Posted on October 16, 2015
The Marriott Surfers Paradise is the epitome of luxury: imagine a destination where every desire becomes a reality, where your pillows are unbelievably fluffy, your backyard is a tropical lagoon, and your meals are hand-crafted by expert chefs – that is the Marriott experience.
Even the location of the Marriott Surfers Paradise is unique; it sits perfectly between the picturesque Surfers Paradise beach and the meandering waterways of the Nerang River with the Gold Coast Hinterland as a luscious backdrop giving the resort the only 360 degree unobstructed views on the Gold Coast.
As well as completely rare views of the coastline, the Marriott Surfers Paradise is also one of the only fully-serviced hotels on the Gold Coast, offering a level of luxury unbeknownst to most resorts.
The 5 Star sophistication begins as soon as you step through the doors into the expansive and grandeur lobby. The exquisitely decorated room features elegant chandeliers, seasonally inspired flora, and a ballroom inspired staircase that is so impressive in stature, it would inspire royalty.
Despite being flawlessly spectacular, the Marriott Surfers Paradise will not for a second make you feel uncomfortable – the family friendly atmosphere is evident as soon as you arrive and the friendly and efficient staff are experts at making all guests feel at home.
The resort boasts a variety of marvellous suites to choose between to suit any sized family or group, an 8 million dollar aquatic area that includes both a tropical lagoon and a stunning fresh water pool with a spa both of which are heated to a perfect 23 degrees year round.
There are 5 amazing specialty restaurants, a beautiful hair and day spa complete with a fully-serviced salon and a selection of private massage rooms, a business retreat room with evening canapés and complimentary drinks, a business centre equipped with Wi-Fi and computers, a fully-serviced 24 hour gym with access to personal trainers and instructors, and finally – a kids club that runs through busier periods such as school holidays. Essentially everything you could possibly desire during a holiday is available without stepping foot outside the resort.
One of the highlights of the Marriott Surfers Paradise is the exclusive and unique aquatic playground; this 8 million dollar feat includes the lagoon entry pool lined with white sand beaches and tropical gardens that frame the cascading waterfall.
Hidden in the aqua water are hundreds of tropical fish that come out for daily feeding sessions at 9.30am allowing guests to enjoy the colourful locals in their natural habitat either from the lagoon walkways or up close and personal in the water with goggles and snorkels!
Of course, there are pool options for guests who are unimpressed with the idea of swimming with fish or sandy behinds in the freshwater pool. This traditional pool comes complete with rock caves that link the two pool areas together and also host the grotto spa and the winding tunnel water slide!
Kids absolutely love exploring the lagoon area, watching the fish, adventuring through the rock caves, flying down the water slide, and swimming underneath the waterfall – it’s no wonder the Marriott Surfers Paradise was rating No. 3 in the Holidays with Kids Top Ten Resorts award! In fact, even the sand is made of a special silicone-base that is formulated to stick together rather than to feet and towels!
For a day on the water with a side of relaxation, look no further that the covered cabanas that line the lagoon edge. They can be rented for half or full days to give families, couples, or groups of friends some privacy and comfort while enjoying the aquatic area. Did we mention there is pool-side cocktail delivery? The centrepiece of the lagoon is the Pool Bar that boasts light meals, snacks, drinks, and utterly divine cocktails and mocktails.
To add a bang to your day in the water, you can hire an electrical water scooter to zip through the lagoon. These little mechanical wonders are great fun as all you have to do is turn it on and accelerate to be whizzed around.
In typical Marriott style, every nuance of comfort has been pre-empted with foot wells and showers awaiting your exit from the lagoon to ensure you leave the pool area as comfortable as possible upon your return to your luxury apartment.
Each suite features contemporary design inspired by Queensland’s beach culture and are available in a variety of options from basic to presidential to cater to all requirements and budgets. No matter what your selection, prepare to be impressed. Private balconies, unobstructed panoramic views, separate shower and baths, and specialised storage areas for luggage are all part n parcel of your stay at the Marriott. The resort also caters for large families, families travelling together as well as groups with interconnected rooms to allow for ease of access travelling between suites.
Dining at the Marriott is every part glamorous as the rest of the resort. The options include the Pool Bar, Citrique Seafood Buffet, Misono Japanese Steakhouse, Chapter & Verse Lounge & Bar, and the Elandra Retreat Club.
For evening canapés and drinks with a view, visit the Elandra Retreat Club who offer snacks along with wine and other drinks each evening that can sometimes be accompanied by a side of whale watching in the appropriate seasons!
To soak up the Gold Coast atmosphere head down to ground level and visit Chapter & Verse Lounge & Bar; this beautifully decorated space offers both indoor and outdoor dining at its best. They cater for a delightful array of dishes including the famed hot rocks menu –food always tastes better served on a sizzling stone. Our Hightide Hot Tip is, if you don’t feel like a formal meal, but have the kids, just ask the staff for a kids menu! They’re happy to assist and find options for the little ones.
Refined dining can be found in the two award-winning restaurants that take up residence in the building – Misono and Citrique. Citrique has taken out the South East Queensland Informal Seafood Restaurant Award in 2014. One glance at the buffet and you will see why!
Misono, formerly Benihana, is another crowd pleaser, with talented chefs flinging ingredients around the table while keeping up engaging conversation it is sure to impress. Receiving a certificate of excellence in 2014, it is no wonder the Japanese Steakhouse is raved about as the best teppanyaki restaurant and sake bar on the Gold Coast. It’s a great option for families as children are absolutely mesmerised by the charming and personable chefs as well as the fantastic cuisine.
While the Marriott Surfers Paradise spoils you for choice without leaving the resort, there are plenty of options as soon as you step outside – everything from Indian, to Italian, to traditional take-away kebabs and pizza await your tastebuds. The choice is yours!
During your Surfers Paradise holiday, the adventure bug is likely to hit, so be sure to visit the Activities Desk for everything from directions to the Natural Arch waterfall in Springbrook National to stand up paddle boarding or kids club timetables. For those without a car, the tram stop is conveniently just outside the resort, while the beach is 200 metres down the road.
A truly special family experience, the Marriott Surfers Paradise is a resort like no other on offer on the Gold Coast. This unique adventure is a whirlwind of luxury, tropical water fun, elegance, relaxation, and convenience that will suck you in and spit you out in utter happiness. Create memories for a life time – call Hightide Holidays on 1300 769 765 today.