When she’s not wrangling her three children, aged 3, 5 and 6, Gold Coaster and professional writer Emily Toxward juggles work, cooking for fussy children and parent helping at school. Escaping to the beach is her idea of paradise and writing about the trials and tribulations of life in an honest and humorous way on her blog . Have A Laugh On Me is her way of staying sane!
Emily shares her experience when recently staying at the Sebel in Coolangatta with her family
When on holidays, staying in a serviced apartment with three kids can be a little squishy and hectic but not if you’re right on the beach, have three rooms and enough space to swing a cat! We recently stayed at The Sebel Coolangatta, part of the Accor Hotels chain, and had just that, minus the cat swinging.
Just a five-minute drive from the Gold Coast Airport, and located on McLean Street, The Sebel has unrivalled views across Coolangatta Beach to Snapper Rocks. This is where all the international surfers hit the ocean for the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, so you might say it has some fabulous surf.
What I loved most about this spot was the incredible location but also facilities at the hotel. The three bedroom apartment has two bathrooms, cooking facilities, a separate laundry (with a dryer) and a large dining table for the kids to fall asleep at while eating their dinner after a huge day of adventuring.
The Gold Coast rarely gets cold enough to be holed up indoors, and despite the late May temperature the kids loved hitting the beach and even the water.
At a mild 21 degrees Celsius, according to the lifeguard board, it was a tad chilly for me and I only lasted a few minutes. My daughter could have stayed in for hours but her brothers were happy chasing seagulls, making sandcastles and exploring. They all loved the Sebel’s heated swimming pool because it’s just the right depth for them to frolic in and feel safe.
Every morning we were greeted with the most spectacular sunrise from our balcony before our morning beach walk to collect shells or a play in the rock pools.
The southern end of the Gold Coast has fabulous boardwalks and bike paths so kids and adults alike can travel on bikes, scooters or skateboards for kilometres safely. There are also plenty of kid’s playgrounds along the way. Keep your eyes out for a few large koala statues helping to raise awareness of the species.
There are plenty of kid-friendly eateries nearby including the Coolangatta Surf Club, which arguably has one of the best views in this neck of the woods. There are a lot of cafes for light snacks, coffee is fabulous and for those who want to cook instead of eating out The Strand shopping centre has two of the major supermarkets.
In the unlikely event that the weather isn’t flash or it’s too cold for outdoor fun, kids will love the inside arcade and entertainment centre and a cinema complex. Let’s not forget parents who are on holiday, I noticed quite a few holidaymakers treating themselves to a mani/pedi in the shopping centre.
If you only have a few days up your sleeve, a three-night stay at The Sebel Coolangatta is just the trick. The kids will be knackered from their big day giving you some peace and quiet while you enjoy one of the best ocean views in the Gold Coast. Oh and bring your binoculars during whale watching season and you won’t be disappointed!
Thanks to Emily and her family visiting the Sebel here in Coolangatta and writing a professional review. Emily can be contacted at her own blogâ€¦â€¦.click here holidays with kids