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They don't call it Paradise Resort for nothing!

8-May-2017

Posted in: Resort

 

I had heard some mixed reviews about this place eg. “it’s heaven for kids but not adults” “some of the rooms are dated and definitely need a facelift”, “it’s really noisy” etc. Even with the mixed reviews it was still on my ‘To Visit’ list and so bit the bullet and booked. I am so very glad I did.

From the moment I arrived I felt a sense of relief and excitement. When you walk into the lobby to check in you are welcomed by not only helpful reception staff but also an awesome kids juggle gym in the middle of the lobby area. Check in was smooth, everything was easily accessible and there is a weekly program of activities so we could do as little or as much as we wanted.

We booked a Superior Family room (a hotel style room with an additional bedroom which had a single bed and a set of bunks.)

The kids loved their room and immediately went straight to the bunks (which to them was a fort, a pirate ship, a cave… and some many more weird and wonderful things).

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They never used the tv or x-box in their room during the entire trip. We didn’t stay in the room much, it was only really used to eat, sleep and shower. There was just way too much fun waiting for us beyond the hotel room door.

Our accommodation package included one complimentary four hour kids club session for each of our 2 kids. These complimentary sessions could be used for either a morning (10am – 2pm) or afternoon (4pm – 8pm), which suited us fine. If you wanted you could purchase additional sessions throughout the day for varying prices but we were more than happy with the 4hr block and just did other activities with the kids the rest of the time. We also opted for paying the $9.90 per child for dinner. They have the same deal $9.90 per child for lunch. For more information on session times and prices click here.

There were so many activities to choose from, we really were spoilt for choice!

Once we arrived we went to our room, the kids played on the bunks whilst we unpacked a little then it was off to explore for a short while before kids club started. The kids ended up in the lobby playing on the jungle gym for most of it. Then off to kids club for them and on to trivia, cocktails and a kid free dinner for us.

 

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The next day hubby let me sleep in (Happy Birthday me!) and took the kids to the Resort Cafe & Bistro for breakfast. After breakfast they returned with a delicious coffee in hand and we were off to start our day. We went and checked out Planet Chill but it wasn’t open. The Staff member said we could come back for the 12noon session though, so we went off and did other things for the morning, airbrush tattoos, more playing on the play gym lobby, morning tea etc.

By 12noon we were lining up eagerly awaiting our turn at iceskating, sadly they were super busy and because we didn’t prebook we couldn’t go. Our little girl was devastated, but I promised we’d go the next day instead and after some convincing we got her to accept that today would become pool day and tomorrow Iceskating day.

 

We had a ball poolside, the waterslides, the stage show, bingo, the dunking (daddy) game. We wouldn’t have left except that the kids wanted to return to kids club, so a mad dash to the room for showers and then a repeat of the night before, kids club for the kids and adults only area for cocktails and a kid free dinner for us. We were too late to join the cocktail trivia, but we watched and it was hilarious.

The next morning we woke to the pouring rain, but that didn’t dampen our spirits. We packed up, checked out, played & decorated cupcakes and cookies and then went off to iceskating. All that excitement and anticipated diminished within the first few minutes. My daughter had seen iceskating in person and on movies and because everyone made it look so easy she assumed it would be easy. She also has a natural ability to learn things very quickly… up until this very moment and she hated it. There were tears and tantrums and in the end we left and went to do something everyone would enjoy, even though deep down I would have stayed longer if I could have.

 

Before we left we had another delicious meal at the Resort cafe and then drove home, discussing our favourite parts of the weekend. We loved it here and could have stayed longer but it was the end of the weekend and had school the following day. There were things we wanted to do like the rock climbing, have a play & BBQ at Dusty’s Adventureland and use our voucher for Laser Tag but just ran out of time. Although the added extras did in fact add up and weren’t budgeted for, for me it was still worth going.

 

The kids were happy, we were happy, we even got some down time. All in all it was a great last minute getaway and worth visiting, I’d definitely go back in a heartbeat. The fact that both kids loved going to kids club made it so easy for us to relax and be able to have an uninterrupted, hot dinner together was priceless… everything else was an added bonus!

 
I am not affiliated with Paradise Resort in any way and there are no affiliate links in this blog. All comments and thoughts are of my own opinion.

 

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