What do you get when you combine a kids birthday, family getaway and a beautiful resort? A flippin’ awesome 5th 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 organizing a birthday party (because I can’t ever do things half-hearted) with 40+ kids and their parents coming over was way too much for me to handle right now. Plus, these days: jumping castles or themed high teas seem to be on trend-which may be fun and gorgeous, but this year, we wanted to do something special as a family, as 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 be for! Myla’s 5th birthday was in June, and she LOVES to do things as a family and be made to feel a bit OTT special for things, 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 (3hr drive) and we knew it would be surrounded by fun and exciting things to do with the kids, as well as give us parents a relaxing weekend too (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- on the 17th floor – the TOP FLOOR!! It may have been way past the girl’s bedtime but their excitement was not dimmed in the slightest! Running around from room to room- they found their little gift from the hotel + ours before we barely walked through the door ourselves (Thank you for our presents Wyndham- so kind of you!). But as Lewis and I walked in, our eyes went straight for the VIEW- a glorious sparkle of city lights were surrounding us, and we could see the crashing waves under the moonlight too!
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 separate 2 single beds with their own breathtaking view, where they spotting the river and a park just below.
Myla decided to unpack her suitcase straight away into the wardrobe and set everything out how she likes it- neat and tidy (a child after my own heart…as I also did the same). Lewis and I had our own bedroom, with a tv, ensuite and our own private ocean view balcony.
The rest of the apartment featured a laundry, large open plan kitchen, dining and living area, as well as massive floor to ceiling windows/sliding doors opening our apartment to the world outside. The kitchen was self-contained, so 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 (though 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 literally spent 2 hours there! Lewis made the MOST (as he always does) of the buffet and had around 7 breakfasts! I worked my way through a hot serving of bacon and eggs, pancakes and finished with some pastries (ok, maybe I had a bowl of coco pops too). The girls ate on and off throughout that time, and in between they played with the toys in the lobby tv room right next to us- where they could borrow some games from the reception too – which basically meant we had breakfast in peace!!!
We loved how close Wyndham Hotel Surfers Paradise was to all the local attractions Surfers Paradise has to offer. We took the girls scooters and went for a walk to Cavill each day to explore, wandered around the shops a bit, and along the boardwalk on the beach. Surfers Paradise is such a great place to take kids, though this time, mostly enjoyed just hanging out 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 though, as the pool area was so relaxing, and I was even tempted into the hot spa one afternoon too!
For Myla’s birthday, we made her pancakes in the hotel room, with special treats on top, 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 the Rainbow Lorikeets ‘surprised her’ by sitting on our balcony (all the way up on the 17th floor) and enjoyed some lunch with us! We hand fed them, and they stayed there watching us for the day (she was SURE they came just for her!!!). It honestly was a perfect birthday for our big 5-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 but still giving you the luxury of being on a holiday!
So whether you are looking to celebrate a 5th birthday or 50th, consider a holiday with Wyndham. It gives a perfect time away for the entire family, filled with fun, excitement, and relaxation.
Wife, Mama and Business owner, Janelle Spies is a very productive lady! If she isn’t working on her ever-growing small business ‘My little Joy’, Janelle is spending every bit of time with her husband and 3 little girls, creating memories on the Sunshine Coast. Janelle loves a good chat (Hairdresser by trade), being creative and a strong coffee (or 3). @mylittlejoy_