Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Jupiters Gold Coast Hotel And Casino

Sometimes it's the last minute breaks that are the best.

The kids are used to me doing things at the last hour, and so it was, that I checked my email inbox the other day and saw a great deal via wotif's mystery hotel deal.

We had a couple of days free - it's school holidays after all - so I asked them for 10 minutes while I checked the deal out (and booked it). Then, we threw a few things into the car - mainly swimmers and sunscreen - and headed south.

I don't gamble, and with a couple of kids, I knew I wouldn't be able to.  (Children aren't allowed inside Australian casinos, and nor should they be. However, they are allowed inside the hotel parts).

In any case, the restriction didn't bother me, or them. It was the rest, relaxation, and room service that we were after!

And we got it in spades.

After days of almost torrential rain, we lucked into some sunny weather.

The hotel part of the casino has been upgraded since I last visited - probably about ten years or so ago - and the pool has a Las Vegas-esque feel.

I relaxed on a cushioned sun bed as the kids swam, before they talked me into joining them. I'm usually a wimp when it comes to swimming, but the temperature was perfect and I found myself enjoying it just as much as they were.

We also tried out the spas - yes plural - and we shared lunch by the pool. Fish, chips and salad. Mr 9 had the fish, Miss 7 had the chips, and I got the salad. $12 to feed the three of us - bargain!

That night, we took in the Genesis show, Jupiters' latest hit show.

Led by illusionist Joe Labero, it was a little bit old-fashioned by my standards - but hey I'm a jaded journo. In contrast, the audience, and more importantly, my kids, loved it. Mr 9 already wants to be like Joe when he grows up.

We shared room service for dinner, and spent the next morning by the pool. It would have been great if the pool menu had been a little more extensive. My kids (and me too for that matter), would have loved to have breakfast by the pool, and they'd already tried what they wanted to eat the day before.

All too soon, our one night holiday was over and it was time to go home.

The kids are already begging to return and I have to say a HUGE thank you to the team at Jupiters. When Mr 9 left his precious Nintendo DS charger there, the staff located it and posted it straight home.

Nowhere like Queensland hey?


 Taking in the view from our 17th floor room

 The pool soon became our base

 My view, before I decided to join them ...

 Mr 9 loved living large

 Kudos to the chef ...

 A free ride on the monorail to the Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

 Mr 9 wasn't sure it was safe ...

 But he soon relaxed over an extortionately priced ice-cream with Miss 7

A fellow 'guest'. 'I hope they remembered to do my steak the way I like it'.

 Ready for the Genesis show

 Miss 7 does her best 'scaredy-cat' face, while Mr 9 tries to act cool...

 A little of Missy Through The Looking Glass going on ...
 One, two, three ...Woo hoo!
I'm glad they cleared up the fact that Skinny Dipping Is Not An Option, cos I totally would have been nuding it up ...

Readers, do you find short breaks can be as reviving as longer ones?


MotorbikesLady said...

Yes short breaks are great the last one we had was in June this year where we went down to New South Wales to visit my nana.

Like you we booked through wotif & good a great deal on a lovely place about 5 min drive from nana's & 2 mins drive from the League Club down there.

Although we took our own food for most of the stay we did eat at the chiense resturant at the leagues club & it was great.

I really loved that short break and so did my husband as he just lost his job and wanted time to unwind before looking for another but a few days after we got home he landed a new job and is still working there.

We are taking another short break in August 2011 when we go on the prize cruise we won I can't wait

(((( Hugs ))))

Bronnie and family said...

Thanks for your lovely comment.
We got our deal through wotif also, and it really was awesome value for two days of fun. I knew I couldn't afford to take the kids away for a 'proper' holiday, but honestly, the memories we made here will last a lifetime. The biggest expense was meals really and even they were good value, especially as we shared. The most expensive things were the ice-creams at the shopping centre! Considering it costs something like $11 just for us to visit our local council swimming pool for a one-off visit, I think a night away at bargain prices, for as much uncrowded pool as you want, is really great.

Veggie Mama said...

ohhhh I want to be in that pool now and until this baby arrives. Nothing like a Queensland summer!!

Jodie at Mummy Mayhem said...

Looks like a great place to go!

We stayed at Broadbeach recently and loved it. What a great location. Should have taken the kids on that monorail - they LOVE the monorail here in Sydney.


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Ah yes, if only every pool was like that, like would be a dream. There certainly is now where else like Queensland, magnificant tropical forests, waterfalls, northern 4x4 tracks, golden beaches and the amazing theme parks. Sometimes I need to remind myself why we live here, then I can't believe I could have forgot.

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Looks like you guys had all the fun in the world staying in that hotel and casino in the Gold Coast. The pool looks so refreshing. No wonder kids loved it.

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