El Dorado, Lennons Hotel, Kinkabool, The Pink Poodle – mention any of these names to an over-60s Gold Coaster, and it won’t take long to understand how the ‘Glitter Strip’ earned its moniker.
And the developers of the Gold Coast’s Jewel Residences, Wanda Ridong, expect a resurgence of the eclectic, animated, over-the-top parties that the city became known for with construction taking place now on a grand, glittering ballroom inside the new Jewel Residences in Surfers Paradise.
The construction team are today pouring the concrete for the roof of the ballroom, which will sit underneath an entertainment podium linking the three Jewel towers.
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Wanda Ridong Director Baron Li said their ballrooms are renowned in China and highly sought-after for weddings because of their theatrical, exaggerated style and design.
“The ballroom will be 10 metres high to the top, with a wave-like chandelier ceiling up to two metres in height,” Mr Li said
“It will seat around 450 guests for a banquet-style function, however guests will be able to enjoy pre-dinner festivities across the extensive podium that links the three towers at level two, with natural sea breezes and a million dollar view out to sea,” he said.
Surfers Paradise has long been an entertainment hotspot, famous for its world-class international events, vibrant visitors and glamorous night life – starting with Jim Cavill’s Surfers Paradise Zoo in the 1930s, Margot Kelly’s fine dining Hibiscus Room Restaurant in 1954, and the old Lennon’s Broadbeach Hotel, considered the ultimate in palatial luxury when it opened in 1956.
“These were the developments that shaped the Gold Coast, and more than 60 years later, the opening of Australia’s first Wanda Vista ballroom will become another crucial moment in the city’s evolution into a world-class tourism destination,” he said.
Following today’s milestone concrete pour, construction will now shift to the development’s residential and guest floors.