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A family-friendly Paradise on the Gold Coast

Nestled in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Paradise Resort offers something for all the family.

On warm days, the two water parks, which cater to all ages (one for two- to five-year olds and one for five-years - to 100kgs), are the place to be. Too cold for swimming? Raining outside? The resort boasts both indoor and outdoor playgrounds, which amused our six- and three-year old girls long after they'd dried off. Older kids are also catered for with rock climbing, laser tag and an ice skating rink all located on site.

As evening arrived, we bathed and fed the girls then settled in to enjoy the night's entertainment. If you're visiting, try to catch Nickleby the Magician. His magic and bad balloon animals had the crowd of assembled children in hysterics.

Guests aged up to 12 are entitled to a complimentary four-hour kids club session. Having a few hours off each day to spend some time as a couple made our break. Sessions run from 10am-2pm and 4-8pm with additional paid sessions available outside these times. We knew our kids would be too tired after a big day of swimming to last until 8pm, so Dean and I took the opportunity to have lunch dates during our stay. Should you decide to stay at the resort while the kids are at kids club, Zone 4 Adults offers plenty of entertainment for the grown-ups including blind beer tasting, wine and cheese afternoons and even salsa lessons.

The food at Paradise Resort isn't haute cuisine, but that's not what you're here for. You're here to eat without the stress of shushing your children between each bite. The dining room is noisy, but that comes with the distinct benefit that it's unlikely that your kids will be the ones to make a scene. Colouring books awaited us on our table at dinner and no one batted an eyelid when the Little Sister dribbled rice bubbles down her front at breakfast. Kids eat for $8 at any meal. There are also takeaway options available if your little ones are too tired to sit through dinner.

We stayed in a Resort Room and upgraded to a pool view for a nominal fee. Being close to the water park proved to be an advantage: popping back to the room for a jumper or more sunscreen was easy. We overlooked the larger water park and surprisingly noise wasn't a problem. The water park closes at 5pm and only opens again at 9am, allowing plenty of time for a sleep in. The kid-friendly focus of the resort was obvious in the little touches: a step stashed under the sink for hand washing and being able to adjust the shower without getting drenched yourself.

In short, Paradise Resort lived up to its promise of being heaven for kids and paradise for parents. We loved it so much we've already booked our return trip.

More about Paradise Resort www.paradiseresort.com.au

On her blog, Cooker and a Looker, Amanda Smyth serves up great tucker with a side of farm life. When she's not writing, she's spelling words out loud for her eldest daughter, distracting her youngest from unpacking the dishwasher and helping her husband on the farm all while dreaming of their next escape.

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