The pressure is off for mums and dads staying at Novotel as the hotel introduces videos to keep the kids wake up slowly and get to sleep fast.
This April, Novotel will release two in-room programs, one for sleep and one for quiet mornings aimed at kids. The hotel brand also has a new nourishing Kids menu across all their Australian hotels.
Novotel has worked closely with brand ambassador and pro-surfer Sally Fitzgibbons to ensure the program is child-friendly, healthy and balanced.
Bound Round’s Meg Scott popped in to Novotel Sydney, in Darling Harbour, to have a peek.
“Sally Fitzgibbons and Rachael Coopes from Playschool have helped launched two videos,” she says. “Your kids can watch them from the TV in your room. The first one is to wake the kids up, get them ready and keep them entertained while you prepare for the day. It is very much like the style of Playschool, getting the kids to make shapes with their body. The other one is a wind-down at night.”
The show-stopper for Meg, was the “amazing” Kids Menu.
“They’re trying to make it easy to enjoy healthy travel with kids,” she says. “Usually when you go to a Kids Menu, it is just nuggets and chips and bolognaise. They’ve still got the bolognaise, but they’ve hidden vegies in it and have added plenty of salad to each serve.”
According to Meg, the biggest hit with the kids was the grilled banana, dipped in toasted coconut and chocolate, and the other fresh fruit.
“You can get it all for room service, or down at the restaurants,” she says of the new menu.
Getting there: Novotel hotels operate across Australia and internationally. For Novotel Sydney, buses from the CBD make for an easy trip to Darling Harbour. The Darling Harbour area itself is serviced by the Light Rail; the nearest stops are Convention Centre and Pyrmont Bay. If your family is a little older, the Novotel is about a 15 minute walk from Town Hall train station.
Playing there: Right in the heart of Sydney, Darling Harbour offers family-friendly delights like the Chinese Friendship Garden, Saturday night fireworks, a huge playground and plenty of options to eat. It is also easy to walk, bus or train to Hyde Park, Town Hall, the Rocks and other family hotspots in the emerald city.