I did a bit of research for our trip to Broome. It pays to when travelling with 2 kids under 5. We originally considered staying at the Pinctada resort after it was written up in ‘Holidays with Kids’ as being family friendly. What a shock we had when we were not able to find a single room on their website configured for a family!
No such problems at Cable Beach Resort and Spa, when we checked into our Pearlers Bungalow. After a 6 hour drive with the kids, it was great to be processed quickly at reception, given a Bungalow easy walking/carrying distance from our car (although the porters were disappointed we didn’t need them) and find a full sized fridge in our kitchen to keep all the little snacks and extra’s my kids love. Could even buy a few iceblocks and keep them in the freezer!
After taking out first stroll through the beautiful and lush tropical grounds, we located the guest laundry and were thrilled to find it had an ice machine for guest use; my kids love munching of cups of ice when it’s hot. We made our way past the family pool which is graduated and the perfect depth for little children and noticed they have turned the old beach volleyball court into a playground. Apparently the inside word from our love babysitter Natalie, is that this whole area is being upgraded this year and will include a water play area too!
Over the ornamental bridges and ponds for a bit of Carp spotting, and then on to the Sunset Bar and Grill for a drink on the deck while the kids run on the grass and watch the Camels wander down to the beach for their evening work out.
The buffet breakfasts each morning (which were included in our package) were delicious, and also enjoyable with the staff being willing to accommodate any of our requests, plenty of highchairs and other families too. After exhausting ourselves on the beach or in the pool each morning, we would grab a milk shake on the boardwalk under frangipanis, and return to our lovely cool A/C bungalow to watch a bit of TV or a movie before the kids had their lunch time sleeps.
Although the food in the resort is lovely we were also thrilled with some of the local haunts walking distance from us too. Old Zoo Cafe was very child friendly with high chairs and colouring sheets, and it was across the road. The corner shop did top fish and chips and burgers, complete with a Put-Put course to test your skill on while you wait. The ribs at the Divers Tavern are tops, and if you are daring the Zee Bar has tapas plates to share, which was a bit of fun for us to try. Of course if it all got too much for the kids we would just cook them something easy in our kitchen and then get a pizza from room service while we watched a (FREE!) in house movie which ran non-stop on 2 separate channels.
My husband had a massage at the Day Spa with a male therapist trained in sports and remedial massage, on one of our days and when I asked him if it was good he said it must have been because he fell asleep. The next day I enjoyed a pedicure by a young lady who also did a top job and I almost fell asleep too!
As with most things, there were a couple of little blips along the way. Our bungalow location meant we fell into house keeping’s roster in the middle of the kids routine day sleep, and so had to make arrangements for our cleaners to come first thing in the morning. They were more than happy to do this, but it required a phone call from me to the manager of housekeeping to make it permanent. Real (espresso, latte or Cappuccino) coffee isn’t part of the Breakfast package, so we had to pay extra, but they were not more than a coffee anywhere else at $4.50 which I was surprised at for being in a resort (I have paid $7 for one in a resort before!). Once, the pizza we ordered from room service looked like it had danced the salsa before it got to us, but it still tasted delicious. And our otherwise well appointed room didn’t have a toaster or DVD player; 2 things that would have come in REALLY handy for the kids. The resort was also much busier than I expected for the ‘wet’ season, so day spa appointments where difficult to get and also a couple of afternoon storms meant that camel rides were also booked out.
All in all, this was by far and away one of the best family holidays we’ve had.
Thanks Cable Beach Resort and Spa!.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The award winning Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa is the only resort overlooking Broome's iconic Cable Beach. Set against the backdrop of the Kimberley outback, the resort offers 231 rooms styled to reflect the Asian and colonial cultures which shape the identity of Broome. The diverse choice of accommodation is complimented by acres of landscaped gardens hosting artefacts from around the world. The interior of the Resort is adorned with an impressive art collection, boasting commissioned works from Australian icons such as Sir Sidney Nolan. Cable Beach Club invites you to indulge in an exclusive romantic retreat or the ultimate family holiday. Couples will enjoy the adults only Ocean Pool, Chahoya Spa by LOccitane, poolside bar, or the culinary excellence of our four restaurants. While families will have hours of fun at the Family Pool, water playground, mini golf and tennis courts. Conferences, incentives, weddings and special events are guaranteed to wow the senses when delivered against the colours of the Kimberley and are celebrated in a range of locations throughout the Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cable Beach Club Hotel Broome
- Cable Beach Club Resort And Spa
- Cable Beach Hotel
- Cable Beach Broome
- Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa Broome, Western Australia