We booked a 3-bedroom unit at Air for 6 nights when my parents came down from Canada in May/June 2007, allowing for sleeping space for 4 adults, 2 kids, and a baby. The bedrooms were pretty small (except the third bedroom with twin beds, strangely enough), and I agree with another reviewer about the "room for bed but not much more" comment. The bedrooms weren't a big issue for us, though, as we were out all day most days and used the unit as a base for resting children, getting the baby to sleep, and winding down at the end of the afternoon. The kitchen/lounge area was VERY spacious, however, and the balcony was huge and north-facing. Noise was surprisingly an issue for us as well, as the Oasis shopping centre puts on free outdoor music on the weekends which necessitated closed windows and air-con -- a bit disappointing.
The car parking was a bit of an issue, winding around and around until we got to the Air parking. The trip from the carpark was "fun" as well, with many trips back and forth for all the kid & baby stuff. Since we had to go down from 20+ levels, walk across to another lift, then up a ramp to the cars, it wasn't the quickest unloading/loading I've ever done.
The staff were absolutely wonderful from beginning to end, which includes arranging the booking with them over the phone (originally on 8th floor, then bumped us up kindly to 20th+ (can't remember exactly)), allowing us 2 car spaces (although I kind of expect that for a 3-bedroom unit), and just being helpful, friendly, and cheerful all the time. You just don't see that very often at resorts anymore, in my opinion.
The pools are very nice, but it's a trek to get there as well; the kids loved them. I think that if we were staying in any season other than winter in Queensland the pool area would not only have been packed out, but BLAZINGLY hot, as the only cover is directly over the kiddies' pool. Even that doesn't get complete sun cover except at high noon.
The location is brilliant and really the main reason that I booked at Air -- directly across from the park (massive green space, multiple playgrounds, walking/bike tracks), Kurrawa Beach, above the Oasis shopping centre, close to Pacific Fair shopping centre, central to everything else at Broadbeach. The noise, as mentioned earlier, was an issue for a few nights. The furnishings are really nice and modern, all in great condition (resort is only a year or so old), and the views we had were possibly the best I've had at the Gold Coast in years.
The price was a bit steep -- close to $300/night in what I thought would be a low season (beginning of June, not school holidays), and specials seem unlikely to come by. Maybe this resort will be available on some booking services in the near future, but it wasn't when we booked.
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- Air on Broadbeach is an ultra-modern beachfront apartment building in the heart of Broadbeach across from the beach and foreshore parks. ... more less
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