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The Langham Gold Coast makes her grand entrance

The Langham Gold Coast, dining options (image supplied)
The Langham Gold Coast, dining options (image supplied)

Know what time it is? No, not hammer time but Langham time! Thursday 23rd June, the GC’s long-awaited luxury hotel The Langham, Gold Coast (along with Jewel Residences also managed by the luxe-perts at Langham), will unleash a level of lavish we’ve only seen in the feeds of our fave cashed-up influencers! Only no filters required ladies and gents – this priceless gem between the jewels (quite literally) is pure posh perfection, with dining options of the same calibre thanks to a star-studded culinary team.

The Langham is dishing up hotel dining industry veteran Craig Robertson as Executive Chef, served with a side of Executive Sous Chef David Vandenabeele, and for dessert/all things pastry (our weakness), Executive Pastry Chef Ryan Stevenson.

Craig Robertson, Executive Chef at The Langham, Gold Coast (image supplied)
Craig Robertson, Executive Chef at The Langham, Gold Coast (image supplied)

For ‘starters’ (pun totally intended), Craig Robertson boasts over 35 years’ industry experience and 20 years’ as an Executive Chef leading large-scale teams in luxury hotel environments. Translation, the man can cook anyone under the table…or the Gaggenau oven. Robertson’s most recent gig was Executive Chef at InterContinental Hayman Island Resort where he led the Culinary Operations across multiple outlets with diverse, international cuisines.

Like we mentioned, joining this icon is Executive Sous Chef David Vandenabeele. Originally from Belgium, David has over 25 years of experience in Michelin Star fine dining and luxury hotels across the world, including Belgium, Australia, London and New York. Most recently leading the F&B pre-opening operations for the launch of the first Curio hotel brand in Australia, this star is definitely Langham-worthy.

The Langham Gold Coast, dining options (image supplied)
The Langham Gold Coast, dining options (image supplied)

And the icing on the cake is Executive Pastry Chef Ryan Stevenson, two-time recipient of the Belgium Chocolate Master, plus maker of the 2009 Best Praline in the World. Ryan was previously Pastry Chef for Belgian chocolate brand, Callebaut, Head Pastry Chef at a 3-Michelin star restaurant in Belgium, and is currently team captain for the Australian Pastry Team prepping for the 2023 World Pastry Cup. What a résumé!

Together the exceptional team have created unique culinary offerings across the variety of new Langham Gold Coast dining venues. These range from a humble club sandwich and decadent buffets through to Japanese robatayaki, Michelin-starred Cantonese cuisine, and award-winning cocktails. No prizes for guessing which of the above we’ll be sampling first….cheers!

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

So, if anyone can deliver a world-class dining experience to elevate your senses, it’s this trio. Forming an integral part of the overall luxury experience for guests, the extensive range of dining options will provide a cohesive feeling of luxe. Plus, there is a strong focus on sustainable produce, and a collaboration with local suppliers to create a bespoke Langham experience unparalleled on the Gold Coast.

So do yourself a favour, and book yourselves in for a deluxe stay-cay and sample all of our region’s finest eats venues, all in the one spectacularly flash hotel location. And when we say flash, we actually mean it because your phone’s camera will be in overdrive capturing all the highbrow glamour and style of The Langham, Gold Coast experience.

The Langham Gold Coast, dining options (image supplied)
The Langham Gold Coast, dining options (image supplied)

For reservations or to find out more about the experts leading The Langham, Gold Coast’s dining experiences, click here.

Where: 38 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise.
When: Bookings are available now. Official opening – Thursday 23rd June 2022.

Words by Bianca Trathen.

STORY SPONSORED BY THE LANGHAM, GOLD COAST

David Vandenabeele, Executive Sous Chef and Ryan Stevenson, Executive Pastry Chef at The Langham, Gold Coast (image supplied)
David Vandenabeele, Executive Sous Chef and Ryan Stevenson, Executive Pastry Chef at The Langham, Gold Coast (image supplied)

Prepare to stay & play at the lavish Langham Gold Coast

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

Get ready to don those designer shades, your fanciest parfum (eau de toilette just won’t cut it) and Sunday best outfit because folks; because a swanky and uber-sophisticated 5-star hotel is opening on Thursday 23rd June. Overlooking the breathtaking beaches of the GC, the hotly anticipated unveiling of The Langham will redefine luxury as we know it. Bringing a wave of unprecedented posh to our ‘hood, we’re more pumped than a Kardashian at a Met Gala.

