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Switch Off and Reconnect with an ‘Unplugged’ Family Holiday Experience

We stayed as guests of Holiday Holiday to try a Gold Coast ‘Unplugged’ Family Holiday Experience

Family Holiday Experience

Holiday Holiday is helping families reconnect by taking time out from technology for quality interaction and traditional play.

You just need to turn up!

Planning a trip away can add stress to an already hectic regular schedule when you have a family. The idea of all that hard work just to have your family sit around in a new place on the same iPads can make it seem like a waste of time. You want to make sure that it will be worth it, right?

Finding kid friendly accommodation  on our gorgeous Gold Coast is not difficult, that’s for sure. But planning a memorable getaway goes way beyond finding the digs, you need to consider all of the Crap junk ‘stuff’ that you’ll need to haul with you … or do you?

Gold Coast accommodation provider Holiday Holiday know that holidays with kids are precious, so they’ve launched the ‘unplugged’ Family Holiday Experience, offering luxury apartments with thoughtfully appointed kids’ rooms to help families reconnect by taking time out from technology for quality interaction and traditional play.

And they’ve thought of everything! The rooms come kitted out with toys, books and games, all designed to encourage a technology free holiday, allowing families to re-connect … just like the family holidays of your childhood.

It’s like having a family holiday concierge!

“We have designed the kids’ rooms so that all mums and dads have to bring is their sense of adventure, because all the essentials are set up for them when they arrive,” says Holiday Holiday director Lee Lee Goh.

“Parents can simply unwind, happy in the knowledge the kids are discovering their own special space complete with soft toys, story books, cuddly blankets and cushions. “Children will delight in their very own check-in pack, rubber ducky for bath time and sand buckets for those beach adventures. We’ve even popped some plastic cutlery in the kitchen for hassle-free meal times,” she said.

A ‘staycation’ family holiday has never been easier

The idea of a family holiday concierge is not just useful for those flying or driving in from afar – although how great is that?! It is the perfect option for families right here on the coast to simply jump in the car and head into beautiful Surfers Paradise to enjoy the popular holiday destination we’re lucky enough to have right here on our doorstep.

We stayed in a family apartment at Circle on Cavill, centrally located within the family entertainment mecca of Surfers Paradise.

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We packed light, jumped in the car directly from school pick-up and within an hour we were set up, with everything a family could need to relax and connect. It was magic.

The kids loved the fact that they stepped right into a welcoming space with familiar comforts that allowed all of us to immediately unwind and get right into the task at hand … having fun!

Family Holiday Experience

In every way, the accommodation is set up and ready for you and your family to make yourselves at home

When was the last time you really relaxed?

Look, it might be different in your family, but I know, as the mum in our family, the workload for a family holiday falls mainly on my shoulders. The packing, the sorting, the organising. You really shouldn’t underestimate just how much more relaxed you become when somebody takes a chunk of that off your plate.

It was truly wonderful to know the kids needs were taken care of by someone other than the iPad. As a parent seeing them enjoying themselves, and being able to engage in that with them is truly precious.

Holidaying in your own backyard is highly recommended. There is a reason people from all over the world come to visit Surfers Paradise!

Unplug and reconnect, you won’t regret it

With the attractions, the beach, the culture and the fun, Surfers Paradise is the perfect place for a family getaway. The fact that you can return to your room and have it set up as a true home away from home, just makes it more enticing. We’ll definitely be re-booking with Holiday Holiday for more unplugged getaways.

For more information or to book your family holiday experience, please visit Holiday Holiday 


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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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