A Week at Twin Waters Resort

A few years ago I suggested that we have a family holiday at the Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast. It was one of the best holidays we have had and I thought that I should definitely do a post on our week at the resort.

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Accommodation: Mercure Apartments

The resort is home to the Novotel hotel on one side of the man made lagoon, and the Mercure Aparments on the opposite side. It means that the resort accommodation is slightly separated but still part of the same lagoon resort. If you stay for a wedding or have a large family, it means that everyone can stay in all different types of accommodation depending on their invididual needs.

Our family chose to stay in the two storey, Mercure Apartements. The bedrooms were on the top floor, and the living area was situated on the bottom. The rooms were spacious and had lots of wardrobe and hanging space.

The main bedroom had a balcony that overlooked the lagoon. We were definitely in the best positioned apartement on the lagoon side as we had a fantastic view each day when the sun set. You can also get beach view apartments which look pretty good as well.

The apartments had a huge kitchen and living area, six person dining table, outdoor bbq on the covered deck, and multiple bathrooms. I would definitely recommend families or groups of people to stay in one of these apartments as there is plenty of space, plenty of bathrooms and a lot of room for entertaining or coming together as a group.

There is plenty of information on the different room types on the Twin Waters website, and there are even apartment layouts so you can easily decide on which apartment is right for you.

Price per night was between $250 and $400 per night. The rate does vary based on demand and availability, so some nights will be cheaper to stay than others. Unfortunately this was a few years ago (and my parents paid for the accommodation) so I am unsure what the rate was at that time. However, I would assume it would have been a medium price rate as it was the time of the year when some families choose to go for holidays, but not the peak time of summer.

The resort is right next to the beach. At first it was a bit confusing on how to actually get onto the beach from the resort – there are hidden walking tracks between the road and the beach. But the tracks are only a couple of minutes walk until you are smack bang in the middle of the beach.

The beaches were unpatrolled at that time of year, but I assume they are patrolled with lifeguards in the warmer months. The sea looked quite rough and become deep very quickly. As a girl who grew up on the coast, I know a little bit about beaches. I wouldn’t recommend swimming here if it is unpatrolled as there were plenty of rips that would be ridden to the untrained eye.

Facilities and Activities

There’s plenty to do at this resort. You could stay an entire week inside the confines of the resort if you wanted to.

Mini Golf: there is a fun little mini golf pitch-and-putt course near the entrance to the Novotel side of the resort. A lot of children seemed to be playing around here, so it is family friendly and good for some light hearted fun. We had a good time playing around and missing many putts in the greens!

If you want to play a full course of golf, there are golf clubs near by, with the closest being Twin Waters Country Club.

Sailing: we decided to try out sailing. It was a lot more difficult than we thought! The friendly staff give you a crash course on what to do, and they will come to your rescue if you capsize or get stuck up against a wooden bridge (that may have been us…) They give you life jackets as well, so it is completely safe.

Day Spa: there is a day spa at the resort offering the standard luxuries from massage to manicures to facials and so on. I did not use the day spa for this visit but my mum got a manicure there and said it was very relaxing. They did a nice job on her nails too. Next time I go I would definitely like to check out this relaxing spa that overlooks the pretty lagoon.

Pool: There is a pool at the main part of the resort next to the Novotel rooms and the restaurant. There is also a semi secret pool at Mercure for Mercure guests and residents.

The Mercure pool is secluded from the view of the rest of the resort, as well as from the public, so you could almost miss it if you didn’t see it when you checked in. There’s an undercover BBQ, as well as sunchairs for guests to relax on. There are also residents who live full time at this resort, so I believe that they may use the pool as well.

The main pool is large but right in the view of the restaurant. There would not be privacy to relax as there are frequently children and families around that area. There is a spa off to the side, but I would often see families with their young ones in there. Whilst it’s not a kiddie pool, you would probably start to think otherwise!

