I was that woman who walked into the serenity of One Spa at RACV Royal Pines Resort high strung, talking fast, oversharing with a crazy request to ‘rush’ my massage so I could get to the football game. Skip forward 45 minutes precisely and a bell sounded to end one blissful treatment. My tight shoulders and tense toes were back in the land of ‘weekend’ and I was one relaxed mama ready to play with the family.


2 Bedroom Apart_newLucky for our footy-crazed family, the Gold Coast Suns were kicking off an afternoon game so after we checked into the our huge family suite (seriously the kids were playing ‘tag’ it was that big!) we strolled to Metricon Stadium to cheer on the Suns. That in itself was an adventure with a random ant bite taking one kid down and our four year old suddenly losing his will to walk claiming his legs just wouldn’t work. In typical family style our 10-minute walk turned into a half-hour trek!


We topped off a super fun afternoon with dinner at Trattoria Amici restaurant. Locals and travelers write this one down – a winner for a family meal out, and of course for those staying at the hotel their delightful service and family-friendly vibe serves up delicious Italian food (pasta lover’s should feast on the pumpkin and spinach ravioli). Plus the kids (during daylight hours) can wander to the playground and giant jumping pillow to burn off their ice cream desserts!


As hubby headed off on a boys’ surf adventure, I was going in one direction only with kids in tow – to the pool! If you haven’t heard already, the 100-hectare RACV Royal Pines Resort just got a whole lot better with the recent opening of a fabulous multi-million dollar water park. Stack that with the children’s playgrounds and I knew the kids would play happily and I could read the Sunday paper cover to cover without interruption and get a bit of ‘me’ time.







The littlies were entertained for hours via tipping buckets, shooting water cannons and slipping down the slides – even in winter because, remember, kids never feel the cold! They had such a laugh rolling over the pool in the Ozbobbles (those big plastic balls you see that can fit a human inside) and trying to stand up as they flipped and toppled around like hamsters in a spinning wheel.


This holiday haven for families also offers golf, tennis, a football field, a school holiday evening kids club and in addition to the Ozbobbles, you can book Segway tours with the crew at Timeout Adventures.


If only we had more than a weekend to soak up the sun and fun.


Visit www.racv.com.au/royalpines


Keeley O'Connor

Keeley O'Connor  

Keeley has always been a keen entrepreneur and creative and takes great pride in growing her business in parallel with her young family. Keeley started in online publishing with ‘Savvy Mama’ in early 2009 going on to publish print titles over the past decade, including haven, a family lifestyle publication and scout for the Gold Coast holiday-maker more recently. She has grown a vibrant and engaged digital community of followers via her digital and social channels and continues to expand her business with haven creative services // www.havencreative.com.au