Find your slice of beachside paradise in some of Queensland’s most luxurious hotel stays.
With world-renowned beaches and a warm, comfortable climate, there is no doubt why Queensland is on most of our bucket lists. Pristine beaches span the near 7000-kilometre-long coastline from the Gold Coast to the tropical north.
So if you’re in need of a beach holiday but aren’t sure on where in Queensland to visit, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled the best luxury accommodation options across Queensland for your next getaway.
Be immersed in the world of the iconic Italian fashion house, Versace, with the first ever fashion-inspired hotel. Palazzo Versace is the epitome of luxe, glamour and sophistication that’s situated on an exclusive waterfront location on the Gold Coast’s Broadwater. With an air of sophistication, the five-star hotel boasts a truly opulent atmosphere with dazzling architecture and bespoke Versace furnishings. Stimulate your senses with the indulgent day spa, award-winning restaurants and lagoon pool complete with its own white sandy beach. Whilst you’re here, don’t forget to make a trip to the Versace Boutique and browse all the latest collections and pieces. A night at the Palazzo Versace is truly an experience not to be missed.
The Darling at The Star Gold Coast
If you’re looking to soak up the best of both worlds – bustling nightlife meets relaxing beach lifestyle – you can do so when visiting The Darling at The Star Gold Coast. And despite it’s location in the heart of the Gold Coast, The Darling still maintains a secluded and luxurious atmosphere. The hotel’s boutique design and opulent finishings make for an indulgent stay with access to The Star’s casino, spa and dining facilities right at your fingertips. Experience sweeping views of Queensland’s coastline while taking a dip in the gravity-defying infinity pool or, for those who’d rather relax with a drink in hand, rooftop bar Nineteen at The Star will surely shake up one of your favourite cocktails.
Elysian Retreat, Long Island
For a secluded getaway, take the trip over to The Whitsundays’ Long Island. Located on the closest island to the mainland, Elysian Retreat is tucked away on the southern point of Long Island, only catering to a maximum of 20 guests at one time. A small dedicated team of staff including a private chef maintain the blissful beachside paradise that’s surrounded by coral fringing reefs. Wind down and adjust to the laid back atmosphere of island life while indulging in a tranquil and comfortable setting. Elysian Retreat is the perfect destination if you just need to take a breath and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.
Pinnacles Resort, Airlie Beach
There is no greater feeling than looking out over a stunning ocean vista from your private balcony jacuzzi. Well, you can do just that at Pinnacles Resort in Queensland’s stunning Airlie Beach. With gorgeously appointed, self-contained apartments located atop a hillside overlooking the main town centre, Pinnacles Resort is the perfect home away from home. Thanks to it’s spectacular location, Airlie Beach is teeming with things to do and Pinnacle Resort caters to just that. Watch the sunrise over the Coral Sea from the 20-metre infinity pool or take a short walk to the town centre and get amongst the Airlie Beach lifestyle. Once you’re there, you’ll never want to leave!
The Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns
If a trip to the tropical north is more your speed, the Shangri-La Hotel at The Marina in Cairns may be the spot for you. The hotel’s prime position and triangular structural design gives patrons access to views of the Cairns Esplanade, the Marina and Trinity Bay to the east and rainforest mountain ranges to the west. Lap up the sun poolside or explore a bit further afield by heading out on a day boat trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns has plenty to see and do for every type of traveller including snorkelling, rainforest walks, action-packed activities or sampling local cuisine. Return back to complete elegance at the Shangri-La Hotel after exploring everything that this tropical paradise location has to offer.
The Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas
Nestled amongst 147-hectares of luscious tropical gardens is an oasis waiting to be explored. The Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort in Port Douglas is a serene and tranquil paradise offering five-star coastal accommodation. Intimately located on Four Mile Beach, the Sheraton Grand Mirage has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites at its doorstep – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Elegance and calm ambience exude from the luxurious suites and villas that allow for ultimate relaxation. With two hectares of turquoise lagoons, a swim-up bar, cabanas and sandy beaches, there has never been a better place to enjoy some downtime with a poolside drink or two on your tropical beach holiday.
Don’t want to travel too far from Brisbane but you’ve been to the Gold Coast just one too many times? Head north to the Sunshine Coast where you’ll find beachfront luxury at Oceans Mooloolaba. The only five-star accommodation in the area, Oceans Mooloolaba provides a relaxing oasis for your beach getaway. Centrally located on the Mooloolaba Esplanade, this hotel is in prime position for access to local boutiques, cafes and galleries. Enjoy panoramic views of Queensland’s charming coastline that stretches from Point Cartwright to the Northshore – all from the comfort of your suite’s balcony. For a casual yet sophisticated beach holiday location, Oceans Mooloolaba should be the next destination on your list.
Tingirana Noosa, Noosa Heads
Wanting a bit of Hamptons with your holiday? In Noosa – the northernmost part of the Sunshine Coast – you can do just that with Tingirana. This stylish, luxurious, beachfront getaway in the heart of Noosa Heads is surrounded by restaurants, cafes and boutique shopping. The onsite Season Restaurant offers a tantalising selection of meal options for table, poolside and in-room service; while the infinity pool overlooking the beach offers a sanctuary to soak up the Queensland sun. Found directly opposite Noosa Heads’ Main Beach, at Tingirana you’ll be steps away from a relaxing and rejuvenating beachfront experience.
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Featured Image: Palazzo Versace Pool Cabana. Image supplied.