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“Perfect location, helpful managers. Will definitely return”
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Emerald Sands
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Reviewed September 20, 2010

We stayed for 7 weeks in apartment 2A and were delighted with almost everything! The views from the lounge and bedroom windows are breathtaking. I would ask for an "A" apartment if you like the views to Q1 and the high rises. Ann and John are really helpful and friendly. We got married while we were staying here and they allowed us to use the complex as a venue for champagne after our beach service. The apartment was very well equipped and it really was a home away from home for us. Many a happy evening was spent on the balcony listening to the waves, glass of chilled wine in hand!!! Bliss!!! The only negative was the cleaning arrangements. The linen and towels were changed weekly and the bathroom was half heartedly cleaned but I would have liked the apartment to have received a bit more attention. There was a vaccuum cleaner for us to use but it didnt work. Ann and John did clean for us on one occasion but I think they need to address this for guests staying longer than a couple of weeks. All in all however, a magnificent stay and I would recommend Emerald Sands to everyone. The beach at Fern Street is beautiful and not as crowded as Surfers or Broadbeach so you can enjoy the peace or stroll to either of the busier beaches to find everything you are looking for. Broadbeach is fantastic for restaurants. You really are spoilt for choice. The buses go from the end of the road to Broadbeach/ Robina Town Centre or from the highway (2mins further up the road) to Pacific Fair or into Surfers/Southport. Can't wait to go back!!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2010

We stayed in a 1 bedroom apartment which, although quite compact, had everything you could want in an apartment, full laundry facilities, dishwasher, etc. The Emerald Sands is very well suited to couples or solo travellers who would want a quiet, relaxing position in Surfers Paradise. I counted only 80 (small) paces along a narrow lane to the beach. There are no roads to cross, very little traffic noise, in fact the only noise you can really hear is the sound of the surf on the beach (which is quite wonderful when laying in bed at night). I would highly recommend these apartments to anyone wanting a central but quiet position. It's a comfortable walk into Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach. The apartment we stayed in was very clean, the bed linen was crisp and clean as were the towels. The managers, John and Ann were exceptionally welcoming and friendly. One of the guests actually got married on the beach while we were there and John volunteered to be their photographer so as you can see they are fantastic hosts. So, in summing up, Surfers Paradise may not be everybody's cup of tea but the Emerald Sands is certainly in a unique position in that you could be based there and be in close proximity and to experience all that Surfers has to offer, or just chill out around the local beach and not be bothered by all the hustle and bustle of Surfers Paradise. And you are close enough to Broadbeach to experience the more up-market atmosphere that it has to offer. A wonderful boutique apartment complex in a very quiet and relaxing part of Surfers Paradise. I would also like to confirm previous reports that the pool/bbq/sunbathing area is a good place to chill out, and also sea views from all apartments. . .sensational.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 27, 2010

Agree with most comments, but being told by management that they charge for toilet paper was a bit much. My wife has just retired as a travel writer for a large airline and she has never experienced this before...simply ridiculous and not good for tourism

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank iplgc
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Reviewed June 13, 2010

Just returned from our stay at Emerald Sands. Stayed in Unit 6B which is the highest of the 1 bedroom apartments. Ocean views from the Bedroom, Living Room and Balcony were sensational. Our room looked to have been recently upgraded with new kitchen, carpets, etc. Spent many hours sitting on the huge balcony watching the ocean (photo's from room and balcony attached) and listening to the waves. Halfway between Surfers (10 minutes walk) and Broadbeach (15-20 minutes walk) and tucked away so no traffic noise. Local bus around the corner. Private (no roads to cross) access to beach. Patrolled beaches (Northcliffe and Kurrawa) 2 minutes walk along the beach each way. Nice compact grounds with intimate pool and spa, clean BBQ's and sun lounges on the lawn. Can't fault it and will return again next year. Great.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank sdit
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Reviewed April 15, 2010

Just stayed 8 nights in a 1bdr apartment on the fourth floor of Emerald Sands, and I must say it was great. I proposed to my girlfriend (now fiance) here, so it will always be a special place for us. The room was very bright and clean. Emerald Sands has all the conveniences that you will need: Full-kitchen, Laundry, great ocean views from a large balcony, Queen bed, Air-con and fans, underground secure parking (which is great and put my mind at ease), and a TV with Austar channels. About a 15 minute walk up the road that it is located on and you are in the heart of Surfers Paradise. You are so close to the beach you can smell it! Great stuff! Jump in the car, and you are about 3 minutes to the trendy suburb of Broadbeach, which boasts some great shopping, restaurants and of course, Conrad Jupiters Casino... an expensive adventure, but fun nonetheless.

The managers are fantastic! They are very welcoming and helpful, and actually seem to care that you have chosen to stay there. Their quality service really adds to the stay.

I recommend Emerald Sands to anyone looking for some good-value accommodation without sacrificing quality. We will be returning for sure!

(I was going to put up a pic, but the view from the balcony is exactly the same as that posted by another traveler, possibly from the same room even!)

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2010

Cosy little apartment which feels like home! We had the 1-bedroom apt which has everything we need - kitchen, washing machine & dryer, walk-in wardrobe, sofabed, ceiling fans, ocean view balcony, free secure parking, 1-min walk to the beach, great restaurants within 2-5 mins drive, heated jacuzzi, etc....

I was actually tempted to buy one of these apt as one of them is currently on sale.

Would definitely stay in emerald sands again the next time I visit!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank KellyEmma
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Reviewed February 23, 2010

Only a 7 storey building but this just added to the charm if the place. Fantastic beach views from our level 6 unit. Hosts were very friendly & accomodating. A flat and easy 15min walk to Surfers. Unit was clean, roomy & newly refurbished. Loved the BBQ & pool/spa area. The only fault was with the curtains. They were quite thin and we could certainly see the morning sun and feel the heat when waking up. Thicker curtains or some solid blinds would easily fix that problem. Bus stop around the corner and there is a great place for eating & drinking - Northcliffe Surf Club - only a 5min walk north. Highly recommended for a quiet, relaxing & affordable stay.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 2 Fern St, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Gold Coast > Surfers Paradise
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #35 of 123 Specialty Lodging in Surfers Paradise
Price Range: $96 - $235 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Emerald Sands 4*
Number of rooms: 19
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