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Novotel Surfers Paradise unveil their slick, revamped Penthouses.

Revamped penthouse, Novotel Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Revamped penthouse, Novotel Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Gold Coasters – be it calendar, diary, or organisational app – get your preferred mode of planning at the ready. Novotel Surfers Paradise has just taken their R&R game to a whole new level of luxe, unveiling a lush refurbishment of their two top-level Penthouses. And trust us, it’s the kind that will make you want to find as many reasons as possible to schedule a stay, stat.

Revamped penthouse, Novotel Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Revamped penthouse, Novotel Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Now don’t get us wrong, Novotel Surfers Paradise has always been a premier destination for all things accom here on the GC. And with those sweeping panoramic views of the iconic Surfers Paradise skyline, what more could we really want or need when it comes to revelling in some maxo-relaxo vibes, you ask? Well, hold on to those sun hats, and set those expectations sky-high.

Revamped penthouse, Novotel Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Revamped penthouse, Novotel Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

In conjunction with its comprehensive refurbishment, Novotel Surfers Paradise has recently revealed the swoon-worthy new look for its four bedroom, three level penthouses… along with some seriously exciting additions. If the fresh new look of the chic, open-plan décor that screams sophisticated beachfront living at its finest doesn’t hook you – just wait till we drop four, very sweet little words.

Private rooftop plunge pool.

Rooftop pool at Novotel Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Penthouse Rooftop pool at Novotel Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Yep, the Level 36 total transformation includes the addition of private plunge pools to the rooftop terrace, and we can think of no better way to soak up those aforementioned views of the sparkling Surfers Paradise surf.

Okay, perhaps also a sparkling in hand, if we’re being really picky here – and with an adjoining outdoor dining area, it would be rude not to oblige in a few sundowners, no? Never-ending happy hour, come at us.

We can practically already hear the fizz of waves crashing (and Mimosa’s pouring) from here.

Revamped penthouse, Novotel Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Revamped penthouse, Novotel Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

The spacious Penthouses span across three levels, including four bedrooms designed to accommodate up to eight adults in supreme comfort. Each bedroom is fully decked out with king beds and large LCD TV’s – ideal for gathering your nearest and dearest for a rejuvenating getaway, no? And yes, the Novotel Surfers Paradise Penthouses should absolutely be your go-to for getting the extended fam together for some vacay or staycay action, but hear us out – luxurious girls weekend of beachside pampering, anyone? #sorryfambam

With your stake claimed on your choice of room (word to the wise, the master has a soaking tub #rundon’twalk) – all that’s left to do will be to choose between unwinding in the spacious lounge area overlooking the rolling surf, or taking it straight to the rooftop to soak up some glistening, poolside rays (perhaps after a quick call to room service to rustle up some specialty cocktails, lbh).

Revamped penthouse, Novotel Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Revamped penthouse, Novotel Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

And yep, anyone else suddenly in the mood for a getaway… like yesterday?! The (literal only) downside? With only two of these primo Penthouses on offer, dates for these high-roller vibing suites will book out fast (we really were not messing around when we said you’d need those calendars at the ready).

So whether it’s a milestone, special occasion, celebration… or simply just to *treat ‘yo self*: next time a truly boujee beachside getaway is in order – schedule your elevated escape at Novotel Surfers Paradise (sooner rather than later).

Where: Novotel Surfers Paradise, Cnr Of Surfers Paradise Blvd and Hanlan St, Surfers Paradise

Words by Kellie Leader.


Stop & smell the oils at the Gold Coast’s newest five star spa

Spa by JW - Signature Treatment Room (image supplied)
Spa by JW - Signature Treatment Room (image supplied)

If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that true relaxation doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by appointment.

And nowhere has mastered the art of unwinding quite like JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa’s spa-rkling new and aptly named, ‘Spa by JW’. Launched last week, this beautifully designed sanctuary is the true embodiment of bliss, and we would expect nothing less from such leaders in luxury.

Spa by JW - Signature Couples Bath (image supplied)
Spa by JW - Signature Couples Bath (image supplied)

Complementing the hotel’s $35 million makeover, it’s the secret sauce securing this GC institution’s position as THE destination for all things sleek, sophisticated, and superior. Summonsing locals and visitors alike to enter an in-spa-rational world of tranquillity and unwind amongst the sounds of the hinterland, echoing birds and ocean shoreline, it’s a hard yes from us.

