An oasis of peace, tranquillity and an amazing sanctuary awaits at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort on the Gold Coast. If you would like to give Broadbeach or Surfers Paradise a bit of a break, then book and stay at this amazing resort in Palm Meadows. It is ideal if you can stay a few nights, yet even one night will be magical.
I booked a package to stay here on New Year's Eve. This was just before I bit the bullet and re-located to Melbourne initially. I had just broken up with my boyfriend at the time. I know this is personal, yet I was guided to stay at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort for the perfect New Year's Eve escape.
I was pleasantly surprised. I got dropped off from Coolangatta airport, and I was welcomed into this hotel by the most friendly staff you will come across while staying on the Gold Coast. I was going to book into the Royal Pines Resort nearby, yet choosing the Mercure Gold Coast Resort on this occasion was a decision well made.
For starters and for no apparent reason (maybe the staff had shared my pain with my recent loss, albeit a blessing in disguise) came an automatic room upgrade. I initially booked a standard room with a buffet breakfast package, yet I was now upgraded to a room twice the size of the original room I chose to stay in. Sometimes when you travel you find ways to be cost effective while staying at a 5-star hotel.
The view of the Palm Meadows Golf Course from my resort room.
I was escorted to my room by a porter driving a buggy like car - similar to those little buggy cars that you sometimes see at golf courses and at certain tennis events. I had to go up a couple of flights of stairs and found paradise. This room was slightly bigger than the apartment I was staying at in Sydney (just before moving to Melbourne initially) at the time. Wow. My excitement could not be contained internally any longer. I had to call my family and some of my friends and let them know the good news. I got to choose which bed I wanted to sleep in and which bathroom I wanted to use. I swapped it around for the couple of nights I stayed here. If I had known that an upgrade was coming, I would have stayed longer. Foresight would be a good thing.
The entrance to Chelo's restaurant. Amazing food awaits regardless of the time of day.
From my room, impeccable views of the on site golf course and the trees were enjoyed. As the person at the check in desk said to me "it must be your lucky day" as I was so excited having also been upgraded to business class on the flight up.
The restaurant was my source of nourishment as I chose not to leave the hotel. I wasn't in the mood to explore the Gold Coast on this occasion. I had done that before. Watching TV, reading books and playing golf was magic. Otherwise there are plenty of things to do, and outdoor chess was one of them. Magic.
The host at Chelo's restaurant realised that I was spending New Year's Eve on this occasion alone and they were caring and accommodating. The roast was divine, and it was great to enjoy some fresh danishes mixed with bacon, eggs, mushrooms and chipolatas on my dish come breakfast time. That is what you do when you're on holidays, you pig out.
You have many of the top Gold Coast attractions nearby and are only a short bus ride away. The bus stops right outside the hotel lobby. You're close to the theme parks, such as Dreamworld and Seaworld. For those who are staying at 'the Goldie' on business, you're not too far away from the Gold Coast Convention or Exhibition Centre and from Bond University. The hotel is also only a 10-minute drive from the top Gold Coast football stadium, especially the home ground for the Gold Coast Titans in the NRL. A great resort for families, couples and individuals to stay at. It certainly doesn't feel like you're staying at a hotel up here.
This is paradise.
A game of chess, anyone? It would be great, and in the sun too.