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Blue Waters Apartments
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Gatton, Australia
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Just what we needed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

After a pretty stressful few weeks, my husband and I decided to take our two children to the Gold Coast for a few days to chill out. After trolling through many resorts and hotels, and reading reviews from Tripadvisor we settled on Blue Waters. We couldn't have made a better choice. The apartment we had was the exact gorgeous one on the website, was spotlessly clean and had everything we could ask for. The lagoon style pool is just wonderful and the gardens lush and tropical. Undercover, secure car parking with spacious spaces. Heard no road noise from where we stayed so had the most relaxing stay. Just a note that there is no lift as it is not high rise but walking the stairs didn't bother us and made me worry less about some of the sumptuous meals we ate nearby! The managers friendly and helpful. We have ear marked this lovely resort for future visits. Thank you, Blue Waters.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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BlueWatersApartments, Manager at Blue Waters Apartments, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Dear Damedee,

Thank you again for choosing Blue Water Apartments earlier this month. We are so glad we were able to help you de-stress and relax!

As avid travellers ourselves, we know what family’s need when on holidays. This is why Blue Waters has features such as undercover parking facilities with wide parks, a family friendly pool and of course, spotless facilities.

We will also try to accommodate individual requests as much as possible – whether it be a room with a view or a ground floor room. Either way, we do our best to make sure you can really enjoy your time out.

Thank you for giving us such a great wrap here on Trip Advisor. We very much look forward to welcoming you again and your family back to Blue Waters Apartments very soon!

Kind Regards,

Darren and Judy Ackland
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Moss Vale, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

This is the second time we have stayed here and will definately be back again. This location is just far enough from the hustle and bustle but more than close enough to everything we need on the Gold Coast. Once again the apartment was spotless and everything worked perfectly. Great security of the building and secured car park also. The kids love the pool and love the park straight across the road on the Broadwater. I would recommend Blue Water to anyone and given that both our stays have been perfect I have no need to stay anywhere else when in the gold Coast. Thanks Darren and Judy this place is a credit to you and your staff.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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BlueWatersApartments, Manager at Blue Waters Apartments, responded to this review, July 30, 2013
Dear HighlandTraveller73,

We are so pleased that you have chosen Blue Water Apartments as your accommodation of choice on the Gold Coast.

Our staff works very hard to make sure your apartment is in tip top shape for your stay. We pride ourselves on the safety and security of our apartments so we are delighted you could appreciate it.

We are so glad that your family could take advantage of the outdoor activities even in the cooler month of July. We keep the pool heated to 30 degrees in winter so you can enjoy it all year round. We also totally agree with you in regards to our location – it’s nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of Surfer’s Paradise but still close enough to enjoy the major attractions of the Gold Coast!

We very much look forward to your next arrival.

Kind Regards,

Darren & Judy Ackland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

We rented these apartment to participate in the Gold Coast Half Marathon. Was a great spot very handy for the start and got to watch the marathon go past later in the day. At the quieter end of the coast, apartments are neat and tidy and well stocked. Heated pool was a nice touch. Stayed in 3bdr apartment with 4 adults and 2 kids plenty of room.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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BlueWatersApartments, Manager at Blue Waters Apartments, responded to this review, July 30, 2013
Dear DavidC,

Thank you for your kind review here on Trip Advisor and congratulations on your accomplishment of the Gold Coast Half Marathon! We often get comments that our location is great for major Queensland events like the Gold Coast Marathon, Pan Pacific Masters Games, The Magic Millions, The Coolangatta Gold and the Amor All Gold Coast 600.

We are delighted that you could enjoy the event and them have a bit of a break with your family and relax in our facilities.

We hope to see you back at Blue Water Apartments for your next big event or better yet for a well-earned time out.

Kind Regards,

Darren & Judy Ackland
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

We had a lovely time during our stay at Blue Waters Apartments. We booked directly through the apartments website, which was an easy process.
Upon arrival, we were very pleased with the secure undercover carpark and the size of our 3 bedroom apartment. Our apartment had a full kitchen, including oven, microwave, dishwasher, all in good working order with plenty of pots, pans, utensils, crockery and cutlery, which allowed us to cook all our meals easily.The main bathroom contained a washer & dryer which worked well, and the bathroom was of a good size, big enough for my three kids. Upstairs the master bedroom, walk in robe and ensuite were very large, and it was lovely having our own space - often when on holidays, you feel like everyone is cramped into a small space together, this was certainly not the case here! I have read other comments that the decor is a bit dated, which may be true of the bathroom fittings, however we found our furniture and kitchen to all be in as-new condition. The beds were extremely comfortable (although the blinds do not block out the early morning light - which didnt worry us as with 3 young kids we dont sleep in!!). We were supplied with coffee, tea, milk, soap, washing detergent, dishwashing liquid, etc to get us through our first nights stay, and there was a Coles supermarket closeby to stock up on our supplies the next day.
The pool is the highlight of the complex. We stayed during June, so the weather was only 20 degrees most days, yet we swam every day (even in the rain), as the pool was heated so was still quite nice on a cold day! It must be at least 20 metres long and surrounded by lovely palm trees, feels like a private lagoon! There is a large playground over the road as well which was good for the kids.
The complex was fully booked during our stay, however given it is only a small size, we did not find it to be too busy and was still fairly quiet. It is a low rise apartment, so there is no lift, however given there are only 3 stories, this is not really an issue.
The location was good for us, we did have a hire car though, so cant comment on public transport. It was a short drive to the Theme Parks (maybe 10 minutes or so). The local fish shop down the road feeds the pelicans at lunchtime every day, which the kids loved. Surfers Paradise is probably also about 10 minutes drive away, which suited us as we were away from the busy streets, but close enough to take a short trip in for shopping, etc. Harbour Town Shopping Town is also a short drive (great factory outlet shopping!). There is a very safe, shallow swimming beach a short walk up the road, perfect for kids (there are even shade sails on the beach there).
Thanks to Darren & Judy for a lovely holiday - we will definitely be back!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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BlueWatersApartments, Manager at Blue Waters Apartments, responded to this review, July 30, 2013
Dear Callinda B,

Thank you very much for your extensive review of Blue Water Apartments here on Trip Advisor.

