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Get into your lover era this Valentine’s Day

Celebrate with your QT at one of our fave haunts.

Champagne and glassware, QT Gold Coast (image supplied)
Champagne and glassware, QT Gold Coast (image supplied)

As the Spice Girls say, if you wanna be my lover, you better take me to a twilight feast under the stars… or something like that anyway. Because life’s too short for boring Valentine’s Day dates and if you’re anything like us, it’s around this time that we schedule the annual panic of “oh no, I forgot to book something and now it’s probably going to be too late and maybe I’ve just ruined the day of love”.  Don’t stress my friends, if you’ve got love on the brain we’ve got you sorted, because QT Gold Coast has come to the rescue with not one but FIVE delish options for you.

Twilight Poolside, QT Gold Coast (image supplied)
Twilight Poolside, QT Gold Coast (image supplied)

Twilight Feast Under The Stars
Hit the lights because romance is all you need to light up the night when you’re sipping on Moet & Chandon poolside. You and your lover can kick back in your own private cabana while you dive into an indulgent three-course dinner. Stargaze between gazing into your Valentine’s eyes – dreamy.

Bazaar Feast, QT Gold Coast (image supplied)
Bazaar Feast, QT Gold Coast (image supplied)

Lovers Feast at Bazaar Marketplace
We don’t ever need an excuse to hit up Bazaar for a feast, but the team have taken it up a notch with their Lovers Feast. Swoon over the overflowing buffet complete with a ‘lovers’ fondue station because your Valentine could never dessert you after this kind of indulgence. Keen to make the day a family affair or couldn’t get a sitter?  Kids are welcome as QT Gold Coast is all about spreading the love to the whole fam.

High Tea, QT Gold Coast (image supplied)
High Tea, QT Gold Coast (image supplied)

Galentine’s at Fixx Café
Galentine’s more your vibe? Strong, independent woman who don’t need no man? Well calling all the single ladies to Fixx Café so you can celebrate your favourite platonic loves with a spot of High Tea. Keep it wholesome with sweet treats, little bites and of course tea and coffee. If you’re feeling a little spicy we’re all about adding the bottomless spritz option because there’s nothing like a bit of cocktail cheer to get you telling your gal pals why you choo choo choose them.

Yamagen Dining, QT Gold Coast (image supplied)
Yamagen Dining, QT Gold Coast (image supplied)

Romance is on the menu at Yamagen
How could we forget the Japanese goodness at Yamagen that we love so matcha? If udon know how to tell the one you love “you make miso happy” then an eight course dinner should do the trick. They say romance is hot on the menu for the night so you’re just going to have to take our word for it. Executive Chef Adam Lane is promising a decadent evening that’ll tease your curiosity (now we’re really intrigued) so you can spend less time stressing over what to order and more time sipping on some sweet sake. No lover’s tiffs, only lovers cocktails pls.

Get a Room at QT Gold Coast (image supplied)
Get a Room at QT Gold Coast (image supplied)

Get A Room
Looking to spice up Valentine’s Day? They say it’s what’s on the inside that truly matters, and at QT Gold Coast, they couldn’t agree more. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, they’re sweetening the deal for your cheeky night away with your other half.

Here’s the scoop: QT are giving you the chance to Get A Room!, winning all your fav pieces from your room. Think their fluffiest robe, a Nespresso machine, the Dyson Supersonic™ hairdryer and even the QT Dream bed. Now that’s sizzling! Treat your sweetheart to a romantic getaway with luxurious accommodations, champagne on arrival, a gourmet breakfast for two, and more, because any excuse will do for a cheeky summer getaway.

Simply spend the night between 1-29 February or grab a gift card over $100 before the end of February to be in with a chance.

Click here to book your Valentine’s Day treat in stat.

Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
When: Wednesday, 14th February.

Words by Jacqueline Bojanowski.


15 Cupid endorsed spots to woo your Valentine

Valentine's Day (image via unsplash)

If it’s romance you want, it’s romance you’ll get here on the GC this Valentine’s Day. Hubba hubba!

