Alli discovers the true meaning of “family-friendly fun”

25 Mar

Grand Mercure Twin Waters on the lagoon

A few weeks ago, Genine challenged me to take three glorious days off – no email, no phone calls, no work. Sounds simple, but as a “poor me” workaholic from way back, I find it super difficult to switch off.I needed a mini break. I needed time with my beautiful son and husband.

I needed time to play and laugh and giggle and breathe.We needed to get away to somewhere without a lap top and work files! So, we headed to one of our favourite places in the world, the Sunshine Coast, thanks to the generosity of the  4.5 star Grand Mercure Apartments Twin Waters.

Now, I’m going to be frank. We hadn’t really considered staying at Twin Waters. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a fabulous resort, but that’s the problem. It’s a resort. And we’re more of an apartment / holiday house family. Typically, resort-type rooms don’t really suit a young family who likes to spread out.

Since having our son, we hadn’t considered a Twin Waters holiday. That was my problem – I was thinking only of the Novotel Twin Waters, the Grand Mercure’s neighbour. I wasn’t aware that right next door was heaven for families.


Here’s the deal. The Novotel is all about family fun. Activities-a-go-go. There’s the lake and its many water faring activities – kayaking, sailing, trampolining (although it was closed for maintenance on our visit). There’s sandcastle building for the little ones. There are bikes to hire and several pools to swim in. There’s a kids’ club. There are organised activities each and every day to suit children of all ages. And there are three restaurants and a bar.Honestly, it’s the perfect place to take an almost-three-year-old for a mini break. But, as I discovered, you don’t have to stay at the Novotel to access these activities.

Staying at the Grand Mercure comes with complete access to the resort, so you can choose to stay in a self-contained apartment or beach house and still make the most of the activities at the resort, as we did on our stay.

The bedrooms are spacious, with an ensuite off the master (with the most fabulous bath tub!). Our room had a beautiful balcony that overlooked the resort’s lagoon, complete with barbeque – perfect for a young family with a toddler who his the sack at 7:30pm, as we could throw a few steaks on the barbeque, open a bottle of wine and enjoy the serenity. Which is exactly what we did.

View from our room

But the best bit for me, a try-hard cook, was the kitchen. Sure, it was super big with all the shiny equipment you’d expect from a quality apartment. But the devil is in the detail. You name it; it was hidden away in a drawer or cupboard. Platters galore (hate it when you have to use a dinner plate as a cheese platter!), every utensil known to man, and about a million different kinds of glasses. Heaven. However, the real heaven for me was the time-off with my boys.

We sailed.


We played in the sand.

Sand play!

We kayaked. We swam in the pool (the Grand Mercure boasts three swimming pools as well as bicycle and walking tracks that wind around the central lagoon).


We did craft (how I hate craft, I did it all the same). We built cubby houses.We played. We laughed. We bonded. We celebrated being a family. I would urge families everywhere to consider the Grand Mercure Twin Waters Apartments. You can choose to lie low in your beautiful apartment or engage in the family-friendly fun at the resort. Do as little or as much as you like, but do it together. As a family.

We will definitely take our little boy back to the Grand Mercure Twin Waters, and next time we will stay longer and might even head to the beach, which incidentally, is right across the street. And there will definitely be a next time.


Grand Mercure Apartments Twin Waters still has availability for the Easter break and is offering fantastic rates starting from just $220 per night in a two bedroom apartment for a minimum 5 night stay. Call  5450 6129 or visit



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2 Responses to “Alli discovers the true meaning of “family-friendly fun””

  1. see ya later alli-gater March 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    you’ve lost a reader today… have been enjoying your blog to date but if it’s now going to be about hidden marketing & promotion (actually, not that hidden), I’m out.

    • alli & genine March 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Hello there!

      Thanks for your honest message.

      Alli was a guest of Grand Mercure but was not paid – to date we have not taken money for any of our blogs, and if so they will be labeled as such as per our Disclosure Policy.

      We did actually think the content was perfect for our readers as it is targeted at families but understand if it doesn’t float your boat.

      We do take your comment on board as we want to ensure our readers are loving what we give you! Point taken xx

      We hope to see you back!

      Genine x

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