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Experience a luxurious, summer staycation at The Star Gold Coast

Summer is officially upon us and where better to spend it than on the Gold Coast?

With our stunning world-class beaches, an array of activities that ensure everyone is entertained and of course, more exceptional bars and eateries than you could ever enjoy in one visit.

There is no better place to spend the season we all adore and luckily for us Gold Coasters, we’re already right here amongst it.

Now if you’ve been thinking you might like to just kick back and enjoy the best of what our City has to offer, but you’d like to do it poolside with a cocktail in hand and returning to a dreamy room that’s not your own each night, we would absolutely support that.

And we know just the place to do it.

Yes, we’re talking about The Star Gold Coast and it’s time for a vacay – dubbed Summer Starcation Packages, it’s the very best of the Gold Coast but you get to experience it as a guest. How good.

The Star Gold Coast Po Boy (Image supplied)

First things first though, exciting news; Azure Spa & Fitness has reopened. Which means you can enjoy a little bit of exercise or a massage while you’re on your fancy staycation and most importantly, guiltless poolside cocktails.

Speaking of which, The Star Gold Coast have just released a brand new menu to accompany their magical poolside experience and you honestly need a staycation just so you can laze by that stunner.

The menu includes delights like Panko and Parsley Crumbed Chicken Tenders, American Tacos, Wagyu Beef Burgers and the pièce de resistance, a New Orleans Po Boy Sandwich which is made up of a freshly toasted, house-made French baguette, vine ripened tomato, pickles, house-made remoulade sauce, chiffonade iceberg and cabbage finished with hot sauce, served with fries plus your choice of Australian prawns, pork belly or chicken breast.

YUM, give us five please. Of course, you can wash that down with a frozen daquiri, classic cocktail, beer, wine, coffee or even a mocktail and you are well on your way to the perfect Gold Coast staycation. Excuse us, Starcation.

The Star Gold Coast cocktails (Image supplied)
The Star Gold Coast cocktails (Image supplied)

Here are the packages so you can choose your own summer Starcation adventure.

Starter Summer Starcation
With hotel rooms from $189 per night, Sunday to Thursday, you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to treat yourself to a special getaway.
Package includes: Luxury overnight accommodation in a Superior Deluxe Room at The Star Grand and omplimentary self-parking.
Dates: 1 December 2020 to 28 February 202.
Head here to book.

Luxe Summer Starcation
Indulge in five-star luxury with 30% off your accommodation plus breakfast, late check-out and more. It’s the luxe lifestyle you could get used to.
Package includes: 30% off luxury accommodation at The Star Grand, Daily breakfast per registered guest, $50 dining credit, Late check-out and Complimentary self-parking.
Dates: 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.
Head here to book.

Stay and Save Summer Starcation
Enjoy the best value under the sun this summer at The Star Gold Coast. Save 20% on Rooms and 35% on Suites at The Darling and The Star Grand.
Package includes: 35% off Suites at The Star Grand and The Darling, 20% off Rooms at The Star Grand  (The Darling only has Suites), Late check-out and Complimentary self-parking.
Dates: 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.
Head here to book.

The Star Gold Coast (Image supplied)

Lov’d Up Summer Starcation
Share a relaxing massage, a romantic meal and quality time with the one you love. It’s the perfect way to add some sizzle to your summer.
Package includes: Luxury overnight accommodation in a Suite at The Star Grand or The Darling, Welcome bottle of Chandon sparkling wine on arrival, Daily breakfast per registered guest, $150 dining credit, Two 60-minute massages (ideal for couples), Late check-out and Complimentary self-parking.
Dates: 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.
Head here to book.

Extended Summer Starcation
Time flies when you’re having fun! So, enjoy five glorious days of 5-star luxury at The Star Grand Gold Coast – and transform your getaway into a holiday.
Package includes: 5-nights luxury accommodation at The Star Grand, Late check-out and Complimentary self-parking and 5-nights luxury accommodation.
Dates: 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.
Head here to book.

What are you waiting for? The best summer of your life is about to begin.

Get booking.

LOCATION: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach

STORY SPONSORED BY THE STAR GOLD COAST

The Darling pool at The Star Gold Coast (Image supplied)

The Star Gold Coast

Embark on an indulgent Oyster Journey at Nineteen at The Star

Grande Fruits De Mer, Nineteen at The Star (Image © 2020 The Star Gold Coast)

Exceptional seafood is something we in Australia are very lucky to be able to indulge in any time we wish. Across the country there are many regions specialising in different varieties of seafood, all of which are unique to their environment.

As lovers of edible ocean creatures, something perhaps you didn’t know is that certain types of seafood grow and taste different depending on the climate in which they are cultivated. We certainly weren’t aware.

Until we visited the very knowledgeable and talented crew at Nineteen at The Star that is. Led by Executive Chef Uday Huja, who hails from the US originally, the team at the sky-high rooftop restaurant have put together a stunning offer so we can all sample an array of oysters from across Australia and learn about how and why they’re unique depending on the region they’re from. Like you would a wine sampling, but with oysters.

Oyster Journey, Nineteen at The Star (Image © 2020 The Star Gold Coast)

It’s called the Oyster Journey and it’s a delightful experience you can and should try for yourself at the next available opportunity, all while sipping something sparkling overlooking the Gold Coast skyline.

