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Treat your love to a luxe Valentine’s Day at Palazzo Versace

Experience a night to remember.

Vanitas Restaurant, Palazzo Versace (image supplied)

The annual day of love is upon us once again Gold Coasters and this year, we highly suggest making it one to remember. Which will be simpler than it ever has been before thanks to the absolutely stunning dining options on offer at Palazzo Versace.

If you’ve had the pleasure of experiencing their exceptional eats before, you’ll know they’re unrivalled and if you’ve yet to visit there’s no better time than this Valentine’s Day weekend.

There are four options to choose from and no matter which you go with, your love will be suitably impressed. And then some.

Here they are.

Hatted restaurant Vanitas, is the perfect location for an intimate and romantic dining experience with lunch and dinner degustation offerings featuring matching wines, a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blanc on arrival and complimentary miniature Versace perfume.

The four-course degustation lunch is $299 per person and with dishes like Moreton Bay Bug Tail with kohlrabi remoulade, apple gel radish and desert lime, it’s going to be one you remember forever.

The six-course degustation dinner (Sunday evening places are limited) is $399 per person and includes delights like Seared Yellowfin Tuna with oscietra caviar, gin cucumber sorbet, pickled cucumber and avocado. Mind-blowing.

Poolside Cabana, Palazzo Versace (image supplied)

Cupid’s Twilight Cabana
Romance your Valentine poolside with live entertainment, a sumptuous seafood and tapas platter, dessert and a bottle of Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial in your very own luxury cabana at twilight.

You’ll also receive a miniature Versace signature perfume and a long stem rose for your love. Cabanas are available Saturday and Sunday evening and are $579 per cabana. What a treat.

Il Barocco Restaurant
Pure indulgence awaits in Il Barocco this Valentine’s Day weekend. Spoil your loved one with a three-course dining experience featuring a lavish range of irresistible delights and bottle of 2018 Astoria Prosecco upon arrival.

It’s $169 per person and you could be dining on Wild Caught Barramundi with fried gnocchi, wild mushroom, spinach, tomato roast pepper emulsion.

Il Barocco, Palazzo Versace (image supplied)
Il Barocco, Palazzo Versace (image supplied)

Sweet Love High Tea
Celebrate the love with tiers of sultry sweets and tantalising savoury morsels in Le Jardin. It’s one of the most stunning High Tea situations you’ve ever seen and certain to impress your date. From $86.90 per person with three options to choose from.

Sounds like the very best Valentine’s Day you could have doesn’t it?

For more information head here.

LOCATION: Palazzo Versace, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach


High Tea, Le Jardin, Palazzo Versace (image supplied)
High Tea, Le Jardin, Palazzo Versace (image supplied)

3 Gold Coast jewellers for sparkly Valentine’s Day gifts

Hardy Bros Quintessential Emerald Cut Tourmaline Necklace from the Quintessential Colour Collection (image supplied)

Gold Coasters the day dedicated exclusively to love is almost upon us once again and this year we think it might be even more special than usual.

In honour of that, we’ve curated a list of some of the Gold Coast’s favourite jewellery stores so you can purchase something special in the form of a unique piece or an experience for the one you love.

Hardy Brothers
Founded in 1853, Hardy Brothers has remained faithful to the values of quality, craftsmanship and creativity that have defined their history, but are the distinguishing precursors of their future. Distinguished by the Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, Hardy Brothers has served all sovereigns since George V and continues to serve Australian leaders and families with excellence for a meaningful legacy. As an Australian luxury jeweller, they accept a responsibility not only to their respected clients in crafting the world’s most stunning jewellery, but to honour traditional craftsmanship and artisanship that conjures the quality pieces expected from Hardy Brothers. Find something incredible to last a lifetime here.
Where: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Shop 2707, Corner of Hooker and Sunshine Boulevard, Broadbeach

The Jewellery Studio (image supplied)

