Four Awesome Stays That Prove The Gold Coast Has Had The Ultimate Glow-Up

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From Southport in the north to Palm Beach and Coolangatta to the south, the Gold Coast is changing faster than ever. Finally coming into its own, the city has dived into a new world of innovative bars, sustainable restaurants, and damn sexy hotels.

In case you need convincing, here are four awesome stays proving the Goldie is every bit as good as you remember.

#1 voco Gold Coast


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Formerly known as The Watermark, voco Gold Coast is the one of the new standouts in Surfers Paradise. The world’s first voco-branded hotel, it opened late last year after a multi-million-dollar renovation that saw all 389 of its guest rooms undergo a 21st century makeover, in addition to upgrades of its common areas and dining options.

Innovation and sustainability are core elements of the voco brand, with the hotel working to reduce its plastics and other waste. Plastic-free bedding, plush duvets made from recycled plastics, and even beehives, which are helping to ensure the survival of a vital part of the ecosystem, are just a few of the hotel’s environmentally-minded features.

Situated only a block back from the beach, the hotel also boasts three great dining options, including the signature Clifford’s Grill and Lounge Restaurant and Social House – home to an amazing cocktail bar – plus two swimming pools and the L’Aqua Day Spa.

#2 The Ruby Collection


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Families have long been the bread and butter of the Gold Coast, with iconic attractions such as Movie World and Dreamworld luring visitors by the plane (and minivan) load. Yet, aside from a few gems like Paradise Resort, family accommodation on the coast has never quite reached the same dizzying heights of fun, quality and excitement – until now.

With its bright ‘n’ breezy one, two and three-bedroom apartments, villas, and sky suites, The Ruby Collection is a new kind of Gold Coast hotel – one with a big emphasis on providing fun and beautifully styled apartments that appeal to both families and luxury travellers. It also boasts state-of-the-art technology throughout.

Unlike most self-contained apartment hotels, The Ruby features several eclectic dining and entertainment options, a children’s splash zone and waterpark, kids club, daily activities program and more. The first of its eventual four towers is now open, with the remaining three scheduled for completion by 2022.

#3 The Star Grand


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If it’s newfound maturity you seek, you can’t go past The Star Grand in Broadbeach. Once known as Jupiters Hotel and Casino, the pyramid-shaped hotel has been an iconic part of the city’s landscape for over 30 years – and it’s not ready to retire any time soon.

Totally refurbished and rebranded, The Star Grand is one of the hotels really driving the Gold Coast’s renaissance. Each of its 596 guest rooms is sleek and refined, an oasis inspired by its coastal setting with furnishings in shades of emerald, turquoise and sand.

Beyond the guest rooms, The Star Gold Coast is a one-stop entertainment destination with great dining options, including Kiyomi Japanese and Garden Kitchen and Bar, along with a 24-hour casino, theatre and a Palm Springs-style pool area with Insta-worthy cabanas.

#4 QT Gold Coast


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At the northern end of Surfers Paradise, QT Gold Coast is the hotel which put the city back on the map as a luxury destination. It’s seven years old now, yet it still delivers the goods with its retro styling and willingness to embrace the Gold Coast’s kitsch past.

Each of its 297 beach-chic guest rooms and suites boasts quirky additions such as make-your-own-lemonade kits and cockatoo-shaped bedside lamps, while the large balconies are angled to take advantage of incredible views from the ocean to the hinterland.

The on-site dining options – Stingray Lounge Bar, known for its love of vintage surf culture; Bazaar, home of the best buffet on the Coast; and Yamagen Japanese, with its incredible sushi counter and whisky bar – will also keep you happy from sunrise to well into the early morning.

Though its foundations as a surfing and family hub are still firmly intact, as seen by its recent number two ranking in TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travellers Choice Awards of the top destinations in Australia and the South Pacific, the Gold Coast is now a lot more well-rounded.

It’s still a big kid at heart, yet this Peter Pan is now all grown up and ready to fly.

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