch and dinner restaurants also. The Beach Bar & amp; Grill, located beachside, is on offer for casual bites to eat. Dinner at Cut Catch Cucina is an elaborate affair. Filled with delicately seared scallops, fork-tender lamb and velvety mushroom risotto…my advice is to take to wearing flowy dresses.
You come to Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua to holiday at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua. Grab a bike and take a cycle around the grounds or beach walk, head over to the great shopping centre within walking distance, The resort is huge, with fountains and pools almost everywhere. Along with a semi-private beach (I know, amazing). From the food, to accommodation, to the grounds, to the activities, everything was plush, comfortable and luxurious.
Sofitel Nusa Dua is a fabulous resort. Please do not be put off to travel to Bali. Nusa Dua is a very safe place to stay, and play.
I have something different and very exciting to share with you all today! For the past month I have been working along side Hotel Jen Brisbane on a lovely little project called “Follow the voices”.
Follow the voices is made especially for travellers looking for a unique and fresh way to experience Brisbane (and other Hotel Jen destinations scattered across the world). I have picked out my favourite places in Brisbane that are out of the normal “touristy” list of things to see and do, giving travellers a more behind the scenes local experience of Brisbane. I really enjoyed being involved in this and can’t wait for you guys to read/ listen. Enjoy!
South Bank is a one of my favourite parts of Brisbane. It’s a stone’s throw away from the CBD and has always been an important part of the city’s beautifully rich history.
As a child, coming to South Bank meant going on an adventure and getting on the train to head into the city was something I really looked forward to. Today it’s even better. There are so many exciting things to do and places to explore. From theatres and science centres to a giant observation wheel and a giant man-made lagoon.
Just as it was when I was a kid, the best way to get around South Bank is on foot. There’s also the city glider, a free bus provided by the city council that takes you on a mini tour of Brisbane. It’s a life saver when you’re travelling with kids – the giant sugar glider picture on the side is pretty cute too.
You can’t miss the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in South Bank. The complex has a stunning modern design and houses a total of 4 different theatres as well as fantastic restaurants and bars. I love the spacious outdoor sitting area just down from the venue where from time to time they will have live music in the area. One time when I was there with the kids we saw a possum in the trees above so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for some of Australia’s local wildlife.
Just a short meander away from the QPAC is one of my all-time favourite things to do in South Bank – a walk through the beautiful bougainvillea arbour. The magenta blossoms are in season all year round making this a gorgeous place to sit, relax and take a few colourful photos.
Just around the corner from the bougainvillea harbour is the Sciencentre. A playground for kids and adults alike, it’s an extremely fun and informative place packed with activities everyone will enjoy. Every time I go, I learn something new. Just upstairs you’ll also find the museum and a few minutes walk away is Brisbane’s amazing Gallery of Modern Art.
The crowning jewel of South Bank is the amazing Streets Beach. It is Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach and it boasts a stunning lagoon surrounded by white sandy beaches and gorgeous tropical plants. What makes this gorgeous riverside spot even better is the fact that it’s in the middle of South Bank Parklands! So you can bring some food and have a good old fashioned picnic after your swim or order UberEats and try some of the local food in surrounding cafes and restaurants.
The last stop on my list is the Cineplex South Bank. It’s the perfect place to escape the tropical heat (or rain), with really affordable tickets making it a great way to treat the whole family. There’s a hidden gem of a sushi bar near the theatre that I love to visit, great food and the staff are always so polite, helpful and super speedy with getting your meal to you.
I have fantastic memories of South Bank from my own childhood and bring my family here as often as possible to spend time together. And best of all, from South Bank it is only a short 10 minute walk back over the bridge to the Hotel Jen on Roma Street.