In the last few weeks it has felt like Australia has begun to come alive again and it’s a very good feeling.
On the Gold Coast we’ve had new venues popping up all over the place, cultural festivals back on with more scheduled over the next couple of months and we are absolutely thrilled about all of it.
One thing we can also do is travel throughout the country again (well, most of it), which is great but since the Gold Coast is the most beautiful place of all, we completely understand if you’d rather stay put.
Luckily, we’ve got the best of both worlds in the form of something new down Bilinga way and you may have noticed it going up in recent months (built by Gold Coast contruction company Condev Constructions).
It’s Rydges Gold Coast Airport Hotel and it’s an absolute stunner Gold Coasters.
Just a two minute walk from the airport and five minutes to the beach, it’s the perfect spot to pop into for a layover drink, while waiting to be picked up, or for a little staycation if you have a rudely early flight out.
There are many impressive things about our airport’s first onsite accommodation including the poolside Runway Restaurant and Bar, The Salty Fox Rooftop Bar, stunning local inspired artworks, a fitout to perfectly match the surrounds and 192 brand new rooms, some of which offer 180 ocean views.
It’s very exciting.
Now of course, you can stay overnight should you wish to (and it’s lovely, we highly recommend you do) but if not, you absolutely need to head into Runway Restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner to sample some tasty eats.
For breakfast we’re talking dishes like a Pork Belly Croissant, Belgian Waffles and a Bacon & Egg Brioche Bun to name a few.
At lunch and dinnertime you’ll have choices like slow-roasted pizzas, a variety of fresh salads, Saltwater Barramundi, Wok Tossed Mussels, a Flame Grilled Beef Burger and a range of high quality steaks.
All of which can be washed down with a very extensive drinks menu made extra enjoyable by the sparkly 25 metre pool you’ll be seated next to.
In the next few weeks, The Salty Fox will open and it’s the rooftop bar of your dreams.
Overlooking the ocean and the city from seven stories up, it’s the perfect spot for an afternoon of sipping with your favourites.
Again, you don’t have to be a guest to enjoy. And as more flights return to our fair city, we suggest when waiting for a mate’s flight to land, rather than the usual loop around the block, you chillax on the rooftop with a bevvy and have your guest meet you at the bar.
Epic views included.
There’ll be a tasty tapas menu too and we think you’ll be entertained for quite some time watching the planes takeoff and land (maybe it’s just the kid in us).
For now though, head into Runway Restaurant for some delicious eats and we’ll report back on The Salty Fox specifics soon.
Happy days friends.
LOCATION: Gold Coast Airport, Bilinga