Are you looking for a family getaway? Or, do you need some ideas for next school holidays? Then I can say, don’t look further: the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains MGallery by Sofitel is a paradise for families.
By Mireia Garriga Seguranyes
If you don’t have the Blue Mountains on your list as an ultra family friendly destination, you should. And Leura is “the jewel of the Mountains”, also known as “the garden village”.
Like Seana’s family, we don’t always stay in resorts; we choose the accommodation depending on the destination and, of course, on the budget.
In Barcelona, we tend to stay in apartments. For weekend escapes, we love either resorts or caravan parks. And we are dreaming of camping in the near future.
In the past, I was a big fan of the “Intrepid Travel basic packages” when I was travelling solo. I planned my honeymoon with my husband to Seychelles choosing only independent hotels.
And, many years ago, my husband and I had some opportunities of staying in amazing hotels that we will always remember, like Am Konzerthaus Vienna MGallery Hotel by Sofitel (yes, this was before having children!!!).
Therefore, I consider myself a discerning traveller and the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains did not disappoint me, I could not have asked for more.
12 Reasons Families Love The Fairmont
- The resort is a 4.5 star and it is super family-friendly
- The location is unbeatable with gorgeous Jamison Valley views. From the resort, you can go for a hike, if you are a family that loves the outdoors. The Concierge team has maps and information about local tracks accessible from the resort.
- Spacious and comfortable family rooms. The last thing you want is not to have enough room to swing a cat. There were some details that I absolutely loved such as a Nespresso Coffee Machine with complimentary coffee capsules and bathrobes for the adults, besides towels.
- There is a kids club during school holidays with lots of activities to do every day, excluding public holidays.
- There’s a Kidszone with three games rooms.
- One big pool and a perfect little pool for toddlers and young children outside, overlooking the lakes. Towels for the swimming pools area are provided for free.
- A heated indoor pool and spa with impressive high ceilings for the colder months or cloudy days in summer.
- Golf course, tennis courts, gymnasium, daily yoga lessons and running club at the weekends for the active adults.
- Manicured gardens, library, board games, billiards room, cinema sessions and relaxing treatments at ‘Ubika Spa’ for those who need to unwind.
- Several options for breakfast, lunch and dinner inside the resort. The breakfast has one of those buffets that you just want to try everything.
- Free wine tasting sessions during school holidays and happy hour at The Tavern from 5pm to 6pm.
- But the most important feature was that the resort did not look or felt crowded despite being at full capacity during Summer School Holidays. (I hate going on a holiday and have to queue for everything).
We went to the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains with my parents who were over from Spain.
All of us enjoyed the“mini holidays” atFairmont, my daughters had a blast.
Besides the school holiday activities, like the previous year, the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains hosted the Hi-5 summer show in January. Not only my children loved it, but also my mum! They were incredible!
It was a treat for my daughters, particularly, for my eldest who had had surgery on the left hand and so, these school holidays have been a bit “dry” until I found “Bloccs”, a waterproof protector for casts and dressings (Goole it, if you ever need one. It saved our holidays!).
Although the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains doesn’t know yet if they will host again the Hi-5 show next year, fun is guaranteed.
Thanks to its amazing facilities and thanks to the kids’ club activities during school holidays, there is something to do for everyone.
To summarise, the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains offers balance with the perfect setting to relax and a great place to explore.
I saw several families with grandparents, included, like us. Our family would go back here any time with my husband (who had to work this time) or with my parents, if they have the chance to come back to visit us again.
The Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains MGallery by Sofitel: The Details
1 Sublime Point Road
2780 Leura, Australia
Phone number:?+61 2 4785 0000
Facilities and Activities
The Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains facilities and activities are endless. You cannot get bored!
Swimming pools: outdoor pool for adults and little children; deck to sunbake; indoor pool and spa that are open all year. There are change rooms, showers and toilets.
Gymnasium, daily yoga at Misty’s room and tennis courts: the minimum age requirement is 16 years for the gym. Yoga costs only $10 per person and no bookings are required. So, if you feel like sleeping in, enjoy your rest and don’t feel guilty. Furthermore, if you forget your tennis racket and balls, Reception can help you. Just ask.
Leura Golf Course and Golf Simulator: this is the oldest golf course of the Blue Mountains. It has 18 holes with spectacular views of the Jamison Valley. The Leura Golf Course TruGolf Simulator has internationally renowned courses to play. 30 min session is $20 and 60 min is $35.
Beautiful gardens: little children, parents with prams, elder couples or couples looking for a romantic walk, will love to go for a stroll in the gardens. The little ones will enjoy observing the fish and ducks of the lakes. There is even a little waterfall. Also, there is a maze, where kids will have a good time exploring it or playing chasing each other, like my three daughters did.
Elegant library, board games for all ages free of charge available from Reception, and billiards room: the library is a very inviting quiet area. It is certainly a place to relax. Therefore, children need to be supervised. The billiards room has a game of pool, snooker of billiards. Note that billiards room is not available for use by children under the age of 16.
Lara’s of Leura Boutique: it has a selection of gifts like Australian made scented candles and every day items. It has even cozzies in case you forgot yours or quality wool cardigans, if temperature drops in autumn.
Ubika Spa: pamper yourself or book a massage. Holidays are for relaxing, this is what my 6-year-old daughter has been telling me…
Cinema: watch complimentary movies on the big screen in the auditorium. There were sessions in the morning, late afternoon and evening. There were movies for children and also some classics like Forest Gump or Grease.
