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Published December 19th 2012
We wanted somewhere affordable, yet still 4-5 stars which would also cater for our young children to spend a few relaxing days with child-free friends. On our list when searching for a place to stay was somewhere which offered a buffet breakfast and multiple dining and entertainment options, but close enough to a variety of outside dining options, should we feel the need to take a wander up the street. A tall order for most hotels and resorts, but one which was easily met by Turtle Beach Resort in Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast.
Checking in was effortless. Although we had arrived after the office had closed, a security guard were waiting for us with a smile and an envelop with easy instructions to navigate the carparking and resort maze.
We opted for a one bedroom apartment, fully equipped with kitchen and laundry with everything you'd need. Larger apartments and hotel style rooms are also available.
They have made the best of every inch of the resort with tiny spaces seating and quiet spots begging you to bring a book and relax. BBQs are dotted around the tropical gardens, a fun put-put course winds around the resort tennis course and six pools ensure that there is a calm cool spot to unwind.
There is an adult only pool includes a lap pool and BBQ area, for times when the small ones are either in the kids club enjoying the crafts arts and activities on offer; or for those who don't have children and want to relax away from the frenzy of the other pools.
Only one block from the beach, meant we could walk along the near deserted beach in the mornings, come back to the gorgeous bakery outside the resort and munch of crispy croissants and good coffee before facing the day or laying around and relaxing.
The resort boasts a small air-conditioned cinema which operates four times a day with PG and G rated films, with an MA one later in the evening on some days. Turtle Club is a kids club jam packed with exciting activities such as bead making, T-shirt painting and craft activities. It would be mainly aimed at the younger set, 18 months through to 7 years old, but they do host disco parties and movie nights on the weekends which would appeal to older kids. There are also two spring-less trampolines for kids to expend their energy.
Their signature woodfire pizzas were gorgeous as we relaxed on the veranda overlooking three of the pools. Kids could be seated comfortably in the cinema next door or in the pool while the adults shared cocktails and pizza. All meals and snacks are available from the cafe at the front of the resort, with a well stocked mini supermarket beside it. Across the road is a small shopping strip with an excellent fruit and vegetable shop, fast food options, a few good restaurants and a bottle shop. The resort offers a range of pick up options for theme park and other Gold Coast attractions and there is a local bus stop outside, should you wish to leave the car behind for the day.
Parking is secure underneath the resort in a maze like car-parking lock up. There are no lifts which can be an issue if you have a lot of luggage. Security is a big focus in the resort, with so many young children wandering around between activities. Every door and gate requires a swipe of a security card, which takes some getting used to. Parties in rooms are not permitted but there are plenty of places to take your enjoyment.
Turtle Beach Resort offers a safe affordable environment for families, quiet and relaxed spaces for couples and groups of adults whilst maintaining a high quality level of comfort and facilities.