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Mercure Resort in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast

Holidays with Toddlers. Are They Worth the Effort?

Mercure Resort, Surfers ParadiseMy husband considered a family holiday “just too hard!” Traveling with a 20 month old baby (and a ten year old) is not easy. However, we started by defining the elements that would make it a good holiday for all of us. We compromised to arrive at the following criteria: good weather, short plane trip, swimming pool, playground, 2-room accommodation, kids club, local attractions

We chose Mercure Resort in Surfers Paradise. So how did it stack up?

The Gecko’s Kids’ Club was free and a moderate hit with our ten year old. It seemed more suited to 6-8 years olds but she made some good friends and enjoyed evening sessions.

Junior Gecko’s was $25 per session and was a huge hit with our 20 month old. She didn’t want to leave and had a fantastic time - well worth every cent.

The extra room in the resort family suite worked beautifully. We paid a bit extra but it allowed our baby to maintain her usual sleep routines, which made life easier for all of us. The rooms are a bit old but quite comfortable. Next time we’d request a room overlooking the pool so we could supervise the ten year old while the baby was sleeping.

The kids’ pool was too deep for our 20 month old to toddle around in. Ideally, a resort that caters so well for children would have a proper toddler’s pool with a beach entry. I noticed there were a lot of toddlers at the resort so this would be a great improvement. Of course she loved the adventure playground and the junior gecko club so we’ll forgive them for the toddler pool.

I would highly recommend this resort to families and would definitely go there again.

Kim Patterson



Kings on the Gold Coast - Mercure Resort in Surfers Paradise

I decided that we needed a holiday for the Christmas Holidays in 2004, so I got online, read heaps of stories Mecure Resort in Surfers Paradiseand reviews, checked out all the kid friendly resort websites and decided on the Mercure Resort in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. What an excellent choice. I secured a great deal online and was able to pay the holiday off through out the year. We drove down from our home in Central Highlands in Queensland with our four children Brianna 8, Makayla 6, Allanah 2 and Melissa 2 ½ weeks. (I booked in January and discovered I was pregnant in February.) My older two girls loved the kids club, the activities were really cool and excellent, or so I’m told. The Day Care Centre was so convenient and the staff seemed really lovely. The pool and playground were terrific. We organized and booked a trip to Sea World through the Discovery Desk and traveled there and back on the Corelia bus. Our bus driver was quick witted and courteous and promptly on time. All staff at the resort were excellent, nothing was too much trouble. Dining was awesome. We had a different menu each night and a selection for even the most fussiest of eaters. The girls all stayed, played and ate free. Our rooms very tidy and well maintained. The resort was full of other families from all over the world, and my girls made plenty of friends. The day activities were great fun. Friday night’s BBQ by the pool and entertainment was fabulous, really, really great. The beach is only a short stroll away and there is a bus stop right outside the resort that will get you almost everywhere you want to go. I wouldn’t call this a relaxing holiday as there was just so much to do, but it was certainly a refreshing and fun family break. We are going back in 2006 and I can’t wait. I highly recommend it to active families. I can’t say enough great things about it. We loved it, my husband was very impressed with the holiday I organized, but probably mostly due to the fact there were so many top quality Golf Courses close by.

Dee King



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