There are many good reasons why a Sunshine Coast resort is becoming the holiday of choice. The Sunshine Coast is planning a ‘blockbuster year of world-class events’, according to Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Ambrose. He told a roomful of travel journalists in February that the Sunshine Coast would host 60 major sporting, music and lifestyle events, including the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. And 2017 will be even bigger, to mark the 50th anniversary of the naming and gazetting of the Sunshine Coast. So, if you’ve never visited the Sunshine Coast before – or it’s been a while – it’s time to head back and experience it for yourself this year. Amazing deals Sunshine Coast holiday resorts are already gearing up for an influx of visitors, with some amazing deals available online now. There are all manner of places to stay when visiting the Sunshine Coast, from camp sites and backpackers to top hotels, but a Sunshine Coast resort remains the most popular. That’s a change that has occurred in recent years. Traditionally, holidaymakers in Australia tended to camp or to book a hotel room. But a Sunshine Coast resort is perhaps a middle option that combines the best of all worlds. Resorts generally feature all the same facilities onsite as a hotel, apart from restaurants. But as more and more guests prefer to either self-cater or dine out, that seems to be just perfect. Great facilities Sunshine Coast holiday resorts offer great facilities, including swimming pools, usually heated for the winter months; spas and saunas, tennis courts, barbecue areas, gorgeous gardens, games rooms, even tour desks. Those who stay in resorts regularly say resorts are generally more relaxing, with more freedom and more fun. They are easy, too, especially if you have children. Of course, the ideal Sunshine Coast holiday resort is one that’s practically on the beach! Combined with all the onsite facilities, there’s no shortage of things to do and it’s a short walk back to your apartment when the kids start getting tired and irritable! Resorts are hassle-free: come and go as you please, eat when you want, sleep in without being disturbed, and stay out as late as you like. Plenty of space Another major advantage is space. Packing a family into one hotel room is a squeeze – while booking an extra room can get expensive. But an apartment in a Sunshine Coast resort is another matter altogether. Resorts such as the Catalina in Maroochydore offer very high quality apartments – at very good prices, and frequently offer really hot deals. Resort apartments are nicely furnished, bright and breezy and, best of all fully equipped with everything you need. Linen, cutlery, crockery, it’s all there, unlike camp sites and some motels where you have to bring everything you need. Sunshine Coast holiday resorts are also really spacious, with apartments coming in different configurations according to your needs. Perfect for reunions In fact, that’s probably why they are so popular for groups of friends and reunions, as there’s room for everyone and sharing the cost makes it really cheap. It’s the little touches, too, the things that just make life easier – like dishwashers in the kitchens, and washing machines and dryers in each apartment. It’s easy to just unpack and spread out, instead of falling over your suitcase every 10 minutes in a hotel room! For all these reasons and more, Sunshine Coast holiday resorts are quite simply perfect!