81 Surf Pde, Broad­beach (07) 5592 2250

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - THE TRAVELER - kylie lang sof­i­­coast

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

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