Whatever the weather or your taste, budget or accessibility needs, the Gold Coast boasts a large variety of accommodation options, making it the perfect destination for a couple’s getaway. Read on for our round-up of where you can go to find the ideal mood for romance…
INDULGE LIKE A ROMAN WOULD
If you can’t feel romantic in a six-star Italian fashion-inspired hotel, you mightn’t feel romantic anywhere. No-one does romance quite like the Italians (though the French may beg to differ). Glamour and romance drips out of the décor here at Palazzo Versace – from the crystal chandeliers and vaulted ceilings of the Le Jardin room where you drink cocktails or have high tea, to the bespoke Italian-handcrafted furniture of its 200 bedrooms. Outside, you can take a private boat charter from your private marina, or take a dip in their exotic poolside oasis, fit with an award-winning 63 metre pool and private cabanas.
A WORLD OF YOUR OWN
What could be more romantic than booking your very own home in the most beautiful parts of the Gold Coast? Book your own home on a beach, or within one of the Coast’s hidden valleys – you’ll never have house-keeping knocking at the door, or other guests spoiling your privacy. There’s over 45 luxury homes to choose from at Elite Holiday Homes. All your romantic holiday needs can be taken care of by a holiday concierge, including private catering for romantic meals.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BEACH CLUB
These Anna Spiro (of Halycon House fame) – designed apartments at Bon Sol Luxury Apartments capture the French Riveria you saw in Bridget Bardot movies of the 1950s. But even in such an elegant apartment that’s 50 metres from Burleigh’s stunning beach, it’s not the look of the place that inspires romance. It’s the French champagne on arrival; and it’s the text message next morning telling you your sun loungers are ready, with umbrellas and more champagne on ice at the beach opposite.
GLAMPING IN NATURE
What could be more romantic than camping in a safari tent in amongst some of the oldest rainforest on Earth? It’s only an hour’s drive from Surfers Paradise to Lamington National Park, but at Night Fall there’s just three tents amongst the wilderness, allowing for total privacy in the bush. But you’re hardly roughing it; these are private tents with vintage baths where meals come hand-cooked on the fire. In winter, they’re cosy; in summer open the tent flaps and become part of the hinterland around you.
Whilst you’re in the National Park, head to Binna Burra Lodge for as equally beautiful natural surroundings. Situated 800 metres above sea level, we’re talking spectacular sky and mountain lodges, equipped with spa baths that hold captivating views across the Coomera and Numinbah Valleys.
A MODEL KIND OF ROMANCE
This is what romance must feel like when you’re a model in a Tommy Hilfiger fashion shoot. Though there’s no pretentiousness inside QT Gold Coast, but its calico-washed décor and nostalgic Baja California surfer of the ‘60s vibe makes it feel like staying here is taking part in your very own fashion shoot. From the didn’t-even-had-to-try chic of the Stingray Lounge to the sun-bleached beach house décor of your rooms, QT allows couples to soak up all the romantic ambience of a long-gone era, right within Surfers Paradise.
GET AWAY FROM IT ALL BESIDE THE BEACH
Now here’s a place for you to hide out from the world. At the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, find a quiet spot at the enormous Oasis swimming pool; or better still, stroll over to the beach 100 metres from your room – for here between Main Beach and The Spit you won’t find a more deserted strip of sand on the entire Coast. Go to the sleep to the sound of the ocean; while a cocktail in Pearls Bar overlooking the sea provides one of the most romantic and private bar areas on the Gold Coast.
FIND YOUR OWN WATERFALL
What could be more romantic: 500 waterfalls with no-one in them, connected by nearly 200 kilometres of walking trails where you can lose yourselves within one of the largest tracts of sub-tropical rainforest left in Australia? But that’s not where the romance ends – at O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat heat your villa (that’s nestled in the rainforest) with a roaring log fire. And book a couples private suite at the Lost World Day Spa – there’s also the perfect winery pitstop along your way to the retreat!
ENJOY LUXE IN THE HINTERLAND
If you fancy a drive, head South where you’ll find Mistere Spa and Retreat locations at Urlip and Kingscliff. Nestled amongst natural wonderlands and lush headlands, Mistere offers total luxe in your private 5-star villa. Close to local boutique stores, eateries and beaches for a relaxed weekend to remember, it’s also equipped with all the comforts including freestanding spa baths, fireplaces and rainfall showers. From Urlip, it’s also just 30 minutes away from the newly opened Husk Farm Distillery in North Tumbulgum, famed for its purple ink gin.
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