Brought to us by visionary luxe-perts, The Langham Hospitality Group, their newest Australian offering boasts sophisticated grandeur for days. The 339-room lavish hotel is the tallest of the three eye-catching Jewel Residences towers (also managed by Langham and sharing the launch day limelight on 23rd June), standing loud and proud between Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. And stop the press, because there’s a fun fact incoming… It’s the first development with direct beachfront access to be built on the GC in more than three decades. We reckon that deserves a nod and if we weren’t sold on a staycation here before (we were), we sure as heck are now!

The Langham Gold Coast Suite (image supplied)
The Langham Gold Coast Suite (image supplied)

With 17 different types of rooms and suites, ALL with striking designs, breathtaking ocean and celebrated Hinterland views, The Langham is quite the showstopper. Set to knock the socks off locals, interstate travellers and international tourists alike, it promises an unmatched level of timeless elegance with all the VIP trimmings.

Guests will be wooed with a fitting modern coastal palette, beautiful ginger flower fragrance, and artwork by globally celebrated Australian sculptor and artist, Camie Lyons. But, that’s not even the highest high-brow offering because drumroll please, every single person who stays at this Rolls Royce of resorts will be privy to the signature Langham Service Stylist. Tasked with making every guest feel like a highflyer, their job description includes anticipating needs, gift prepping, managing all stay-related bookings and reservations, and providing recommendations on just about anything. Umm, can we borrow one for everyday life please and thank you?!

The Langham Gold Coast Pool Area (image supplied)
The Langham Gold Coast Pool Area (image supplied)

The luxury experience doesn’t stop there, with fancy-pants facilities including a pool bar (our love language) and a range of exquisite food and beverage venues. These include Palm Court, home to the world’s first-afternoon tea in a Grand Hotel and celebrated with the famous Langham Afternoon Tea, 26 & Sunny (best.name.ever) and the all-day dining goodness of Akoya.

The foodie-friendliness is set to continue with the addition of T’ang Court – sister venue to the internationally renowned Michelin-starred restaurants – pencilled for Spring. Also on the must-visit hitlist later in the year is The Langham’s open-air bar Coral Moon, and for a bit of R&R, Chuan Spa. Harnessing a holistic wellness concept born from the ancient healing philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine, we’re always here for anything pro-pamper.

The Langham Gold Coast Suite, Bathroom (image supplied)
The Langham Gold Coast Suite, Bathroom (image supplied)

We suggest booking stat before the opening offer is no longer on the table which includes a guaranteed ocean view, complimentary buffet breakfast for two and welcome cocktails upon arrival. So go on, treat yo’self and book in for a visit to The Langham for a spellbinding, deluxe stay or eats experience guaranteed to fill your (fancy) cup. (And set your social feeds ablaze!)

Reservations can be made at www.langhamhotels.com/goldcoast.

Where: 38 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise
When: Bookings are available now. Opening Thursday 23rd June 2022.

Words by Bianca Trathen.

The Langham Gold Coast Suite (image supplied)
The Langham Gold Coast Suite (image supplied)

6 of the best beaches you can visit on the Gold Coast

Palm Beach from Burleigh Lookout (Image: © 2018 Inside Gold Coast)
Palm Beach from Burleigh Lookout (Image: © 2018 Inside Gold Coast)

Well now, aren’t we the lucky ones for being fantastically spoilt with endless glorious beaches here on our golden coast. Kilometre after kilometre of pristine sand awaits you around every outcrop, headland, and creek; creating the rather envious — and ever-present — predicament of what beach you might lay your towel on.

It’s the finer details, the nuances if you will, which separate the good from the great. By that we mean not just the beach itself — but the amazing places you can grab something to eat/drink from nearby! As official beach experts, we take great pleasure in outlining the finest patches of shoreline on the Gold Coast for your sun-kissed reading pleasure.

Main Beach
For all readers living north of Surfers Paradise, Main Beach is a huge drawcard when it comes to getting yourself some beach time. And there is little reason why you wouldn’t find yourself here on a perfect day with your favourite book and sunblock. This quiet and sprawling section of sand is backed by some of the Coast’s most luxurious resorts before finally coming to an end at The Spit, which offers you peeks of South Stradbroke Island. Often empty and within striking distance of most northern suburbs, this is a stellar choice for spending an hour or three.

