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12 loved-up Valentine’s Day events

Valentine's Day (image supplied)
Valentine's Day (image supplied)

If it’s romance you want, it’s romance you’ll get here on the GC this Valentine’s Day. And nothing says love like quality food and a glass of fancy champers. Hubba hubba!

Because we love love here at Inside Gold Coast, we’ve compiled a list from north to south of what’s on and where, so that you can whisk your special someone away for a loved-up lunch or a dreamy dinner!

The Club, Parkwood Village
The Club is putting on a 3-course Spanish-inspired menu this Valentine’s Day at 6pm – and we’re here for it! For $69pp, treat your love to a chilled beverage on arrival, live beats from Jake Meywes, a platter of Queensland’s finest seafood, Riverina Black Angus Rib Fillet with Shark Bay scallops and a decadent Chocolate Mud Gateau. It’ll knock yours and your partners’ socks off! Book your tickets here.
Where: 76 – 122 Napper Road, Parkwood

Palazzo Versace Gold Coast
Ok, so this is for all you singleton girls out there! (Because why should the couples have all the fun?!) Round up the gal’s for an unmissable Galentine’s Couture High Tea⁠ at Palazzo Versace on Sunday 13 February with freshly brewed coffee and tea, served on the ever-elegant Versace China. Ohh and how could we forget, you of course get a glass of bubbles to complement your luxurious high tea. Only $92.90 per person⁠, we think this calls for you to slide into your besties dm’s stat!
Where: 94 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach

Valentine's Day at Citrique, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa (image supplied)
Valentine's Day at Citrique, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa (image supplied)

Take advantage of JW Marriott’s Month of Love with an indulgent 5-course degustation menu. For $110pp, there’ll be Moët & Chandon on arrival, freshly shucked oysters, lobster thermidor, baked snow fish, pistachio-crusted Wagyu and desserts to finish. Or, romance your special someone with their award-winning seafood buffet…with a French twist! From $109 per adult, devour the freshest of fresh seafood, plus French delicacies including Salmon en Papillote and artful desserts to finish. Oh the romance!
Where: JW Marriott Surfers Paradise, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

QT Gold Coast
For an extra spesh dinner, treat your date with a Bazaar Marketplace ‘Lover’s Feast’. From $109pp, there’s bubbles on arrival, trawler-fresh seafood, slow-roasted meats, Asian delights and gourmet salads, acoustic tunes and even personalised chocolate love notes! Best thing is, you can keep going back for more.

The Spring
LBH, Valentine’s Day in a twilight cabana under the stars is romance 101. Spoil your QTie (get it?!) with dinner for two in a luxury poolside cabana with a glass of the bubbly, followed by four delicious courses perfect for sharing. For $275 for two peeps (one cabana), it’s the dream date you’ve been searching for.
Where: 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Valentine's Under the Stars, Cali Beach (image supplied)
Valentine's Under the Stars, Cali Beach (image supplied)

Cali Beach
On Monday 14th February, Cali Beach is inviting one and all to a romantic night under the stars at their Outdoor Cinema. Watch firm favourites Pretty Woman (6pm) or The Notebook (8.30pm) while indulging in one of their two delicious foodie packages. ‘Share The Love’ for $89 per couple including a selection of sushi, arancini balls, calamari, chicken yakitori skewers, Caesar salad, Wagyu beef sliders, waffle fries, a baked brownie and a wine/beer for each guest! But if you really want to go all out, for $139 per couple the ‘Cupid’s Choice’ package includes a selection of sushi, Wagyu beef skewers, Caesar salad, bug sliders, chicken lollipops, waffle fries, a whole dessert selection and an Espresso Martini, Watermelon Margarita or Cosmopolitan for each guest. No one will be going home hungry or disappointed from this unique event!
Where: 21a Elkhorn Ave, Surfers Paradise

BOBs Beer
BOBs is turning up the love-meter with their $80pp 3-course Valentine’s menu. Including a welcome drink, it features the likes of Wagyu Carpaccio with wasabi peas and kosho aioli, and the piece de resistance; Heart Shaped Mango Mouse on a mango mint financier. All this is surrounded by the 12 hectolitre drums that produce BOB’s famous craft beer. Now that’s romance!
Where: 10/2 Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Fresh oysters, Nineteen at The Star (image supplied)
Fresh oysters, Nineteen at The Star (image supplied)

The Star Gold Coast
The Star’s many dining destinations never fail to deliver in the lurve department!

