Mantra Sun City
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We got happy. Then wandered to this bar, 'Avenue'. Apparently, I turn into a lairy little **** after I've had a few...
Our night resulted in me running towards the sea in my maxi dress... And I performed the worst version of Beyonce - Drunk in Love, this world has ever known. I got soaked in seawater. I looked like a soggy cuttlefish, trying to stand up... And then I eventually flopped on the sand.
I took full advantage of this ...
I decided to spend the morning sunbathing, so after I'd had breakfast and checked out I went a laid by the pool. I've quite enjoyed my time at surfers, even if it has been a little lonely! After sunbathing pretty much all morning Kirsten said she could meet me for 10mins before I leave, I had to pop to Coles anyways to get some bits for lunch, so I waited in town to hear from her but she didn't have time ect.. So I walked back to hostel and had lunch and it started to rain! Was crazy!! ...
We had a bit of a sleep in an never got off for our walk it 8. We walked up the beach road to Southport then came back via the beach. There was a huge amount of people already swimming at exercising at that time of the day. It was cool being able to take your shoes off and walk in the sea, it's was so warm. After showers we headed off to find a breakfast place, found one which had bacon, eggs, tomato and toast for only a ...
... clever and they put a really humorous story together. From there it was onto the dolphin show...really amazing creatures and incredibly smart.
Trying to figure out what we saw, when we saw it and what rides to go on was a bit of a juggle. All of us went on the Viking Flume (just like the Wild West ride from Movie World) but I don't think Lily appreciated it too much, but the boys liked it though. ...
... were lots of koalas, many with small babies. The other fantastic part of this section was the opportunity to have your photo taken holding a koala. Naturally, Ella wanted to do this, so we got the whole family up and ordered the keyring package. Ella was enthralled by the koala. It turned out to be a really lovely photo of our little family (with the addition of a koala) so I'm also glad that we did it! The next thing to blow Ella's mind was the kangaroo ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mantra Sun City Surfers Paradise
Perhaps the first mistake was mine in selecting a 'hotel' style room. Regardless the room was misshapen,soul less and depressing.No view,nowhere to sit.
When I inquired about an upgrade, I was met with absolute indifference and an absurd upgrade fee .I took a walk around the facilities while considering this;saw the pool was about 1/3 of the size depicted in the brochure and promptly checked out. It cost me dearly as we'd paid up front but the penalty was soon forgotten as we booked into the Phoenician in Broadbeach and loved it.
My partner and I decided to spend a night away from the family and check into this hotel which I suggested having had a previous good experience with it in the past. However, the time we had was dreadful... I had requested a ocean view room because that is what we had had in the past and were very content with it, however my request was not rewarded and we found ourselves in a hinterland view room. But that is not the problem lies. It was the fact that the staff member had blaitanly lied to me (namely a receptionist supervisor!!!). I had asked at checking in whether the room had ocean views otherwise I would be happier with a hotel room and need not pay the extra. He said "Yes that room does have ocean views" to cut a long story short I could not see the ocean at all... Very disappointing despite being appauled at being lied to... so I confronted the guy who checked us in who was not interested in what I had to say at the least... We stayed in the same room... slept on a "king size" bed which was two singles put side by side... NOTE TO SELF> Stay somewhere else next time... Possibly that has a better buffet breakfast too!!!
My partner and I just got back from our Gold Coast holiday. We stayed at the Outrigger Sun City Resort from 25/8 to 27/8. We wanted to stay in a high rise surfers paradise hotel with views of the ocean. So I shopped around on the internet and decided on this hotel. The minute you drive into the entrance you realise this is a special hotel with waterfalls and lush tropical setting. The foyer is huge with an Inca theme, as is the rest of the hotel. I requested an ocean view with a room as high as possible and this is exactly what we got. We had a 1 bedroom apartment on the 21st floor. The room was huge - large fully equipped kitchen, lounge/dining, huge king size bed with views to Surfers Paradise and the ocean and a bathroom to die for. The balcony view was breathtaking. We had "wine time" every night on the balcony at sunset. The apartment was very clean and in great shape. We wanted fresh towels after using them at the surf beach and the pool. Rang housekeeping and they were at our door within 5mins.
