Tourist in my Town: Paradise Resort, Surfers Paradise

This Surfers Paradise institution has recently been sold and will change hands in early 2020. This is fabulous news, as we heard the rumour that it may have been going to be demolished to make way for apartments. But the new owner has plans to renovate and refurbish the property instead, which means that we get to keep this little family paradise right on our own doorstep! And it is indeed paradise, especially for the kidlets.

On our two night stay we were barely able to tear our three boys away from the joys of the waterpark to experience the rest of the place. With shows, character meets and greets, dance competitions, ongoing family trivia and other games through the day, as well as two large waterslide areas, a pool, family spa and adults only spa and chillout area, the central waterpark zone is really where it’s at. We basically just slip slop slapped and let the kids run off and play while we lounged around with our books (and maybe a cheeky cocktail or two) and hopped in the pool for a cool off when it got a little warm. Next thing we knew it was dinner time and we were able pile our plates as high as we liked with the delicious outdoor BBQ feast ($25 for adults, $12 for kids – amazing value) and settle in to watch the movie on the inflatable screen.

We availed ourselves of the Kid’s Room on Day 2. Each day of your stay (including check in) you are entitled to four hours of free supervised play in the Kid’s Rooms – 0-3 years and 4-12 years, as well as the addition of a new teen’s club (bookings essential for all). The younger rooms have craft areas, climbing equipment, slides, games, and supervised activities, certainly enough to keep our 4 and 11 year old happily entertained from 4pm to 8pm. You can even order dinner for them to be served in the room for an additional $12 (or lunch for the 10am – 2pm session). With the teenager cheerfully ensconced back in the room with the hotel-supplied Xbox, it was time for some adult trivia, drinkies, live music and dancing on the deck for the parents. Ahh, joy.

Now if I haven’t mentioned the two outdoor playgrounds, fabulous ice skating rink (yep!), the indoor jungle gym, climbing wall, games room, giant chess set, the VR rollercoaster or the gym, it’s only because we barely got time to check them all out! Could the resort’s accommodation have used a good update? Sure. But you’re never in the room except to sleep, and it’s getting done up next year anyway. There’s one big reason that Paradise Resort keeps on winning Best Family Resort in Australia (including in 2019), and that is; kids could spend days and days at this place and be happily entertained the entire time. Special mention goes to the absolutely exceptional service from all of the staff at the facility – it’s clearly a happy, pleasant place to be for guests and the team alike, and the comprehensive continental breakfast included with the room price. An excellent value local staycay that the kids will adore. And the best news is they’re currently having a summer sale, so jump in quickly to nab up to 50% off! Some rooms can start as low as $199.

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