Floating Playground: there is often a large inflatable “playground” – I’m not entirely sure what it is called but it is jumping castle size, kind of like an obstacle course, and with a slide at the end into the water. It wasn’t up when we were there but I know they phase it in the warmer months. It would be suitable for kids (and big kids like me!) who are reasonable swimmers. Next time I would definitely be keen to go on it!

Games Room: think of all the arcade games from the 80s and 90s in one small room, and that’s what you have! It was fun, but as always, these things cost money. We spent all we had on us in this room. It’s a great way to spend a rainy day, but it is an expensive way too.

Bike Hire: we hired bikes for a day, but Unfortunately I can’t remember the cost. It was around $15 from memory, but it very well could have changed by now. We choose to bike around the walking track of the resort, which meant that was done in 10 mins… But we eventually found some tracks just outside the resort. You will see lots of families riding their bikes in and out of the resort.

Beach: As I said earlier the beach is literally across the road. It is a long beach though so you could definitely go for a nice long walk, like my parents did.

Walking track: there is a lovely walking track which takes you all the way around the lagoon and the resort. There are small little tracks off to the side, but it really isn’t much to get too excited about. It’s nice to go for a walk around the resort though.

Boardwalk the boardwalk is slightly hidden as it is off the resort itself. However there are various forms and routes of the boardwalk to take. Just be weary that at low tide the trees and sand around the boardwalk develop a smell that most people will not enjoy.

Fishing: whilst you can not fish at the lagoon itself, there are plenty of fishing charters, boat hire, fishing hire places you can go to. We didn’t do any fishing on this trip but I definitely would next time.

Interaction with Staff

Watersports Staff Member: friendly and very helpful. Even when she was busy, she didn’t let this effect her customer service.

Reception Staff: I did not deal directly with the person who checked in my family, but they appeared to do so with ease and My family had no complaints about the customer service.

Bar Staff: Friendly but not overly helpful. It was not overly busy so there isn’t really an excuse to slack off on customer service.

Restaurant Staff: we didn’t have food in the restaurant and it don’t think they have room service, so unfortunately I cannot comment on this aspect.

Housekeeping: I honestly can’t remember any interaction with housekeeping staff, so I assume that it was all good if I did!

Overall Thoughts

I really liked this resort. You could just stay in the resort all week, and you can easily go to other activities along Queensland Sunshine Coast or even the Gold Coast. I would definitely stay here again, but I would also like to see what the accommodation is in the Novotel side of the resort. I would also like to eat at the restaurant so I could give a more complete review of the resort.

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Disclaimer: I worked for the chain that looks after the Twin Waters resort at the time I went on this family holiday. However this has not influenced this post. I have not been paid for this post. All opinions in this post are my own.

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Denim, Pink and Sand

I love going to the beach. The relaxing sound of the waves, the smell of salt in the air, the sand between my toes… even when the temperature is cold, I will still head down to the beach. It makes me feel relaxed and happy.

During my recent trip back to hometown to see my parents, we went for a quick visit to the beach after brunch. It was so nice. My sister and I ran around the beach taking photos whilst my parents sat and relaxed on the sand. It was a really nice afternoon.

I wore a simple but cute and casual outfit this day. I am so in love with my pink dress from Forever New – it fits so nicely and can be dressed up or down. I styled it with my wardrobe staple – my denim/chambray shirt. I lived in this shirt when I travelled around Europe, and I've continued to live in it since I got back! I finished off the look with a printed headband and my cat eye sunglasses. I was wearing some cute pastel kitten heels to brunch, but took them off so I could run around in the sand 🙂

 

Summer Makeup Looks

Summer is here in Australia! Well, with this terrible, cold and stormy weather we are experiencing on the east coast, you would think we’ve gone back to winter! Nonetheless, it’s party season – Christmas parties, end of year functions, weddings, New Years, and plenty of summer BBQs. Trips to the beach/pool/lake/cool water spot are on the agenda as well, so you’ll need to have yourself ready for all these fun events you’ll be attending. Here’s my top 5 summer looks that I’ll be wearing over the summer months:

Beach to Bar

Whatever water spot you visit during the day, you’ll want to keep your makeup light and fresh. BB cream is the best item to use as it also provides sun protection. Just remember that you’ll need to reapply your BB cream or put sunscreen on every couple of hours to ensure your skin is protected against the harsh sun. Waterproof mascara and lip balm are the other other beauty products you’ll need during the day.

