Oh boy, it's hot this summer. If you want to be smart, I reckon you could switch off the home air conditioning. Then book in for a staycation at nearby hotel or apartment. Where the property has good air conditioning, a pool and you don't have to cook dinner for the kids.
We have taken a deep dive into the Mantra Group to check out five places to escape by a pool with the kids when the heatwave arrives. Here's a list of Mantra Group's top five places to chill from sandy beach lagoons to rooftop pools in the city and infinity swimming pools perched above the beach.
The swim up bar is tempting in the hot weather.
The balmy weather in Tropical North Queensland calls for more than just one swimming pool. at Palm Cove has a choice of three pools ranging from the serene rainforest rock pool and waterfall to the social lagoon pool with a sandy beach edge and swim up bar. It's the perfect place to pull up a sun-lounge and quench your summer thirst with some tempting tropical cocktails, while kids enjoy staying cool.
Stay from $170 per night in a Resort Spa room (minimum three-night stay – total cost $510). Valid for sale until 31 March, 2017 and travel until 30 September, 2017. For bookings call 1300 737 444 or visit
The shady edge looks nice to chill and relax!
Submerge into the quintessential summer family beach holiday at on the Sunshine Coast. The resort's 150m tropical lagoon pool boasts a waterslide (great for families) and is large enough to find a little piece of serenity on comfortable sun-lounges and under large umbrellas. There are also two heated pools, a spa and the beach is just a stone's throw away.
Stay from $155 per night in a Two Bedroom Pool View Apartment (minimum three-night stay – total cost $465). Valid for sale until midnight 12 February 2017 and travel until 15 September 2017. For bookings call 132 007 or visit
Reckon you just become cool for hanging out at this pool!
There's no cooler place to take to the pool than the sublime at Surfers Paradise. The spectacularly tiered 25-metre podium pool overlooking Surfers Paradise Beach has plenty of room for swimmers and family splashers alike. Those seeking pool-privacy can book a Two Bedroom Plunge Pool Apartment, while the sporty families can dive into the resort's 25-metre indoor lap pool.
Under the bridge would be the place, nice and cool hiding from the heat.
The pools at at Broadbeach are more like a tropical aquatic family playground than swimming pools. There's a choice of two large lagoon pools with cascading waterfalls as well as a large children's wading pool. It's the perfect choice for some summer family-fun.
Stay from $175 per night in a Two Bedroom Deluxe Apartment (minimum three-night stay – total cost $525). Valid for sale until midnight 12 February, 2017 and travel until 15 September, 2017. For bookings call 132 007 or visit
A lovely city pool to unwind and relax in!
Lap up Sydney Harbour and cityscape views from the pool at . The rooftop pool and spa is the ideal place to chill-out after a busy day in the city or a solid day of shopping. Kids just love a reward with a bit of swimming after sightseeing a city.
Stay from $278 per night in a recently refurbished Executive Studio Apartment (minimum three night stay – total cost $834). Valid for sale until 31 March, 2017 and travel until 30 September 2017. For bookings call 13 15 17 or visit_
*Just a side note. Conditions apply, subject to availability. Block-out dates may apply. Pools are for the use of in-house guests only.
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