Last weekend, Blair had the enviable task of visiting the Gold Coast as a guest of Virgin Australia and Air Tickets (the group from whom we WOW! girls source our air tickets – go figure). While this might seem unremarkable to some, it gave Blair the chance to re-live some past experiences and also taste a slice of lifestyle that some can only dream of. #StopDreamin
The Gold Coast short break began by settling in Virgin’s Melbourne domestic lounge with a relaxing coffee and chat with her hosts. The recently-upgraded lounge is a quiet haven well away from the hustle of the departure concourse and is a worthwhile additional extra for our clients who don’t automatically qualify for entry with their Gold and Platinum loyalty cards.
Apart from the quality and style of Virgin’s lounge, the other bonus is Virgin’s exclusive express security process that admits entry through security much faster than other airlines. The flight was smooth and comfortable and the in-flight entertainment was seamless thanks to the exclusive Virgin Australia wireless entertainment app Blair downloaded to her tablet before she left home.
On arrival into Coolangatta Blair and her fellow travellers were ushered into luxury mini-coaches and transferred to the Palazzo Versace Hotel on Gold Coast’s Main Beach. Here they were to experience Palazzo Versace’s internationally-renowned High Tea.
The Palazzo was a “first” for Blair, whose previous Gold Coast visits were at more family-friendly (read “slightly less expensive”) accommodations. Situated on the Southport spit between the Broadwater and the Pacific, and right next to the Marina Mirage luxe shopping and dining precinct, the Palazzo Versace features an opulent waterfront setting, spectacular architecture, Italian furnishings, extraordinary service and an ambience of pure glamour.
The visitors were treated to a hotel tour and encouraged to inspect a variety of room types from standard to condominium suites. Blair is now very familiar with the facilities of all room types and will be your ‘go-to girl’ to arrange the perfect accommodation type for your needs.
The reason for the visit, and probably the highlight of Blair’s visit was the sumptuous couture high tea in restaurant Le Jardin that is a daily feature of Palazzo Versace’s offering to guests and visitors.
Guests can enjoy chocolate éclairs, home-made raspberry macaroons, a decadent chocolate berry tart, fresh citrus tart, opera cake, a baked miniature scone, tea cup delight, fruits of the forest lollypop and mini cones, The savoury selection includes a variety of sandwiches including pickled cucumber and herbed butter sandwich, roast beef with horseradish sandwich, paprika egg sandwich and a smoked salmon, caper mayonnaise sandwich.
Depending on the selection of accompanying beverages the weekend high tea price per person ranges from around $60 to $128 (with a glass of Dom Perignon Champagne).
After the feast, Blair and the group returned to their mini-coaches for the short transfer to the overnight accommodation at the Watermark Hotel on Surfers Paradise Boulevard, in Surfers Paradise.
Watermark Hotel + Spa Gold Coast
Watermark Hotel & Spa Gold Coast is a 4 ½ star hotel located in the heart of vibrant, sun-drenched Surfers Paradise, just 5 minutes walk from white sandy beaches and popular shopping, dining and entertainment. It has a perfect central location, across the road from Surfers Paradise light rail stop and Skypoint, around the corner from the buses to the theme parks, 5 minutes walk to beach and easy walk into town.
A recent multi-million dollar upgrade saw a greatly enhanced restaurant and bar facility and services catering for all requirements with a games room for the kids, a gym, hair salon , LÁqua day spa and not one, but two pools to choose from. The east side pool on Level 1 captures the warm morning sun and also features a spa overlooking Surfers Paradise Boulevard.
The larger west side pool deck on Level 2 captures the afternoon sun as it sets majestically over the Gold Coast hinterland and adjoins our L’Aqua Day Spa and exclusive W Lounge. Lazy sun lounges, tables and umbrellas are all yours with poolside food and drinks also available from the In-room Dining menu. Time to chill.
The Watermark has three levels of accommodation to choose from:
Superior Rooms are named this because they are just that – superior. With many recently refurbished and offering views of the crystal Pacific Ocean or lush Gold Coast Hinterland, Superior Rooms feature contemporary city meets sea styling. Step off the beach into comfortably chic surrounds to wash the sand off and get ready to explore the exciting destinations of Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast.
You know you’ve made it when you go Deluxe. Located on the top levels of the hotel, Deluxe Rooms offer you five-star luxury with spectacular Pacific Ocean or Gold Coast Hinterland views. Incorporating a host of inclusions to make your stay that little bit more special with stylish design at the heart of your experience, our Deluxe Rooms are sure to impress even the most discerning of travellers.
Watermark Suites take you straight to the top. Limited to three exclusive options, these stylish getaways offer you a unique stay with premium package benefits across the hotel. Spa decks with incredible panoramic views, plush lounges and furnishings and a sense of skyward space all make for the ultimate Watermark stay. Choose from the Spa, Chairman or Premier Suite.
Proving that the Gold Coast is a playground for all ages, next day Blair spent half a day at Seaworld, one of a number of hugely popular destination theme parks in the region. This was Blair’s first visit in over eight years when she treated the kids to a Gold Coast holiday.
Impressed by the scale and quality of the park, and the process of continual improvement and upgrading the result was a park very unlike her last experience.
No visit to Seaworld is complete without enjoying the Affinity Dolphin show, and Blair was a front-row participant loudly cheering the skills and talents of the cheeky dolphins.
A few more hours sampling the various rides and animal attractions left Blair exhausted but thrilled to let her inner child play before the mini coach back to Coolangatta and the Virgin Australia flight back to Melbourne.
For anybody wanting a short break living like an Italian Fashionista, or a fun-filled family holiday, give Blair a call – she’s our expert on the Gold Coast.