For $32, you (and your lucky plus one) will taste three oysters each from various locations (dependent on the season) and find out exactly how different each regions’ oysters taste.

Wallis Lake in NSW for example, produces an oyster that has what is called a ‘umami’ flavour, meaning it’s neither salty or sweet but perfectly balanced, while Pambula in southern NSW offers a sweet, briney oyster and Shoalhaven, also in NSW is producing a sweet, creamy oyster and let us tell you, the difference is obvious once you taste them all in succession.

The oysters are dressed with Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne Mignonette and it is one of the absolute most beautiful tastes we’ve ever sampled.

Oyster Journey, Nineteen at The Star (Image © 2020 The Star Gold Coast)

Of course, all of this will be explained to you upon delivery of your dish and you’ll be given cards with more information so you can share everything you know with your friends. We’re big fans of learning about where our food comes from, particularly when it’s of this calibre so we were very excited when Nineteen at The Star launched the Oyster Journey.

If fresh oysters aren’t your jam, delight in one of the two Roasted Oyster options straight from the charcoal oven. Never tried roasted oysters before? Neither had we, but if there’s bacon on it (which there is), we’re in.

Once you’re done with oysters, you’ll probably want to continue indulging in five star dishes and staring out at the ocean, so we highly recommend going for the Fruits De Mer, which is a chilled selection of the season’s finest seafood. And fine it is Gold Coasters.

You can choose from the Petite or Grande options with everything presented on the exquisite platter (think Moreton Bay Bugs, oysters, scallops, prawns and more) is such a flavour sensation, you’ll wonder where it’s been hiding all your life.

Executive Chef Uday Huja, Nineteen at The Star (Image © 2020 The Star Gold Coast)

The next time you’re in the market for fresh Australian seafood of the highest possible quality, look no further than Nineteen at The Star. You’ll be more than satisfied and you’ll learn a thing or two while you’re at it.

Win, win.

LOCATION: Nineteen at The Star, The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach
HOURS: Dinner from 5.30pm Wednesday to Sunday and Lunch from 12pm to 3.15pm Friday to Sunday

STORY SPONSORED BY THE STAR GOLD COAST

Roasted Oysters, Nineteen at The Star (Image © 2020 The Star Gold Coast)

Nineteen at The Star launches boozy Sunday brunch

Nineteen at The Star interior (image supplied)

If there is a fancier thing to do than sip mimosas on a Sunday morning overlooking the ocean on the top floor of The Darling at The Star Gold Coast, we have not heard about it.

Throw in some exceptional brunch eats, followed by a poolside sipping session and you’ve got yourself the perfect day in our (very well researched) opinion.

Well Gold Coasters, that’s exactly what’s on offer at Nineteen at The Star as of right now with the introduction of their new Sunday Brunch menu, followed by Sunday Poolside Sessions that is sure to be a good time.

The Coast’s most sophisticated rooftop venue has gone above and beyond to offer a stunning brunch menu including of course, beloved Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and a Breakfast Martini plus a menu meticulously created by Head Chef Uday Huja that’s going to blow your brunch-loving mind.

Souffle Pancakes, Sunday Brunch, Nineteen at The Star (image supplied)
Souffle Pancakes, Sunday Brunch, Nineteen at The Star (image supplied)

You’ll be able to sample decadent Souffle Pancakes served with seasonal berries, chantilly cream and maple syrup, a delicate Blue Swimmer Crab Omelettes with tarragon and tomato fondue or the robust Ratatouille Tart with goats cheese and poached egg.

Nineteen at The Star’s signature Oyster Journey also graces the brunch menu, allowing you to embark on an oyster-sampling experience spanning the New South Wales coastline.

If you’re after something a little heavier (ie hangover friendly), we suggest the hearty Steak & Eggs featuring a Scotch Fillet Wagyu 5+ Steak or our French favourite, the Croque Madame, a ham & Gruyere sandwich, sunny side up egg and bechamel sauce (cheese and butter come at me).

Ratatouille Tart, Sunday Brunch, Nineteen at The Star (image supplied)

You may (and absolutely should) pair your brunch with a premium two-hour champagne package, but the hardest part is choosing which one… Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot or Ruinart?

Alternatively, delight in the one of the bars signature cocktails – the Orange Blossom Mimosa, Pineapple, Peach or Grapefruit Bellini should do the trick.

There are two brunch seatings to choose from – 11am – 1pm or 1.15pm – 3.15pm – and if you’re keen to keep the party going you can pop on outside to the pool for a Sunday Poolside Session.

Sunday Brunch, Nineteen at The Star (image supplied)

The After Brunch Party will take off from 12pm every Sunday with a disco vibe complete with luxury day beds and magical 180 degree views of the sea and the cityscape beyond.

Sip on Nineteen’s epic range of cocktails while dipping your feet in the sparkly infinity pool and thank your lucky stars you live on the Gold Coast.

In true Nineteen at The Star style, you’re encouraged to pack your bikini and throw on your favourite oversized sunnies and soak up those summer on the GC vibes.

What a time.

Make sure you book for brunch, it’s definitely going to be a popular event.

WHERE: Nineteen at The Star, The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach
WHEN: Every Sunday at 11am and 1.15pm

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