Garden Kitchen & Bar
For $130 for two, enjoy an exclusive sharing menu with the likes of Sydney Rock Oysters and Smoked Duck Salad, or order from the always satisfying la carte menu.

Nineteen At The Star
Go all out this Valentine’s Day with a $130pp 5-course feast! With sweeping views, first-class service, delicious food and fine wine, it has all the makings of the perfect Valentine’s date.

Cucina Vivo
The Italians do love like no other, so why not wine and dine your other half with a generous degustation menu for $75pp. That’s amore!

Spoil your favourite human with 16 pieces of Valentine sashimi with The Star Oscietra caviar, as well as matcha white chocolate fondant with coffee soil and vanilla ice cream. Or, why not indulge in two glasses of house of Arras sparkling wine, served with a beautiful rose and an accolade box of chocolates for $120?
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Chargrilled Ora King Salmon Stick, Miss Moneypenny's (image supplied)
Chargrilled Ora King Salmon Stick, Miss Moneypenny's (image supplied)

Miss Moneypenny’s
Let chef Adam Dundas-Taylor help woo the object of your affection with his signature seven-dish (yes…seven!) Valentines’ selection. We’re talking progressively served ora king salmon sticks, hiramasa kingfish ceviche, beef tataki, wagyu beef skewer, coral coast barramundi, wagyu beef rump cap, and lemon buttermilk panna cotta. For $95pp and with multiple sittings available, get in fast to secure your booking!
Where: 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Harajuku Gyoza
Does a special Japanese banquet for $40pp tickle your fancy? This Broady fave has your Valentine’s date day or night covered, available for lunch and dinner from Saturday 12th until Monday 14th February. Start things off with a welcome Japanese craft beer or house wine, then feast on a selection of traditional dishes, including their signature Grilled Pork Gyoza and tasty Soft Shell Crab.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

Roosevelt Lounge interior (image supplied)
Roosevelt Lounge interior (image supplied)

Roosevelt Lounge
Indulge in the most sophisticated Valentine’s Day dining experience with a lovingly curated 3-course set menu from $99pp at Roosevelt Lounge. The plush red carpet and old-school glamourous vibes suit the Valentine’s vibe to a tea, and why not level up the romance factor and book the $130pp package, which includes a glass of Pol Roger. Oh, darling!
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

Celebrate the day of love with an impressive five-course menu in the heart of Broadbeach for $80pp. Starting with a Raspberry & Cream Valentine’s cocktail on arrival, guests will then be treated to Freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters, Kingfish Tartare, House made wood-fired break with baked figs and goats cheese, Prawn bisque risotto and a choice of Kingfish or Wagyu Striploin for mains. Finish with a Raspberry & Cream Mille Feuille.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

Little Truffle
In honour of Cupid’s day of days, Little Truffle are upping the ante with an extra special 4-course-menu. For $120pp, you and your Valentine will choose from a gourmet selection of entrees, mains and desserts, including the likes of Quail Ballotine with pomme puree, onion remoulade, mushroom duxelle, pickled mushroom and red wine jus, Half Grilled Lobster Mornay with red cabbage slaw, and Strawberry Soufflé with dark chocolate sauce. Heaven!
Where: 2444 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Words by Bianca Trathen.

Woo your Valentine with a ‘Month Of Love’

Valentine's Day at JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa (image supplied)
Valentine's Day at JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa (image supplied)

It’s nearly February peeps which means it’s time to channel our inner cupid and level up our lurve game. And when we think of romance, we’re thinking of waking up in a 5-star resort, known for delivering the A to Z of luxury stays, along with the swooniest of dining destinations. One such destination is JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort and Spa, who are launching The Month of Love with exclusive offers to help woo your special someone. The experts at unleashing luxe love wizardry on our (not so) little city if you ask us!

If your special person is a foodie whose appreciation of fine cuisine is only rivalled by their appreciation for posh French bubbles, then this one’s for you. Award-winning restaurant Citrique boasts a reputation for delivering consistently chic dining and to celebrate The Month of Love, is going all Emily In Paris and showcasing traditional French food. Oui, oui!

