Famous for its abundant sunshine and gorgeous sandy beaches, the Gold Coast is one of the most popular destinations in the whole of Australia and attracts visitors from all around the world. Each of the towns and small cities that stretch along the coast boasts a different character and while this area is popular with surfers and beach lovers, there is also plenty to attract those who have a taste for the finer things in life. Here is a selection of some of the best hotels on the Gold Coast for lovers of luxury.
This is the third of the brand’s esteemed properties to arrive down under, perched in a prime position on Surfers’ Paradise. Three angular glass skyscrapers house the 169-bedroom hotel – along with a number of swish residences – making it a significant landmark on the horizon. The interior design, by Studio Aria, fuses coastal and city living. Inside is the Chuan Spa, the 26 & Sunny cafe, Akoya restaurant, Palm Court for afternoon teas, a lobby bar and the Cantonese T’ang Court. Outside is a sky terrace with palm trees, an ocean-view infinity pool bar and the open-air Coral Moon Bar.
Despite the fact that it was established more than three decades ago, the Sheraton Mirage remains the epitome of luxury and the ocean facing rooms are difficult to beat with their huge picture windows and balconies that offer uninterrupted views. In fact, the hotel boasts some of the largest and most comfortable guest rooms in the area and there are 25 different configurations to choose from. For the best that money can buy, guests should make sure they select one of the 18 private villas, which often play host to visiting celebrities. In addition to first rate rooms, guests are also treated to a range of very luxurious amenities and the Oasis Pool is the perfect place to unwind. With 250 sun loungers to choose from guests never have to worry about fighting for their place in the sun.
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
Set on the banks of the gently flowing Nerang River, this elegant hotel provides guests with a warm welcome and plenty of class. The northern end of Surfers Paradise Beach is just a few steps away, while a number of other impressive attractions are also within easy reach. The style of the hotel boasts a marriage of wood and cast iron, while the rooms are decorated in soft tones and feature huge marble bathrooms. Dining in one of the two chic onsite restaurants is an experience that should not be missed and diners are treated to stunning coastal views as they work their way through the extensive menu.
QT Gold Coast
The brightly coloured retro colour scheme helps to set the hotel apart from many of the subtler luxury options and people who are young at heart are sure to love unwinding here. The whole establishment boasts a ‘50s beachside vibe from the lobby to the cute and charming coffee shop on the ground floor. Each of the guest rooms features the same charming pop art theme with big and brightly coloured posters on the wall and furnishings in yellow, pink and red. While style plays a key role, luxury certainly has not been overlooked and there are plenty of great spots for guests to relax such beside the huge outdoor pool and in the spa.
Ruffles Lodge & Spa
People who enjoy plenty of privacy and pampering are sure to love the fact that the Ruffles Lodge & Spa features just twelve rooms for guests to choose from. Set just on the edge of the charming town of Willow Vale, this lovely lodge provides guests with a very personal service and the staff work hard to ensure that the every need and whim of each guest will be catered for. Nature lovers are sure to enjoy taking a stroll through the surrounding eucalyptus forest, while unwinding in the spa is a real treat after spending the day exploring the area. For optimum luxury, guests should make sure they secure one of the large private villas, which come complete with an infinity pool.
Palazzo Versace Gold Coast
Boasting all the style and opulence of a classic Roman villa, this grand hotel is clearly a cut above the competition. Each of the 200 rooms are dramatically decorated with rich tapestries and mosaics, while the huge beds are waiting to receive guests at the end of a busy day. Those who crave pure privacy will love the sun loungers that are set on their Juliet balcony, while taking high tea in Le Jardin dining area is the perfect luxurious event for those who crave a little pampering.
RACV Royal Pines Resort
This luxurious resort is the perfect place for golfing fanatics to stay as it comes complete with its very own 27-hole golf course. The enchanting sands of Surfers Paradise Beach are also just a short stroll away, while guests are provided with stunning views of the beach from the picture windows and balconies of their spacious double guest room. The RACV Royal Pines Resort 5.0 boasts more than three hundred rooms to choose from and in addition to a large and lovely swimming pool guests are invited to make full use of the tennis courts, fitness centre and other perfectly maintained amenities.