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Holidays can be a tricky thing to navigate when you have a family, particularly when you have young children in tow.
You're generally required to pack everything except the kitchen sink and then proceed to carry said luggage around with you whenever you venture outside the hotel room.
Imagine a holiday resort that provided enough entertainment for both the kids and the adults without having to leave the premises.
Sounds like a dream.
Well, it's a reality. Paradise Resort provides all that and more and was the perfect holiday destination for my family of five, including three children under 6.
The Stay, Play and SAVE five night package included daily continental breakfast, unlimited use of the giant Zone 4 Kids Waterpark - located right in the centre of the resort, plus a free daily session at the Resort's onsite day care centre, Zone 4 Kids Club for every child. The package also included a free seven-day Family Pass to visit Dreamworld, WhiteWater World and SkyPoint
From the word go everything is just ... easy.
As soon as you enter reception you're faced with a large indoor play centre, safe for small kids, keeping them well entertained while you check in.
Even driving through the carpark provided an element of fun for the kids with different sections named after the resort character mascots.
The boys were thrilled to be staying in Captain's Quarters!
More smiles once we entered the room which included a separate room for the kids including two sets of bunk beds, a television and gaming device.
There was also a separate toilet/bathroom and basic kitchen facilities enabling us to keep our baby's supplies in order.
Unlike our usual holiday scenario where we struggle for entertainment ideas within about an hour of arrival, this time we weren't sure where to start, with the resort offering ongoing free entertainment and activities as well as plenty of onsite facilities.
In the end, the kids couldn't go past the huge on-site water park, including one large water playground, as well as a smaller heated playground and swimming pool.
The great thing about this area is that it's surrounded by tables and chairs and located next to the cafe and bar meaning parents can actually sit with their backs against the chair and enjoy a drink or bite to eat while the kids have a ball.
Dinner at the Poolside Cafe is a fantastic option as you can enjoy the view of the pool while enjoying one of the many menu options. There's also a larger than normal children's menu with all meals just $8.
Hubby and I were able to enjoy a couple of cocktails knowing our room was just a lift ride away and our baby daughter could pop straight into bed with little fanfare or disruption.
Continental breakfast is included in the package, however there's a fantastic a la carte menu available as well as barista-made coffee available.
The Bistro also provides a more formal alternative for meals - yet perfectly suitable for children.
Starting early and continuing throughout the day, the resort offers a great range of free and low-cost children's activities.
My eldest loved painting a porcelain octopus after finishing breakfast earlier than the rest of us, while you couldn't wipe the smile from my four-year-old's face during the character concert featuring all four Paradise Resort mascots.
We took advantage of our free session with Zone 4 Kids, which is considered a treat by our little ones. They were kept entertained with activities and free play while hubby and I enjoyed some well-earned and incredibly rare relaxation time.
As a working mother the thing I really miss is free time to read.
Well I was able to get through an entire novel during my stay at Paradise Resort, while my husband took advantage of midafternoon snoozes.
Enjoying a drink and an uninterrupted conversation was a rare treat. It was fantastic to be able to truly relax and enjoy ourselves with the peace of mind knowing our children were onsite and having a great time.
The range of adult facilities, including gym, bar, spa and restaurants, meant we too were able to remain onsite and still have a fantastic time.
If you really want to make the most of your childfree time, the resort has introduced a range of adults only options, including the adult bar and spa area, as well as plenty of organized adults-only activities, such as cocktail and beer tasting classes and wine and cheese nights.
While both us and the kids could have easily filled our time at the resort playing at the waterpark and chilling in our room, there's just so much more on offer.
The whole family had a blast playing a game of laser tag, a first for all of us and a great way to really connect with the kids at their level.
Another brilliant family activity is ice-skating at the resort's Planet Chill. With both adult and beginner ice-skates no one misses out. Music and lights add to a really fun atmosphere.
And the kids weren't going to miss a play session at Dusty's Playground, an outdoor play area which includes barbecue facilities, not to mention several more visits to the indoor centre near reception.
With the abundance of activities and entertainment available, Paradise Resort is like a cruise ship on land - you really don't have to leave.
But with this package - just like the cruise ships - the option is there to head over to Dreamworld, WhiteWater World and SkyPoint Observation Deck for even more fun at no extra cost. It's a not-to-be-missed opportunity to experience three of the Gold Coast's best attractions.
Of course Dreamworld has so much to offer children of all ages, but for my three under 6, Wiggles' World is a must-visit providing ample opportunity for free play, child-friendly rides and the chance to meet Dorothy, Wags, Captain Feathersword and Henry The Octopus.
The Australian animals were also popular with my lot, especially the kangaroo feeding and cassowary spotting down at the indigenous walkthrough experience in Dreamworld's Corroboree.
We're already looking forward to our next visit with the opening of ABC KIDS WORLD just around the corner!
In the end, aside from the trip to Dreamworld we literally didn't leave the resort and both my husband and I, and the kids, had an absolute blast.
Everyone's needs were taken care of - and we all felt like we'd had an actual holiday!
The Stay, Play and SAVE package is only sale for a limited time with travel available until December 2016 so get in quick. Click here for more details
Written by Nicole Madigan, author ofhttp://www.nicolemadigan.blogspot.com.au/