Eat: The Seafood buffet at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is a must-try either for lunch or dinner. Open to outside guests of the resort and serving the freshest seafood straight from the trawlers.
Do: Peruse the shops at Marina Mirage, then walk to Fisherman’s Wharf (affectionately known as Fisho’s) for a sunset drink overlooking the magificent Broadwater filled with yachts in the Marina. If you’re out late, take a moonlit walk along the beach after dinner to finish off a perfect evening.

Surfers Paradise at the steps down to the beach at dawn (Image: © 2020 Destination Gold Coast)
Surfers Paradise at the steps down to the beach at dawn (Image: © 2020 Destination Gold Coast)

Surfers Paradise
The one and only. One of the main reasons why tourism exploded here in the latter part of the last century was indeed Surfers Paradise. A suburb that is a lot of things to a lot of people, but almost certainly the most recognisable part of our coastline for visitors. Although the busy end of town, you will always find a piece of the beach to yourself — finding a car park however is a different affair altogether (catch the tram)! The pedestrianised pathway along the beachfront is the perfect opportunity to pull out your skateboard or dust off your roller skates/blades and experience the beach, in a slightly different way, whilst being active. Regardless of the crowds, if the weather is playing ball, the beach here is one of our best.

Eat: There’s a myriad of options here, however, we suggest you head to Mos Burger (a stones-throw from the beach) to tuck into some Japanese-inspired burger goodness.
Do: We all know shopping is a type of therapy and therefore good for you. Once you’ve had your share of sun, sea, and sand why not shower off and head to Paradise Centre or Soul Boardwalk – you’ll find some of the Coast’s best retailers and sweet ice-cream shops perfect for a hot day.

Broadbeach beach looking towards Surfers Paradise

Broadbeach
Further down you’ll find Broadbeach, which can be defined as being a slightly more relaxed and slower version of the vibrant Surfers Paradise stretch. For a morning walk with some incredible sunrise light, this is where you need to be at. When you’ve had enough of getting sand in all of your small places — there’s a spattering of green areas and parks with some great BBQ facilities and seating areas. Still, with its fair share of extravagant looking high rises the shadows begin to creep across the beach (depending on the time of year) around the 3pm mark. By this time, it could very well be time to grab a cocktail anyway…

Eat: A Gold Coast institution, Elk Espresso is the answer to all of your breakfast and lunch dreams. And being positioned on the corner of Oasis Shopping Centre and merely metres from the beach is nothing short of perfection in our eyes.
Do: Feeling like the midday sun is getting to you? Head inside the Oasis and you’ll be met with a tonne of shopping options, making it a tough call to go back to the beach.

Burleigh Pavilion (Image: Amanda Hibbard)

Burleigh
The jewel in the crown? Quite possibly, and for good reason. Burleigh has, we think, exceeded all expectations of what a modern Gold Coast suburb should be. With its admixture of surfy/bohemian/laid back vibes and a plethora of shops and eating options, you can easily spend a whole day here and want for nothing. Lush greenery meets golden shoreline as the iconic point and National Park frame the beach at the southern end before it winds a parallel line with the Pacific Ocean towards Miami Hill in the north. Take the day off, grab your sunscreen and put your phone on silent, because this part of our coast is truly a special one.

Eat: With the same eye-watering view, Rick Shores, The Burleigh Pavilion and The Tropic are the ideal places to grab something to eat, and or drink, and remember how lucky you are to be here.
Do: There’s no arguing that the beach here is fantastic. Do as the locals do and head up Burleigh Hill as the sun begins to set and you get to savour those last parts of sunlight as it cascades towards the horizon.

Tallebudgera Creek (Image: © 2019 Destination Gold Coast)
Tallebudgera Creek (Image: © 2019 Destination Gold Coast)

Tallebudgera Creek
Controversial inclusion or not, being not technically a beach in the sense it isn’t backed by the ocean, Tallebudgera Creek beach is still one of the best places you can get some sun on your skin whilst submerging yourself in pristine water. Being a creek with shallow sand bars, the way the sunlight enters and refracts around the water always provides you with so many different variations of the colour blue! The real magic about this location is the fact you have two different sides of the creek to explore; both have their advantages for when the sun, and wind, start to move throughout the day.

