Our family decided to book a quick 5 day break to the Gold Coast. Our children are 7 and 9 and were keen to experience the 'Gold Coast Theme Parks'. My husband and I wanted a more relaxing break and thought the theme parks would be very busy and very confusing. (Turns out they are a bit busy, but they are also heaps of fun!!) Initially, we considered booking a typical family resort with Water Parks, Kids Club, etc. but realized that they did not suit our needs very well. We wanted to spend our time together as a family! I searched Trip Advisor, Gold Coast Family, and Xanadu came up as the #1 family resort on the Gold Coast. I contacted Xanadu directly, and decided that it would be a good fit for our family's needs. (At the time of booking, I did not realize just how wonderful this resort would be, and did not realize how much it would exceed our expectations!)
When we arrived, we were given an apartment on the 23rd floor, East Tower. WOW!!! We walked into the apartment, and were completely stunned. The view was just amazing - so beautiful! It was complete bliss! We looked directly outside to the sunshine and the water. When we opened the windows, we could hear the waves and feel the lovely sea breeze. As we explored, we found that there were two bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, living, dining rooms and a laundry with washer and dryer!! The apartment was bright, clean and spacious and felt like 'home' immediately. Everyone was very happy and very excited. (We were so comfortable, we wanted to stay in the apartment!)
We found that Xanadu is a perfect family resort. We went to all the theme parks, and would then come back to our own little paradise. We were able to balance the hectic, with the calm, and that kept everyone happy. Xanadu has both indoor and outdoor pools. Our children went swimming in each once; but, they preferred to head down to the beach which is a few minutes away. (I think they enjoyed stopping for a treat on the way back!) Nearby, there is Tedder Ave which has several good family restaurants, bakery, grocery shops, etc.
Xanadu Family Resort is located quite close to SeaWorld. So, we went there two mornings (before it was too busy and too hot) and then spent the afternoons on the beach. Wet and Wild and MovieWorld are further away, and we went there for full days instead. (The children had so much fun at Wet and Wild, we went twice.) If you have a family, I would recommend renting a car as it give you flexibility to get around without having to wait for buses. It is easy to get around the Gold Coast by car and Xanadu Family Resort offers free, secure, underground parking.
The staff at Xanadu was also just wonderful! Everyone was kind, friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating, flexible and helpful - especially Bec and Anne. They were able to recommend car rentals, shopping, restaurants, activities, etc. We mentioned that we were planning on going to the Surfers Paradise Night Market. Anne suggested that rather than taking our car and worrying about parking, we could just walk along the beach and take a taxi back. It was a great suggestion, and a safe, lovely walk at dusk. The next day, Ann was interested to know how we found the markets. And, both Anne and Bec were interested to see the bracelet my daughter had proudly got as a souvenir.
Our one disappointment was that we did not book the trip for a few days longer. We did not want to leave at all! We had a wonderful time on the Gold Coast, and had a great stay at Xanadu Family Resort. It could not have been better. Thank you .... Look out, we will be back! Cheers!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Xanadu Resort is a beachside highrise apartment resort located at the northern end of the Gold Coast. We have a wide selection of uniquely decorated and furnished very large one and two bedroom two bathroom apartments (three per floor) - 140 square meters. Our resort facilities include swimming pools, tennis courts, sauna, spa pools, free car parking and free in-room WiFi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Xanadu Holiday Hotel Main Beach
- Xanadu Holiday Resort Australia/Gold Coast