I’ve got a secret to share. I f*cking love Surfers Paradise and I always have done. From the myriad of budget dining options, through to the downright weird and wonderful (hello piano accordionist in the mall), it’s a quirky, beachside city full of fun and (generally) happy vibes. And now that I’ve got a 6yo son, there are even more reasons to spend time in Surfers. He loves Timezone. Air hockey and football, pinball machines, laser tag and VR games are every kid’s (oh OK, and maybe grownup’s) rainy day dream.
So, when Voco invited me to check out their recently rebranded property, smack bang in the middle of Surfers Paradise, and right in the middle of school holidays, I mean, who am I to deny them that?
What was previously the Watermark has been taken over by IHG and rebranded as Voco. It’s the first property globally for the new upscale hotel brand. But don’t let the ‘upscale’ bit throw you off. This place is stylish without being stuffy and it’s the first of a series of hotels opening under the new brand including three more in Australia (Yarra Valley, Victoria’s wine region and Melbourne CBD) as well as Solihull and Cardiff in the UK. Seems the GC is in pretty fine company there.
As well as an in-house coffee-shop-cum-bar / lounge, day spa and seriously impressive ocean and mountain views, the hotel has kept its popular Waves buffet as well as Clifford’s Grill & Lounge (where I had the BEST steak I’ve ever had on the Gold Coast) while also boasting its own onsite beehives and refillable dispensers for products like soap, really driving home the sustainability message.
There are a couple of features that really stand out for me at Voco. You’re only one block from the beach, but everyone loves a hotel pool, right? And this place has not one, but two on offer. One is on the eastern side to catch the morning sun and the other catches the afternoon sun, which means you’re catered to all day long. Its location is perfect. Right on the Surfers Paradise light rail station and across the road from Skydeck, it’s only a five minute stroll (or 45second tram ride) into all the action of Surfers, while being just outside of the hustle.
The rooms are plush and modern (there’s a USB charge port next to the power socket, can I hear an amen?), the staff are attentive and welcoming and the breakfast buffet (with the usual hot options as well as cold meats and salads, waffle station, bakery delights, fresh fruit and miso) will set you up for all manner of Gold Coast adventure-seeking.
So, if you think it was time you reconnected with Surfers Paradise, you know where you can stay to access it all with ease.