Eat: Nearby Custard Canteen is the creation of husband-wife duo Ben & Ursula Watts of Bam Bam Bakehouse and Cubby Bakehouse fame. Need we say more?
Do: Take a wander down into nearby Palm Beach and treat yourself to some rooftop action either at Frida Sol or Las Palmas.

The Undercurrent's Coolangatta shirt (Image: © 2018 The Undercurrent)
The Undercurrent's Coolangatta shirt (Image: © 2018 The Undercurrent)

Coolangatta
Having some of the squeakiest and whitest sand along our 70km coastline, Coolangatta Beach was a dead fire inclusion on this list. Unbeknown to some people, the north-facing aspect of this beach, provides some great protection from the southerly winds – meaning no unexpected blasts of sand to the face. Much like Burleigh Headland, Greenmount adds a rustic green backdrop to the beach and acts as a great lookout so you can appreciate the nearby surfing going down at Rainbow Bay. If surfing isn’t your thing then you may well be lucky enough to catch glimpses of dolphins which are known to gracefully glide their way past on any given day.

Eat: Amble your way from the beach to Little Cooly just inside The Strand, with some much-loved pasta and pizza and their signature Sip Sessions from 3pm daily. It’d be rude not to!
Do: Take a stroll to nearby Kirra, walk to the top of the hill to truly enjoy the views of the Gold Coast from a southern perspective. Once you’ve done that, and burned enough calories, it’s time to head to Ottimo for some of the best handmade gelato this side of Italy.

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

16 reasons locals love Broadbeach

Fat Freddy's (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Fat Freddy's (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

It’s the suburb just south of Surfers Paradise that’s home to an ever-growing array of epic eateries, good time spots and world-class shopping and that’s only the beginning.Over the past few years Broadbeach has become one of the Coast’s most beautiful and beloved spots to spend time and here are 16 reasons why. Love ya Broady.

Elk Espresso
One of the Gold Coast’s most beloved brunch spots, Elk Espresso can be found in Broadbeach on a corner block overlooking Kurrawa Park and absolutely packed with people every single day. Andrew and the team are serving up a seasonal menu packed with epic eats that are both delicious and Insta-worthy and some of the best coffee around. There’s a reason it’s always packed.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub
The Coast’s newest bar and club opened in Broadbeach recently with a cabaret-style show that has received rave reviews ever since. The show is up of mind-blowing dance and acrobatics with a pumping soundtrack and all inside one of the most beautiful venues we have. After the show, there’s the after party and everyone’s invited. Don’t miss out on the The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub.
Where: Surf Pde, Broadbeach

Fat Freddy’s Beach Bar and Diner
The latest restaurant to open in beautiful Broadbeach is Fat Freddy’s and it’s a very good time. Serving up American-style eats like hot dogs, chicken ribs and towering burgers in some of the best flavours we’ve ever sampled, the newbie is fast becoming one of the hottest spots in town. Wash the deliciousness down with a boozy milkshake and a beer or two and you’ve got yourself a good time. Perfect for a Sunday session with the gang.
Where: 2663 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach (entry via Surf Pde)

Pink Flamingo (image supplied)
Pink Flamingo (image supplied)

Soho Place
A London-stye bar hidden amongst it’s neighbours, Soho Place is the work of the Hideaway Kitchen and Mr Hizola’s team.It’s decked out in artistic graffiti and, as it’s a small bar (the Coast’s first) there are only tipples on the menu. The crew have created a very impressive cocktail menu and you can BYO food or order some in from around the rest of Broadbeach. The perfect pairing.
Where: Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach (between Queensland and Victoria Aves)

Kurrawa Surf Club
Right on the sand with 180 degree views of the big blue, Kurrawa Surf Club was rebuilt not too long ago and the change is breathtaking. The Club has always been popular amongst locals and with affordable eats and ice cold beers, what’s not to love. There are daily food specials and the place is always buzzing with revellers enjoying the very best of what the Gold Coast has to offer. Do yourself a favour.
Where: Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach

No Name Lane
Love you coffee, you beautiful beany beast. Particularly, stay with us, the brews at No Name Lane – home of very good Broady coffee. Everything about this place will tickle your fancy from the exposed brick walls to the cosy, get-close-to-each-other vibes. There’s a simple, tasty little menu for breaky and lunch and crew are as cool as can be.
Where: The Oracle, Elizabeth Ave, Broadbeach