My family and I went to Sun City in September 2002, when the weather is perfect (for the whole 10 nights we stayed there, it rained for 15 minutes at the max). We arrived at 9.30am (because we had a red eye flight). but we could not get our room until 1 pm. We went to our room and it is huge. We stayed on the 4th floor in a 2 bdm apartment and the bathrooms were huge, about 20 sqm. However, the viewe was not the best (I got to sneak to the 35th floor and the views were lovely). The resort is very safe with underground parking and you can only enter if you have the hotel's keycard. The key card also applied to the rooms and the lift. The lift can sometimes be a bit jolty. The pool and tennis courts looked very nice and the waterslides were a great convenience for the kids. We did not go to the restaurant but the pool bar was very good. The downside was the service. We asked for a rollaway bed but that did not come untilafter 2pm on check-in (we were very tired after 40 hours of no sleep). We wanted to play tennis so we booked it. We booked the courts for an hour and we were kicked off after 20 minutes because we were double booked. Overall it was a great hotel for the family
My hus and and I stayed at Sun City in April 2003. We absolutely loved every minute of it. We often ate at the buffet breakfast because of the variety and value. We would have liked to have more than one evening meal in the restaurant, however the normal prices were a bit steep (considering the value that is offered in Surfers), and we were only tempted by one of their 'Specials'. But, I should say that the meal was superb. Our one bedroom apartment was spacious, clean and the furnishings were very new. The only downside during our stay was that staff seemed to be non-existent. We are hoping to go back there this year, but because we obtained a special deal last time (3 nights for the price of 1), we may not be able to afford it.
We were told that this would be the best place to stay...and that information could not have been more 'spot on'! The positioning of the resort to the beach, transport, eating places, entertainment, shops etc. was perfect for us "first-timers to Qld." Not to mention the magnificent view from our floor (mid-way up), with the relaxing sound of waves waking us in the mornings, and lulling us to sleep at night.
We stayed here for a medical conference. Despite assurances to the contrary, the hotel took a large number of high school leavers during "schoolies" week and the place was filled with drunken louts the entire weekend. We were unable to get any sleep at night because of the noise levels. The elevators were completely unable to cope with the traffic.
The fire escapes were unlocked during the day but locked at night; I had to walk down more than 20 floors to get out of the fire escape! I was charged $2 per call for phoning Freecall numbers.
Three friends and I stayed at the Outrigger Sun City a couple of months ago. We were impressed to say the least! We were given a penthouse suite on the 32nd floor, with absolutely incredible views of Surfers Paradise and the beach.
This was my second visit to the Gold Coast. Originally three friends and myself had been booked in at the Crown Towers down the road, but due to computer technicalities we spent that little bit extra to stay at Sun City between 1st and 8th February. The hotel itself has a definite inca theme which can be recognised throughout the foyer, rooms and definitely the pool area. Everything is very well positioned on the grounds. Our room itself was a two bedroom apartment on the fourth floor (we were hoping to go a bit more towards the towering 39th floor, but I guess beggars can't be choosers.) This room was extremely spacious, had a fantastic open area with 180 degree views of the spectacular pools, surrounding high rises and some ocean. It had a very useful kitchenette, with two spacious bathrooms, two reasonably sized bedrooms and a long balcony. The staff are very friendly and willing to help with any questions. This style of room is very common on the Gold Coast, the difference of course being that Sun City is relatively new compared to a lot of the other high rises. The only down points of staying here are that you can get the same style of accommodation at Crown Towers for a much cheaper price, some of the furniture looks like it is wearing, and there is no ventilation system in the corridors of each floor (which trust me, is not the best when the rubbish chute door is left open!)However, it was an enjoyable stay, and that pool is amazing (although take care going down the waterslides).
My husband and I recently spent a couple of days at the Outrigger.Having been there a couple of years ago when it was 5 star and had no permanent residentials available, it was quite a surprise to me to note the total change of atomsphere - there were many more families with young children staying there and porters were really hard to find (in fact they may have dispensed with them altogether.) I wouldn't describe the furniture and fittings as ramshackle, but there is two extra years worth of wear on them since I was there last.....BUT the up side was:... (1) my husband and I stayed there as a couple for the same dollars as a group of 100 of us stayed there for 2 yrs ago(2) the suites are still kept extremely clean and the towels in the bathroom are still changed daily(3) the restaurant attached to the hotel which was previously extremely exclusive now has an absolutely wonderful smorgesbord breakfast for just $10 (which we had every day) and has slightly changed what they offer for dinner at night and dramatically reduced the prices.(4) the desk staff are helpful.(5) they still use the electronic key system to operate the lifts, parking door, and room doors, so you have the added security of knowing that people who are not staying on your floor do not have access to your floor.All in all, this was an excellent holiday at a bargain basement price.