Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Kids Paradise

#31 Review a Hotel

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Regardless of where you live, a trip to the Gold Coast is a holiday worthy of enjoying. Holidaying with children puts parents in a conundrum – trying to please the parents tastes and needs for a break without staying in a place which is either very pricy or unsuitable for children. Paradise Resort have tipped the balance in favour of the children; without leaving parents empty handed.

Our family stayed in a poolside Bunkhouse. One of the best laid out hotel rooms I’d ever stayed in - with a bunkbed separating an area from the parents. Set up with a playstation and DVD, drawers underneath and the to the side of the bed and a huge blackboard on one wall for artistic explorations; this was a space that children would never want to leave. However – the rest of the resort is packed with activities and areas which literally is a childrens funhouse. The kids club has recently undergone a million dollar facelift. Each room has themed areas – Egyptian Pyramids, pirate ships, Space ships, Roman temples, go carting area all with little activities, games and things to explore. The staff were not only abundant - but friendly and related to the kids really well. Our children didn't want to come back to us -they wanted to stay and play – and I don't blame them one bit. Most room packages include at least one session with the kids club for free. There are two separate areas – under 3s and 3 to 12 year olds with qualified staff looking after meals and activities from 8.30 am till 8.30 pm.

After dragging the children away from the pyramids, we spent an afternoon all four pools racing between the slides and spa pool areas A major theme throughout the resort is geckos – so don’t be alarmed by the multitude of small and giant ones in the most unusual areas. The pools were very popular – even in min winter – being heated to a delightful 26 degrees.

Parents are well catered for with sport channels in the casual bar area, a day spa offering massage and beauty treatments and a selection of coffee shop and café for snacking and meal all day. Breakfast and dinner are a well laid out smorgasboard with parents charged $20 a head and kids eating for $5 a head.

With the children secure and happy in kids club, my husband and I went out of the resort for dinner a romantic walk along the moonlight beach, went out for a leisurely breakfast together and later that day wandered the Gold Coast Promenade and went shopping, stopping only for a leisurely lunch and people watched. We knew the kids were having a blast and well looked after. It really was a holiday for us - and for them and one that I will defiantly be repeating.

Normal hotel rooms start at $100 a night, Junior Bunkrooms start at $190. For more info head over to Paradise Resort in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast.