81 Surf Pde, Broadbeach (07) 5592 2250
Isuch as western plains pork with jamon, blueberry, pork juices, elderflower ($22) and Riverina suckling lamb with aubergine, tomato, black olive, saltbush ($42). A glass of Gerard Bertrand pinot ($13) and a sliver of Saint Augur blue cheese and I’m more than satisfied.
Breakfast is in Bistro On3, where the buffet is bolstered by good French pastries such as pain au chocolat, almond croissants and crème donuts. There’s plenty on offer in the hotel to work off the calories – a hit of tennis, a swim in one of two pools, a gym workout – but my son and I are content to stroll through the neighbouring retail precincts, Oasis and Oracle, en route to the beach.
The Sofitel may have a French flavour, but Broadbeach, with its creamy sand, cobalt ocean and children building castles near the shoreline, is quintessential Queensland. f hearing “bonjour” in Broadbeach seems incongruent, it’s merely part of the Gallic charm of French hotel chain Sofitel. Perfect topiaries in white pots frame the entrance of the five-star Gold Coast property and the steely foyer and atrium are brightened by bouquets of luscious red blooms and contemporary artworks on loan from nearby gallery, 19 Karen, at Mermaid Beach.
Our room is on the 21st floor and the view from the balcony stretches down to Coolangatta. There’s a deep bath in the marble bathroom but the big drawcard is the bed. Developed by Epeda and Dumas for Sofitel, it has a feather mattress and is topped with a snuggly duvet and crisp Yves Delorme linen. It’s heavenly, and I sleep well after a Tanqueray gin martini in the cocktail bar ($20) and dinner at Room 81, where British chef Sam Moore delivers delicate, flavoursome fare