The sheets are 1,000 thread count and there is no need to number sheep when the accommodation offerings are as high class as those on the Gold Coast. Whether it’s staying with a luxury Italian brand, impressive five-star offerings, beachside boutiques or hinterland retreats, a long weekend has never been so appealing.
When the Versace family arrived on The Spit in the form of a swanky hotel complete with branding just about everywhere imaginable, the Gold Coast upped the accommodation ante. One of the highlights is Australia’s only “water salon” and its posh poolside cabanas for hire.
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Gold Coast
Those who remember former Gold Coast business tycoon Christopher Skase will also remember the dazzling opening of the then-named Sheraton Mirage. Incredibly the only five-star absolute beachfront resort on the Coast, it boasts 295 rooms and suites and a sprawling lagoon pool on 6ha.
Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise
There’s 77 levels of luxury right in the heart of Surfers Paradise at this hotel. While it would be tempting to lounge upstairs in one of these ocean view apartments, head downstairs to the one-hatted restaurant Seaduction and order the degustation menu boasting local seasonal produce.
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel & Residences
The Hilton brand has been a long-time addition to the Surfers Paradise skyline with 169 rooms overlooking the beach, city or hinterland, including a massive King Relaxation Suite. It is also the first Australian Hilton to offer 250, one, two and three bedroom holiday apartment Residences.
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
A great central location and comfortable rooms that remain loyal to the Marriott brand are a good start, but the highlight of a stay here is the swimming pool areas with cascading waterfalls, quiet zones and even an artificial reef for a spot of snorkelling.
QT Gold Coast
It describes itself as “nostalgic surfers chic meets Miami catwalk cool” and only this Surfers Paradise hotel could get away with such audacity. Blending luxury and retro together in a combination that works, all the beautiful people head here for drinks in the Stingray bar.
Cut to the chase and book the ultimate in luxury at Peppers Broadbeach with its three-bedroom sub penthouse. Highlights include 270 degree views of the Gold Coast from floor-to-ceiling windows, a gourmet kitchen with European appliances and some of the Coast’s best dining at the doorstep.
Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach
It’s practically imperative to start a stay dining at the two-hatted Room81 restaurant, feasting on either a two, five, seven or nine-course feast prepared by chef Sam Moore. Suitably sated, head upstairs to the Opera Suite, replete with ocean views, spa bath and the acclaimed Sofitel MyBed.
The Escarpment Retreat & Day Spa
Perched on the hinterland’s Tamborine Mountain, there’s six villas at this award-winning rainforest sanctuary with botanical gardens, flowing stream, waterfalls and coast views. The couple-only villas feature high ceilings, a balcony, granite kitchenette, sandstone walls, sunken lounges, wood fireplaces and double spa baths.
Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa
Tucked away in the Gold Coast hinterland at Willow Vale, the Executive Suite with its plunge pool, spa bath and two private decks is the pick of the rooms here. Ruffles Day Spa is renowned for its treatments such as the organic honey and cocoa body wrap.
The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa
The brainchild of Australian retail giant Gerry Harvey, the pick of the bunch at this all-suite resort is the Premium Spa Suite in the rainforest and close to the beach. Travel on a Native Flora Journey in the spa, and dine on local produce like Ballina prawns.