Other services and activities that the resort offers are: babysitting, Segway tours, running club at the weekends, free cheese and wine tasting.
Only for kids
Kidszone: this area has a room for young children and another one for older ones. Also, there is a mirror maze, a mini bowling alley and a tennis table. The young children can enjoy the ball pit and the jungle gym, and more.
The older ones can explore a giant jungle gym that is designed for 5 to 13 years old. There are also games that are coin operated.
KidzKlub: during school holidays, KidzKlub is a fully supervised activity from 2:30pm to 5:00pm daily, except Public Holidays. The cost was $25 per child from 4 years old to 12 years old. KidzKlub and its dedicated staff also offer free activities too such as Arts and Crafts and mini Master chef.
All the children’s activities have to be booked in advance. My girls went to the Arts and Crafts session. The educator was lovely and there were plenty of materials and resources to use.
Other stuff at extra cost (between $5 and $10): rides include the Fairmont Express Train, the merry-go-round, ride-on-cars and pony rides. My children visited the ponies Buddy and Diego, located at the oval. It was the first time that my daughters went for a pony ride and they loved it, except Miss 2 year old, who wanted to follow her sisters but then she was scared…
Fairmont Resort: Dining and bars
In room dining and happy hour at the Tavern is available every day.
We had breakfast at the Breakfast Buffet Jamison’s Restaurant meanwhile we enjoyed the stunning views of Jamison Valleys. The buffet had a big variety of food from sweet to savoury.
Also, there were plenty of drinks, milk, all sort of coffee and teas, hot chocolate and even you could make your own nutritious juices combining several fruit and veggies.
Jamison’s Restaurant also offers a classic dinner buffet and a seafood dinner buffet.
We had lunch and dinner at Embers Restaurant. The food was delicious and well prized considering that it is a 4.5 star resort.
Kids menu was abundant and it had healthy options, too. As adults, we have more choices, but kids menus tend to offer only chips as a side dish.
Embers Restaurant kids menu not only offers veggies but also fruit salad for dessert. My daughters chose ice cream and brownie, because “they were on holidays” (Miss 4 year old said this to me, the fussy eater of our family).
The Leura Golf Club Bistro is also another place to have lunch or dinner with a clubhouse atmosphere. The range of craft Sydney Brewery beers or regional wines could be a good excuse to go out.
For an intimate dining, the Eucalypt Restaurant offers a modern Australian cuisine menu paired with an extensive wine list.
And, the Sublime Lounge in the lobby is the perfect place for an after dinner drink by the fireplace in winter or a cup of coffee and cake in the afternoon (my father said that he ate one of the best chocolate cakes ever!).
Leura and surrounds
There is so much to do around Leura! Some of the things that we did:
- We went to the Sublime Point Lookout and the Gordon Falls Lookout and Picnic Area. Those are very easy walks suitable for young children (remember always to keep a close eye on them, as some sections are not protected). Also, the walks were not challenging, so older adults like my parents could do them. Leura Cascades is another nice excursion, although we didn’t have time to do this one.
- We ate very well in Bon Ton Bistro and Waygoose Café, both located in the Leura Mall. My 6 year old tried the Dijon escargots and she said that were delicious. She keeps asking to go back to the Blue Mountains to eat escargots in the Bon Ton Bistro! I tried the gazpacho (Spanish traditional cold soup) of the Waygoose Café and I can reassure you that it was nearly as good as the one that I make.
- Finally, did you know that Leura and Katoomba have the best cafes for chocoholics? I saved this information for my next post. But, meanwhile, you might want to do a search of The Blue Mountains Chocolate Company, Josophan’s Chocolate Shop / Café Madeleine, and The Gingerbread House.
Other attractions of the area are the Scenic World, the Everglades Mall, the Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum, the Echo Point Lookout, etc. Check these articles out!
For the majority of families, a good beach cannot beat the mountains in summer. But, if you want a change of scenery, enjoy a much less crowded destination and have tones of fun, don’t think twice.
Go to Leura and discover the Blue Mountains with all that has to offer!!!
Keep in mind the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains MGallery by Sofitel. Cozy in winter with its half-timbered lobby, confortable rooms and the Sublime Lounge café where you can sit next to the fireplace; and, just perfect in summer with its swimming pools and gold course.
Being at a doorstep of the main attractions of the Blue Mountains, the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains is a great choice, specially if you find a good deal to stay in.
I cannot wait to go back to the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains. Did I mention on the article that I did my first yoga class after six years? I couldn’t be happier, yoga with a view, the always-beautiful Blue Mountains.
Leura village is only 100 km from Sydney. Taking the M4, it is around hour and a half by car or nearly two hours by train from Central Station. Leura can be reached by public transport, although car is the easier option when travelling with kids. Leura Rail Station is around the corner from the main street, full of unique shops and cafes.
Blue Mountain Trolley Tours / Explorer Bus is an hourly hop on and hop of service that runs 7 days a week. The bus route consists of 29 stops / locations, including the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains.
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I travelled as a guest of Accor Resorts. I really want to thank the team for the warm welcoming and all the last minute arrangements. They really looked after us during our stay of two days. My parents paid their room and I paid one night accommodation. One night was free. When I visited Am Konzerthaus Vienna MGallery Hotel by Sofitel, my husband and I travelled independently.
Thank you Mireia, our family has only ever spent one night at the Fairmont and didn’t do activities, it was a lovely night but we need to go back for longer. I don’t have fancy the yoga and the elusive relaxing!
Have you stayed at the Fairmont yourself?
If not, would it appeal to your family?
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