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

Surfers Paradise offers a lot more than just beaches, bikini-clad tourists and nightclubs. The eats scene has really taken off in recent years with locals rediscovering this hub for quality nosheries. It’s a melting pot for different cuisines and eats styles, so whether you’re after a casual, relaxed meal or something fancy-pants boasting award-winning chefs and hats, Surfers has you covered.

Here are 13 must-dine spots in our city’s most famous location, so you have somewhere new to try every day/night for exactly two weeks. And…go!

Famed for its breakfast buffet, weekend long lunch, award-winning seafood market experience buffet, and exciting Modern Australian a la carte dishes, Citrique and Executive Chef Paul Smart serves up the ultimate fine dining experience. #HereForIt! 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

BOBs Beer (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
BOBs Beer (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

BOBs Beer
BOBs Beer is Surfers Paradise’s first and only brewery and is the perfect stop for a relaxing amber ale and meal post-surf with your posse. The kitchen is under the expert guidance of Head Chef Nathan Dennard, and trust us when we say you are in good hands! Oh and fun fact: BOBs Beer is an acronym for Best of Beers. Cue the “ah-haaaa’s”.
Our pick: Bannockburn chicken
Where: 10/2 Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise

The Langham
The brand new super-luxe GC hotel ‘it girl’ The Langham serves up the finest cuisine from the East and the West. Get your posh on and enjoy The Langham Afternoon Tea at Palm Court, and the finest meat, fish and poultry at Akoya. We’re counting down till the opening of T’Ang Court, the hotel group’s signature Michelin-starred destination for fine Cantonese Dining. You had us at Langham.
Our pick: The Langham Afternoon Tea at Palm Court
Where: 38 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise

Palette interior at HOTA Gallery (image supplied)
Palette interior at HOTA Gallery (image supplied)

With The Australian Good Food Guide awarding Palette 14 points and two chef’s hats, need we say more?! Situated in the stunning HOTA Gallery, Executive Chef Dayan Hartill-Law draws inspo from the artworks and exhibitions to show just how naturally art and food blend. There’s also a five-star menu for the plant-based folk, which is good enough to turn even the staunchest meat lover.
Our pick: Lady Musgrave Island Swordfish
Where: HOTA, Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise

Shiraz Persian Restaurant & Bar
Team Shiraz have given their newest location a major face-lift, with a completely new white and teal aesthetic fitted with over 200 seats, including interior and alfresco dining areas. Enjoy authentic Persian-style entrees, kebabs, lamb shanks, marinated lamb cutlets, chicken skewers, baklava, tiramisu and much more, with vegetarian options also available. Cue the drool.
Our pick: Shishlik
Where: Mantra Wings, 2893 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise

Shiraz Persian Restaurant & Bar exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Shiraz Persian Restaurant & Bar exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Pancakes on the Rocks
Who could eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the answer is everyone. It’s not all about pancakes though, with sweet and savoury crepes, salads, pizzas and their famous beef and pork ribs. They also do a drool-worthy ice-cream soda so warning, the kids will be buzzing on sugar for at least 48 hours but #WorthIt. Tried and tested – on repeat….
Our pick: Lemon Meringue Pancakes
Where: 4 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise Beer Garden
It’s the heart and soul of Surfers and it just keeps on getting better. Notorious for its fresh menu and beer towers, it continues to cook up flavour-filled goodness with local seafood, meaty pizzas, pub classics and more.  Add the nostalgia factor with the infamous ‘adults playground’ offering Jenga, Connect Four, Foot-Pool, Shufl and more, and it’s the obvious choice to work on your ‘six-pack’.
Our pick: Chicken Parmi
Where: Paradise Centre, Corner Cavill Avenue and Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise

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

The Island Gold Coast
Goldie’s at The Island has gained quite the following with its impressive burgers, seafood, steaks, wood oven pizzas, fresh locally sourced produce, and off-the-chart good cocktails. And, why not pop up to The Island Rooftop Bar for views of the stunning Gold Coast skyline, plus a range of delicious cocktails, share platters and more wood-fired pizzas. The perfect spot to spend the day. Yes please!
Our pick: Italian Sausage Wood Oven Pizza
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Seascape Restaurant + Bar
Perched above the hustle of the Surfers Paradise Esplanade, Seascape offers a multi-level venue with a chic Bistro and Bar and a fine dining restaurant, both with amazing ocean views. For those serious about their seafood (us), this is THE place for o-fish-ally the best eats from our pristine waters. If you have something to celebrate in the warmer months, book The Rooftop…you can thank us later.
Our pick: Lobster and Blue Spanner Carb Lasagne
Where: Level 1 & 2, Soul Boardwalk, The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Seascape Restaurant & Bar (image supplied)
Seascape Restaurant & Bar (image supplied)

Yamagen Japanese Izakaya
Tucked away in the QT, this is new generation Japanese for the discerning diner. Executive Chef Adam Lane brings a tantalising Omakase experience, offset by a whisky list filled with the most refined Japanese distillery drops, and an incredible sake selection. The glossy enamel black finishes frame the venue’s eye-catching details which scream “insta me”.
Our pick: Sushi and Sashimi Platter
Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Words by Bianca Trathen.

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