You asked for my review of Turtle Beach Resort on the Gold Coast after I posted my review on Paradise Resort, so here it is! Turtle Beach Resort is located at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast, about a 20 minute drive to Surfers Paradise.
Cost - $250 per night (depending on room type and deal).
Room - Clean, self-contained unit townhouse style.
Amenities - Everything you need on-site.
Food - Cafe style food with amazing wood fire pizzas.
Overall - Fantastic place to stay on the Gold Coast with kids that is fully self-contained.
There is a good seafood shop, subway, convenience store and ice cream shop right across the road. If you continue to walk for another 10 minutes, you will be at the beach! There is street parking available if you prefer to drive to the beach, which is what we decided to do most days. We also had online groceries delivered, so we had everything we needed for our stay. UPDATE: Woolworths Metro is opening up right next door.
Things You Should Know Turtle Beach Resort
- Turtle Beach Resort has 4 pools located around the resort (1 adult only and 3 family-friendly).
- Splash zone with waterslides and a toddler play area. This area was supervised by staff, which we really liked about the resort having rules in place when using the slides (Paradise Resort didn't have any staff on slides or pool area, which meant kids doing what they liked climbing up and down slides and running wild).
- Kids club (we got a free session in the deal we booked).
- Mini putt-putt golf (paid).
- Tennis court.
- Cinema with movies showing daily.
- Undercover BBQ areas where you can use the electric BBQs for free.
- There is a restaurant where you can sit on the deck and watch your children play on the waterslides.
- Free onsite parking can be a little tricky to find a spot near your room.
- You can get online groceries delivered here or organise for a breakfast pack via reception to be waiting on arrival.
- Take a beach cart with you if you plan to walk over to the beach.
- I would hire a car if I were staying here to explore more of the Gold Coast, but if you don't have a hire car, public transport is very easy and convenient as it's located on the Gold Coast highway.
- Sales do pop up regularly, and you can get a great deal booking directly with the resort.
The resort is quite large, with one pool and slide on one side of the resort and the kid's water play area and large pool on the other side. I personally prefer the waterpark side of the resort and put in a request to stay ground level on that side each time we stay.
Rooms are not modern but clean apartment/townhouse style and include everything you need. We have previously stayed in the 3 bedroom and 2 bedroom (the location of the 2 bedroom was better right in front of the waterpark). The rooms are fully self-contained (my FAVOURITE when travelling with a family for more than 2 nights) and includes a full-sized kitchen with utensils, laundry and cleaning items like brooms and mops.
TIP: Ask for a room near the waterpark (ground level) if you want to be nearby to avoid the walk, as it's quite a big resort.
Overall, We really couldn't fault our stay here, and I think it's a great option on the Gold Coast for families (especially large families like mine)! If I had to find something to complain about it would be the car park is hard to find a spot near your room, and it's not super close to the beach.