We are glad you found our booking easy. Booking directly with Blue Water Apartments is the simplest booking process, and best way to avoid third party booking engine fees.

We firmly believe in helping our guests get the best value for money during their stay. This includes equipping you with everything you would need to cook your own meals and do your washing.

We also feel it is essential for parents to have their own space on family holidays. This is why we have an apartment layout which gives your much need privacy and space when necessary.

Many of our guests travelling with families say the pool is the highlight of their holiday. We keep it heated very warm in winter so guests can swim even in the cooler months. We often get comments that the lagoon-style of the pool makes is spacious and easy to share with other guests.

I am sure many readers will appreciate your tips on our location, especially that of the nearby beach. What is a holiday to the Gold Coast without a dip in the ocean? For those wondering, Charis Seafoods is our local fish and chips shop that feeds the pelicans at 1 pm daily. It is also just in front of a man-made lagoon which is perfect for paddling and playing in sands.
If you chose not to hire a car on your next trip, we are in an excellent place for public transport. The location bus routes go right past Blue Water Apartments both directions so you can explore everywhere from the theme parks in the north to the quiet long beaches of the south.

Once again, we are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us.
We very much look forward to welcoming you and your family back to Blue Water Apartments and helping you create many more holiday adventures.

Kind Regards,

Darren and Judy Ackland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

My family and I stayed at Blue Waters Apartments, 220 Marine Parade, Labrador, Queensland 4215, Australia in June 2013. Hotels.com calls it Blue Waters Luxury Apartments. We stayed in a 2-bedroom apartment. We were very satisfied with the facilities. Everything worked, including showers, toilets, washing machine, dryer, fridge, cooking facilities and power points. There was secure parking for cars. The only drawback was that there was no lift (elevator), so we had to carry our luggage up 2 floors.

Although it is not in the middle of Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise is an easy drive away. It is close to Sea World and Australia Fair Shopping Centre at South Port as well as within easy drive to Dreamworld, WhiteWater World, Wet'n'Wild and Movie World.

Room Tip: Since no lift (elevator), lower floor would be better.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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BlueWatersApartments, Owner at Blue Waters Apartments, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Dear Perry Tan,

Thank you for reviewing us here on Trip Advisor. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

We are so happy we could help you explore the Gold Coast from our location. As you said, our location is great for families as you can visit the fabulous theme parks as well as discover everything the Gold Coast has to offer.

As with most 3 storey walk up buildings in Queensland, we do not have lifts and we do our best to communicate this on our website (see under “Facilities” and in the FAQ section). The expense of operating lifts adds enormously to the running costs of a building, and we are able to pass the saving on to our customers with good quality accommodation at a very reasonable price. For those with small children, or medical conditions, ground floor apartments are available upon request

We do hope to see you back here at Blue Water Apartments soon!

Kind Regards,

Darren and Judy Ackland
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is right on Marine Parade, in the middle of Labrador, close to some great little suburban restaurants a five minute walk. Clean and tidy 3 bedroom apartment, with kids downstairs a bonus. Decor a little dated, but good and spacious and plenty of kitchen space and storage. The highlight was the pool, a wee beauty set in among the palms and the terracotta backdrop. Loved our stay and highly recommend Charlies Pizzaria and Casa Mexicanna for dinner.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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BlueWatersApartments, Manager at Blue Waters Apartments, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Dear Jim D,

Thank you for taking the time to review us here on Trip Advisor. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us!

We too love all the local restaurants and cafes in Labrador. Thank you for recommending Charlie’s and Casa Mexicana. We will be sure to pass on this information to our other guests.

Our guests often comment on how great our location due to its proximity to theme parks, Surfers Paradise, Southport and of course, the world class beaches of the Gold Coast. We are also happy to hear your family enjoyed our pool! We take great pride in our true heated pool so our guests can enjoy it all year round.

Once again, thank you for your kind words. We hope to welcome you and your family back to Blue Waters soon.

Kind Regards,
Darren and Judy Ackland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Stayed in one of the three bedroom apartments. Beautiful views over the pool and further out towards the bay. Hotel staff could not have been more hospitable, lovely to see good service. (Darren, how wonderfully nice you are). Rooms were exactly as described, clean and functional. Will be booking again for our November holiday!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Thank TConne
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BlueWatersApartments, Manager at Blue Waters Apartments, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
HI TConne,

Thank you for your wonderful review here on Trip Advisor. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us earlier this month.

We work very hard to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. We also pride ourselves on our local knowledge and have passed your kind words onto the staff.

We very much look forward to seeing you in November!

Kind Regards,
Darren and Judy Ackland
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Property: Blue Waters Apartments
Address: 220 Marine Pde, Labrador, Gold Coast, Queensland 4215, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Gold Coast > Labrador
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Labrador
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Blue Waters Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
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Blue Waters offers spacious 2 and 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom fully self contained air conditioned apartment. Heated pool, security parking and fantastic location on edge of Broadwater. ... more   less 
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