We’ve compiled a list of what’s on and where, so that you can dial up the love-o-meter and treat yo’self and yo’partner to a Valentine’s Day (or night) experience to remember.

*Please note that unless indicated otherwise, all Valentine’s Day specials mentioned take place on Wednesday 14th of February.

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
Treat your valentine (and yo’self, lbh) to a decadent five-course degustation dinner date, curated by Executive Chef Paul Smart and team of culinary experts. Accompanied by a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne, tantalise your taste buds with Kingfish and ponzu pearls, Poached Lobster and caviar, Lobster fricassee, Roasted snow fish with beurre blanc sauce and salmon pearls, Wagyu flank steak and a decadent Chocolate mousse and praline dessert to finish. Prices start at $149 per person (level up with a $59 wine pairing). Find out more here.
Where: JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Valentine's Day at Citrique, JW Marriott (image supplied)
Valentine's Day at Citrique, JW Marriott (image supplied)

Oasis Shopping Centre
Roosevelt Lounge
Love is in the air at Roosevelt Lounge, and the eternal romantics are busting out all the stops – with an indulgent, four-course menu and optional wine pairing upgrade to really woo your boo, whilst the sounds of love ballads fill the air courtesy of live tunes by Teagan Mills. All wrapped up in the kind of sultry, speakeasy ambience that makes you want to cosy up and play footsies under the table like a couple’a loved up youngun’s.
Where: 75 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Sofia’s Restaurant and Bar
If whispering sweet nothings over wine and woodfired pizza is your love language, then look no further than Sofia’s Restaurant & Bar this V-day. If there’s one thing the Europeans know how to do it’s romance, and Sofia’s has it in spades. A sophisticated, Euro-style gem lurking right in the heart of Broadbeach bedecked with crisp white tablecloths and dripping in trailing greenery – we suggest letting them take the lead with an expertly-crafted cocktail and curated, four-course menu experience for $110pp. Find out more here.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach

Sofia’s Restaurant & Bar, Broadbeach (image supplied)
Sofia’s Restaurant & Bar, Broadbeach (image supplied)

The Star Gold Coast
The Star Gold Coast’s stellar array of eateries are channelling their inner Cupid to sprinkle your V-day with every type of decadence imaginable. From curated, tasting menu encounters backdropped by a twinkling GC skyline, romantic Italian-style feasting to feeding your lover chocolate-dipped fruits from the chocolate fountain at Harvest Buffet. Seriously?! Surely these options have been plucked straight from the pages of a romance novel.
Go here for all the salacious deets on The Star’s Valentine’s Day food offerings.

Valentine's Day at The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Valentine's Day at The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

Azure Spa & Fitness
Azure invites you and your beloved to connect and unwind with a a 45 minute Retreatment Botanic Relaxation Massage and a 45 minute Retreatment Botanic Express Nourishing Facial. Enjoy a glass of champagne post-treatment and a complimentary gift. $260 and available throughout February.

Love in Luxury
Indulge in a luxury stay at The Star Grand Hotel and The Darling, including a daily $50 dining credit, daily breakfast per guest, and a late check out until 12:00pm. You’re guaranteed 20% off the Best Available rate, leaving more in the kitty for extra cocktails. The offer is valid until 31st May 2024.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Skypoint Observation Deck (image supplied)
Skypoint Observation Deck (image supplied)

Want to make your significant other’s heart skip a beat? Devouring a five-course degustation at the Gold Coast’s highest dining destination oughta do it (and if it doesn’t, we’re all out of ideas, just quietly). You’ll both be on cloud nine with an evening of live entertainment, wining and dining your way through flowing drinks, Beetroot and Ink gin cured trout and Ruby filled dark chocolate tart. Sorry, Casanovas – the Gold Package has sold out but never fear, the Silver Package is still available! At $134 per person it is the perfect place to romance your ride or die and soak up one of the best views on the Coast.
Where: SkyPoint Observation Deck, Level 77, Q1, Surfers Paradise

