Recharge the human batteries with an easy weekend staycation. Here’s how…

You’ve survived Christmas and made a few New Year’s Resolutions that you haven’t actioned (yet). You even got the kids back-to-school and their 2019 routines down pat. You’ve ticked so many boxes already this year – is it time to give yourself a tangible pat on the back in the form of a weekend away?

Staycations are the best way to recharge the batteries because they are generally so simple. Step 1 is to free yourself up for a weekend. And Step 2 is to find a place that’s not too far from home but will have your mind a million miles away. Easy. Find a staycation gem at The Ruby Apartments – the recently opened first tower within a very impressive ‘The Ruby Collection’ masterplan.

The couple’s staycation

As the name suggests, The Ruby Apartments is an apartment-style hotel that offers everything you want out of any staycation. If you’re seeking some well-deserved couple time and staycationing without the kids (Editor’s note: high fives to you!), you’ll find fun, relaxation, fine dining and romance aplenty here. With various room types to suit every preference, your home-away-from-home will be plush and welcoming, with windows and balconies capturing gorgeous Gold Coast sunsets – just add wine. There’s the convenience of the on-site sauna and steam room. You can laze with your lover by the luxury pool (the submerged lounges will keep you cool while you relax in the sun!). Then, when the day is done, Ruby’s on-site restaurant, Stones Bar and Grill, will give you ambience and a spectacular menu to match. Live music and a cocktail or three are the icing on the cake for any couple seeking some quality time together. You don’t have to leave the resort location (everything you need is here – even cocktail making classes, wine and cheese tasting, and cooking demonstrations!) but if you do, you’ll make some fun Surfers Paradise memories just a short walk away.

The family staycation

For families looking for a weekend staycation together, The Ruby Apartments are also well geared for the mini holiday-makers. The self-contained apartments combine modern indulgence with homely aspects, all set on a backdrop of stunning ocean views. Kids need a snack? Your room’s kitchen facilities will have their needs met. Kids made a mess of their clothes? The washer and dryer will answer your call. The three-bedroom sky suites will host even the largest families and wow the kids with the most incredible views of the Gold Coast from your perch, way high up in the sky.

The Ruby Apartments share neighbouring Paradise Resort’s amazing waterpark and there’s also a host of regular kid-friendly organised activities for the little guys at Ruby. Think teddy bear workshops, cupcake decorating, art and craft, and much more. Families can re-connect and create precious memories at an outdoor movie, family trivia event, bingo or even by playing a giant board game together.

And here’s a hot tip: Seek out a ‘William, The Bear’ keepsake for your kids, to remind them (and you) of the fun you had while bonding as a family on your staycation.

Whichever way you go with your staycation – kid-free or family friendly – one of the most important things to schedule into your planner is a sleep in. Delicious quality linen and plump pillows will give you a warm hug. Remember, you deserve it!




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