“ Address: Corner Ferny & Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, QLD „
Tiki village, Surfer's Paradise, Qld
Tiki Village is a time share resort but you can pay to stay there too. We paid about £250 for a week in a one bedroom self catering apartment. We booked ours through Interval International which is our time share exchange programme but we chose not to exchange our points as the price was too reasonable if we paid cash.
The complex is quite old and in some aspects it was quite dated but as a place to base ourselves it served the purpose admirably. We drove from Brisbane after we arrived from Nadi, Fiji via Auckland in New Zealand. We arrived in Brisbane at about 4pm but by the time we found our luggage and then completed forms for the luggage that they had mislaid in Nadi and finally spent over an hour sorting out the car we had hired and prepaid for we left the Airport at about 6pm and arrived at the resort at about 8pm so it was a very long day and we were shattered by the time we arrived.
Reception was very efficient but they would not let my son park his car in the car park as they were full so there was an allocation of one parking place per unit. They said that there may be space on Sunday but as we had paid $31 for a week's parking over the road we left it there. However when we put our car down stairs in the car park it was far from full so we were a bit fed up. When our friends came up for the day on Saturday they were allowed to park in the visitor's car park but it was too late by then as we had already paid up the $31. If we had not paid the $31 in advance it would have been $2 per hour so we had no choice really.
We had very complicated security arrangements with the lift, codes and in the car park the room key had to be put in while the lift button was pressed. In order to get into the car park there was a pin code so everything was quite secure. In order to get into the reception area after hours there was a key entry or a button to press to get the security to let you in.
The unit we had was quite a decent size with a good sized double bedroom off the main corridor as you came in. The bathroom area was down a corridor with the separate toilet to the left and a huge spa bath with shower over it o the right. The sink unit with cupboard and drawers was not in either but just at the end of the corridor. The corridor had cupboards on the side where the main bedroom was that slid open from either the corridor or the bedroom - so you could look through from the corridor into the bedroom if you so desired. Also along the side corridor was a room with a clothes airer, ironing board and vacuum, brush and dustpan and brush set. There was no iron, you had to ask at reception if you wanted one or you could go up to one of the laundry rooms on either the 3rd, 5th or 7th floor and use the iron and board there.
The main lounge dining area was lovely light and large. The dining table had six chairs so plenty for a family of four. There was also a breakfast bar with two high chairs dividing the kitchen from this large room. Also in the lounge were two comfortable settees and a TV on the wall. There was also a sofa bed tucked away in a big box like seat but it really was only a single bed but perfect for our needs as we only had my son staying with us. A child could easily have slept on the sofa though if needs be.
The kitchen had a full set of four hot plates but there was no grill only a microwave oven and an electric fry pan. There were plenty of saucepans and a frying pan, crockery was abundant and there were so many glasses we could have supplied a bar. The fridge and freezer was large and more than adequate for a family's needs self catering. There was a small dish washer but they only provided one small sachet of powder so we used the dish washing liquid provided and hand washed after the free sachet.
The bedroom had a comfortable bed and a large lounge unit sofa thing with under storage which we used to put things in that we didn't want to leave out like our laptops and cameras that we didn't take with us. I guess this too could be used as extra bedding if you had a child as it was quite a decent size and extra sheets were provided as well as pillows and blankets.
The unit had fans and air conditioning and all the windows were screened and the windows were sliding to open but had locking bolts which they suggested you keeping closed while you were out.
There was a free safety deposit box free available at reception which they gave you a key for when you signed for it. Every time you wanted to access this you had to sign for it. As reception closed at 6 pm on some days you had to be careful if you needed you valuables and plan to get them when reception was open. The boxes were too small for a normal laptop but would have held my netbook but no accessories such as lead and case.
There was no servicing of the apartments so you had to make your own bed and keep the towels and bath mats for the week. This was okay when the weather was dry but when we had days of rain it was hard to get the towels dry. You could ask for more linen etc but you were charged for this so we got our stuff dry and made do. I had to pay £1 per toilet roll when we used the two supplied which i thought was a bit cheeky. I made sure I didn't leave the spare one I had bought after that!
The staff at the resort were all so friendly and helpful. On our arrival night I couldn't get the phone to work and called maintenance. The man who came sorted the problem and then I asked if there was a bar or somewhere we could buy something to eat and drink. He suggested Subway for the food and offered to bring us up some beer and wine, we did have to pay a bit for it but as we were so tired and just wanted to relax after a day's travelling we were very grateful to him.
Internet was free and wifi if you went in to the library. This was okay but it did limit when you could access this as you could not be doing something else in your room like cooking at the same time. It also was not very sociable as my husband cold bring his book and read but it would have been so much nicer to be able to get on from our room. On our last night it wasn't letting us access it at all so I am not sure what was wrong with it. However I shouldn't complain as it was free which made a pleasant change.
The laundry rooms had machines to wash and dry and an iron and board. The washing machines cost $3 a load and the dryer $2 which was okay but not a bargain. These rooms were on 3 floors of the building so you had to keep going back to check how it was going and move the washing into the dryer. Had it been better drying weather I probably would have done more hand washing as there were places to hang things but it was so damp nothing would have dried.
The library was a sort of book exchange and there were also jigsaws and games you could borrow. This was the room where you accessed the internet wifi too. Next to this room was a small cinema and the film shown changed daily. Beside these rooms was games room with lots of arcade type games, a pool table and other entertainment for younger teens.
The pool and bar were just off these rooms and around the pool were lots of sun beds for relaxing had the weather been good. The pool bar did have an awning for shelter and the prices were actually quite reasonable $3 for a glass of sparkling wine and $4 for a bottle of beer seemed better than most other places we went. The pool had a water slide which got good use even in the rainy weather we 'enjoyed'.
There were several seating areas with gas BBQs for guest use but unfortunately we were not able to enjoy these facilities as it poured with rain most days we were staying there. As the resort was self catering this was very useful. There was no restaurant on site but there were any number of eateries within very close walking distance.
While I personally would not choose to holiday at the Gold Coast as I find it quite tacky and over built with high rise buildings, this gave us a cheap base to explore northern NSW from and we were able to drive to Brisbane in an hour to visit friends which was what we had planned.
The Gold Coast is extremely built up and the main attractions of the area are aimed at the young with bars and night life. There are also plenty of shopping centres, casinos and the sort of sites that are popular with families such as Sea World, Dracula's Kingdom etc which is not what I want on holiday but obviously appeals to many other tourists.
However there are also trips to local islands, whale watching trips which is what we did and trips to the inland National Parks like Springbrook ( where' I'm a Celebrity' is filmed) and Mount Tamborine all of which are great , natural and far more interesting than Dracula's Kingdom and the like.
The Tiki Village resort was clean and comfortable and an excellent base from which to explore the are provided you could get past the fact that Surfer's Paradise is a huge built up area of high rise buildings, shops and restaurants, the beach was a 5 minute walk away but it was quite built up with a back drop of buildings and there are far nicer beaches in Queensland up north of Brisbane.
I would recommend the resort for a central place to stay to explore northern NSW and the Gold Coast hinterland but if you want to enjoy nice beaches then head for the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane rather than the area of Surfer's Paradise or indeed any part of the Gold Coast unless you like Blackpool type of seaside entertainment.
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