Twilight Poolside, QT Gold Coast (image supplied)
Twilight Poolside, QT Gold Coast (image supplied)

February 14 sees the return of the ‘Lover’s Feast’ at Bazaar Marketplace, serving up a lust-worthy twist on its decadent buffet experience. Get your aphrodisiac fix with oodles of Sydney rock oysters, trawler-fresh seafood, slow-roasted meats, tossed salads, with some love-themed sweet treats and a flowing chocolate fountain. There’s also acoustic tunes, a love potion on arrival and even personalised chocolate love notes, from $109 per person, (with optional beverage package upgrade).

Twilight Cabana Dinner Under The Stars
LBH, Valentine’s Day in a cabana under the stars is romance 101. Spoil your QTie (get it?!) and cosy up with dinner for two à la luxury poolside cabana – including a glass of Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Champagne on arrival, followed by savouring three delicious courses under the stars. Dream date alert! $320 for one cabana per couple.

High Tea, QT Gold Coast (image supplied)
High Tea, QT Gold Coast (image supplied)

Fixx Café
Grab your lover or skip the clichés and round up your squad for a Galentine’s get-together. $75 per person including coffee or tea, or $95 per person served with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne or really splurge with a bottomless spritz package for $109 per person.

Romance is hot on the menu at Yamagen with an extravagant 8-course menu curated by Executive Chef, Adam Lane. Think Sashimi Tacos, House-Made Wagyu Gyozas, Kushiyaki lamb cutlets, Wagyu Beef Sirloin ms6+… ’nuff said. $125 per person.

Get A Room
The thought of an evening of fanciful feasting with your heart-throb got you feeling some kind of way? Oh, GET A ROOM, already! No, we mean literally ‘Get a room’, the month-long Valentine’s celebration at QT. Just spend the night in Feb and you go in the draw to win – not just your loved one’s affections, but the contents of the whole dang room… right down to the designer bed and fluffy robes. So, why not upgrade that dinner date to a pampery, poolside staycay.
Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Valentine’s Day at Videre Restaurant (image supplied)
Valentine’s Day at Videre Restaurant (image supplied)

For one wonderful (or should we say wine-derful) and whirlwind evening only, RACV Royal Pines pop-up restaurant, Videre, will open its doors in the name of love. The Valentine’s exclusive event, brings a set menu of Mumm Champagne dressed Oysters & Pearls and Confit Ocean Trout to the unique, sweeping vantage of Royal Pines’ 21st floor, with wine pairings and specialty cocktails also available. Nothing but the best for you, babe.
Where: RACV Royal Pines, Ross Street, Benowa

Mercure Gold Coast Resort
Mercure Resort is throwing a luxurious and love-themed feast for the occasion, with a delightful 3-course menu, served within the lush surrounds and intimate ambience of The Green – for a very respectable $75 per person. Share in some creamy, Prawn Linguini (Lady and the Tramp style, of course) or mouth-watering Beef Tenderloin served with Potato gratin, followed by a Dessert Tasting Platter – a guaranteed way to win the complete adoration of any sweet lovers.
Where: 64 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara

The Fireplace, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort (image supplied)
The Fireplace, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort (image supplied)

The Fireplace
Craving a rom-com vibing Valentine’s spent canoodling by the fire, but, y’know – in a Southern hemisphere friendly way? Enchant your valentine with an exquisite culinary showcase at The Fireplace, Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove. For $149pp, toast to your true love with a welcome glass of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne, and delight in a degustation style evening featuring The Fireplace’s finest – such as Citrus cured kingfish and melt-in-your-mouth beef served three ways, surrounded by charred figs, roasted fennel, grilled zucchini and lemon myrtle jus. Be still, our beating hearts.
Where: Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove, Manor Circle, Sanctuary Cove

eforea spa
Indulge in the language of love this February at eforea spa Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel & Residences. Choose a romantic couples’ escape or indulge in solo pampering with personalised spa packages. As an extra touch of luxury, relish a complimentary glass of sparkling wine post-treatment. Save 10-15% off couples and singles packages.
Where: Level 2, Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel & Residences, 6 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise

