A WELCOME RECHARGE: You’ve earned a break at the Palm Springs Resort


Twenty-thirteen was a particularly busy year and at the end of it, I decided to make the most of our holiday and take my boys away for a week. Being part of a caravan club and having stayed at Palm Springs Resort two years before, our destination was set.

Palm Springs Resort, situated on the banks of the Umlele River and close to Kidd’s Beach on the Sunshine Coast, offers a relaxed family atmosphere, guaranteed to lift the weight from your shoulders.

The resort offers a choice of deluxe three bedroom units with sea and lagoon views, luxury three bedroom units, rustic family chalets and open plan cabanas – all self catering, caravan and camping sites with three clean ablution blocks, scullery and laundry facilities. There is also a playground and a games room equipped with a pool table, table tennis and DSTV to keep you and your kids entertained.

With our caravan set up, we took a stroll along the lagoon with our fishing rods in the hopes of catching the big one (no such luck). Later, we visited two fellow club member families, and while the adults looked after the braai, the kids played in the river having a great time in this safe setting. Our days were spent exploring the beach, swimming in the lagoon and relaxing with a board game.

For anyone looking to spend an afternoon playing bowls, the Kidd’s Beach Bows Club is always happy to welcome visitors and the Kidd’s Beach Tea Room will give you a welcome break from preparing meals. You can even enjoy the local Parkrun which is hosted on a farm close to the Palm Springs Resort at 8am every Saturday.

Above all, we found the shop at the resort had most of what we needed for our stay while the other Kidd’s Beach shops offered other essentials. However, no stay at Palm Springs Resort is complete without a trip to East London to visit the Hemingway’s Mall, Friesland Milkshakes and Windmill Roadhouse.

Something new for the kids was the Xtreme Golf and Alien Zone Laser Games located at the impressive Beacon Bay Crossings Centre – we spent an awesome afternoon there! That evening, we treated ourselves to a good, old fashioned, country hospitality dinner at Umnenga Lodge.

After celebrating New Year’s Eve and a few more days basking in the sun, our break away was over. Palm Springs Resort is ideally situated and highly recommended for a stress-free weekend away or during the school holidays. For more information or to make a booking, visit www.palmspringsresort.co.za or contact them on 043 781 1901.