A design collab between the DBI design studio, the building’s OG architects, and high-end interior designers, it’s the Queen Bee of spas. With an effortless yet sophisticated urban aesthetic inspired by the lush surroundings, Spa by JW is a bespoke work of art. It oozes quintessential coastal Queensland beauty with natural materials, texture, lighting, and a chic neutral colour palette. Oh, and a special shout-out must go to the emphasis on curves because a) we’re obsessed, and b) we have them too.

Spa by JW - Welcome Lounge (image supplied)
Spa by JW - Welcome Lounge (image supplied)

Curated under the expert guidance of Spa by JW Manager, Stacey Leong, we’re talking tailored treatments in six treatment rooms, a signature couple’s room including relaxation lounge, ensuite stone bath and twin showers, traditional saunas, showers, tranquil pods, and an alfresco outdoor garden terrace. Centred around four distinctive benefits; calm, indulge, invigorate, and renew, our list of recommended treatments goes a little something like this….

Firstly, The Kaffir Lime and Ginger Salt Scrub is a must. Including an exfoliating massage made from locally sourced Bunda Ginger paired with Pink Murray River Salt to stimulate blood flow and assist with anti-inflammation, where have you been all our lives?

Spa by JW - Signature Couples Retreat (image supplied)
Spa by JW - Signature Couples Retreat (image supplied)

Next, The Chamomile and Lavender Soak promotes restful sleep and a balanced mind through an immersive chamomile and lavender bath soak experience. And let’s not forget The Native Clay Body Mask to brighten, nourish and refine the texture of your skin, and incite a deep sense of relaxation.

Now because the JW Marriott team don’t do anything by halves, the Spa by JW experience includes access to a locally inspired tea service, wine service, and thoughtfully crafted food menu courtesy of JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa’s Executive Chef extraordinaire, Paul Smart. While we’re talking bougie eats and sips, sign yourself up stat for the wellbeing high tea including lavender scones, cucumber, caviar & crème fraiche, smoked salmon tartine, sesame bark, citrus aioli, tomato and bocconcini tartine, macadamia chocolate brownie, blueberry cake, mango passion slice, chocolate dipped strawberries, native honey seed nut slice, and chocolate rose with hazelnut cream ($79 per person).

Spa by JW - Relaxation Lounge (image supplied)
Spa by JW - Relaxation Lounge (image supplied)

Need another excuse to indulge? Here’s one we prepared earlier…  A hand selected Spa by JW Introductory Package is available until Monday 11th of September where you’ll be treated to a bespoke 30-minute aromatherapy massage and 30-minute discovery facial ($180 per person).

For more information and to book a treatment guaranteed to delight the soul and nourish the senses, go here.

Where: 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: Spa by JW is open from 9am – 6pm Monday to Saturday, & 10am – 5pm Sunday. 

Words by Bianca Trathen.


From first class to a class of its own

RACV Royal Pines Superior King (image supplied)
RACV Royal Pines Superior King (image supplied)

Have you stayed at RACV Royal Pines Resort? Even if you have, you haven’t.

If that sounds entirely confusing, it does, but all will make sense once we spill the tea on this local legend’s luxe new look.

Synonymous with five star feels, authentic culinary experiences, and a championship golf course, RACV Royal Pines Resort was already an A-lister. But, to keep up with changing trends and maintain its position as one of our city’s finest, a chic makeover was in order, and this just speaks to us on SO many levels #CanRelate #CanWeHaveOneToo.

RACV Royal Pines Spa Suite (image supplied)
RACV Royal Pines Spa Suite (image supplied)

Recently undergoing some seriously sophisticated sprucing that would make any discerning resort-goer’s heart go #PadamPadam, RACV Royal Pines Resort 2.0 has arrived! Yes friends, we’re talking a refined refurb so on point, we’re dropping everything and booking a bougie staycay stat!

So, what’s changed? More like what hasn’t changed and no, we’re not trying to confuse you again. We’re talking lifts, lobbies, corridors, doors, room interiors, and holy glow-up Batman – this is legit The Full Monty. Inside each luxurious room and suite you’ll find a timelessly elegant and meticulous remodel, capturing the true essence of coastal glamour. Still paying homage to the resort’s rich heritage, it seamlessly blends legacy with on-trend colours, furnishings, and overall design. Boom!

RACV Royal Pines Spa Suite (image supplied)
RACV Royal Pines Spa Suite (image supplied)

It feels like the outside has been brought inside, and not in a ‘oops, I have mud on my shoes’ kinda way, but rather a perfectly conceptualized, styled, and beautifully executed mirroring of the resort grounds. And, being the pin-up for breathtaking landscape design with more decadent greenery than you can poke a perfectly pruned palm frond at (try saying that a few times), this was a power move from the resort’s interiors team.

The new colour palette is goals, featuring wood, brass, and stone finishes, paired with soothing earthy tones; sandy hues, cloudy greens and of course, ‘dem fresh foliage greens. Contrasted with crisp whites, the choice of hues is equal parts relaxing and Pinterest-board worthy #HomeRenoInspo.

RACV Royal Pines Superior King (image supplied)
RACV Royal Pines Superior King (image supplied)

The spacious King and Twin Rooms, Spa and Executive Rooms feel softer and more subdued, creating an ambiance of tranquility. Inviting us to retreat into the sanctuary of our room while feeling a connection to the natural world, our reply is a unanimous HECK YES. This is precisely what we want from a high calibre resort in 2023, signaling a new era for this GC institution.

With no less than seven exclusive eats and sips venue to experience, a 27-hole golf course, kids’ waterpark, and award-winning event venues, it’s an eleven-outta-ten. And don’t even get us started on OneSpa, the crème de la crème of day spas and cherry on top.

Come see for yourself how the gold standard of hospitality has been redefined with this remarkable transformation. To find out more and book your stay, go here.

As an extra special bonus RACV Royal Pines have a launch staycation $249* package, which includes accommodation, complimentary upgrade to a Superior room*, daily breakfast and late checkout.

Valid for stays now until 22 December, 2023.
Hurry, offer ends 31 August, 2023.

Book your staycation package here.

When: Now!
Where: Ross Street, Benowa

Words by Bianca Trathen.


RACV Royal Pines (image supplied)
RACV Royal Pines (image supplied)

10 must dine Surfers Paradise restaurants

Citrique, JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)
Citrique, JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)

Paradise calling… And by that, we mean Surfers Paradise of course. You might have thought it’s all just bikini and booze but there is so much more just waiting for you to rediscover. Whether you’ve been looking for something laid-back to take the whole fam to or something a little bit fancy for that date night you’ve been putting off, and of course, somewhere to have a cheeky beverage – Surfers has it all. Did we mention it’s beachside?

So we’ve done the leg work and found the 10 must-try spots for you to get the best feed in the heart of the Coast.

It’s one of the Gold Coast’s most loved buffets, Citrique takes its reputation seriously. For real, its award-winning seafood buffet is the GOAT for a reason – think fresh prawns, oysters and lobster tails (did someone say boujee) alongside flavours of the world. If breakfast is more your vibe then you’re in luck because they’re dishing up all-you-can eat breakfast and weekend long lunches alongside their signature seafood feast. Calling the beautiful JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa home, you would expect nothing less from this five-star favourite!
Our pick: Anything seafood!
Where: JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Akoya, The Langham Gold Coast (image supplied)
Akoya, The Langham Gold Coast (image supplied)

The Langham
If feeling a bit fancy is on the menu then The Langham Gold Coast is the destination. Just as luxe as you’d expect the international hotel to be, The Langham can’t stop, won’t stop on delivering the finest food from the East and the West. Meticulously plated, T’ang Court is where precision meets passion with each dish a show of art for the ultimate Cantonese fine-dining affair. Dine beachfront while you treat yourself at Akoya or pop down to Palm Court for a spot of Afternoon Tea.
Our pick: The Langham’s iconic chef’s menu at T’ang Court
Where: 38 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise

Palette, HOTA (image supplied)
Palette, HOTA (image supplied)