Clifford's Grill & Lounge, voco Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Clifford's Grill & Lounge, voco Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Craving some relaxed romance with your honey, this Valentine’s? Make a (dinner) date with Clifford’s Grill and Lounge, because love is in the air, baby! Opt to leave the choice in expert hands of Clifford’s cupid crew – cooking up an unforgettable, three-course feast, plus a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine for just $89pp. Or, see where your cravings take you (straight to the dessert menu, LBH) with la carte menu also available on the night. For extra cute-points, finish it off with a moonlit saunter by the Surfer’s beachfront.. but hey, take our love advice at your peril.
Where: 31 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise

Sofitel Room81
Let there be a thousand blossoms bloom, as far as Sofitel Broadbeach’s resident French darling, Room81 is concerned this La Saint Valentin.  Sweep your ma chérie’s and chéri’s off their feet with a swoon-worthy, degustation dinner-date rendezvous – city of love style. Featuring five sumptuous courses of romantic French fare, including escargot, sabayon and spatchcock, whilst savouring a crisp bottle of Minuty M Rosé together. Not to mention, there’s also the luxuriously-appointed Superior Ocean View Rooms and Suites right upstairs, if after all that you’re in the mood… to make a night of it.
Where: 81 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Valentine's Day Dinner at Room 81, Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach (image supplied)
Valentine's Day Dinner at Room 81, Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach (image supplied)

The Imperial Hotel
Imperial Hotel (formerly Palazzo Versace, in case it’s been a while between rendezvous) has put together the pièce de résistance of staycay’s to share with your sweetheart. For the month of Feb, soak up some R&R in complete luxury, with complimentary welcome cocktails in the hotel bar (to kick start you into mini-holiday mode) combined with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and decadent chocolates, buffet breakfast – and copious amounts of lagoon pool lazing – for you and your boo daily. They really have thought of everything – including an exotic, lychee-spiked Bath Bliss experience (and accompanying lychee martinis) to be enjoyed in the couples spa. Oooh-la-la.
Where: 94 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach

Soak Bathhouse
Come one, come all, for a heaven-sent celebration of love and luxury at Soak Bathhouse this Valentine’s. For a day where romance and relaxation intertwine, both locations in Mermaid Beach and West End will be dialling up the ambience with soothing live tune serenades (we’re imaging angels softly strumming harps) romantic decor, and candle-lit surrounds to bask in. Along with serenity on steroids, Soak Bathhouse is all about that equal opportunity indulgence – with a range of amenities and packages so everyone from the lovebirds to those flying solo can partake in a spot of self-care… so, assemble the Galentines, y’all.
Where: Shop 20, 2532/2540 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Soak Bathhouse, Mermaid Beach (image supplied)
Soak Bathhouse, Mermaid Beach (image supplied)

If you’re looking for a saucy and scintillating way to spend your V-day with bae, why not shake things up with an extra spicy, Valentine’s edition of cabaret at Draculas. A night out that’s already known for its racy and raucous ways, the kinky Drac’s crew will no doubt be descending into all-out debauchery – promising an evening that will make hearts stop and panties drop, plus a complimentary G-string rose… to do with what you will *blushing intensifies*
Where: 1 Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach

Elements of Byron
When it comes to Valentine’s, there’s nothing like spending a few satisfying hours with your one-and-only, luxuriating in course after course of mind-blowing morsels to dial the romance-o-meter up to max. And one recreation haven that’s no stranger to those adjectives, Elements of Byron is throwing an exquisite nine-course degustation dinner for the pinnacle of Valentine’s Day decadence. From $195, savour Carpaccio, Ceviche, Spring Vegetable Gnocchi with your significant other, and share in some Raspberry, Macadamia & White Chocolate and choc-dipped Strawberries to finish.
Where: 144 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay

Elements of Byron (image supplied)
Elements of Byron (image supplied)

Love bites: delectable Valentine’s day feasts await!

