We have recently booked our family holiday for May 2017. There are 13 of us, so it's not only a long way to come, but also very expensive for us all.
After reading these reviews, I'm a little nervous.
We have 5 kids making the trip with us, is there plenty to keep them busy?
Your kids will have a great time, they don't care about the look of buildings and they probably haven't read all the reviews you have. I just went over on Sunday as we are having our wedding there in April and the kids will have plenty to do.
You have to remember you are on an island and prices are always going to be more expensive.
My tips would be the following:
- take snacks (chip, dip, meals you can heat up, noodles etc) this will save you money instead of eating out for 2 meals/day.
- you can hire a microwave for $10/day (tell them to give it to you for free as if you don't as you don't receive)
- take fruit from breakfast as that will give you something to snack on.
- bring snorkelling gear
- take water bottles you can fill up again (gym, welcome room and breakfast all have bubblers you can fill up bottles)
- BYO alcohol and keep in bags and only drink in room as you are on a licenced resort.
- bring cards/board games just in case it rains so you are prepared (you are on a island)
- go for day trips
- SIGN UP FOR DAYDREAMER CLUB CARD (10% OFF FOOD AND ALCOHOL PLUS OTHER STUFF
(you will find this on there website, it would not let me post it)
With a little planning and a open mind you will have a great time.
Just note the following:
Daydream Island Resort and Spa is introducing some alternative food and beverage options in conjunction with some strategic projects commencing ahead of the exciting $50 million refurbishment announced for 2018.
From Monday February 6th 2017 the following outlets on Daydream will be operating:
Lunch dining outlets
Mermaids 7 days – 11.30am to 2.30pm
Splashes 7 days – 11.30am to 2.00pm (Bar open 10.00am to 5.00pm)
Gilligan’s 7 days – 10.00am to 4.00pm
Coffee Bean Cafe 7 days – 8.00am to 3.00pm
Lagoons Bar will be open from 3pm and now offering coffee.
Dinner dining outlets
Mermaids open 7 days for dinner – 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Waterfalls will continue to offer buffet dining in line with weekly schedule from 5.30pm to 9.00pm.
Call & Collect Pizza – open select nights 5.00pm to 7.30pm
Gilligan’s will provide a barbecue to coincide with Movie nights – 5.30pm to 8.00pm.
These changes cover for some closures including Gingers Hut retail outlet, Fish Bowl Bistro and Boat House Bakery. Key stock items from Gingers Hut will be available at the Lobby Shop in the Atrium.
Gilligan’s, on the south end of the island, will be offering coffee, pre-made sandwiches, pies, cakes, beverages including cocktails, ice creams and on selected nights, a barbecue to coincide with movies at the Outdoor Cinema.
If you do have any problems i'm sure the staff on the island will be happy to help.
The kids will probably have a great time at Daydream as their expectations are often untainted by what value for money elsewhere looks like - however your adult group will undoubtedly be disappointed
Some tips for you if you are unable to cancel your booking ( which I would recommend investigating ) based from my experience of a 4 night stay at Daydream
- Bring plenty of snack food for you and the kids especially fruit etc as the island "shop" stocks absolutely nothing apart from chips, chocolate and ice cream. You cannot as an example buy cheese and crackers or anything like this to enjoy in the afternoons - this is the managements way of forcing you to use the terrible restaurants.
- Bring snorkel, mask etc to save on expense of hireage
- Adults bring alcohol as island prices are completely exhorbitant
- book (if at all possible) outside of holiday periods as the island cannot cope when it is busy
The issues on the island surround its mismanagement and a complete lack of focus on what guests expect for their hard earned money. Breakfast as an example is much like a kids school camp as opposed to the "sumptuous buffet" described by the manager (Gavin) who is a total clown.
If you can possibly do so I would investigate relocating to Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island as Daydream is a long long way past its best. Have a good read of the reviews in the last two months - the comments are universal.
Thanks a lot nathania:)
We are still excited despite the sad reviews!
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