My Mother’s Day RedBalloon Experience

Originally published on Mummy Smiles

As a RedBalloon Blogger, I have experienced some pretty cool things with my family. But when I was asked to review an experience from one of the many RedBalloon Mothers Day gift ideas, I knew exactly what I wanted to do… escape!

I don’t need to tell you how hard Mums work. We know that it is a 24 hour / 7 days a week kinda gig. And 99% of the time we wouldn’t want it any other way. But just occasionally, I really want some time away from my kidlets which helps me to feel happier as a person, which makes me a better Mama.

So hubby and I packed our bags, dropped the kids off to school and headed to the beach for an “Overnight Gold Coast Getaway and Breakfast for 2“. Our RedBalloon Mothers Day adventure began when this little tower popped right up in front of us. The Q1 Resort and Spa is an iconic skyscraper located right in the heart of Surfers Paradise and is Australia’s tallest residential tower.

If you think it looks big driving up to it, then it looks unbelievable ginormous when looking up from the very bottom!

Q1 Resort and Spa Surfers Paradise

We checked in and took our bags up to our room. For me, the absolute most exciting part of the holiday is that moment when you put your swipey thing in the lock and push open the door for the very first time. First impressions are huge for me and I love seeing the room look all beautiful and neat and ready for us!

Amazing views greeted us from the door.

The enclosed verandah.

Check out those hospital corners!

Especially when something like this is waiting for me!

A yummy welcome surprise.

Up high on the 21st floor we had gorgeous views out to the ocean.

Incredible views

I had heard so much about Q1 but as this was our first visit, I was interested to have a good look around at the Resort section. Of course the first place I went to was the gym – phwoar what a work out!

I am such an exercise junkie – can’t keep me away!

Having thoroughly exerted myself for about 5 whole minutes, we headed back to the room for an afternoon nap. Yes that’s right – a nap. I can hear you drooling as I type!


The beautify of Surfers Paradise is that there is always something to do, and everything is just a short walk away. We wandered through the markets which are held every Friday and Saturday night. Judging by the number of people that were there, these are obviously very popular but there wasn’t much there that took our fancy.

Surfers Paradise Markets

So we made a quick exit and headed to a Teppanyaki Bar for a spot of dinner.

Dinner at Teppanyaki Bar

Knowing that we wouldn’t be woken through the night by children who need drinks, toilets or cuddles, we enjoyed the chance to just wander around Surfers and do a spot of people-watching before heading back to our room where I savoured every single drop of this incredible bath.

The bathroom


The next morning I opened my eyes, peeped out at the waves, then promptly went back to sleep for another hour – woo hoo!!! Eventually we thought we should probably get out of bed, so we headed up to the 77th floor for some brekkie. And check out this view!

From the restaurant on the 77th floor.

Do you know what I don’t rate? Continental breakfasts. I can have cereal and tinned fruit at home any day of the week. So instead we decided to pay for our meals from the a la carte menu and tucked into a much heartier breakfast. Yum!

All calorie free!

We had just had time for one more walk along the beach before it was time to head home. It wasn’t a long break but it was a break – and sometimes that’s exactly what we need. Just a little bit of time to get away, and some time to breathe, is often it all takes to renew your spirits and give you the time you need to appreciate just what you have waiting for you at home.

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