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by Katherine Eva (subscribe)
Katherine Eva is a Freelance Writer on the look-out for top adventure spots.
Published March 25th 2019
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It's my one hundredth (two hundredth?) trip to the Gold Coast – yes, I love it, and this time my friend and I are staying at the Mantra Crown Towers Resort in Surfers Paradise. On recent escapes to "the Goldie", I've fallen into the routine of booking accommodation near Coolangatta Airport to minimise commuting time. But after a break of about four years, I'm thinking that Surfers Paradise, 30 kilometres north of where you fly in, deserves a re-visit. My interest in this tourist "paradise" is especially keen right now because the G-Link - Helensvale to South Broadbeach light rail system was finished in 2017 - so getting around will be easier than ever. And just as importantly, since Mantra took over in 2006, there's been ongoing makeovers to my favourite resort in Surfers, the Crown Towers. I'm excited to see how this property, where I've spent a few happy reunion/birthday weekends, is currently looking - and to show my friend just why I think it's got something for everyone...

on the plane, journey begins
We're off, Gold Coast here we come!

Now, coupled with some valuable insights from my buddy, Laura ("Hello", from above left), here's my up to date take on Mantra Crown Towers' Top 4 Features:

1. Accessibility. If feeling central and connected is important to you, then this resort is great. The property, only 100 metres from the beach, actually sits at the northern end of Surfers Paradise. In the past the location could feel slightly far from the downtown action - yet definitely quiet and peaceful. Now however there's a light rail stop in Cypress Ave, a mere 50 metres away. So exploring the shops, bars and restaurants of Cavill Avenue in the heart of Surfers, or even further south to Broadbeach – home to Pacific Fair shopping mall, is so much easier. No more mucking around in traffic with cabs or buses. In 11 minutes you can disembark at Broadbeach North Station and be dining at the cool nightspot Koi. Or enjoy views over the CBD with the locals at the Island Rooftop Bar, (a five minute trip to Surfers Paradise Station). The service also runs every 15 minutes or every seven and a half minutes in peak time.

Now if you're allergic to walking and still want a night out, don't worry: you don't even need to leave the resort ... See the next point...

Cypress Ave Light Rail stop, Gold Coast Light Rail, Mantra Crown Towers, Surfers Paradise Beach Accommodation
Beach just 100m away, light rail stop even closer...

2. Changmai Restaurant! This traditional Thai dining spot is attached to the resort and has been a part of the Crown property for over thirty years. It still rates as my favourite dinner place on The Coast. Directly poolside, and decorated with fairy lights and Thai wooden furniture, the atmosphere wins you over even before that first bite of fish cake. I've visited this restaurant on many a Goldie trip, even when I wasn't a guest of the resort. The prices are reasonable too: Green Curry Chicken - $25, BYO cover charge - $2.50 per person (it's licensed too). Fresh, crunchy vegetables and an efficient booking system always result in a great night out. (Insider Tip: book early to secure your own poolside elephant-hut). A wonderful dining experience can then be topped off by a Mexican nightcap at the understated Stingray Loungeif you can muster say, a 15 metre stroll across the road.

Chiangmai Thai Surfers Paradise, Chicken Satay Entree
You'll feel like you're in Thailand - generous portions too!

3. Swimming pool heaven. Enough raving about the poolside restaurant, now let's get to the pool… I mean pools! Here's some insight from Laura, mother to two little ones: "the heated indoor pool is great because it's open until 8pm so when the kids are good you can reward them with an after-dinner dip…And the pirate ship and slippery slide in the kid's pool has enough fun stuff to keep kids busy all day". I'd add that the lagoon pool is large enough for a proper workout, and you can even take a break under the "jaws waterfall" (see below...). It's obvious that Mantra is working hard to keep the swimming areas looking clean and fresh: lazing by the lagoon Laura and I agree that the water is so clear and aqua and the sand so white, that we could take photos and convince everyone that we went to Fiji.

Mantra Crown Towers Pools, Pool Bridge, Jaws Waterfall
Enjoy your lagoon pool swim, but watch out for jaws..

4. Luxuriously Renovated Rooms – After a day of swimming it's important to have a restful space to return to. Well as soon as our apartment door opens I see that the ongoing refurbishments keep raising accommodation standards – our two-bedroom suite on the 29th floor is much better than we expect. Laura, who loves renovating and modern interior designs says "the white marble flooring and monochrome furniture lets the blue ocean views be the centre point". I must agree, and we can't stop gazing at the sea from the balcony and in fact from every window. Our apartment has everything you need for a short or long stay and would suit a family too. With a modern kitchen, two flat screen TVs, Foxtel and a large balcony, the temptation is to just stay in, relax and enjoy the apartment. They also have one, two and three-bedroom options...
mantra crown towers balcony, ocean view room,
Our 2 bedroom ocean view apartment

Speaking of luxurious rooms, I'm already planning my next Goldie escape and am thinking it's time for a new routine. How about: 1. Check into Mantra Crown Towers Surfers Paradise 2. Swim in the pools all day 3. Dinner at Chiangmai 4. Foxtel movies in bed? Sounds perfect. Oh, but I still need to check out the many other resort features like the Calmer Therapies day spa, gym, room service...

I'll get back to you...
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