The Gold Coast's Best 5-Star Luxury Hotels

The Gold Coast's Best 5-Star Luxury Hotels

21 Jun 2024

On the hunt for the best hotel to stay at for a fancy 5-star experience? For those who love the finer things in life, this decadent selection of luxury Gold Coast hotels will have you dreaming about lavish suites, pillow menus, the plushest robes, the finest dining and 5-star service. Pull up a poolside sun lounge and take a sip from your cocktail as we take you on a tour of the Gold Coast’s golden standard of accommodation.

The Langham Gold Coast

The Langham Gold Coast

The Langham Gold Coast brings a hotel brand with a global reputation for luxury to the shores of Surfers Paradise. The 339-room hotel stands in the central building of the iconic Jewel towers and is the first luxury hotel with direct beach access to be built on the Gold Coast in decades.

Relax in serene sophistication in rooms and suites with high end interiors and opulent touches like plush rugs, marble bathrooms and bathtubs the size of some plunge pools. Each room boasts million dollar views of the coastline or distant Hinterland and the level of service and during your time in this hotel will elevate your experience.

Savour a smorgasbord of dining options from a seafood buffet at Akoya, to Cantonese fine dining at T’ang Court, afternoon tea at Palm Court or a signature cocktail in the Lobby Bar. Indulge in some expert level pampering at Chuan Spa, get the blood pumping at the state-of-the-art Health Club or take a dip in the heated resort style exterior pool.

Deluxe details: Signature Langham scent in the lobby, Diptyque toiletries, indoor magnesium pool with ocean views and attention to detail.

JW Marriott Resort & Spa - Surfers Paradise 

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa 

From the moment you set foot inside the opulent lobby, until you check out, a stay at the JW Marriott Resort & Spa feels like a luxurious escape from reality. From the staff to the service, the facilities and the food, it’s all five-star style at the family-friendly resort.

Spacious guest rooms boast mod cons and scenic Gold Coast views. Dining options include Misono (Japanese), Citrique (seafood), JW Market (café) and Chapter & Verse (bar and dining) as well as room service. The beach is a short stroll away but the turquoise saltwater lagoon on site, complete with coral, tropical fish, water slides and poolside service, may make it difficult to budge from your cabana.

The resort's extravagance extends to the sleek, sophisticated Spa by JW, where talented therapists deliver blissful treatments tailored to your exact needs and focused on delivering four distinctive benefits — calm, indulge, invigorate and renew. Share the experience with your special someone in the signature couple’s room where you can enjoy massages and treatments in tandem.

Deluxe details: Plush bedding, pristine marble bathrooms and a truly decadent breakfast buffet.

The Darling – Broadbeach

Book a stay at The Darling and you’ll have a soft landing in the lap of luxury. With some of the largest hotel rooms and suites in the state, The Darling delivers on elegance with opulent furnishings in rich colours and textures, sparkling chandeliers, bespoke fittings and the finest amenities.

You’ll feel like royalty and be treated as such by the attentive staff who know how to take care of their guests. 17 lavish storeys culminate in a rooftop restaurant and bar Nineteen overlooking an infinity pool, where you can enjoy incredible Gold Coast skyline views from the comfort of a double sun bed (cocktail in hand, naturally). With The Star Casino a stone’s throw away you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to dining and entertainment – think signature restaurants and bars, world-class gaming, state-of-the-art theatre and exciting nightlife.

The lights and sights of Broadbeach are easily accessible, as is Pacific Fair shopping mall and the stretch of pristine sandy beach. Enquire about a late check out because you’ll never want to leave!

Deluxe details: Bedding and bathrobes by Italian brand, Frette, wrap around balconies with stunning views and toilets with heated seats.

Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort – Sanctuary Cove

If you’re after palatial accommodation and some peace and quiet, you’ll find it at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. Tucked within the beautiful surrounds of Sanctuary Cove, this secluded and exclusive Gold Coast hotel is nestled amidst award-winning golf courses, a world-class marina and sprawling tropical gardens.

The main building on the grounds reflects the grand, graceful architecture of a Queensland estate and 251 newly refurbished guest rooms and suites come with sitting areas, balconies, and garden or water views. Stroll around the grounds at dawn or dusk to see resident kangaroos grazing, or spend a few lazy hours at the tranquil lagoon, complete with sandy shore.

Breakfast (buffet style), lunch, dinner and even high tea are all catered for at on-site restaurants and cafés, including alfresco poolside dining at Lagoon Beach Club and The Fireplace, the award-winning restaurant which showcases wood-fire cuisine at its finest.

Deluxe details: The 300-strong wine library at The Fireplace where you can enjoy a six course degustation with wine pairing.

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort – Main Beach

One of best 5 star hotels Gold Coast has to offer, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort has a postcard perfect tropical getaway aesthetic and is the ideal spot to check in if you want to chill out. Set amongst six hectares of sparkling lagoons and lush, landscaped gardens with direct access to the beach, it’s a tropical oasis which is close to the action of Surfers and Main Beach but feels a million miles away.

An ample buffet breakfast is the best way to start the day, after a morning walk on the beach. Guest rooms feature beautiful appointed interiors, and designer decor and wide-opening windows allow for a fresh breeze and beautiful views.

The hotel is home to five restaurants and bars, showcasing an array of Australian and international cuisine, with a focus on fresh seafood – the seafood buffet at Terraces Restaurant is a must! And to top it off, there’s a crystal-clear lagoon pool with a swim up bar for that luxury tropical vacay vibe.

Deluxe details: Direct access to a patrolled beach mere steps from the resort. Signature Sheraton beds ensure complete comfort when you sleep and the massive, marble bathtubs are wonderful for a sumptuous soak.

The Star Grand – Broadbeach

Make your rockstar dreams a reality at The Star Grand where you’ll get the full VIP experience at a luxury Gold Coast hotel. Freshly renovated and ideally situated on Broadbeach Island, this slice of paradise is the perfect place to combine relaxation and free-spirited fun.

Take your pick from 596 luxurious rooms, enjoy sweeping coastal and hinterland views and kick back poolside for a siesta in the sun. There’s a 24-hour casino within arm’s reach and it delivers a tempting array of award-winning restaurants, multiple bars and entertainment options. Indulge in a modern Japanese feast at Kiyomi, sip sparkling on the expansive deck at Garden Kitchen & Bar, try your luck on the tables or book in for some pampering at the in-house spa. A delightfully ritzy way to press the reset button.

Deluxe details: Designer toiletries and state-of-the-art in room technology so you can dim the lights, adjust the temperature or lower the blinds at the push of a button. Set up your room for the ultimate sleep-in in a supremely comfortable bed.

Call the concierge, pull up to the valet parking and book your next luxury getaway on the Gold Coast.

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Kate Veling
Kate Veling

Travel writer, Kate Veling, came to the Gold Coast for six months and loved it so much she’s still here 20 years later. The laidback lifestyle suits her to a tee and as a mum of three, she knows all the best parks, swimming spots and kid-friendly fun to be had in her ‘hood. She’s often found getting amongst the thriving local arts and culture scene, dancing to live music or kicking back on the beach, but rest assured it’s all in the name of research.


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