Romance is coming in hot on the GC!
Romance is coming in hot on the GC!
If it’s romance you want, it’s romance you’ll get here on the GC this Valentine’s Day. Hubba hubba!
We’ve compiled a list of what’s on and where, so that you can dial up the love-o-meter and treat yo’self and yo’partner to a Valentine’s Day (or night) experience to remember.
* Please note that unless indicated otherwise, all Valentine’s Day specials mentioned will take place on Tuesday 14th of February.
JW MARRIOTT GOLD COAST RESORT & SPA
Indulge with your Valentine in a decadent five-course degustation dinner menu, curated by Executive Chef Paul Smart and team of culinary experts. Accompanied by a glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne, tantalise your taste buds with Scallop and Yuzu Pearls, King George Whiting and Avruga Caviar, Lobster Fricassee, Roasted Duck Breast and Truffle Farro, and Chocolate Rose and Raspberry Sorbet to finish. Prices start at $129 per person (level up with a $49 wine pairing). Get your tickets here.
Chapter & Verse
Inspired by a resort tradition, indulge with your loved one in a Valentine’s Day high tea, curated by Executive Chef Paul Smart and his esteemed team. Accompanied by a glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne, devour the likes of Raspberry Macaroons, Chocolate and Salted Caramel Slice, Strawberry & Cream Scones, Smoked Salmon and Caviar Rose, Beetroot & Cream Cheese Sandwich, and Prawn Roll With Lemon Aioli to name a few. $89 per person. Get your tickets here.
Where: JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Oyster Bar & Grill
Head Chef, Christopher Dodds has crafted a truly endearing five-course degustation menu where you will enjoy the likes of Spiced Duck Breast, served with pan fried scallop, spring vegetables, lobster bisque, Fresh Oysters served with lemon pepper pearls and Prosecco mignonette, Roasted Rack of Lamb or Ocean Trout served with poached King Prawns, broad beans, tomato, hazelnut vinaigrette. To finish, indulge in the famous White Chocolate Raspberry Dome served with freeze dried raspberry cremeux, candied pistachio crumble, and chocolate Grand Marnier gelato. $119 per guest. Get your ticket here.
Where: Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Gold Coast, 71 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
White Rhino Bar & Eats
Whether you’re looking for a romantic destination for you and your lover, or want to enjoy dinner with the girls, White Rhino has it all. Choose between two and three course Couples Packages ($150 for two vs $190 for three) which include a bottle of Bleasdale Cabernet Sauvignon. Or round up a table of four (minimum) of your fave chicks and go with the $220 Galentine’s Package, with two entrees, four mains, two desserts and a bottle of Prosecco. Just add live entertainment and winner winner Valentine’s Day dinner.
Where: Circle On Cavill, Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
It’s time to spoil your loved one with the ultimate aphrodisiac; an Oceanside Seafood Platter for two, plus a bottle of Wild Rock Gris ($189.00 per couple). Or, splurge on a sumptuous 2-course feast washed down with a bottle of Totara Sauv Blanc, with the likes of Bug and Prawn Linguine, Wild Mushroom Lasagne, or Sirloin for mains. Swoon!
Where: 30/34 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
With Valentine’s Day theming, creative expression and an unforgettable flamboyant performance, the infamous and inclusive SQUIRT hosted by vibrant reality star, David Subritzky, is back! Think rose petal covered daybeds, a glitter booth, topless waiters…or try and resist Cupid’s chokehold at the kissing booth! This flirty and frivolous Sunday session features dazzling Drag Queens, special guest DJs, cheeky interactive games and captivating entertainment. Sunday 12th February from 11am. Entry is FREE!
Where: 21a Elkhorn Ave, Surfers Paradise
The Bedroom Lounge Bar
Shred your ex – literally (well, a photo of them) this Valentine’s at The Bedroom! Bring along a photo of your ex and delight in watching The Bedroom staff shred it on arrival! Oh-so satisfying! They’ll also throw in a free gift….. #SoSold.
Where: 26 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Head chef Tapos Singha has curated a memorable Valentine’s Day menu that is sure to wow! From Alaskan King Crab Leg to Squid Ink Tagliatelle and Miss Moneypenny’s Gay-Time this menu is pure love from go to whoa. Lunch and dinner sittings, but be sure to book as this one will book out.
Where: 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Does a special Japanese Valentine’s set tickle your fancy? Available for lunch or dinner, we’re talking Hiramasa Kingfish Sashimi, Karaage Chicken, Classic Grilled Pork Gyoza, Garlic Butter Crab Gyoza, White Sesame Salad and Ferrero Rocher Gyoza. YUM!!! Available 10 – 14th February. $40 per person.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Eat, drink and get loved up at Mozza Mozza! Spoil your special someone with a 3-course feast featuring their creamy Burrata, divine Blue Swimmer Crab Spaghetti and the sweet-dream Raspberry Cannoli for dessert. Bellissima! $75 per person.
