My son has been complaining lately that we never go on holidays. We are surrounded by families who make a point of travelling at least once a year to an amazing location and enjoying some real family time together, away from the daily grind of work and school and homework.
I tried to explain that we just don’t have time or money for a big family holiday. I felt really slack. Whenever he asks why we never go away, I usually just say, “Maybe one day…”
My husband and I have talked about doing weekend trips instead. After all, we live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Why not explore it a little? But there never seems to be enough time in the day to do it properly.
Then, I heard about the Novotel’s ‘stay-cation’.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Novotel. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100 per cent authentic and written in their own words.
A stay-cation is when it’s not always possible logistically or financially to take the family on holiday. So why not have a holiday at home? Whether its school holidays or a weekend, kids adore going to a hotel. And so do parents.
There’s room service, movies and restaurants with buffet breakfast…and it’s not home. For mums, your room gets cleaned, there’s no washing up and meals are prepared. You also have the opportunity to do things in your own town or city that you otherwise wouldn’t do.
The Novotel offers family packages for weekends away, organising plenty of entertainment for the children (with family passes to some amazing local attractions) and opportunities to unwind for the parents while creating new family memories.
We chose to stay right in the heart of Darling Harbour, at the Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour.
It didn’t matter that we were only a 40 minute drive from home. Staying at the hotel just felt amazing. We immediately switched into holiday mode and spent every single second of our weekend having the most fun we’ve had in a while. I was freed from the constant cooking and cleaning merry-go-round I face at home and the kids were so happy to have our undivided attention. It was all about what we were going to do next.