Fancy a 5-star holiday? 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.
JW MARRIOT RESORT & SPA – SURFERS PARADISE
From the moment you set foot inside the opulent lobby, until you check out, a stay at the JW Marriot 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 newly refurbished, 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. This hotel will take luxury to another level come April 2022, when the day spa refurbishments are due for completion.
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 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 (which is called High Coffee here) are all catered for at on-site restaurants and cafés, including The Fireplace, 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
As the only beachfront 5-star resort on the Gold Coast, the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is the ideal spot to check in if you want to chill out. Set amongst six hectares of sparkling lagoons and lush, landscaped gardens, 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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