Valentine's Day at Citrique, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa (image supplied)
Valentine's Day at Citrique, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa (image supplied)

For a $110 per guest, you’ll be treated to a decadent five-course degustation menu, curated by Executive Chef Paul Smart and his team of culinary experts. Accompanied by Moët & Chandon on arrival, tantalise your tastebuds with freshly shucked oysters, lobster thermidor, baked snow fish, pistachio crusted Wagyu and homemade artful desserts to finish.

But that’s not all Citrique is serving up. If an award-winning seafood buffet with a French twist is more your idea of romance, look no further. From $109 per adult or $49 per child (4-12yo), think oysters (wink wink nudge nudge), prawns, crabs, Moreton Bay bugs, scallops, plus French delicacies including salmon en papillote, beef bourgion, moules de bouchot and pissaladiere. If that’s not enough, let’s talk the sweet stuff. To finish, indulge in artful desserts handcrafted by the JW pastry team including French macaroons, raspberry financier, hazelnut Paris brest, crème caramel, tarte au citron and more.

Finally, let’s talk about the final simply irresistible offer and woah, it’s a humdinger. You and your special person are invited to relax with a romantic escape, including 2 nights’ accommodation, daily brekky for 2 adults, 1pm late checkout (yass), handmade choccies crafted by the JW pastry team, AND a bottle of Moët & Chandon to set the tone. Seriously, we dare you to find something more dreamy.

Valentine's Day at Citrique, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa (image supplied)
Valentine's Day at Citrique, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa (image supplied)

Tis the season to be…. hopelessly romantic! So, don your fancy pants and let JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort and Spa help you spoil your soulmate this February.

Where: 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
When: Accommodation Package – available the month of February 2022. Book here.
Citrique Five-Course French Degustation – From 5.30pm until 9pm Monday 14th February 2022
Citrique Seafood & French Cuisine Buffet – available throughout the month of February. Dinner Friday and Saturday from 5.30pm. Lunch Saturday and Sunday from 12pm.

Words by Bianca Trathen.


Valentine's Day at JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa (image supplied)
Valentine's Day at JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa (image supplied)

We found love in a Gold Coast place

Valentine's Day at The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Valentine's Day at The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

Looking for a GC destination offering more love and romance than The Notebook and Enrique Iglesias combined?

It’s time to bathe in your ‘special occasion’ perfume, don your fave heels (or wedges because LBH, a broken ankle is about as romantic as a Squid Games marathon), and prepare to sweep your other half off his/her feet this Valentine’s Day at The Star Gold Coast. With a number of exceptional date ideas to choose from, let’s take this from the top…. the nineteenth level in fact!

If a five-star 5-course set menu with sweeping views floats your love boat, then Nineteen at The Star is where you need to head. For $130 person, you’ll be impressed with the Natural Oysters with gin and lime granita (gin…why are you so multitalented?!) to set the mood because, well, they’re oysters and we really need not explain this any further. Then move onto the Queensland Spanner Crab, Pumpkin Risotto with toasted pepita and sage and finally, the Nougat Parfait with strawberry sorbet and basil. Oooh la la!

Nineteen at The Star Restaurant (image supplied)
Nineteen at The Star Restaurant (image supplied)

The ever-popular Garden Kitchen & Bar always delivers a memorable dining experience, and Valentine’s is no exception. Priced at $130 for two, enjoy a shared set menu of Sydney rock oysters, citrus cured salmon, a smoked duck salad, beef tenderloin with potatoes and an indulgent chocolate dessert. Those who can’t go past the a la carte menu are catered for too and hold the bus, because we haven’t mentioned their cocktails and what is actually wrong with us? A cocktail here is a rite of passage – and a V Day staple if you ask us!

Italians do a lot of things well, and frankly, food and romance are top of that list. For $75 per head, Cucina Vivo is serving an Italian feast to make your taste buds sing (most likely That’s Amore). Inspired by the cliff-top restaurants of the Amalfi Coast, the generous degustation menu features classic Italian dishes and flavours such as their entrée Vitello Tonnato (medium rare roasted veal) with tuna mayonnaise, capers and grissini. Let’s also give a collective round of applause for their Milly Hill Saddle of Lamb with Agro dolce, cavolo nero with lamb jus. And it wouldn’t be a trip to Cucina Vivo without a Taste of Italy in the form of their tasty Tiramisu.

