As you turn into Palm Meadows Drive, you immediately have the overwhelming feeling of relaxation and peace, prompted by the natural green surroundings of lush tall trees and a manicured golf course.
The Gold Coast would not be the city it is without the beaches or the hinterland. Both are symbolic of the region, and we would not be the popular tourist area without either. What you will find in the middle of the two is a pearl called the Mercure Gold Coast Resort.
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Natural elements are displayed as soon as you arrive at the grand entrance of the resort and flow through to the lobby as you enter the front doors. Warm and earthy tones, natural light, open space, high ceilings and trendy lighting all add to the charm of the property.
Before we even step foot near reception, the girls climb the giant staircase in the lobby to have a bird’s eye view of the foyer area and outside.
There was no hiding the pool with the floor to ceiling windows proudly displaying the sparkling waters and tropical utopia.
Our superior room that we would be calling home for the night was found in the kookaburra accommodation block. Crisp white’s, earthy browns and pops of rusty orange is what you will expect to see in the newly transformed superior rooms.
The girls could not contain their excitement over the two queen size beds and the towel creations made by housekeeping. There was even a note tucked away with one to wish us a happy stay! It’s the little touches like that which instantly make you feel welcome. The room easily accommodates our family of four and is equipped with all the modern-day amenities to make our stay enjoyable.
While we busy ourselves settling in, the girls took in the view over the pool as they wolfed down some Easter eggs that were left as a special gift for them.
MAKING A SPLASH
After what started as an unpredictable day with clouds looming the sun made its appearance in perfect timing. The girls couldn’t wait to make a splash in the Oasis pool and didn’t have to ask me twice as I had my eyes set on one of the lounge chairs or daybeds that were scattered around the outside. You’ll discover three water areas inside the pool gates. The Oasis pool is the largest of all three and is brilliant as it has many shallow areas or steps for younger children. There is a smaller shallow pool at the very end as well as a bubbling spa to relax those muscles after a day on the golf course perhaps.
Pink bean bags, noodles and a pool ring float around for guests to use. There is even a giant novelty giant chess game just off to the side as additional entertainment.
If you are feeling hungry, there is no need to re-dress and go inside, simply dial the kitchen from the pool bar and order yourself a snack, meal, and drinks that can be delivered to your poolside lounge.
For some, holidays are to be spent relaxing using minimal energy as possible while gorging on the scrumptious food that is served at your beck and call. Fear not, if that’s not to your liking and you prefer more of an active routine or just want to burn the calories you have eaten, the Mercure Gold Coast Resort has a gym and two tennis courts at your disposal. For, my tennis-loving daughter the full-sized grass courts were the perfect place to work on her swing.
There are nine accommodation blocks at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort which are all affectionally named after birdlife and hidden amongst the trees, capturing the tranquillity of the resort. To reach the tennis courts, we wander along the paths that are lined with palms, shrubs, hedges, and tropical flowers. The heady floral aroma that wafts through the air accentuates the feeling of a tropical paradise.
After our activities from the afternoon, we were famished and looked forward to a hearty meal at The Restaurant. It is always a good sign when dining establishments are busy, and since we opted not to wait for a table, we chose to dine on the comfortable lounges near the bar instead. This also gave the girls opportunity to stretch their legs if they needed. The full dinner menu was available along with a kid’s menu (including a drink and ice cream) that would be sure to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. After we indulged in delicious calamari, chips and a couple of beverages it was time to retire for the night.
We were greeted once again with a lovely surprise upon entering the room. The housekeepers had turned down our room for the night. On a side note, they did well to offer this service as we had well and truly made ourselves at home within the short time we were at the resort. The curtains were drawn, beds folded back, side lights on and there was chocolate on each bed. It immediately added a sense of calm as our girls couldn’t wait to try their comfortable bed. In no time at all they drifted off to slumberland, I’m sure dreaming of all the fun they had that day.
ROOM WITH A VIEW
Normally when you stay in a room with two beds, this may mean an early night for everyone, however as all the rooms at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort have balconies overlooking the grounds or a patio with a garden oasis you still have the option of enjoying more of the evening. As our room overlooked the pool area, the night time ambiance from the balcony was too hard to resist. There was no need for any technology on the night as nature provided us entertainment in the form of a lightning show in the distance.
It would have been the perfect opportunity for one of us to have a late-night swim with the pool open until 10 pm. The lights dancing over the water made it look all the more appealing. However, I couldn’t drag myself away from the comfort of the balcony, and we had an inner feeling of contentment.
One of our favourite meals of the day is breakfast, especially when we have the opportunity of having a buffet style with all the trimmings. Once again, The Restaurant is where you will find breakfast in the morning, however during the day it has an added special element. The Restaurant boasts some of the best views and has been designed for guests to enjoy the glorious Queensland weather. Floor to ceiling windows wraps around the balcony where you can sit alfresco style and enjoy the striking outlook overlooking the gardens and golf course. Alternatively, the natural light filters in through to the comfortable décor inside, where you can appreciate your meal in air-conditioned comfort.
The Galley style servery offered lots of options for breakfast from sweet to savory, hot and cold. There was even a coffee machine for those who like to kick-start their morning. Outside this area, you would find cereals, bread, and tasty pastries.
We were thankful for the three flights of stairs to our room after breakfast, and even though it was our day of departure we wanted to squeeze the most out of our stay, so we once again decided to take a stroll down to the back of the resort.
THE GREEN GEM
As I had previously visited this property, I knew of the secret hidden at the back beside the tennis courts. The large open grassy area is known as “The Green” and is the perfect place to throw a frisbee, have a game of backyard cricket or soccer or just lounge on a picnic rug and watch the day fade away behind the hills.
On this occasion, we took a frisbee and some bubbles that were generously given to the girls that morning and enjoyed the shade that was created by the magnificent trees in the garden.
Once the day heated up, and the puffy white clouds disappeared from the sky we ventured back to the pool for one last dip. The girls loved every minute of this area and were hopping from the warm waters of the spa to the refreshing pool while I floated blissfully on the cushions in the water.
OUR FINAL THOUGHTS
We left the Mercure Gold Coast Resort with our buckets full of pleasant memories. Many travellers have been welcomed through their doors, and it’s the warmth of the atmosphere, friendliness of the staff, and impeccable facilities and services that draw new and return guests to this fabulous establishment.
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64 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara, Gold Coast, Queensland
EXTRAS IN SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
The Accor Hotels brand is well known for going the extra mile for its guests. The Mercure Gold Coast Resort has a great program called Resortology, whereby they offer activities during the school holiday season. No one is excluded from the festivities with activities available for younger and older kids, live entertainment for the adults, poolside cocktails, and much more.
In the Christmas holidays children could have participated in artist competitions, movie nights, games, master chef, water volleyball, as well as receiving free ice-blocks in the pool area.
The activities during school holidays would be subject to change; please contact the resort for more information.
Guests and visitors will have access to complimentary undercover car parking during their stay. Valet parking is also available for $15 per car per stay. As the resort is spread out, there is an entrance to the car parks from each accommodation block.
The Mercure Gold Coast Resort is ideally located to many of the prestigious golf courses on the Gold Coast.
The Palm Meadows golf course is a challenging 250-hectare par 72 course designed by Graham Marsh, a leading Australian golfer. The first hole is rated as one of the most challenging, so if you would like a practice swing first, there is also a golf range. The golf range is one of the few remaining all grass public driving ranges on the Gold Coast offering the best practice facilities for golfers.
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