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Saturday, 14 November 2015

Tiki Village International Resort: Review And Photos


Tiki Village International Resort is located on the bank of Nerang River along Fernie Avenue which forms part of the four-lane Gold Coast Highway. It is just a stone's throw from the commercial hub of Surfers Paradise and a very short walk would bring you to a place thriving with activities. Shops and restaurants are in abundance. There are shopping malls, three supermarkets and many tour kiosks nearby. In fact most of Gold Coast's indoor attractions are located in the vicinity. The famous Surfers Paradise Beach is a mere five minutes walk away. Even the tram station which connects you to other parts of Gold Coast, including its outskirts is just around the corner. As far as location is concerned, Tiki Village makes an ideal accommodation for would be holiday makers in Gold Coast.
This resort which comprises 8 floors offers seventy 1-bedroom apartments that are fully equipped and tastefully furnished.
There is only one guests' entrance to the resort. Tiki Village faces the junction to Cavill Avenue which can be considered the busiest street in Surfers Paradise. It is however nearer to the quieter half of Cavill Avenue ensuring sleep quality for light sleepers easily affected by noise. Parking is available for patrons who drive. 
Checking-in time is 2pm. There is a small reception counter manned by only 1 staff. The staffs we encountered during our 7 nights stay are quite helpful.
There are two elevators that service the 8 floors. We stayed on the 2nd floor.
The apartment has a bedroom with a queen bed. The whole apartment can actually sleep four.
This can be a make-do bed for a child.
There is a sofa bench that doubles up as a chest in the living room. A foldable bed is placed inside.
There are extra pillows, bed sheets and blankets in the built-in cupboard. 
Housekeeping service is not provided during the duration of our stay as the concept of "Clean the room yourselves" is the policy here. The apartment is equipped with vacuum cleaner, dust-pan, mop and pail. Even rubbish has to be taken out and disposed through the chute ourselves.
There is ample space to tuck away our belongings. An iron and ironing board are among facilities provided in the apartment. Coin operated launderettes are available on 3rd, 5th and 7th floor. For light washing, there is a clothes line in the shower room.
There is a wash area equipped with hair dryer and hand towels, a separate 6ft x 6ft shower room cum jacuzzi and a separate toilet.
6 large bath towels are provided. Any extras requested will be charged AUD6 for a set of 4. The only toiletry given free are two pieces of soap. (Shampoo, shower cap, body lotion, cotton buds, etc are not provided).
The kitchenette is well equipped and is almost complete with enough amenities to cook up a meal.
Dish washing detergent and kitchen towels are provided as well.
Packets of tea and coffee are complimentary but are not replenished. They can be purchased through the reception counter though.
It would be a waste not to utilise such a well-equipped kitchen so I stock up some foodstuff bought from a nearby supermarket and prepared a few simple meals instead of eating out all the time.
I love the setting of the apartment. It is cozy but spacious enough to relax and unwind after a tiring day out. There are two TVs. One in the bedroom and one in the living area. Wifi is free for the first 100mb which is as good as none. Usage is charged AUD5 for 500mb which is rather expensive. (There is free unlimited WIFI  if you'd care to take a short walk to McDonalds at the end of Caville Ave.) 
The resort overlooks the Nerang River and we occasionally spot cruise boats as the piers for the two river cruises are just adjacent to it.
Most of the resort facilities are located on the 1st floor. There is an outdoor pool with a water slide. Usage of pool towels are charged AUD 1.50/day.
There is a coin operated games room and a billiard table for games of pool.
The guest lounge is also located on the 1st floor. Coffee/Tea making facilities are available and guests can help themselves to complimentary coffee/tea here.
Adjacent to the lounge is a computer room but usage of internet is subject to a surcharge. (AUD2 for 21 minutes)
By the way there is only 1 computer here.
There is a garden and BBQ area next to the pool. This place is equipped with electric grills. 
A herb garden is specially created for guests who may want to spice up their own cooked food. Basil, rosemary and thyme are among some of the fragrant herbs planted here.
There is a rooftop sundeck featuring a hot tub and sauna.
There is a tour desk on on the ground floor to facilitate guests interested in day tours or any Gold Coast's attractions. Watch out for promotion tours offered here as it can save you some money. There are other tour agents around the city if this one is not agreeable with you. The resort also rents out bicycles for AUD25/day. 

No regrets choosing Tiki Village International Resort. I love this place for the tonnes of convenience it offers. It is clean and there is a lot of privacy staying here. I would not hesitate to recommend Tiki Village to anyone who may need a great place to stay in Gold Coast.

Booking can be done directly through Classic Holidays or through other hotel agents.



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