Where: Southport Sharks, Corner Olsen Avenue & Musgrave Avenue, Southport
QT GOLD COAST
For an extra spesh dinner, treat your date with a Bazaar Marketplace ‘Lover’s Feast’. Complete with bubbles on arrival, enjoy trawler-fresh seafood, slow-roasted meats, Asian delights and gourmet salads, sweet treats, acoustic tunes, and even personalised chocolate love notes! $159 per person.
LBH, Valentine’s Day in a 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 stuff (Mumm Sparking may we add), followed by four delicious courses perfect for sharing. Dream date alert! $300 for one cabana (two people).
Yamagen is bringing Honmei Choco to the Gold Coast; the gesture of giving carefully handmade chocolate to a lover or love interest. Nawwww. But first, Yamagen’s finest a la carte menu followed by the new dessert, The Volcano (as if sparks weren’t flying already.)
And PS – They say two’s company, and at QT, throuples are a vibe. With every dinner booking for three on Valentine’s Day will include Aphrodisiac Hour – a half-dozen oysters on the house.
Grab your lover or the girls for a Fixx Café High Tea. $59 per person including coffee or tea, or $78 per person served with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne and bottomless tea or coffee.
Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
THE STAR GOLD COAST
Garden Kitchen & Bar
Spoil your other half (and your tastebuds) with an exclusive Valentine’s dessert made with luurve. Designed to be enjoyed together, savour the textures of the Valrhona Chocolate Share Plate. $19 and available for dinner only.
In typical passionate Italian form, Cucina Vivo is also serving up an extra spesh dessert offer! It’s called the Italian Kiss, made with Italian pastry, crème fraiche semifreddo and macerated strawberries. $14, available for dinner only.
Not to be left out of the exclusive V Day dessert-fest, Kiyomi is also offering a special sweet finisher for Cupid’s favourite night of the year. The Peanut Fondant with chocolate fondant, peanut butter, chocolate and vanilla ice cream is sure to dazzle the object of your affection. $25 and available for dinner only.
Azure Spa & Fitness
Azure invites you and your beloved to connect and unwind with a Rejuvenating Massage for Two. This rhythmic body massage will ease away tension and re-align energy flow #yesplease. Plus, enjoy the sanctuary of an Azure Spa private cabana. $600 per couple and available throughout February.
Love in Luxury
Indulge in a luxury stay at The Star Grand Hotel or The Darling, including a daily $50 dining credit, daily breakfast per guest, and a late check out until 12:00pm. You’re guaranteed 25% off the best available rate, leaving more in the kitty for extra cocktails and a few trips to the roulette table #PutItAllOnRed. The offer is valid until 31st May.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach
THE LANGHAM GOLD COAST
Celebrate in style with a collection of special Valentine’s Day delicacies sourced for the occasion. Go all out with a Seafood Tower with caviar or opt for the Sweet Treats Tower as you enjoy the bespoke Valentine’s beverage list.
Travel deeper into relaxation with Chuan Spa’s Valentine’s Couple Experience. This two-hour package includes a couple’s 90-minute True Langham Gold Stone Massage, 30-minute access to the private Steam Room, sweet treats and champagne to be enjoyed at the end of your treatment. Available throughout February.
Where: The Langham Gold Coast, 38 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise
SkyPoint Observation Deck – Q1
Shout your love from the top of the Gold Coast at Australia’s highest dining destination and devour a five-course degustation meal, flowing drinks, and live entertainment. The Gold Package has sold out but never fear peeps, the Silver Package is still available! At $120 per person it is the perfect place to romance your loved one while taking in views of the Gold Coast city skyline.
Where: Q1, 9 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise
Words by Bianca Trathen.
When we’re asked what our definition of romance is, it goes a little something like this. We’d like to be wined and dined (duh), pampered (obvs), and treated to a night of luxury at a spiffy hotel. Oh and if someone could do the next fortnight’s laundry, ironing, vacuuming, groceries, cooking, dishes, and school drop-off, we’ll be yours forever #ActsOfService. Well, there’s one place that does the top three on our wish list like a boss #flexemoji. It’s The Star Gold Coast friends and as always, there are options-a-plenty to sweep your soulmate off his/her feet.
