One of the Gold Coast’s absolute beach-front resorts, it’s hard to surpass the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort as the ultimate staycation destination. It feels like a world away from the loud, bustling streets of Surfers Paradise and since international travel is off the card, for the time being, hubby and I decided it was time for our first family vacation—Gold Coast style.
One of the things I’ve realised with not being able to travel overseas is just how lucky we are on the Gold Coast to be spoiled for amazing places to stay. Without a doubt, the Sheraton is one of those breathtaking properties that you have to see to believe. The photos simply don’t do it justice. The grandness of walking into the opulent lobby with sweeping views of the tropical water gardens and the resort pool—particularly on a picture-perfect day—are more than instagram worthy.
Terraces restaurants are located on the ground floor and are arguably one of the best seafood buffets on the coast. However, if you don’t want to dine on the property, there are a myriad of fabulous restaurants just across the road at Marina Mirage from some of the finest seafood to family dining at Hog’s Breath.
On arrival in our ocean-front room, we were treated to a fruit platter and they provided a cot, so it was perfect for baby Leo.
With the beach right on the doorstep of the hotel with direct access, it almost feels like having your own private beach. However, with David having been away and me getting next to no sleep while he was away, we were happy to just chill out by the pool, swim and enjoy poolside service. There’s even a swim-up bar if you’re thirsty mid dog paddle. The pool is heated just to take the chill off the water so it’s the perfect temperature. Thanks to Baby beehinds, Leo was able to wear his swim nappy and enjoyed the lagoon pool as much as we did,
The rooms are a good size so you don’t feel cramped and the beds are super comfortable (very important when you’ve been sleep deprived!) It was everything you could ask for in a room including panoramic windows that open right up to take advantage of the ocean breezes.
If you want something more active to do than lounging poolside, there’s a concrete walkway perfect for if you want to hire bikes, or do a segway tour. The Sheraton Grand Mirage is also just up the road from Seaworld. Cruises, Hoppo—the Gold Coast ferry service—and jet ski tours all depart from Fisherman’s wharf across the road. And of course, if you’re not a local, it’s just a short drive to all the local attractions.
The best thing was it only took us 10 minutes by car to get there and if we’d forgotten anything for Leo, hubby could just pop home and grab it. Even though it was so close to home, it felt like a lovely decadent holiday.
If you’re planning a staycation on the Gold Coast, I can highly recommend the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort. It gets a rating of 9.5 cocktails out of 10. (only 9.5 because it’s also where my marketing office is based and seeing the conference room made me think of work!)