Family-Friendly Vaycay at Marriott Surfers Paradise
As you walk into the foyer of the Marriott Surfers Paradise the high ceilings, modern yet elegant decor, and friendly staff put you straight into holiday mode. Ideally located just a short walk from the beach, the canals, and the bars and restaurants of Surfers Paradise and Main Beach. The Marriott Surfers Paradise boasts excellent facilities for families and couples alike — so whether you are looking for a family holiday or an adult escape without the kids — this is the place for you.
The pool area has a lagoon pool and beach housing tropical fish and waterfalls to explore, as well as a heated pool, a waterslide and two spas. Surrounded by tropical palm trees with views out over the Gold Coast’s waterways, the sun loungers and cabanas around both pools are the perfect place to relax and enjoy drinks and snacks from the pool bar.
Family holidays at the Marriott Surfers Paradise don’t mean keeping the kids entertained 24/7. The Marriott Vacation Club based in the Activity Centre means you can enjoy a few hours of kid-free time to finally read a few pages of that book you have been meaning to read, get a massage, or float in the pool without several children clinging to you. The Vacation Club is available to kids from four years and up, seven days a week, and costs $30 for a half-day session which includes morning tea (8am – 1pm). It gets booked up so make sure you reserve a place in advance! There are a range of activities on offer including basketball, board games, treasure hunts, and face painting. If your kids still need wearing out after a day of snorkelling with the fish, there are also tennis courts available for guests to use. Other great activities for the family to do together include the daily fish feeding at 9.30am and the sushi making class for kids ($30 per child).
Dining at the Marriott Surfers Paradise not just family-friendly, but they have gone the extra mile to make your life easy when dining with them. As well as high chairs and a selection of food at the breakfast buffet they have added little extra touches such as plastic cups so your little ones can enjoy a morning OJ without the fear of them smashing a glass. Each of the restaurants and the in-room dining has a children’s’ menu with all the classics. If you have older children the firey entertainment of teppanyaki at Misono is a must. The chefs are hilarious and always get the kids involved catching egg in their mouths and having a singalong. If seafood is more your thing head to Citrique for the seafood buffet — a Gold Coast local favourite.
Things to do
Being in the heart of the Gold Coast means there is no shortage of activities, whatever the weather. Just up the coast you will find SeaWorld, while a short walk down the coast you will find activities such as bowling and mini-golf at HoleyMoley/Strike, there are arcades, indoor skydiving...you name it, you can do it on the Gold Coast. Heading south towards the NSW border you can get up close with local animals at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. If you want to get out on the water there are several options nearby — kayaking, surf lessons, or cruises departing from directly behind the Marriott itself.
For the adults, the onsite fitness centre, Ruby Spa and social hour at the poolside Chapter & Verse bar are all popular pastimes. If you want to treat yourself or celebrate a special occasion, the Marriott High Tea is $42 per person including a glass of bubbles.
Looking for an excuse to take the family away for the weekend? The Marriott Surfers Paradise holds several events throughout the year such as the White Party Long Lunch in the Ballroom, Octoberfest, Melbourne Cup, and the Christmas Carnival. Not to mention all the events in and around Surfers Paradise like the Gold Coast 600 — all north-facing rooms at the Marriott Surfers Paradise have a view of the track and there is the Marriott Meets Motorsports luncheon on the Thursday with David Reynolds and Luke Youlden to kick off the event. For more details on events check out their Facebook page.