What do you get when you combine a kids’ birthday party, a family getaway and a beautiful resort? A flippin’ awesome fifth birthday celebration, that’s what!
I love a good kids’ party, but, with a young baby, a busy business and a half-renovated house, the thought of organising a birthday party with 40+ children and their parents was way too much for me to handle. Jumping castles and themed high teas seem to be trendy at the moment, but, this year, we wanted to do something special as a family, especially since my husband Lewis and I are so busy with, well, life.
So, when I came across the Wyndham Holidays Instagram page, I knew exactly what our next holiday would involve. Myla’s fifth birthday was in June – she loves family activities and being made to feel super special, so a holiday just for her was the perfect plan.
We chose to stay at Wyndham Hotel Surfers Paradise in Queensland. It wasn’t too far from home (a 3-hour drive) and we knew there’d be loads of fun and exciting things to do with the kids (plus the photos looked amazing)!
We arrived later in the evening than we had planned, but the staff were incredibly welcoming and friendly. They gave us our room key to our 17th floor apartment which, amazingly, was on the top floor! It was way past the girls’ bedtime but their excitement was barely dimmed. Running from room to room, they discovered their little gift from the hotel (and us) before we’d walked through the door ourselves (thanks so much for the present, Wyndham!). Lewis and I? Our eyes went straight to the view – a glorious sparkle of city lights, and, beyond that, the crashing waves under the moonlight.
Our 2-bedroom premium apartment was on the corner of the building, with the most incredible ocean, city and river views! The girls had their own bedroom, with two separate single beds and their own breathtaking view, with the river and a park directly below them.
Myla decided to unpack her suitcase straight away; she put it all into the wardrobe and set everything out how she likes it – neat and tidy, a child after my own heart. Lewis and I had our own bedroom, with a TV, ensuite and a private ocean-view balcony.
The rest of the apartment featured a laundry, large open-plan kitchen, a dining and living area, as well as massive floor to ceiling windows/sliding doors which were for opening our apartment to the sea breezes. The kitchen was self-contained; we were able to walk to the local supermarket and do a mini shop so that we didn’t have to eat out the entire weekend (although that was extremely tempting!). We made pancakes one morning, and pizza another night.
The next morning we woke after a slight sleep in (how good are dark hotel rooms with kids?), headed down to the buffet breakfast, and spent literally two hours there! Lewis made the most of the buffet and had around seven breakfasts (not that I blame him). I worked my way through a hot serving of bacon and eggs, pancakes and finished with some pastries (ok, and maybe a bowl of coco pops too). The girls ate on and off, and, in between, they played with the toys in the lobby TV room beside us, which basically meant we had breakfast in peace!
We loved how close Wyndham Hotel Surfers Paradise was to all the local attractions the Gold Coast has to offer. We took the girls’ scooters and went for a walk to Cavill Avenue to explore, wandered around the shops a bit, and along the boardwalk on the beach. Surfers Paradise is such a great place for kids, although, on this holiday, we mostly just hung around the hotel and made the most of their amazing facilities.
The girls wanted to swim all day in the massive pool, even though it wasn’t quite swimming weather! I couldn’t blame them, because the pool area was so relaxing that I was eventually tempted into the hot spa.
For Myla’s birthday, we made pancakes with special topping in the hotel room, took them swimming, drove to the movies to see Aladdin, and finished off the day with a swim in the pool (the kids, not me!) and a BBQ in the massive community eating area.
But I think Myla’s favourite part of the day was when a flock of rainbow lorikeets ‘surprised her’ by sitting on our balcony and enjoying some lunch with us! We hand-fed them, and they stayed there watching us for the rest of the day. Myla was honestly sure they came just for her! It was, really, a perfect birthday for our big five-year-old.
Overall, our stay at Wyndham Surfers Paradise was such a wonderful experience which I would recommend to anyone. It’s so nice to go away as a family, but not have to go out exploring every day. When you have little kids, you definitely need some downtime at some point and Wyndham offers just that. Comfort, safety and that ultra-luxe holiday experience!
So, whether you’re looking to celebrate a fifth birthday or fiftieth, I’d say: think about a Wyndham holiday. It’s a perfect getaway for the entire family, filled with fun, excitement, and relaxation.
Wife, mama and business owner Janelle Spies is a very productive lady! If she’s not working on her ever-growing small business, My Little Joy, she’s spending time with her husband and three young girls, creating memories on the Sunshine Coast. Janelle loves a good chat (she’s a hairdresser by trade), being creative and a strong coffee (or three!). @mylittlejoy_