Valentine's Day at The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Valentine's Day at The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

If you’re trying to woo the human of your dreams or earn big-time brownie points, let The Star Gold Coast play cupid this Valentine’s Day. Give the servo roses and Quality Street choccies a miss, and trade up to a dining experience they’ll never forget. With tastes to satisfy any palette, everyone is leaving with a full belly, and a fuller heart.

Cucina Vivo
Italians wrote the book on romance so head to the Pegasus of Italian restaurants, Cucina Vivo, and steal a pizza of their heart! The five-star authentic goodness will have you saying arrivederci to hunger as you explore the sumptuous a la carte menu. Come and spaghe- me!

Pizza at Cucina Vivo, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Pizza at Cucina Vivo, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

Feast on mouth-watering options like Buffalo Mozzarella and fella’s – the way to a woman’s heart is definitely via cheese (you’re welcome). Heat things up with the Spicy Wagyu Spaghetti, adorned with herb and garlic meatballs, or share a Gamberetto Pizza topped with Mooloolaba prawns and zucchini pesto but really don’t – keep it all for yourself. Being the John Aikens of food, we recommend ending the evening on a sweet note with the decadent Chocolate Cannoli. Coz calories don’t count on V Day.

Valentine's Day dessert at Cucina Vivo, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Valentine's Day dessert at Cucina Vivo, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

Wasa-bae? Kiyomi is calling, promising a top-notch romantic evening with a side of decadence and intimacy. Let the world-class chefs guide your Valentine’s Day culinary journey with a set menu for $165 per person, complete with optional wine and sake pairings (#YesAndYes). Or, if you know what you want what you really really want, then the infamous a la carte menu is perf for all the ‘ramen-tics’ out there.

At Kiyomi, lovey-dovey dining isn’t confined to the 14th as throughout February, you can indulge in the special Kuro Mori dessert featuring Dark Chocolate, Roku Gin, Davidson Plum, and Umiboshe. It’s official – this is the place to sweep your ‘soymate’ off their feet.

Valentine's Day dessert at Kiyomi, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Valentine's Day Kuro Mori dessert at Kiyomi, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

Uncle Su
Bao chicka wow wow! If the object of your affection yearns for Cantonese flavours and the freshest live seafood, Uncle Su (AKA Uncle Luuurve) will make them sweet (not sour) on you. How about twice the romance with a double date and a specialty banquet menu starting from $78 per person (minimum of 4 people). Or, dive into the ever-popular a la carte menu with simply irresistible options like Snow Crab, Mud Crab, Australian Lobster, and Abalone.

Uncle Su, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Uncle Su, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

Garden Kitchen & Bar
For a night that blends relaxation with refinement let Garden Kitchen & Bar be the heartwarming backdrop for your Valentine’s celebration. As the perfect conclusion to your night, we wholeheartedly endorse the irresistible Ice Cream Sandwich, adding an extra layer of sweetness to the enchanting experience. Because, let’s be honest, an ice cream sandwich is always a good idea. Cheers to love and delightful desserts!

Chocolate Fountain, Harvest Buffet, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Chocolate Fountain, Harvest Buffet, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

Harvest Buffet
Buffet buffs, listen up! Turn your Valentine’s Day into a family affair at Harvest Buffet. Indulge in a lavish spread of fresh seafood, including oysters, prawns, crab, and mussels, accompanied by an unbeatable roast carvery. And for the grand finale, immerse yourself in a dessert wonderland with a flowing Chocolate Fountain because it’s just not V-Day without a flowing chocolate fountain!

All you need this Valentine’s Day is love….and The Star Gold Coast. For more information or to book, click here.

Where: The Star Gold Coast, 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach
When: Wednesday 14th February. Various times depending on restaurant.

Words by Bianca Trathen.


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