When you go on a family holiday so much of the itinerary is tailored around the kids. We put most of our energy into making sure they have a great time. But what about the parents? Why not include some indulgence for us on our family holidays too.
My kids, now 10 and 13, have had a few trips to the Gold Coast and in the past it has been all about them. I always have theme park tickets arranged, sunscreen and bathers packed for days at the beach, but on this trip I decided on something different. A pamper package for mum pre-booked and part of the itinerary.
I came across a company on the Gold Coast that specialises in catering for holiday makers, Ripple Massage, who take the hassle out of pampering by offering an in-room service.
If you are worried about taking time out, finding a massage therapist, getting a car park - a mobile massage is a great option. An in-room mobile massage comes to you in your accommodation and they do all the hard work.
You don’t need a car, or to catch an uber - worry about getting a car park - or rushing back to the family when you are finished. You simply answer the door to a masseuse carrying a mobile massage table.
I opted for the one hour pamper package that included a full body massage, foot soak and hot towel face massage. And I have to say the hot towel face massage was amazing!
My masseuse arrived with everything required to provide an hour of downtime for me - a massage table, speaker to create a calming ambience and plenty of massage oil. Bliss!
With the massage table set up in front of the apartment’s balcony I was able to switch off for an hour, listen to the sounds of the beach crashing on the sand and melt away into the soothing massage as the morning sun shined through the windows.
Whilst my little darlings are the world to me, there should be a balance to your family holiday. Yes the kids are the main priority on a Gold Coast holiday - however parents deserve some down time amongst all the thrill rides, character greetings and trips to the beach.
Have you ever pre-booked a mobile massage as part of your family holiday itinerary?
Itchy Feet Family
*Itchy Feet Family were a guest of Ripple Day Spa and Mobile Massage. For details about the packages they provide visit www.ripplemassage.com.au
Dining out with children can be challenging at times. They like to be entertained and it is so easy to simply place an electronic device in front of them to keep them quiet in a restaurant.
However on a recent dinner out on the Gold Coast I managed to keep the kids entertained with the help of a large wheel of parmesan cheese and a flame thrower!
Salt Meats Cheese is a family owned Italian restaurant on the Gold Coast that every Wednesday night serves up a special pasta dish - cheese wheel pasta.
Apparently a very authentic way of cooking pasta in Italy, the restaurant makes a presentation of the process which had us all fascinated.
A large wheel of parmesan cheese on a presentation table was rolled up to our dining table and a flame throwing butane can used to heat the inside of the cheese to soften it. A bowl of pre-cooked freshly made spaghetti then taken from the hot pan and put into the cheese wheel to be tossed.
As the hot spaghetti jumped around in the cheese wheel the pasta picked up the melted parmesan to flavour the dish. Amazing!
A bit of bacon added on top to finish the dish and cheese wheel carbonara pasta was served! For extra flavour we also tried one tossed in pesto, which was also done on the presentation table in front of us.
As Australians we have a tendency of adding lots of ingredients into our pasta dishes, Salt Meats Cheese dishes were simple yet so full of flavour proving that sometimes less really is more.
Once the cheese wheel presentation was completed the kids also enjoyed the opportunity to return to the simple art of a blank piece of paper as a canvas to draw, which at the end of the meal they proudly pinned to the restaurant wall. Look out for the drawings we tagged @ItchyFeetFamily!
While the adults enjoyed eating the pasta - the kids tucked into freshly made wood-fire oven kid’s meal pizzas - which we followed with a nutella/peanut butter calzone AND a serve of nutella filled donuts. YUM!
The restaurant offered a great vibe for families, when Miss 10 spilled her water all over the table there was plenty of ambience in the restaurant that no-one heard the commotion or even batted an eye lid!
Thankfully there were no electronic devices on the table to be ruined - just a paper canvas that needed to be started over.
Itchy Feet Family
*Itchy Feet Family were guests of Salt Meats Cheese. For more details about the restaurant visit www.saltmeatscheese.com.au
Penny, an avid Trip Advisor Reviewer, is the author of ITCHY FEET FAMILY. A family of 4 living in Adelaide, Australia, and taking every opportunity to travel and explore the world.