Sea­side seren­ity, with Su­san John­son

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - INSIDE THIS WEEK - AT­LANTIS MAR­COOLA 9 0 3 DAVID LOW WAY, MAR­COOLA su­san john­son at­lantismar­

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.

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