Where are the kid friendly hotels in Surfers Paradise Gold Coast?
Family friendly or rather kid friendly hotels in Surfers Paradise, you'd think they would be a dime a dozen!
This is probably one of the biggest disappointments to me with Surfers Paradise.
There are only two hotels in Surfers Paradise with kids clubs and one in nearby Main Beach.
Paradise Resort has the only full service kids club in my opinon, whilst the other two, Sea World Resort and Marriott Resort and Spa at Surfers Paradise have limited kids club options.
If you are travelling with young children, especially those under 12 years old, and are going to want some time for yourself or your kids need that extra fun only a kids club brings, then I suggest you read on to find out exactly what the options are.
It's that time of the year, when the family friendly resorts seem to make irresistible offers and just like last year, these offers will NOT disappoint.
Paradise Resort likes to offer families with irrestistible offers as well as awesome facilities including the kids club, water park and ice rink. You can check out and compare options here Paradise Resort accommodation options.
And don't worry if you aren't a 2 adult Plus 2 Children family, there are plenty of other combinations and options for just about any style of family! That's another reason I think they are so family friendly.
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As if that wasn't incentive enough, Paradise Resort has been working hard to upgraded their facilities and is even more impressive for families with kids. They now have an ice rink called Planet Chill and a parents zone with a spa! This resort offers amazing value and family friendly facilities right in the heart of Surfers Paradise.
Sea World Resort in Main Beach has some pretty amazing special package deals. "Some run all year, others are just for a short time. Usually there are some packages that include stays in the resort along with entry to Sea World theme park, 2 of the 3 theme parks (Sea World, Movie World or Wet n Wild) or a VIP deal that includes access to all 3 theme parks. They are definitely, family oriented packages. Be sure to check all the terms and conditions.
When you check out the deals, make sure to look for the Red Hot Sales as they often include accomodation plus activities such as Outback Package, Whale Watch or VIP Theme Park Entry Deal at different times of the year.
All the terms and conditions that you need to read are on the website.
Not sure how long these will be on sale. Check out the deals for Sea World package deals.
Other hotels in Surfers entice families to stay, with kid friendly deals, but that is the extent of what they do to look after the kids.
I guess they assume that you will be out at the beach, on tours or visiting local attractions.
And that is partly true, but what if you want the option to have some mum and dad time?
Where can you stay in a hotel and still get some great facilities that cater for the kids?
If you want real kids facilities at your hotel, there really is only one choice in Surfers Paradise and that is Paradise Resort.
The other alternative, is Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa, but it only has limited facilties. At least they have a go!
Other than that, the next best you will get is the kids under 12 eat free deal at Holiday Inn.
Full marks to 4 star (self-rated) Paradise Resort Surfers Paradise with an amazing kids club and kids entertainment zone for babies and toddlers right through to 12 year olds. It gets my top vote as one of the most kid friendly hotels in Surfers Paradise.
This resort underwent a transformation during 2011 with significant redevelopment and refurbishment including a completely new wet play areas tha included 2 waterparks, lagoon pool and spa.
As well as the kids club, the resort has probably the most family friendly room configurations. It reminds me of the european hotels I've stayed in, where they have small rooms off the main bedrom with bunk beds in for the kids. It helps to give parents privacy.
The kids club at Paradise Resort is open every day of the year regardless of whether it is school holidays or not.
Zone 4 Kids club offers 2 supervised sessions daily to keep the kids entertained.
Some packages at Paradise Resort include kids zone sessions in the price.
This whole resort is geared around the kids, with 2 water park areas and lagoon pool plus the 7 room themed entertainment zone (Zone 4 Kids) and lots more.
If you have been to this resport in previous years you will find it significantly upgraded from its previous basic 3½ star version. The new owners Zagames appear to be making changes to bring the resort up to standard and it is certainly worth reconsidering. If you are after a proper kids club with structured activities each day to keep them happy and even motivated to be a part of the kids club then Paradise Resort is your spot! Definitely one of the most kid friendly hotels in Surfers Paradise.
Marriott Surfers Paradise Resort and Spa also has a kids club that caters for children from 3 to 14 years. It is a small facility that has limited resources and space and is on demand only, they don't actually man it daily.
They will run three sessions daily, but you need to give them a few hours notice. There must be 2 or more children booked in. If you have children that are quite different in their ages and therefore their needs, they probably won't have the most enjoyable time.
In the warmer months and with your permission, they may get to go to the fabulous Marriott swimming pools for a play and a swim, but that will be dependent upon circumstances.
We had a similar situation when we attended a conference in a resort in the Sunshine Coast with a similar facility. Our children are 6 years different in age. The older one was bored out of her mind as they catered for the younger one and left the big one to entertain herself with nintendos and other electronic games.
At $45 per 3 hour session, this so called kids club is quite a disappointment for such a large and prestigious hotel. You certainly wouldn't go with the intention of putting your children in the kids club very much. Consider it more to be a child minding service rather than a kids club.
They don't have nearly the same facilities that Paradise Resort has, but I guess at least they try to be one of the kid friendly hotels in Surfers!
There are other options around the Gold Coast and the next closest one is Sea World Resort at Main Beach.
This resort has the advantage of being right next to Sea World theme park and often you can find great deals that incorporate accommodation and activity combinations.
These special deals can involve theme parks such as Sea World, Movie World and Wet n Wild, or activities such as Paradise Country Aussie Farm Tour or the unmissable Australian Outback Spectacular.
Check out Sea World Resort as close by alternative to kid friendly hotels in Surfers Paradise.