Social Eating House + Bar 
Firstly, eating house is the best name for a place filled with food EVER. Who would not want to go to an eating house. No-one is who. SHE+B (for the sake of space) is serving up the goods guys. How does Sashimi of Hiramasa Kingfish, Smoked Tomato, Ginger Mayo, Dashi Enokii, Puffed Rice Cracker sound? Heavenly, you’re right. There aren’t enough words in the world, go there.
Where: 3 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach

Social Eating House (image supplied)
Social Eating House (image supplied)

CHA CHA Japanese Restaurant 
There has probably never been a place that is more loved than Cha Cha’s. It’s authentic Japanese cuisine in a super chill setting and everyone who goes there is guaranteed a jolly old time. The food is so good and so affordable and there’s a banquet menu and best of all – it’s BYO (if that wasn’t already capital letter we would have made it so).
Where: 2705 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach

Aloha Bar and Dining 
Happy tropical vibes abound in this cute little tiki bar in the heart of Broady. There’s eats along the lines of crispy wonton tacos and Poke bowls and cocktails that are guaranteed to make you smile. The live music is a favourite amongst the regulars and the fitout is as cute as can be. Aloha indeed.
Where: 18 Main Place, Broadbeach

Blues on Broadbeach
Obviously we understand that this guaranteed good time isn’t a permanent fixture in our beloved Broadbeach however, it’s more than worthy of a mention. It’s the Coast’s premiere music festival and, best, it’s all free. How is something so good so devoid of payment. Because Broadbeach, that’s why. If you’ve never been, put in your annual leave RIGHT NOW.
Where: Various Broadbeach venues

Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant 
Is there anything better than having the absolute bejesus scared out of you before you’ve even set foot inside a venue? Debatable but not to worry. Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant is beautifully disturbing and filled with otherworldly creatures intent on ensuring your eyes stay wide open throughout the entire show. There’s a ghost train, creepy cocktails, dinner and guaranteed ghouly hilarity.
Where: Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach

Pacific Fair
How pretty is Paccers these days. From water fountains to five star restaurants, there is nothing you cannot find within the recently renovated walls. They aren’t even done yet, there are still stores and food outlets to open and honestly, if there was accommodation there you’d probably move in tomorrow it’s that good. From the highest of high ends to everyone’s favourite homewares store (Kmart) you WILL manage to blow your entire pay packet at Pacific Fair. Soz.
Where: Gold Coast Hwy and Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach

The Star Gold Coast
If you haven’t experienced a night at The Star Gold Coast worth relaying to your grandchildren, are you even a Gold Coast local? Never fear, with all the fun new things happening there these days, you’ll get your chance. Five-star (get it) restaurants, live music, Garden Kitchen & Bar, there are so many things to love. Plus, there’s a rooftop bar/pool in the way of nineteen at The Star. Get it gang.
Where: Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Garden Kitchen & Bar Exterior (image supplied)
Garden Kitchen & Bar Exterior (image supplied)

Broadbeach Bowls Club 
Who doesn’t love a game of good old barefoot bowls with a schooner waiting at each end? Rhetorical obviously. Broadbeach Bowls Club has been around as long as you (longer probs) and loved by locals for just as long. The beers are cold, the ocean breeze is salty and there’s a dinner special almost every day.
Where:169 Surf Pde, Broadbeach

MLK Espresso
Hands down one of the most sweetest spots on the Coast for brunch dates and coffee stops. The goodness starts with the Superfood Salad (it has haloumi), continues with Nutella Martinis and from there, it’s all gravy. The menu – packed with goodness. The coffee – brewed to perfection. The location – listen to those waves a-crashin. The crew – cool as cucumbers (and friendly too). It’s a must visit Coasties.
Where: 2 Queensland Ave, Broadbeach

The Loose Moose
A US-style bar that’s always got a crowd, The Loose Moose is THE place to be for after work drinks or if you’re in need of some mouthwatering comfort food. Think juicy burgers, spicy chicken wings and yummy cocktails to match, not to mention constant good vibes and pumping music. It’s always a fun time at The Loose Moose, put your party pants on and gather the gang.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

Words by Kirra Smith

 

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