We think the Gold Coast sets a new standard when it comes to accom—there are numerous beachside digs with more than your fair share of ocean views, stylish and soulful dwellings enabling a whole lot of rest and relaxation, hinterland humble abodes and luxury-style retreats. The Gold Coast is the ultimate weekender destination, so whether you're travelling from near or far, we've got the perfect digs for you to bliss out at.
Here are the best places to stay on the Gold Coast
QT Gold Coast
This quirky hotel smack bang in the middle of Surfers, is the perfect place to rest your head in the party playground. The QT kind of has everything you could possibly want so you may not even step a foot outside. For starters they have some of the best noms on the Coast. Their Bazaar dining area features cuisines from all over the world, from freshly shucked oysters and king prawns to a pizza station and the most epic dessert bar—you’ll want to wear elasticated pants for this one. There’s also modern Japanese eatery Yamagen, cocktail haven Stingray Lounge, and a cute café for your morning coffee fix. They’ve got a fab pool and spa, as well as complimentary use of the retro cruiser bikes—cute! This is one hotel you won’t want a one-night stand with…More like three at the least so you can indulge in all the treats. If you fancy checking out the glitter strip we have you covered so you don’t end up in, you guessed it, a strip club. Click here for the one and only guide to bar and club hopping in Surfers.
The Island Boutique is what you wished your home looked like, all the fresh and fancy feels that brings the outdoors within their lush white walls. Recently renovated, the iconic venue has a vibrant, spacious and modern style that radiates luxury and relaxation while ensuring you feel like you made your way to paradise. The Island boasts an on-site bistro that serves mouth-watering noms for brekky, lunch and dinner all made from fresh and locally sourced produce as well as an open-air rooftop that hosts a range of bands, DJs and special events such as Gin and Jazz nights, trivia, and State of Origin live and loud. If that’s not enough to fill your schedule, then check out 14 other things we recommend to do in Surfers here. We wouldn’t mind being a castaway on this island. In fact, leave us stranded forever. Please and thanks.
Bon Sol Apartments
A luxurious and gorgeous holiday home somewhat out of place in a 1960s unit complex on the esplanade at Burleigh. Don’t be fooled, once you step inside Bon Sol (which means Good Sun in French), you will be transported to a dream-like oasis oozing with coastal charm and accentuated elegance. It’s all in the not-so-small details; champagne on arrival, sensational surround sound system, goose down pillows on the king size bed, stunning bathrooms and a dinner party worthy full size kitchen. The icing on the cake you ask? Your very own sun lounger and umbrella set up for you on the beach including an esky filled with bountiful beverages. If you are already requesting some annual leave from work, then some of these Burleigh restaurants and breakfast spots, all within walking distance from Bol Sol might just ensure you click ‘submit.’
La Costa Motel
It may be across the road from the airport, but this retro beachside motel will have you forgetting about the plane noise in no time. Situated a hop, skip and a jump to the barely touched, squeaky clean sands of Bilinga Beach, and smack bang in the middle of Kirra and Tugun, you won’t know where to take the free bicycles too first. La Costa has a retro, nostalgic feel complete with white picket fence and colourful deck chairs in the courtyard, while the rooms are beautifully simple and have everything you need for a comfortable vacay (and yes they include a minibar if you forget to grab something for a night cap). A short stroll to Mervyn Roy’s for your morning cup of joe and freshly baked scones and then watch the sun rise over the sea, followed by a mid morning acai (from our favs at Niche and Co) will make you never want to leave.
A pretty special place worth saving your pennies for and treating a darling in your life, this hotel is luxury at it’s finest, boasting six fanciful stars. The Darling is located at the front of The Star Casino, 17 stories high in the sky, right in the heart of Broadbeach. Get this, the deluxe suites have the choice of billiard rooms, a karaoke room or a private gym plus a butler. As if you wouldn’t already be feeling pretty lucky to be staying here, there is a bridge adjoining the hotel to the casino. The infinity pool is also worth a special mention because it juts out 5 metres from the side of the building and is 67 metres above the ground with spectacular views of the coastline. You won’t have to leave your perch in the sky with Nineteen at The Star proving a delight to your senses, and most importantly those tastebuds. A stay here should be added to your Christmas wish list. Dreams are free right?
Just recently opened is new apartment building in Kirra; The Iconic. You couldn’t get any closer to the world class surf break, Kirra Point if you tried, making it the perfect escape when you want to enjoy the serenity minus the Surfers Paradise crowds. Featuring ocean views from all apartment balconies, minimal yet spacious rooms, a heated pool with mini lap pool, on-site gym, and surrounded by cute cafes and ridiculously good restaurants, it’s the perfect place to book your next stay. Kirra is the under-stated little sister of Coolangatta, but we think both are worth exploring especially due to the wide variety of eating options in the Southern seaside burbs of the Gold Coast. Bread n Butter, one of the coolest hangouts will be re-opening below the apartment block very very soon so watch this space. View the sunrise from your bed and soak up that salty sea breeze at Kirra’s newest accommodation hot spot. You can thank us later.
The Pink Hotel
If the 'gram-worthy factor rates highly on your list of pros when looking for accom, then we've found the ultimate digs for you. Located on uber cool Cooly beach, you can't miss this candy-pink hued hotel. Inside are 17 stunning rooms, six of which are luxury suites each with their own identity. They're a mix of rockstar and retro chic with a subtle touch of Scandi. Expect bright pops of colour mixed with dusty jewel tones. There’s fur throws, velvet rugs, custom neon-lit poetry by Coco Loberg and Smeg fridges stocked with Young Henrys beers. When you’re ready to catch some of those gorgeous GC rays, head on upstairs to the rooftop where cabana beds await you, oh and some of the most incredible views of the coastline. Thirsty? Their rooftop bar Santeria will keep you refreshed with cocktails aplenty. Another perk? This sweet spot is for guests only.
If you’ve been answering ‘busy’ every time someone asks how you are, it might be time to book into Gwinganna Retreat for some R&R. This place is soothing for the soul and is completely custom to whatever your needs. Your stay will incorporate all the wonderful wellness ways of living that you can absorb into your own life, including delicious organic produce, tips on how to reduce stress, movement, relaxation and how to enhance healthier ageing. You can opt for a 2 day wellness weekend if you just need some time out but still have commitments at home, or if you really want a re-set, then the full 7 day detox is for you. In a society of speed and instant gratification, we reckon nothing could be more invigorating and rejuvenating than going slow. Activities range from yoga and Pilates, to creative dance, hikes and boxing so you can join in on whatever you are feeling up to on the day. When it comes time to rest your head, there are endless options including luxurious villas, meditation suites and quaint houses. This one is well worth the investment.
Nightfall Wilderness Camp
Lamington National Park
We’re just a lil bit obsessed with glamping. Especially when it’s at Nightfall, with its safari style tents being nestled amongst nature with the cascading creek on one side and Lamington National Park rainforest on the other. It’ll make sure you step away from the excess of modern life and enable you to get ‘earthing’ for a while. You can request completely organic catering where lunch is a backpack picnic and dinner is served by the campfire, meaning more time to immerse yourself in the fascinating forest surrounds with numerous complimentary goodies in your guest tent. The ultimate indulgence is definitely a massage by the creek, listening to the birds singing and the crystal-clear water cascading. Pure decadence. Another tick of approval; Nightfall prides itself on being sustainable and giving back to the environment. Which is just another reason that this place books out well in advance—so be sure to start planning your night under the stars sooner rather than later. It’s going to be an experience you’ll never forget.
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