Summer Makeup Looks Beach to Bar

When it’s time to head to the bar, use a makeup wipe to refresh you face. Reapply the BBQ cream and some bronzer on your cheeks. Top up your mascara and lightly dust a light shimmery shade on your eyelids. Finish with a coral coloured lip balm to give your pout a pretty glow.

Summer Glow

Celebrate summer with gold and pink! This look is great for weddings or other important functions that start in the day and end later at night. It is best begin by doing your eye makeup so you can prevent eyeshadow from falling on your cheeks and ruining your foundation. Start with your eyebrows and ensure they are tidy and filled in. Use a light brown as a base and cover all of the eyelid area. Use a lighter colour to highlight the brow bone and the inner corner of yr eyes. Use a golden brown in the crease and use a shimmery gold colour in the middle of the lid. Take a darker brown and blend this in from the corner of your eyes and into the crease.

Some eyeliner and mascara will complete the eyes. Wipe away any excess eyeshadow colour that may have fallen on your cheeks. Then apply primer, foundation and concealer. Dust some bronzer on your cheekbones. Make sure that you use a lip liner to line the lips, then apply a gorgeous light pink colour to the lips with a lip brush. Now you’re ready to enjoy whatever function you are attending!

After Dark

A lot of people will be needing to go from their job to after work drinks – whether this is for an end of year function or for catch ups with friends, you still want to look fabulous. Often it’s hard to look fabulous when you’ve been working hard all day. But if you throw together a little makeup kit in your handbag, you’ll be ready to go in 5 minutes!

When getting ready in the morning, apply a light base of primer, foundation and concealer. When you finish work, you’ll need to do a quick touch up of your skin and foundation. Use a coral based blush. Then start your eye makeup. Cover the entire lid with a light brown eyeshadow colour. In the outer corners of your eyes, apply a smal amount of charcoal eyeshadow in a V shape. Next, use a medium brown colour to blend the dark colour in towards the centre of your eye. Put a small amount of medium brown eyeshadow underneath your lower lashes. Dab a small amount of white eyeshadow in the inner corner of your eyes and blend this towards the darker shadow. Use black mascara to finish off the eyes. Apply a nude or almost nude-pink lipstick and you’re ready to go!

Christmas Kisses

When you think of Christmas, you instantly think of red. Going with that theme, red lipstick is a must for Christmas parties. First apply your foundation and concealer to trouble spots. Use a light pink based blush to give your cheeks a lovely fresh look. Keep your eye makeup simple by using a light, neutral colour over the lid. Then use liquid eyeliner on the top lips to give your eyes a nice polished look. Line the eye waterline with black eyeliner. Finish the eyes with black mascara. Don’t forget to tidy brows and fill in with an eyebrow pencil.

To create perfect lips, put some concealer on your lips – this will ensure the red colour doesn’t run. Use a lipliner pencil to draw the outline of your lips, then colour in the middle. Use a brush to apply your lipstick – this ensures the lipstick stays on and you don’t overdo the amount of lipstick required. That means avoiding the embarrassing lipstick on the teeth!

Party Eyes

Whether you’re attending a music festival or it’s New Year’s Eve, you want something fun and a little bit different. And most likely you’ll be keen on the sparkle! If you’re going to be dancing the night away or you’re going to be the centre of many photos, make sure you start with a good base. Prime your skin and use a long wearing foundation. Give your cheeks a pretty pink blush and warm your skin with some bronzer. Use highlighter on the top of your cheekbone.

This is where the fun begins! You can go as dark or as light as you want, or go as sparkle and shimmery as you want! The choices are endless. Don’t forget to add some fake lashes for that amazing look. Finish off the look with some small dimontes placed near the outer corner of your eyes. Your eye makeup will determine your lipstick colour, but it’s the season to be colourful, so I would choose a lovely warm light pink colour.   Which one is your favourite look? What look are you going to try this season?

