In Stay of the Week, we explore some of the world’s best and most unique accommodations — giving you a little inspiration for your next trip. In this instalment, we go to the newly revamped The Island Gold Coast, the spot we’re putting up guests who book one of our exclusive For The Love VIP packages.
WHAT’S SO SPECIAL?
The Island once had a reputation of notoriety as a Schoolies-friendly Surfers Paradise hot spot with an aesthetic and fit-out wearied by time and wear. But no longer. It’s undergone a major renovation and design overhaul to be re-envisioned as a tasteful boutique hotel that gives off nods to Soho House members clubs and classic California coastal hotel design. Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise across the road from Main Beach and walking distance to some of the area’s best restaurants and bars, it puts guests situated perfectly for a combination of laidback beaching by day and mixing it up at night.
Each of the 98 rooms is full of hardwood timbers, native plants and open facades that bring the outside, in. The natural elements help make this space feel like a calm personal hideaway.
The four-and-a-half-star accommodation has all the top amenities. Rooms feature a private balcony as well as tea and coffee facilities, a mini bar, the obligatory flat-screen TV, free wifi and a safe — luxe linen sheets are also a big win. Many of the rooms also come with partial sea views down to Surfer’s Paradise Beach, so make sure you pick one when booking.
FOOD AND DRINK
You don’t have to go far for good grub, with the hotel’s restaurant, Goldie’s, on the ground floor (right next to the pool). Get your classic brunch dishes till 10am then pop in for lunch or dinner for $18 wood oven pizzas, selection of burgers or the holy chicken parmy.
You can also head up to The Island Rooftop in the afternoon for similar dishes alongside a selection of fresh seafood including trays of oysters and a special aperitivo menu on Thursday — for $69 guests get unlimited cocktails and food for two hours.
THE LOCAL AREA
You’re right in the thick of it when staying at The Island Gold Coast. First off, the Surfer’s Paradise Beach is mere moments away or you can head further south if you want some slightly less-populated beach action at Broadbeach, Palm Beach or North Burleigh.
Alternatively, you can take to the streets to find some of the area’s boutique stores or hit up Home of the Arts to find live performances, lake-side strolls, cinema and art exhibitions.
The Island is not just a fun place to stay, it’s also a proper nightlife destination for locals and guests. The boutique hotel hosts drag brunches, a drag musical, Sunday live music sessions around sunset, weekend parties on the rooftop and the Cocktail Flight Club each Thursday (for $20 you’ll get to taste a series of cocktails and get a full size version of your favourite). Even if you’re not staying here, it’s worth stopping by if you’re visiting the GC.
Feeling inspired to book a truly unique getaway? Head to Concrete Playground Trips to explore a range of holidays curated by our editorial team. We’ve teamed up with all the best providers of flights, stays and experiences to bring you a series of unforgettable trips in destinations all over the world.