Novotel Twin Waters Resort – A Review For Families

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The Sunshine Coast is so popular with Sydney and Melbourne families, and there are all sorts of great places to stay.

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If you like a resort holiday,  then the Novotel Twin Waters Resort might be for you. Here are the main reasons why:

  • It’s literally a five km drive from Sunshine Coast airport
  • The resort is four star and super family-friendly
  • There’s a kids club on site
  • And a golf course too
  • Heaps of watersports on the private lagoons with its cute small beaches
  • And it’s right on Mudjimba beach
  • 48,000 kids stay every year!
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Mini gold at Twin Waters – there’s an 18-hole championship course too.


How do I know all this, I hear you ask?

Aha, well I stayed there a few years ago when my four kids were aged from four – 13 years old. They were all kept amused.

We went when my husband was away and I reckon that any resort that works for a solo mama and four kids is a top spot.


I went to Twin Waters again last week and had the chance to look around all the rooms and check out all the facilities and take photos.

Our family would go back here any time. And hopefully, it’ll be a case of third time lucky: I WILL get to the spa.

The Novotel Twin Waters Resort celebrated its 25th anniversary in December 2016. Here’s all the info you need to plan a stay there.

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The beautiful Overwater Lagoon Suites at sunset. There are four suites in each of these blocks.


Novotel Twin Waters Resort – The Rooms and Apartments

NB Novotels always offer great deal for families. Accommodation and breakfast are free for two children under 16 years sharing a room with parents. You can always book a second roo, at 50% off. Always worth calling the resort to chat through your family’s needs.

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Resort Rooms

Have one queen or two double bed.  for two adults and two children maximum.

Tip – book a room on the ground floor so that the kids can run straight out to play on the grass, take balls for them to kick around too.

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This is one of the suite rooms

One and Two Bedroom Suites

There’s more space in these suites with each having a lounge room, mini-kitchenette wth microwave plus a private patio or balcony.

One bedroom suite has one king bed or two king singles, plus sofa bed in living room. Sleeps three adults or two adults and two children maximum.

Two bedroom suites comprise the one bedroom suite plus an adjoining room with a double and a single bed. Sleeps five adults or two adults and three children.


Overwater Lagoon Suite

The Queen had one of these when she stayed!  These are huge suites with bedroom with king sized bed, humungous bathroom with spa bath and separate shower. The living room has a double sofa bed and private verandah. Maximum three adults.


Larger apartment options

If you need more space, have a think about the Grand Mercure Apartments at Twin Waters. These are right beside the lagoon and guests can use all the Novotel Twin Waters Resort facilities.

I stayed with the kids in a very spacious three-bedroom apartment and we walked over to the resort for breakfast and to play and use the facilities every day.

dinner at Twin waters

Eating and Drinking

Aqua Lounge and Bar

I’m starting with my favourite, Aqua has a spacious feel and spacious outdoor areas where you can sip a wine and eat a meal looking over the hotel pool and the lagoon. Whilst keeping the kids in order.

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My kids and I loved the relaxed vibe of Aqua.

Nouveau Restaurant

This is a large restaurant serving a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cuisine is international and there are themed evening buffets, look out for the Queensland Seafood Extravaganza at weekends.


Grabit and Go

This is the resort’s takeaway venue serving pizzas, burgers and other family-friendly food.


The Deli Cafe

This is a coffee shop and cafe serving sandwiches and coffees, plus essential items like toiletries and sunscreen. There’s also a bottle shop and a gift store alongside.


Resort Shop – Go Girl

No need to panic is you forget your cossie, the resort shop sells plenty, plus all sorts of resort wear and kids toys.


Novotel Twin Waters Resort – The Kids Club

I’ve written a whole post on this with lots of photos:

Kidz Zone The Kids Club at Novotel Twin Waters Resort


Kayaking around the lake

Resort Activities

Free activities

  • Splash in the resort’s pool and spa
  • Bike hire, it’s fun to ride around the lagoon
  • Watersports on the lagoon like sailing and kayaking
  • Surf and splash at Mudjimba beach
Emily from Have A Laugh On Me at Mudjimba Beach – I adore this shot!
Emily and I loved getting wet!
An even bigger water park will be available soon.

And pay a little extra for:

  • 18 hole golf course
  • Pampering at the Lagoon Day Spa
  • Huge water park with giant inflatables
  • Segway tours and laser skirmish games and a high ropes course with Xperiences



Getting There and Getting Around

From Sunshine Coast Airport, I have always caught a cab the short ride to the resort.  When I stayed with my kids we didn’t venture too far and took buses and cabs when we did. But we were mainly having a resort holiday and there was plenty to keep us busy.

But if you’re keen to explore the many family-friendly places to go and things to do on the Sunshine Coast, then definitely recommend renting a car.

You could always have a few days just spent at the resort and then a few days getting out and about with a car.


Read more

You can look at the Resort’s own website here.

Kidz Zone The Kids Club at Novotel Twin Waters Resort


How to book

Check rates and availability on here.

Catch up with daily activities and events on the Facebook page.


Ah, take me back… I do love a resort with plenty going on for both the kids and myself, plus good options for 100% relaxation as well.

When shall we go there?

Happy holiday planning.


More Sunshine Coast posts here

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Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World

Things To Do With Kids on the Sunshine Coast


I travelled recently as a guest of Accor Resorts, many thanks to the team for looking after us so well.  When I visited with my kids we travelled independently.  This post contains some affiliate links.

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What a lucky gang: L-R Emily from Have a Laugh On Me; Ginni Post Media relations Manager with Accor; Warwick Kahl GM of Twin Waters; Ashley Cameron  Commissioning Editor Take Five; Rachel Smith Director of Sales and Marketing; myself, Elaine Phelan News Editor at Leader Community Newspapers; Kristy Schofield Marketing Executive at Twin Waters.


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  1. I have lived in Noosa (about 30 mins way) for seven years and had never been to Twin Waters. But my son’s high school leavers formal was there last weekend and we loved taking photos in the beautiful gardens.

    I am quite keen to stay because I love blow up inflatable water fun. Great for the whole family and glad to see you got into it even though you were childfree! It’s quite a good work out I think 🙂

    1. says: Seana Smith

      It’s a great workout Annabel! The kayaking was fun too and really that beach right by the resort is a stunner. I’d love to walk the whole beach one sunny morning.

  2. says: Melanie

    We love Novotel Twin Waters!! I took my two boys there in the september school holidays last year for two nights and promptly extended it. I then returned with my husband as well to show him in december – he loves it too. We have rebooked for this december – HOORAY! Cannot wait!
    We love to swim in the lake (the trampoline is so fun) and pool. We haven’t explored the beach much (this trip!) but we do love driving up to Noosa, swimming there and having a wonderful lunch or dinner.
    We drive from Sydney – while it is a long haul we have so many wonderful places that we pop in and visit on the way. It gives us a longer holiday too.

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