Everyone deserves a little luxury. The Gold Coast has no shortage of lavish pampering alongside elegant dining and high-end shopping options. Indulge and treat yourself, adding some of the following favourites of ours to your "to-do list." Time away on Australia’s premier beachfront should be special, so we’ve added a few luxuries known by the locals too.
There is no shortage of pampering options, including some great sidewalk cheap and cheerful outlets perfect for when your feet need a little rest from shopping. However, for true indulgence, look at these places that provide the best of the best.
Azure Spa & Fitness is the new kid on the block, located at the very chic The Star Gold Coast, which sparkles at Broadbeach. The Spa offers a wide selection of treatments, most using products from luxury skincare brand ESPA, Whichever treatment you choose it will be the perfect way to relax after a day exploring this lively part of the Gold Coast.
Whilst at the Palazzo Versace, you can choose from an intensely blissful hour with a warm shell treatment or maybe a "Dancing with Light" signature treatment designed to leave you floating and take you to your "happy place." A variety of spa options are available.
Since opening, the Q1 Resort & Spa has remained one of the top spas on the Gold Coast available for both in-house and walk-in clients with a prior booking. Our favourite pampering options include those using ancient indigenous herbs and spices.
The Gold Coast sprouts numerous shopping centres with first-class designers. Pacific Fair boasts the likes of H&M, Myer, David Jones, Zara, Uniqlo and Sephora.
At Robina Town Centre, Zara addicts will be happy as will those that like Tigerlily, Camilla, Seed, T2 and Jash Living. Beauty haven Sephora has also just opened.
Harbour Town at Biggera Waters boasts more than 240 stores with brand outlets and clearance stores including Seafolly, Portmans, Calvin Klein, Armani Outlet, Kate Spade New York, Lacoste Outlet and Michael Kors.
Marina Mirage on Sea World Drive, Main Beach is home to high-end fashion, eateries and, yes, chocolate! Brands include Gant, Gazman, Rodd & Gunn, Seed, Witchery and Tommy Hilfiger.
With the bounties of the sea to one side and the rich hinterland to the other, all tastes are catered for in an array of multicultural cuisines. Chefs from around the world delight in experimenting with the rich and tasteful produce from the region for you to enjoy.
The coast’s latest signature restaurant nestled 19 floors above the sea is Nineteen at The Star. It features a rooftop restaurant and chic lounge bar that mesmerises with sweeping views over the Pacific Ocean. The cuisine is simple, elegant and world-class, plus there is a two-storey wine cellar with more than 2,000 bottles to pair perfectly with your meal.
Situated on the 21st floor of the Royal Pines Resort, Videre is an award-winning restaurant that not only commands majestic views but fantastic food, meticulously served up by award-winning chefs. It’s one of the Coast’s hidden fine dining secrets. It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 6 pm until late and high teas are held on Saturday and Sunday. Prior booking is necessary.
More of our top tips include Little Truffle in Mermaid Beach and Seaduction Restaurant + Bar in Surfers Paradise, though we could easily add another top 10 to this list.
Seventy7 Café + Bar is located at the SkyPoint Observation Deck at the Q1 Resort & Spa. Be rewarded with 360-degree views of the lights of the Gold Coast, the ocean and hinterland. Australia’s only beachside observation deck is for 18’s and over on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 pm.
Elston on the beachfront of Surfers Paradise and Justin Lane and Cavalier Bar in Burleigh Heads are fabulous for cocktails.
Bine Bar at Mermaid Beach has more than 80 Australian beers on tap while The Cambus Wallace at Nobby Beach is indeed one of the Gold Coast’s quirkiest bars with an array of whisky and rum to keep any spirit connoisseur content.
Tequila and cocktail lovers, head to Stingray Bar and Lounge at QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. No matter your desire, whether it is for rest and relaxation, fine dining, bars or a great place to celebrate, the Gold Coast has it all.