Everyone likes a little pampering from time to time. Fortunately for those of us on the Gold Coast, we’re ridiculously spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury hotels. People flock from all over the Gold Coast to enjoy our beautiful beaches, restaurants, nightlife and theme parks, and all we have to do is hop in the car.
As the school holidays approach, a staycation could be the perfect way to while away those winter days. Here’s where to stay for the ultimate in luxury relaxation, just a stone’s throw from your own front door!
For a super glam stay…
The Darling Luxury Hotel at The Star, Broadbeach
We couldn’t kick this list off any other way, could we? The Darling offers a boutique selection of just 56 spacious suites in the heart of Broadbeach. You’ll sleep in a king-sized bed, slather premium French bath and body products in the shower, and watch a state of the art 65 inch TV. It’s so well-appointed you won’t even need to leave the room – and thanks to room service, you won’t need to.
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For a relaxing family retreat…
RACV Resort, Benowa
This is the ultimate central spot to unwind in style, especially if you’re travelling with family in tow. The pools are amazing, equipped with water-park style games and contraptions to keep little ones entertained, and here’s our tip: pony up the extra funds for the executive lounge. It’s only $85 per room and executive room guests are entitled to valet parking, full buffet breakfast daily, light refreshments during the day, and nightly canapés and drinks. It’s the ultimate way to feel posh, without spending the price tag.
For a romantic getaway…
The Intercontinental, Sanctuary Cove
Picturesque surroundings, a restaurant built around a stunning fireplace, and the opportunity to do some kangaroo spotting on your morning or evening stroll… does it get much more romantic than this?! The Intercontinental is a beautiful spot to relax and unwind with your other half, in the premium suburb of Sanctuary Cove, which has proven to be a popular neighbourhood with celebs in the past. The likes of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Pink, Harry Styles and Johnny Depp have all made themselves at home in the area during their Gold Coast stays, so live like a superstar at the gorgeous Intercontinental Resort.
For celebrity spotting…
Palazzo Versace Hotel, Main Beach
You know you’ve entered a special place from the very moment you step inside the foyer at the Palazzo Versace Hotel. Gold-encrusted pillars and marble parquetry floor gives you just a hint of the opulence you can expect in your room (hint: don’t even think about pilfering a cushion or glass as a keepsake, as you’ll pay handsomely for it on your bill!) This is the go-to hotel for celebrities like Pink, Kimye and Snoop Dogg. If you want to spot some A-listers over the Logies, this is a sure bet!