The Jewellery Studio
Create a beautiful piece of jewellery with your loved one in just three hours for one of the most unique Valentine’s Day experiences there is. Celebrate your love under the expert guidance of Master Jeweller Suzie Porsha at The Jewellery Studio in the heart of Burleigh Heads where you’ll learn the basics of working with gold or silver and semi-precious gems and have fun creating a piece of jewellery to wear proudly for years. For those soon to be married, why not book private sessions with the Jewellery studio where under Suzie’s care and guidance, you will create each others’ wedding bands. Destined to become rich with love and memories in a way that store bought rings never can. Capture the romance with lifelong memories of handcrafting rings for one another. Book this incredible experience here.
Where: Shop 4/19/21 Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads

My Jewellery Shop (image supplied)

My Jewellery Shop
My Jewellery Shop are an independent family jeweller with over 40 years’ experience and expertise. They are passionate about offering the highest quality of service and specialise in custom design engagement rings and wedding rings. Choose from their wide range of rings instore or work with their design specialists to customise the perfect ring for you and your partner. They work with all metal and stone options and can source loose diamonds from all around the world, including GIA Certified, Australian Argyle, Antwerp Diamonds and Lab Grown Diamonds. Head here to find some unique for your love.
Where: 2231 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach


3 mind-blowing ideas to make Valentine’s Day a success

Disclaimer: the following content is unsuitable for those under 18 years of age.

Juliet Allen, the Gold Coast’s resident Sexologist, has shared her top tips for Valentine’s Day. But even beyond Cupid’s special day, when it comes to sexual healing, Juliet can change your life.

Here’s how.

Okay, give them to us, what are your top tips for Valentine’s Day?
My top tip is not to get to hung up on it having to be an extravagant day and instead make it your intention to be connected with your partner/lover every day.

Imagine if every day was a special day. If we took the time to truly see our beloved and be present with them, that’s what we all truly want and desire, not the love heart teddies and roses.

If you’re reading this and thinking “I still want to celebrate’, I encourage you to spend the day TRULY connecting with your beloved, listening to them, turning off your phone and being present and loving. There’s no better gift than a lover who is authentically present and wanting to connect.

So how should couple’s heat things up on Valentine’s Day?
•    New couples: Do something fun – go swimming naked in the ocean together, hang at a nude beach…enjoy sex in nature. Take risks.
•   Long term couples: Grab a five star hotel room for the night – get away from your every day routine and spend the night making love and ordering room service.

How does a healthy sex life improve relationships?
Sex connects us and intimacy is an opportunity to connect at all our centres; our sex centre, our heart centre and our consciousness. Connecting with our partners via sex is essential for the longevity of a relationship.

Why is it important for people to embrace their sexuality?
Our sexual energy is our life force energy! It’s inside us all and if we push it down we become sick and repressed. To embrace our sexuality is empowering and has an amazing impact on our overall health and happiness.

What are some simple things we should practice regularly at home?
Self-pleasure is essential for everyone. Also self-love and presence with ourselves and with our partners.

How did you come to be a Sexologist and Sexuality Coach?
I studied psychology as my undergrad and then years later I wanted to go back to Uni and study something I was truly passionate about. I came to the conclusion that my biggest passion was sex, so I studied a Masters in Sexology. Best career move ever!

How do you help?
I help singles and couples to feel sexually empowered and happy in their relationships. People come to me because they’re seeking deeper connection and intimacy, or they want super hot, amazing sex, or they simply want to feel more empowered within themselves as a sexual being.

Why should people work with you?
Everyone, at some stage in their lives, will come across hurdles in their sex lives and relationships. When that happens the best way to deal with those challenges is to talk to a professional. People should work with me because I talk about and help people with sex and relationships for a living. I love what I do, plus I ‘walk the talk’, so to speak.

I get what it’s like to have these challenges because I’m like every other person, I’ve had my fair share of things to work through and I now feel empowered and whole as a sexual woman. I’m fun, straight to the point and real.

