Famous for its laid-back lifestyle, surfing and fitness, not to mention the emerald beaches on its doorstep, the Gold Coast also lives up to its name with a number of glitzy hotels sprinkled along the coast.
Whether your idea of luxury is soaking up the sun at Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise or swimming in a pool filled with a rainbow of tropical fish, you’ll find it here.
More importantly, the size of the Gold Coast and the speed at which it is moving – new restaurants, new experiences – means that return trips are very important, and you can stay at a five-star hotel whenever you want.
With that in mind, and by no means an exhaustive list, these are some of the best Gold Coast hotels.
The Star Grand Gold Coast
Located on Broadbeach Island, The Star Grand holds court as the city’s most famous hotel, not just a fusion of multicultural cuisine, entertainment and accommodation found within its unique, pyramid-like walls.
The building itself has been a Gold Coast landmark for over 30 years, once owned by Jupiters and now a proud member of The Star family. The multi-million dollar change has guaranteed him a high profile for years to come.
Beyond its impressive 593 rooms are nine integrated restaurants, including the affordable Japanese Kiyomi – try the delicious menu – and the modern Cantonese Uncle Su, plus nineteen at The Star atop The Darling hotel (more later instead).
Do you want to have a free time? Relax in one of the two whirlpool tubs located in the pool area or indulge in a little pampering at the Azure Spa & Fitness, the hotel’s six treatment rooms.
Read our detailed review here.
Langham Gold Coast
Combining a relaxed, coastal feel with the high end expected from hotels such as Hong Kong or London, The Langham Gold Coast is not the latest addition to the city (opened in June 2022) but a breath of fresh air. to boot.
Located at the far end of the stunning ‘Jewel’ towers, it has a sharp sandbank pool with a swimming pool – perfect for enjoying the 300 days of beach sun – in addition to an excellent health club that offers services medicine. around things.
As for its 169 rooms and 170 villas, each decorated with coastal decor, it’s nothing short of spectacular. Sunlit wooden floors, rose-gold panels accented by shadow lines, and every piece of technology you could want is part of the deal.
Up front, guests have a choice of seven venues, from all-day dining at Akoya to signature Cantonese at T’ang Court. In case you were wondering, yes, the famous Langham Afternoon Tea does appear.
Read our detailed review here.
JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, located on the banks of the Nerang River, just north of Surfers Paradise, is a bright and breezy resort perfect for families, although it still offers plenty for those looking for an upscale getaway for two.
The hotel has some of the largest hotel rooms on the Gold Coast, each with comfortable beds and stone bathrooms. Spectacular sea views throughout only add to the peace and tranquility within the 223 rooms.
Bringing the family? The center offers a wide range of activities from classes where kids learn to make pizza and sushi to a mini mixology session, which sees participants create juices and mocktails with products from the hotel’s garden.
Of course, that’s adding to the beautiful pool area, complete with waterslides, jacuzzis and private cabanas, all on a sandy beach teeming with tropical fish.
QT Gold Coast price
Close to the surf, QT Gold Coast is the most luxurious hotel in town. It also offers excellent food, such as the divine Japanese Yamagen (its whiskey menu is next) and the Bazaar buffet.
Following a top-to-bottom renovation, which adds a retro aesthetic to all 293 rooms and suites, it’s better than ever – and finally doing what it can. Small qtQT-style rooms on the roof are also a recent addition.
When hungry or thirsty, guests are in good company. On top of the aforementioned duo, Stingray serves a variety of cocktails, beers and wines from noon, while The Spring poolside bar and FIXX cafe serve them up throughout the day.
SpaQ manages the spa, with basic and restorative treatments (think massages, facials and body wraps) for singles, couples and groups.
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort
If you’ve browsed Gold Coast hotels on Instagram, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a stunning shot of a man strolling down a wooden walkway past the Sheraton Grand Mirage’s pool. If not, you will no doubt realize it by now.
Set amidst six hectares of lagoon pools, palm trees and manicured lawns, steps from the beach, this five-star hangout is close to the action but feels completely removed.
Although slightly older than its competitors, it still offers the right experience with spacious oceanfront, garden and pool rooms and two and three bedroom Pacific Mirage Villas, perfect for those who want to feel ‘at home’.
The Terraces Restaurant is your destination for all-day dining, while Pearl’s Bar offers delicious cocktails and wine after a day of embracing all that the Gold Coast has to offer. The Oasis Pool Bar is also nearby, while The Deck has your coffee ready and waiting.
InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort
Given the InterContinental brand’s reputation for luxury, luxury and luxury, it should come as no surprise to find it located on the Gold Coast, as the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort.
A popular destination for golfers, the hotel covers 4.2 hectares and features 251 newly renovated rooms and suites, an oceanfront pool, three restaurants, and two famous golf courses: The Palms and The Pines.
Those looking to keep busy have the Sanctuary Cove Country Club at their disposal, with a 25-metre lap pool, five tennis courts, a yoga and pilates room, and a spa treatment just a few of the things hidden behind its doors.
When it’s time to indulge, the signature restaurant The Fireplace should be on your list. As the name suggests, wood-fired meals are the trend du jour. It features an a la carte menu and tastings paired with fine wines.
City of Darling Gold Coast
One of The Star Gold Coast’s most iconic locations, the all-suite hotel The Darling is the perfect way to save the best to last. Guests can expect elegance at every turn, satisfaction at every meal. What about the rooftop pool? It’s just the cherry on top.
The entry level Stellar Suite features a king bed, balcony, and Bose sound system, while the Penthouse Deluxe Billiard Suite takes things up a notch with a large kitchen and living area and a dedicated billiards room.
Located on the top floor, Nineteen at The Star is the hotel’s destination restaurant, offering one-of-a-kind beach views and great food and drinks. Although they are beautiful during the day, night is when they come into their own.
A heated pool takes pride of place on this level, while guests also have access to The Star’s many amenities, including the Azure Spa. But really, with well-designed suites like these, you can have everything you need to get the hang of it.
Not to be outdone, the Gold Coast is set to welcome new hotel arrivals including The Ritz-Carlton Gold Coast in 2026, followed by the St. Regis Gold Coast in 2027.