Popular Gold Coast resort undergoes luxurious $35M makeover

Start planning a weekend staycation, because one of the Gold Coast’s most iconic resorts is undergoing a luxurious $35 million makeover.

The Marriott Resort and Spa in Surfers Paradise is currently under renovation and is expected to swing open its doors with a brand new look and name of JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa this December.

Marriott International Area Vice President Sean Hunt says the new-look resort will “appeal to the discerning traveller seeking a tropical retreat near the Gold Coast’s iconic beaches.”


“We are excited to announce the debut of our flagship JW Marriott brand here in Australia with the opening of JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa,” he said.

“The JW Marriott brand, with its distinctive luxury philosophy, will resonate with these travellers, who seek exceptional, thoughtfully-crafted services and experiences.”

The original architects and interior designers behind the existing hotel, Australian design studio DBI, have been given the honour of reimagining the iconic resort.

Oozing modern luxury, the hotel will feature a total of 223 rooms and suites offering a choice of ocean or hinterland views, which will be a style-lovers dream with lightly toned, natural timbers and locally sourced stone.

For those who adore the resort’s iconic outdoor swimming pools, do not fear, they won’t be going anywhere.

It’s been confirmed the pools, including the saltwater lagoon featuring over 300 tropical fish, will remain the “heart of the JW Marriott”.

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The property’s six food and beverage venues, including two feature restaurants, lobby lounge and bar, pool bar, a new Japanese whisky bar and a signature JW Marketplace, will be the cherry on the cake for holiday-goers.

“We are absolutely delighted to be embarking on the transformation of our tropical paradise oasis to offer genuine luxury experiences here on the golden beaches of the Gold Coast,” General Manager of the JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa Ravinder Dhesi said.

“We look forward to welcoming our guests back to our enhanced resort and to anticipating their every need with our exceptional levels of service and warm and welcoming team.”

It’s understood the hotel will continue to welcome guests during the ongoing upgrading of the resort.