Nineteen At The Star
There are fancy-pants restaurants and then there’s Nineteen At The Star! Enjoy a decadent set menu, guaranteed to make anyone fall in love. To start, think the likes of Natural Oysters in Champagne Mignonette and yes, we all know where this is leading…. #bomchikkawahwah. Shared entrees include Queensland Spanner Crab, with brown butter, macadamia, and sourdough, and a choice of mains (our pick; Fillet Steak with potato pavê, roast shallot, black garlic and bordelaise). Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without dessert and with two on offer, we’re going for the Strawberry Cheesecake with citrus mousse and jus frei. $140 per person and bookings are essential. Available for dinner only.
The following three restaurants are celebrating Valentine’s Day with decadent love-themed desserts. Enjoy their usual delicious a la carte options, then finish it off with these exclusive sweet treats.
Garden Kitchen & Bar
Spoil your other half (and your tastebuds) with an exclusive Valentine’s dessert made with luurve. Designed to be enjoyed together, savour the textures of the Valrhona Chocolate Share Plate. Choc it out for $19. Available for dinner only, bookings encouraged.
In typical passionate Italian form, Cucina Vivo is also serving up an extra spesh dessert offer! It’s called the Italian Kiss and yes, it’s as satisfying as a kiss from an actual Italian #IYKYK. Made with Italian pastry, crème fraiche semifreddo and macerated strawberries, it’s the best $14 you’ll spend all year. Available for dinner only, bookings encouraged.
Not to be left out of the exclusive V Day dessert-fest, Kiyomi is also offering a special sweet finisher for Cupid’s favourite night of the year. The Peanut Fondant with chocolate fondant, peanut butter, chocolate and vanilla ice cream is sure to dazzle the object of your affection. $25 and available for dinner only, bookings encouraged.
Azure Spa & Fitness
If you’re after something less ‘foody’ and more ‘feely’, this one’s for you! For the month of February, Azure invites you and your beloved to connect and unwind with a Rejuvenating Massage for Two. This rhythmic body massage will ease away tension and re-align energy flow #yesplease. Plus, enjoy the sanctuary of an Azure Spa private cabana. $600 per couple.
Love in Luxury
Indulge in a luxury stay at The Star Grand Hotel or The Darling, including a daily $50 dining credit, daily breakfast per guest, and a late check out until 12:00pm (and OMG, the sleep-in alone has us swooning). You’re guaranteed 25% off the best available rate, leaving more in the kitty for extra cocktails and a few trips to the roulette table #PutItAllOnRed. The offer is valid until 31st May.
To book or for more information on any of The Star’s Valentine’s Day activations, go here.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach
When: Various activations on Tuesday 14th February
Words by Bianca Trathen.
STORY SPONSORED BY THE STAR GOLD COAST
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When John Paul Young penned ‘’Love is in the Air’’, he actually wrote it about Valentine’s Day at Q1’s SkyPoint Observation Deck. Yeah okay boomers, so Q1 didn’t even exist in the 70s – or the 90s when Strictly Ballroom was released – but we like our backstory better, plus it’s accurate in a literal sense.
Nothing says romance like staring into your loved one’s eyes on Valentine’s Day, as you both take in breathtaking Gold Coast views from above….77 levels up to be exact. Now add a swanky 5-course degustation to the equation, flowing drinks (yes pls), live entertainment and get down on bended knee already coz this is srsly Mills & Boon material!
The SkyPoint crew know that the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach (obvs). And they know that a multi-dimensional sensory experience which also incorporates the eyes and ears will have sparks flying from Q1 to Quebec. With this in mind, from 6pm until 10pm on Tuesday 14th February, they’re putting on a romance-filled Valentine’s soiree so swoony, Cupid can take the night off.
Australia’s highest dining destination is inviting loved up guests to choose from two different but equally delicious packages. Both offer a 5-course degustation menu and let’s be real, nothing gets our motor running more than this…except maybe a 3-hour beverage package and yep, that’s included too. As mentioned, there’s also live entertainment because who doesn’t love a side of beats (not beets…although those too) with their meal.
The Gold Package is $150 per person and in addition to the above, promises a window-adjacent table with uninterrupted views of the Gold Coast city skyline. Fan-cy! Or, you can always treat your other half to the $130 per head Silver Package. You may not be guaranteed a window table with this one but when the food, sips and tunes are on-(Sky)point, it’s a recipe for masterful woo-ing.
Let’s unpack the menu shall we and we’re already drooling in suspense. The first course sets the scene with Salt-baked Beetroot, nashi pear, feta and truffle honey, and we knew our earlier beets reference wasn’t misplaced.
