Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Beached as ...

One of my favourite things about holiday apartments is that they are SO family friendly.

Why stay at a hotel, when for the same price you can have a comfortable apartment?

The Atlantis Marcoola Resort apartment we stayed in had two comfortably-sized bedrooms, two bathrooms, a spacious lounge/dining area, separate laundry, and balcony with outdoor setting.

When you're holidaying, or even mini-breaking with kids, the extra space and the cooking and other facilities of an apartment are invaluable.

We'd decided to order pizza that night, but even in the time-lag between bath/shower time and dinner, we were able to make tea, nibbles, and chicken noodle soup. (The Continental version, no other variety, Mum's Homemade-From-Scratch-Soup included), will do).

It saved endless whining, lest the kids have empty tummies for more than 10 minutes!

Our lovely kitchen

Mr 10 tries to get the intenet connected, while Miss 8 alternates between Chicken Noodle Cuppa Soups.

Pizza, garlic bread, and a movie. It doesn't get better than that for Mini-Man!

The next day dawned sunny and warm. Winter in Queensland - one day sunny, even more perfect the next!

First stop, was the pool. (Where else?)

I'm not sure what these trees, but they are known as 'Doodle Trees' in our household.
Got to love a doodle tree.

Would you believe this is about 8 am in the morning, on the 4th day of winter in Queensland? And still warm enough to swim. I love this state!

Then it was time for fishing on the Maroochy River. H's favourite stuffy Hannah Cat 2 is watching in anticipation of a feed!

Casting a couple of lines...

The Maroochy River at Cotton Tree ... isn't it gorgeous? (Yes, so is Mr 10, but I am biased!)

Come on fish, jump on!

Going back to the resort, empty-handed but happy.

Surfer chick

Mr 10 lets loose in the games room. Proving the claw machine DOES actually work in the right hands ...

Just two of about six soft toys C. won his little sister over the weekend.

The only bad thing about the weekend was coming home!

We still didn't time to play a proper game of tennis or basketball, fish off the beach, play pool, catch up with Sunshine Coast friends, hit the shops, or swim and fish even more! Not to mention the extensive DVD and book library for those rainy winter days ...if they actually exist!

Disclosure: The Atlantis Marcoola Resort provided MIA with a complementary two-bedroom apartment for two nights for the purposes of these reviews. The weather came courtesy of God, Mother Nature, and/or The Universe.


Ms_MotorbikeNut said...

What a great time it looks like you all had.

I cant be 100% certain but them trees look like a varity of the sausage tree. Newstead House is famous for them.

Glad you all had fun.

(((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXX

Anonymous said...

Great post about a great resort. A heap of my family descend on there every year at Christmas. Glad you had so much fun x Leanne x

Ron said...

Glad you guys had a great time, so jealous of the weather.

Looks like a fabulous place to be.


Unknown said...

Oh, the place looks beautiful - and from the big smiles, it looks like the kids are having a fabulous time! :-)

We're having similarly lovely sunny days here but nice COOL air temperatures and breezes which are MUCH better when you're a Great Dane! :-) And sunny or not, nothing would induce Honey to swim in this weather - or any weather, ha! ha!


Mum on the Run said...

What a gorgeous break.
I am a huge fan of the apartment too.
We don't spend our entire day and night altogether in one small room at home, so I don't wanna do it on holidays!
I've got serious weather envy.

Fox in the City said...

What a great looking vacation! Ah, now I want to take my kidlets away somewhere . . . they will just have to make due with the cottage this year though.

I love how it is winter and you are still swimming . . . that does not happen here . . . well unless it is an indoor poo.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

The kids would be in absolute heaven I'm thinking! What wonderful memories you're giving them Bronnie! :)

Anonymous said...

The apartment looks fab! I love that area of the Sunshine coast. I will keep the apartment in mind.

Anonymous said...

"Sausage Tree" lol = Pandanus, Sunshine Coast is famous for them.