Burleigh, Brisbane and Bangalow… yep, you thought you had all your fave local spots and day trips from the Gold Coast sussed out. But there’s nothing like being reminded of a hidden gem on your very doorstep that has everything you love about a day out on the Coast. We’re talking delish food and drinks enjoyed amongst seriously Insta-worthy scenery, of course.
Sanctuary Cove is basically a one-stop shop for an epic road trip with your pals. Load up the car and gather your mates, because we’ve rounded up the coolest reasons to visit Sanctuary Cove.
Coffee & Cocktails
Settle in for a glam AF afternoon at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort’s High Coffee experience and enjoy a modern take on the classic high tea. Think tiers and tiers of tasty sandwiches, warm savouries and alllll of the sweets, including their signature éclair with coffee custard AND life-changing yuzu cheesecake. If you’re after something other than coffee to wash it all down, opt for the Espresso Martini (a no-brainer) or the Smoking Hot Chocolate cocktails.
She’s A Stunner
Hire a yacht or boat and get out on the sparkling open water to explore the natural beauty of Sanctuary Cove and some of the Gold Coast’s best beaches and coastline. Keep an eye out for dolphins and fish, but don’t forget the sunscreen!
Feast on slow cooked ribs, meatballs, garlic prawns and a succulent selection of Angus and Wagyu beef options at Black Angus Bar and Grill. This restaurant’s enormous menu has something for everyone (even your vegetarian pals will be left unbuttoning their jeans after devouring the hearty black truffle gnocchi).
Give into your shopping addiction with a wander through Sanctuary Cove’s promenade and Quay Street. Lust over effortlessly elegant pieces from Calypso or try on the latest European trends at Eev Fashion.
There's A Wholefoods Heaven
Taste test one of the many smoothie bowls at new Pier B (worth the trip for the Snickers bowl alone, TBH). As well as being a health-conscious haven full of healthy salads, raw treats and brunch options galore, the breezy Hamptons-inspired interiors are the perfect setting for a nautical themed feast. Hot tip: make sure you pick up a jar of their house-made granola with your takeaway activated charcoal latte. You won’t regret it.
Indulge in a pamper day at one of the many beauty salons at Sanctuary Cove. Book in a manicure, a facial or haircut at Champions Hair Beauty Day Spa, or completely unwind with a dreamy massage at Massage Rejuvenation.
French Foodie Flair
Devour a menu of seasonal ingredients and ultra-fresh seafood cooked with a classical French technique at Jonez on Food. Sit back with a glass of bubbles and take in the harbour views with your gang as you feast on expertly prepared seafood, meats and fresh salads. How’s the serenity?
Take The Scenic Route
Sticky-beak your way along the Sanctuary Cove marina berths and pretend you own one of the fancy yachts (it’s good to have dreams, right?). Even better, take a picnic blanket, plenty of cheese and watch the sun go down in style.
Bring The Doggo, Too
Treat yourself and your four-legged BFF to a meal at the chic Anchor Buoy Cafe. With locally roasted coffee and a variety of seasonal breakfast, lunch and tapas options, this dog-friendly waterfront eatery is up there with the best of the best.
That Italian Hospitality
Let the good times flow over a classic Italian meal at Ioesco. A full day of exploring, shopping and sun are a one-way ticket to carb cravings, so reward yourself with traditional Napoli cuisine in the form of a huge bowl of pasta, fresh pizza and authentic entrees (hellooo, local scallops with cognac cream).
In short: if you're looking for the perfect day-trip with something that will please (literally) everyone—Sanctuary Cove is where we're heading.
Image credit: Sanctuary Cove