Do you only work with couples?
No, I work with couples and singles of all sexual and gender identities.

You’re also a Tantra Practitioner; can you explain what tantra is and why we should try it?
Tantra is choosing with awareness what brings us joy. It’s living a life full of ecstatic experiences, including ecstatic sex. It’s about finding inner peace and inner union as individuals, and then coming together with others to experience connection and intimacy. Tantra has transformed my life.

11 Gold Coast Valentine’s Day gifts

It’s that time again folks, the one day of the year when you’re obliged to shower the love of your life in gifts and Facebook declarations of your undying affection.

Some say it’s simply a Hallmark holiday designed to guilt you out of your hard earned cash but we say those people should be quiet because love is nice and presents are also nice.

Anywho. Here’s a list of local gifts you could purchase your person should you not be into researching and keen to #supportlocal.


Chalmers Pyjamas
If your girl is all about cruisy Sundays and caffeinated Mondays (and let’s face it, what girl isn’t), a pair of Chalmers Pyjamas is for her. They come in crazy colour combos, and also some chill ones and they’re soft and comfy AF.

Salty Soul Surfwear
For the sandiest of surfer girls, Salty Soul is sustainable surfwear made in Australia and in the prettiest of patterns. Choose from one pieces, bikinis, long arms, short arms, you name it, they’ve made it and your lady love will dig them all. 

Eco Sisters
Eco friendly is always a good way to go, it shows you care you know. Luckily, Eco Sisters make the perfect gifts for your gal along the lines of beauty gift packs (to enhance her natural beauty guys), bath soak gifts packs and face rollers to soothe that tired face of hers. Don’t say that though. 

Eyes of Love Photography
So, NEWSFLASH, ladies love to feel beautiful and how better to make that happen for your lady than with some pretty pics she can keep forever. Michelle from Eyes of Love has a magical knack for bringing out the sparkliest side of everyone she shoots so this one will definitely win you some brownie points boys. 

JBK Designs
If jewellery is your tried and tested fave, look no further than Jewellery by Kim. Unique, colourful and reminiscent of our laidback local vibes, JBK is for the gal who doesn’t mind standing out from the crowd. All sterling silver products are handmade and you can choose to have something custom made if you’re feeling brave.


D’Arcy Surfboards
With 25 years of shaping expertise, the gang at D’Arcy clearly know what they’re doing. Your mate will love their custom shapes (and you, as chooser of the gift) and you may never need to buy him anything again. From beginners to big guns, D’Arcy builds boards for all.

Ribs & Dust
I think we can all agree that chunky, silver jewellery is a delightful thing to behold on the fingers of a man. That’s a strange sentence isn’t it. Anyway. Simon Goodburn’s locally crafted pieces are unique, made with love and can be custom designed. A good choice gals.

The Undercurrent
Dudes are generally quite patriotic creatures and particularly around these parts. What better gift then than a t-shirt designed by a local artist representing their suburb of residence (or just the GC in general). The Undercurrent creates exactly that along with a recently released trucker cap because dudes also dig those. 

The Sunday Co.
All brands that include the word Sunday are a good time and The Sunday Co. is no exception. They’re all about sweet (and actually affordable) sunnies and little enamel pins that’ll fancy up all his outfits. Cute and quirky.

Gold Coast Longboards
If your man has always wanted to give skateboarding a try but isn’t so keen on getting up close and personal with the pavement, get him an easy-to-ride longboard from these local legends. Nab yourself one while you’re at it and ride off into the sunset together. Romance.


Bam Bam Bakehouse
The local baking connoisseurs have created a Lovers Croissant because, of course they have. It’s choc-dipped, strawberries and cream flavoured and no matter what your partner’s into, or not into, they will definitely be into this guy. Pre-order now to make sure you don’t miss out on the 643 you’ll want to eat.

Words by Kirra Smith

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