As a holiday rental for a family with small children, you can't really go past this place.
Firstly the units are on a quiet and beautiful beach on the southern end of the Gold Coast. Rainbow Bay is a sheltered beach from the dominant south-easterly winds that are characteristic of winter in SE QLD. The beach boasts a sand bank that creates a delightful gutter on the beach in which the kids can play without being pummelled by surf. For adults, strolling out over the bar takes you into light surf. The water is always clear and there's no sharp drop off for some way. In the summer months when the north easterly winds blow, the beach is a little more exposed but you still get some shelter from the headland so the waves still wrap around nicely. The area surrounding the beach is fabulous with sheltered sandy coves for kids to play and rock pools. As the tide comes in, the waves break over the point making for good ocean-gazing if you're kid-less.
The apartments in Columbia all have sea views and the higher you go (17 floors in total), the more spectacular. We stayed in apartment 40 and it was as well stocked as a holiday apartment could be. Comfortable, firm beds - queen and two singles (two rooms). Two bathrooms, one with a bath. The kitchen was very well equipped with everything from dishes for entertaining to appliances and pans for baking. The draws had great knives (a pet hate of mine when I travel in self-catering - i love to cook and you need a good knife) and things like measuring spoons etc. They even had bowls, cups and plates for kids.
The apartment itself was clean and well decorated. It was equipped with a great TV (with foxtel), stereo (iPod dock and charger), DVDs, books and some games. Recently being renovated it was also refreshingly comfortable. We entertained on the second last day we stayed and it was effortless...the owners of this unit have done well to make holiday leasers feel at home.
Finally, management of the block is efficient, friendly, helpful and service-oriented. We'll definately be back.
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Thank you for the very in-depth review. Besides the great feed back for our complex, you have described perfectly the great benefit of staying in Rainbow Bay, for those who have yet to experience our gorgeous part of the Gold Coast - right down to the weather patterns!
The owners of the apartment you have described have taken great care in listening to what the public want. I especially thank you for mentioning in your 'room tip' about talking to us about your requirements - if you have never stayed with us before we do like to take the time to discuss the best options if your a family with young children, a family reunion or on a boys surf trip.
Again, thank you for taking the time to post your thoughts about Rainbow Bay & Columbia Apartments
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