If Japanese is more your love language, Kiyomi has not one, but two exclusive V-Day offers. Indulge in 16 pieces of Valentine Sashimi with The Star Oscietra caviar for $88, and complement that nicely with their Matcha White Chocolate Fondant with coffee soil and vanilla ice cream for just $20. Ok wow, we are drooling.

Kiyomi Valentine Sashimi (image supplied)
Kiyomi Valentine Sashimi (image supplied)

Finally, let’s talk about something non-foody and more ‘feely’! Bringing harmonious balance to the body, inspiring romance a-plenty, Azure Spa and Fitness is offering the ultimate treat for the entire month of February. Choose from a couple’s 60-minute massage and glass of bubbly each for $350, or indulge yourself with a $150 hour-long massage and glass of sparkling. Better yet, round up the girls for a  Galentine’s get-together you’ll all love!

At The Star Gold Coast this Valentine’s Day, all you need is love – and a booking!

Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Words by Bianca Trathen.


The Star practises the responsible service of alcohol.

The Star Gold Coast - Azure Spa (image supplied)
The Star Gold Coast - Azure Spa (image supplied)

5 Tinder (etc) date ideas on the Gold Coast

Miami Marketta (image supplied)

The evil geniuses who came up with Tinder/Bumble/Hinge must be having a pretty good time right now. Just kicking back, feeling responsible for a whole lot of extra love in the world and, let’s not forget, many, many people experiencing disastrous moments that are really only good for drunkenly relaying to friends.

Since actually meeting people out and about is a little redundant these days (Netflix at home with the dog for the win), it seems Tinder/Bumble/Hinge will be sticking around. In celebration of that, we’ve written a list date ideas your very first date with someone you know from six profile photos and one short sentence.

Keeping in mind we’re the people with the Netflix and the dog.

Live music venues
First of all, any person who doesn’t love live music is probably not a person you want to date anyway (in our opinion) and there are very few date stories that begin with “we went to a gig and had a really bad time” correct? So there’s that. There’s also darkness (you know what we’re saying), loudness (in case the chat is lacking) and bulk drinking opportunities. Plus, there is never a dull moment on the dance floor and if you end up getting married, you’ll have quite the first date story to tell the grandkids. Here’s some inspo for epic live music venues on the GC.

Burleigh Hill on a Sunday afternoon
Instead of Tinder/Bumble/Hinge, you could probably meet someone in the flesh there if you’re brave, but we digress (and absolutely wouldn’t ourselves). Obviously Burleigh Hill is a pretty little spot for a date, throw in some cheese and some wine and you’re set. HOWEVER, should the date not be going well, that place is absolutely packed with people wearing outrageous party shirts and throwing various sporting goods around so all you need to do is say you’re going to the bathroom and disappear into the crowd, never to be seen again. You’re welcome.

Burleigh Hill (Image via Destination Gold Coast)

Market-style food venues
So much opportunity for chats about food. Who doesn’t love chats about food? Yes, this could be why we’re the Netflix and dog people but we also bring a lot of quality thoughts to food chats so what are you gonna do. ANYWAY. Roaming around deciding what you’re going to eat when there are options galore is one of life’s’ greatest pleasures. Not to mention you can discuss said options with your date in case there is a lack of any other conversation of substance. Also, you can eat so much you get really full and sleepy and have to go home if, of course, things aren’t going well.

Any sushi place
Sushi is delicious, don’t deny it. There is something to delight every tastebud and that’s always handy when you’re going on a date with someone you don’t know in any way. So for a list of impressive sushi joints, check it out here. Again, if things aren’t going well (look we’re developing a pattern), it is actually possible to shove at least three pieces of sushi in your mouth at once to a) avoid any possible hope of conversation and b) finish your food and bail, saying you don’t feel the best. Because you probably don’t and for good reason.

Theme parks
Not really a revelation obviously but here we are. It’s highly unlikely you’re not going to have a good time at a theme park because fairy floss, hot chips and indulging your inner child are always a good time. Maybe we eat too much on dates come to think of it. So theme parks. They’re fun, you can go for any amount of time you like and if things ARE going well (see, we’re positive too) you can grab old mate/loves’ hand at the top of the rollercoaster and awkward first touch weirdness is avoided by terrifying rollercoaster times. If things aren’t going well, you’re stuck way up north with a person whose hand you just grabbed and we have absolutely nothing for that. Soz.

Go forth and get some.

Words by Kirra Smith

Movie World (Image via Destination Gold Coast)
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