The term “family friendly” instils fear into the heart of the best parents, for the simple reason that family friendly generally means grown-up unfriendly. Play centres, themed restaurants and – yes – holiday resorts with a child-focused slant are generally regarded with suspicion by discerning adults looking for peace, relaxation and pleasant surroundings.
Proving that for every rule there is an exception, Mandalay Resort in Busselton can happily lay claim to appealing to both children, grown-ups – and everyone in between.
Boasting three large adventure playgrounds, a huge playing field for impromptu communal games of cricket and footie, and a giant jumping pillow that sees children and grown-ups jostling for bouncing space, Mandalay is the ultimate family getaway. The resort, just a stone’s throw from tranquil Geographe Bay, also has three pools, including an outdoor one that is solar heated and an indoor pool with its own beach and shallow waters, ideal for little swimmers. This pool is also heated, so the whole family can splash around even when the weather’s not summer perfect.
With the outdoor pool comes a massive, multi-coloured waterslide that’s open for most of the day. If you’re looking for a way to wear your children out while you relax in the sunshine, this has got to be it.
Mandalay offers a range of high-quality, contemporary accommodation, as well as caravan and camping sites. With two-storey apartment-style luxury space villas, beach cottages, superior spa chalets and studio cabins to choose from, there’s something for absolutely everyone. The accommodation has been recently renovated, and is lovely, with everything you need for a self-contained stay, including a modern kitchen and bathroom, TVs, air-conditioning, heating, and gorgeous little verandahs to sit and watch the kids play as the sun sets.
There’s so much to love about Mandalay Resort. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, with the kids forming long-lasting friendships as they scoot around the safe little streets, and the parents bond over the many barbecues dotted around the resort.
There’s a tranquillity that almost seems to be from a forgotten age of simpler times, which is only improved by the arrival of a food truck selling French pastries on weekend mornings. Heralding her arrival with the ringing of a bell, the guests gather on the lawn to enjoy croissants and waffles, as another truck arrives to deliver the much-needed coffee.
This is family-friendly holidaying at its very, very best. Immaculate accommodation in a picture-perfect setting, with coffee and croissants delivered to your door. Priceless.