This is not a sponsored post, I have not received any compensation at all for this, just wanted to share our experiences after staying here on 4 different occasions.
Bayview Bay Apartments has been the accomodation we keep going back to during the trips up to QLD to visit family.
Things that keep us coming back:
Walking distance to a park, playground and Broadwater beachfront
The swimming pool! My girls love the spa which they turn into a fort for their water fights, I love that it has two big shade sails across one end. During our most recent visit a big inflatable slide was also provided for pool fun. There is heaps of seating, umbrellas and tables.
The apartments, clean, airy, comfortable, there is Foxtel, a kitchen that you can prepare basic holiday meals (and a BBQ outside near the pool area). The first couple of stays we asked for ground floor units because with younger children I was worried about the balcony. However last two visits we’ve requested top floor apartments which capture the sea breeze much better. We also always ask for an air-conditioned apartment, not being used to the humidity and constant heat.
I didn’t think to take photos when it was all nice and tidy before we made ourselves at home.
There is two bathrooms, an ensuite off the master bedroom with lovely big shower, my husband always comments how much he enjoys the showers during our visits. The other bathroom has a bath tub and also a washing machine and tumble drier which is super handy for us as then we can pack light and leave extra room for the Christmas gifts.
The security screens and locks on the balcony doors and security screens on the bedroom window.
It is a lovely place to stay, clean, tidy, the management are friendly and helpful and generally so are the guests.
It is located in Runaway Bay at the Northern end of the Gold Coast, which is a relaxed area, not too touristy but with a great cafe close by – good coffee is important. A bus goes right past the apartment complex making public transport easy. There is a 7/11 just up the road and a bigger shopping complex about 20 minutes walk away (or you can catch the bus).
Some concerns we’ve had:
When Heidi was younger it was really hard work getting her pram in and out, even though we were on the ground floor, because of the stairs up from the carpark and stairs from the front door. It is also hard work walking up and down all the stairs with our suitcases when we are on the top floor, but I figure you only have to go up and down with the heavy bags when you arrive and when you leave.
The pool is fenced, which is fantastic, but the boat harbour and canal mere meters away is not. It was a real worry during our first visit as the front door of the apartment had a lock that simply popped open when the handle was turned. We invested in a childproof cover to go over the handle and that eased some of my concerns. Up until our most recent visit when Heidi started sleep walking. I ended up putting chairs down the corridor as a barricade, so if Heidi did start wandering the noise would wake me.
I think our visits have been more fun when both parents have been able to go so we could have one adult to one child supervision ratio. If you have kids who are prone to doing a runner or wandering the canal is a worry. We were always careful to keep the doors locked when in the apartment and eyes on Heidi when coming or going. Constant vigilance is an autism parent thing I think and she has for a few years now been old enough to open pool fences herself.
Overall we really love staying there, nothing beats days spent swimming in the sunshine and crashing in a comfy bed to sleep away all the fresh air and exercise.