Palette stormed onto the dining scene just a few short years ago and it’s been a fan favourite ever since. Located within the HOTA Gallery, this dining spot brings art to life with Executive Chef Dayan Hartill-Law using the Gallery’s exhibitions to inspire the decadent degustation menu. The award-winning restaurant has also modestly received Two Chef Hats from AGFG, which is reason enough for us to book a table already. Art you can eat? Yes please.
Our pick: Go all in on the Tasting Menu you absolutely won’t regret it
Where: HOTA, Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise

Shiraz Persian Restaurant, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Shiraz Persian Restaurant, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Shiraz Persian Restaurant & Bar
Shiraz have been calling their Surfers Paradise corner home for a couple of years now, so I suppose you could say they’ve settled in well. The perfect spot whether you’re looking for a cute date night or somewhere to take the entire family, Shiraz’s incredibly chic interior is big enough (like, 200 seats big) for you to get your authentic Persian fix. Best enjoyed with their namesake’s Shiraz. Ps. If you don’t feel like cooking on a Monday (honestly, who does) then pop in for their BYO day – it would be rude not to.
Our pick: We can’t pick favourites, so go hard on the banquet, we say
Where: Mantra Wings, 2893 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise

The Island Rooftop (image supplied)
The Island Rooftop (image supplied)

The Island Gold Coast
This Island has long been a landmark of the Gold Coast and we think the reason locals and visitors on the Goldie love this place is in part thanks to an aptly named spot called, Goldies. With a huge lineup of foodie favourites from steak and seafood through to pizzas and parmy’s there’s something to satisfy everyone’s cravings. If you’re after a tipple then the Rooftop is the place to perch up with a Pina Colada in hand while you soak in the iconic Gold Coast skyline, we just love a dining destination that’s as vibrant as the city itself.
Our pick: Mare e Monti Pizza
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Yamagen Japanese Izakaya (image supplied)
Yamagen Japanese Izakaya (image supplied)

Yamagen Japanese Izakaya
Tucked away in the QT, this is new generation Japanese for the discerning diner. It’s modern fine dining in a way that ignites all of your senses while celebrating the best of authentic Japanese cuisine. Market fresh sashimi dishes are the hero of the menu, bringing the freshest fare and flavours together to be expertly paired with vast whisky list.
Our pick: Sashimi Moriawase for a taste of it all

Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise

The Avenue (image supplied)
The Avenue (image supplied)

The Avenue
Everyone has a story from The Avenue, right? And for good reason. Where else can you go and literally spend all night long there. Pop in for a bite at the restaurant and stay for the vibes at the nightclub or one of the iconic drag shows. Live music venues are becoming harder and harder to find, but luckily for us The Avenue aka the home of live music is doing the heavy lifting so you can sip back and listen to sweet tunes every week.
Our pick: Crispy Pork Belly
Where: 3-15 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Coast Beach Bar, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Coast Beach Bar, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Coast Beach Bar & Kitchen
There’s something about sipping back on a cocktail while you look at the ocean that just makes it taste that much sweeter. Fortunately for you, that view and those cocktails are accompanied by one of the best new additions to the restaurant scene. Coast Beach Bar & Kitchen brings the perfect balance of fancy food with a relaxed vibe, so you can soak up your surrounds while indulging on your choice of steak or seafood, or head out to the Terrace Bar for more relaxed bites.
Our pick: Kingfish Ceviche
Where: Ocean by Meriton – Level 1, 86 Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Central Lounge
Something you might not know about us is that we love a lounge bar, so you bet we were fans of Central Lounge the moment those glorious doors opened. Massive cocktail list? Check. Epic easts? Check. R&B Sunday sessions? Check. We’ll go ahead and call that a trifecta. If you’ve been hunting for a stylish spot to sip cocktails and people watch, then this the place for you.
Our pick: Crab Linguine
Where: 8/27 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Driftwood Social, Vibe Hotel Gold Coast (image supplied)
Food at Driftwood Social, Vibe Hotel Gold Coast (image supplied)

Driftwood Social
Driftwood Social, tucked just off Ferny Ave brings blissed-out, Miami pool club vibes to the banks of the Nerang River – and if it’s been a while between drinks, this secluded social spot is every bit as lush as you remember. A stacked menu is another real drawcard, and don’t be tempted to assume we’re talking basic bar bites here.
Our pick: Linguine Alla Vodka And Prawns
Where: 42 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Words by Jacqueline Bojanowski.

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