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Published September 28th 2014
Ahhh, Now Relax
If you are looking for somewhere to stay on the Gold Coast that offers all you could wish for in a luxury spa break, but that doesn't cost the earth, then Outrigger Resort Surfers Paradise, may be exactly what you are looking for.
I stayed there recently for a night of well earned relaxation and pampering, and although I actually live on the Gold Coast when a hotel is really good, it doesn't really matter where it is to feel like a real break. I just wish my stay had been for longer.
I do like B&B's, hostels and holiday apartments, I have stayed in many throughout my travels in Australia, but there is just nothing like walking into a huge luxury reception of a hotel to give you that feeling of being away from the demands and stresses of home. For me, the reception is the face of the place, and if well presented with attentive, knowledgable and welcoming staff, it is usually a good indication of a wonderful stay.
Image from outrigger.com
This is exactly what you get when you walk through the entrance from View Avenue, which is just off the Gold Coast highway. An imposing glorious lobby with huge staircase, giant columns, large sofas and comfy chairs, bright lights, splashes of colour, and clean crisp floors. As soon as I walked in I knew I had booked the right place, check-in was a breeze and my shoulders started to relax slightly at the thought of the pampering to come.
There are loads of different room types from the standard to the ultra luxurious, whatever you are looking for they can cater, including offering disabled access rooms. My ocean view room for the Saturday night cost $145 for the night, a city view room on a Saturday will cost $135 for the night. If you book during the week then it's just $115 for the night, this is based on a twin room, therefore if two people that is less than 60 bucks for a night in a luxury hotel. Now, I don't know about you but I have stayed in some very basic rooms in a B&B or hostel for much more than that, per night. Their price promise at these rates last till April 2015. There are also many packages and special offers available, you can see them here.
The rooms are lovely as you would expect, offering the following: two large double beds, Air conditioning, Alarm clock/radio, Balcony, Bar-sized refrigerator, Bathtub with shower, Blackout drapes, Desk, Table, Cable TV/Pay-per-view movies, Daily maid service, Direct dial telephone/voice mail, Hair dryer and toiletries, loads of tea and coffee, High-speed Internet access (fee), In-room safe, Iron and board.
Located right in the heart of Surfers Paradise, it is simply a matter of footsteps to the beach, shopping, entertainment and dining facilities - you can pretty much get whatever you are looking for in Surfers Paradise, so diverse is its appeal. Living locally, I didn't really need to venture out, I just stayed within the hotel which offers just as much variety on-site, they have an outdoor swimming pool with children's pool and loads of decking, an award-winning day spa and hair salon, large gym, concierge services, restaurant and bar and tennis courts. Plus loads of conference rooms for business meetings, banquets, and social gatherings.
I didn't get to use the pool as it was raining during my stay, but I did have a birds-eye view from my room balcony and it looked amazing.
I did however get to visit Day Spa which was wonderful. I booked a 45 minute massage which was $99. It isn't the cheapest but as a treat it is certainly worth it. You must book in advance though, I luckily decided to pop in a few days before my stay to see what they had available and they only had two slots left, so enquire in advance to avoid disappointment. When I arrived the friendly staff gave me a robe and slippers, explained he process and took me to the changing room. I then went I to the "tranquil room" which was a dimly lit room with sofas, seats, candles and relaxing music. After the tiring 18 months I had had, just sitting in there with a comfy soft robe on was the perfect start, and gave me a change to relax before my massage. Whilst in the tranquil room there were a couple of ladies enjoying a cream tea after their massage, it looked delicious and next time I visit I will certainly be booking that package. Then a lady came to collect me for my massage - it was so good and just what I needed, my back felt much better and I felt so relaxed and sleepy. You are allowed to head back to the tranquil room after the massage to prolong the clam feeling, before returning to the real world. Located on the fourth floor, you don't need to be a hotel guest to visit, it is open to everyone. Call 07 5531 5121 for more info.
After my massage, I just wanted to relax in my room, so I ordered room service from the Déjà View restaurant. Keeping it simple, I ordered pizza and garlic bread - both were lovely, cooked and presented well and not drastically overpriced, however of course room service prices are usually more than when you are out and about. But it's the experience of having it bought to your room on a tray, that in my opinion, is worth the extra few dollars.
Continuing with my laziness, the next morning I ordered room service cooked breakfast which again was just great, cooked well, on time and exactly what, and how I asked for everything. The views were spectacular from my balcony, you just cannot beat waking up and having a coffee and breakfast overlooking the ocean.
It was just the perfect short break and this was largely due to the hotel - it really can make or break a stay if the place you stay in isn't up to scratch. The purpose of my break was to spend as much time in the hotel, and just relax and recuperate - mission accomplished. I just wish I could have stayed a few more days. I will be booking one of their special packages soon for a longer stay.