Seaside serenity, with Susan Johnson
For anyone seeking an alternative to that flashy show-off Noosa, Marcoola is the place. It’s pretty much the same as it was more than 40 years ago when the Surfair International Hotel was the only “highrise” on the Sunshine Coast. This is the coast as it used to be: laid-back and unfussy, where you can get by wearing nothing more sophisticated than a pair of old thongs.
What Marcoola does best is beach life: several kilometres of pristine sand with hardly a soul on it (the beach is patrolled). And standing with a drink on your own rooftop balcony, looking at an uninterrupted view of the rolling beauty of the Pacific Ocean, is pretty hard to beat. No crowds or music or other distractions, just the sound of waves crashing in your ears.
Inside’s not bad, either: the 75 units in this 14-year-old complex have just been extensively refurbished. New carpets, fresh paint and interiordesigned stylish furnishings combine to make these apartments very attractive. Indeed, everything in this resort is beautifully maintained and freshlooking, from its pretty, landscaped gardens to its 30m lagoon-style pool ( pictured). It’s no wonder much of its business is made up of return bookings: some people hate leaving so much they book their next holiday as they’re checking out.
For a stressed-out family, this complex has the lot: tennis courts, a children’s playground for younger children, a gym, and even a games room where teenagers can waste hours playing pool or on loud machines. But Atlantis Marcoola is also the kind of place where loved-up couples can go – the rooftop terraces are totally private and many have spas for those planning a champagne-fuelled weekend wallow.
Every unit has a well-equipped kitchen, but there are also takeaways and a few handy restaurants on the other side of David Low Way. All in all, something for everyone.