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Coastal Chills

I think I’m cursed.

Every time I go to the coast it rains.

I live just over 2 hours from Batemans Bay and 3 hrs from Merimbula, both on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. It’s nice to get a little getaway for the weekend to visit family. But it is nice to relax at the beach.

Unfortunately I never get that opportunity. It’s always cold, windy and raining when I visit the coast. That’s why I always pack warm clothes to wear. I still pack my beach clothes in the anyication of a beach day. But unfortunately the weather doesn’t seem to agree with me.

It started raining as we drove down to the family home in Pambula. It poured down all night. And it was windy and cool all day.

This didn’t stop me from visiting the beach… And having an icecream!

I used items out of my Spring Capsul Wardrobe. My Forever New top and jeans are two of my favourite items. They are both super comfy and go with everything in my wardrobe. My Kmart shoes are also my new favs, except it is definitely hard keeping them white and clean!
My scarf has been a favourite in my wardrobe since I bought it about 5 years ago. I can’t believe I’ve had it for so long! But it shows that we you think about purchasing an item you are more likely to love it and match it with other items in your wardrobe. This scarf has been a fantastic addition to my wardrobe.
Speaking of additions, the white blazer is a new addition to my wardrobe. I know… I wasn’t supposed to be buying anything… But I’ve wanted a white blazer for a long time now. Plus it was bought off eBay so I saved a bit of money 😉 I’ve already worn it about 7 times in the last 3 weeks, so I can definitely justify buying it!

Earrings – Forever New | Scarf – Jeans West | Top – Forever New | Blazer – eBay | Jeans – Forever New | Shoes – Kmart

Check out my other post from my trip to the coast: Waterfront Dining at Waterfront Cafe

Ultra Music Festival Outfit Ideas

I have been to many music festivals in Australia. I used to live for them. I went to as many as I could and spent the majority of my money on going to music festivals.

In recent years, there has definitely been a decline in my attendance rate at music festivals. The reason being that 1 – many music festivals have been cancelled, and 2 – my money priorities have been elsewhere.

So I’m pretty stoked that I am going to Ultra Music Festival in Split, Croatia this year. But, as always, I need to figure out what to wear!

Normally, this would be fine, but this time I’m travelling to the other side of the globe to go to a festival. I have to remember that what I take with me needs to be able to be mixed and matched with other items – They also have to be versatile enough to wear for other occasions. And of course, I can’t bring too much because I have luggage weight restrictions.

So I’m generating some ideas of what to wear. Once again, I’ve jumped onto Polyvore and created some cute outfits. Here they are:

 

festival fun

 

The classic festival look for day one: denim shorts, funky bustier crop, canvas shoes and a flower crown.

 

Blue ice

With the festival starting in the afternoon and ending late at night, the day is for chilling out and relaxing. This outfit is good for having a late lunch and loungeing around for the fun begins.

 

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Here’s another classic festival outfit, with a bit of gold bling. The black shorts worn during the day can also be used again – meaning there’s less to pack in my suitcase 😉

 

Summer days

Perfect bright and playful combination for the boat party during the day!

 

Boho chic

It’s super easy to throw these items together and walk out the door. Great for the third day when I will just want something that’s stylish but not too much effort. The hat also means I don’t have to do my hair 😉

 

Pretty in pastel and denim

 

This outfit is similar to one I wore to Future Music Festival earlier this year, but it is also great for exploring the sights and chilling out before the next fun day…

 

Beach party

Ultra Beach Party is a few days after the festival. This kind of outfit means that I can go swimming but still look polished afterwards, and when it cools down at night I can add the fringed kimono for that glamorous look.

 

All of these looks have been based around items I already own, so I can help myself decide on what to wear. It’s good to know that I can make great outfits out of things I already own. Now I just have to decide on what to take overseas and what to leave at home…

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