Moving along, the second course is a crowd favourite; Risotto Nero with citrus prawns, blue swimmer crab and fresh dill (ohmygawd). If you’re salivating too, grab the Kleenex coz we’re not even halfway through….
Next, savour the flavour of Pressed Lamb Shoulder with roasted heirloom carrots, spring pea puree, dukkah and red wine jus, but leave sufficient belly real-estate for the two-remaining sweet-tooth friendly courses. We’re talking Yuzu Panna Cotta with blueberry compote and toasted coconut guaranteed to knock your date’s socks off. And for the grand finale fifth course, tantalise the tastebuds with Baked Chocolate Cheesecake, salted caramel shortbread, and raspberry popping candy.
Each course will be served at intervals from 6:30pm, and the icing on the cake is that all five courses are gluten-free. Winner winner Valentine’s dinner!
Bookings are essential and tickets are limited so to secure your spots at this unforgettable night amongst the stars, go here.
Where: SkyPoint Observation Deck, Level 77, Q1, Surfers Paradise
When: 6pm – 10pm, Tuesday 14th February
Words by Bianca Trathen.
STORY SPONSORED BY SKYPOINT
We love love here at Inside Gold Coast and our excitement levels are peaking for Cupid to launch his heart-tipped arrows on Tuesday February 14th. So how shall you woo that special someone because yeah, you’ve done chocolates and cute cringey teddies to death, and need fresh inspo to knock his/her socks off this year. Thankfully, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa (aka the destination for romance), has come to the party with not one but three fail-safe ways to spoil your Valentine.
The ultimate suite indulgence
We mean sweet…and suite!! Nothing says love like a getaway to a luxurious five-star resort and absolutely nobody will argue with that. Particularly when your stay includes breakfast for two adults in the award-winning Citrique Restaurant and that’s some epic brownie points right there. But wait, there’s more because the romantics at JW Marriott are adding a cheese platter with locally sourced delights and honestly, cheese deserves its own love language. They’re also throwing in a bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne – another enduring love of ours – and valet parking too for those extra VIP feels. Reservations can be made here. Enter booking code HDK under Special Rates / Corporate and do it fast!
A five-course degustation at Citrique
If you can’t escape for a full night (parents with young children, we feel you), never fear because the award-winning Citrique Restaurant is putting on a decadent five-course degustation. Curated by Executive Chef Paul Smart and his team of culinary gurus, it’s textbook gastronomic perfection. Let’s set the scene; upon arrival, you and your love will be greeted with a glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne. Then it’s time to indulge your taste buds with a line-up of mouth-watering dishes flexing Citrique’s famous seafood and paddock to plate prowess. We’re talking Scallop and Yuzu Pearls, King George Whiting and Avruga Caviar, Lobster Fricassee, and Roasted Duck Breast with Truffle Farro. And it just wouldn’t be a true Valentine’s without dessert, in this instance the perfectly balanced and blissful Chocolate Rose and Raspberry Sorbet. Available Tuesday 14th February for $129 per guest, you can go all out with an extra $49 per guest for exclusive wine pairing. Reservations are essential (duh, it’s Citrique!) via Gold Coast Tickets.
Valentine’s Day high tea
If you’d rather celebrate by day, why not treat your special someone to a memorable morning or afternoon inspired by a famous resort tradition. We’re talking about a Chapter & Verse Valentine’s Day high tea and if you haven’t already experienced this life-changing (we’re not exaggerating) ritual then cease the moment! Once again, Executive Chef Paul Smart and his posse of food artistes will redefine the high tea concept as you know it. Accompanied by a glass of Moët & Chandon bubbles on arrival, treat your soul mate to Raspberry Macaroons, Chocolate and Salted Caramel Slice, Heart Chocolate Bon Bons, Strawberry and Rose Tart, White Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse, Ginger White Chocolate Friands, Red Velvet Slice, Strawberry and Cream Scones, Smoked Salmon and Caviar Rose, Beetroot and Cream Cheese Sandwich, Salami Olive and Tomato Roll, Turkey Brie Cheese and Cranberry, and last (but definitely not least), Prawn Roll with Lemon Aioli. Now that’s passion on a plate! Valentine’s Day high tea is available exclusively on Tuesday 14th February from 11am until 1pm, or 2pm until 4pm. Set to be a sell-out, the $89 per guest affair must be pre-booked so jump on to Gold Coast Tickets pronto.
Three cupid-endorsed Valentine’s options, one iconic Gold Coast destination. Let The JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa do the heavy lifting for you this Valentine’s Day and make it one to remember.
When: Tuesday 14th February
Where: 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
Words by Bianca Trathen.
STORY SPONSORED BY JW MARRIOTT GOLD COAST RESORT & SPA