I’ve just spent 3 nights away at a blogging conference at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast. I was looking forward to uninterrupted sleep, meeting people who I have only known virtually and time out for me. I got all of this and so much more. Although I was away for a break I couldn’t help but ask to check out the hotel’s wheelchair accessible room.
Royal Pines is set on 100 hectares and although much of this space is dedicated to the championship golf course, the resort itself is fantastic for wheelchair users. All public areas are spacious and lifts provide easy access to restaurants and recreational facilities.
I saw three rooms within the resort and they were equally spacious, light and comfortable. The accessible room (there is only one in the resort so book early) has two queen beds with plenty of room to get around with a wheelchair and to transfer to the bed. There is also the option of an interconnecting room for larger families or groups travelling together.
The bathroom has a sliding door, wheelchair access under the sink and room to transfer to the toilet. There is a roll-in shower, flip-down shower seat and height adjustable shower head. The bathroom has extensive railing around the toilet and shower facilities.
There are no stairs into the pool area, making for easy access. There is a large pool and a smaller wading pool which would be good for little ones. The playground can only be accessed by a staircase so this is not accessible for wheelchair users.
There are level concrete paths around areas of the resort making it easy to get around.
I was blown away by the food provided at the conference. Whether it was morning tea, lunch or an evening party, it was all divine. The only excess luggage I needed to worry about on the way home yesterday was that of my waistline. I got straight back into my exercise routine this morning to make me feel better about the indulgences of the last few days.
Although I am showing you photos of the conference food (it is so pretty how could I not?) I did eat in the restaurant on two occasions and it was just as good. I also made the most of the buffet each morning, indulging in a cooked breakfast. Another guilty pleasure when I travel.
There were 700 people attending the conference and Royal Pines pulled out all the stops. I was incredibly impressed by the staff and the food. I paid in full for my stay so this is not a sponsored post. For more information about RACV Royal Pines click here.
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