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?