HOME AND AWAY
FRESH from a $26 million refurb, Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa Gold Coast is looking light, bright and resoundingly contemporary, full of quality designer items and with a real sense of pizazz. Terraces Restaurant has been transformed with polished marble and stone finishes, groovy Scandi-style white furniture and an extra seating area that extends across the lower-lobby lagoon. It feels chic and tropical, with water features and picture windows, and just the right venue to hoe into the nightly buffet, which includes a generous cargo of seafood. There are huge platters of oysters (au naturel, mornay and kilpatrick) and cracked crabs; piles of smoked salmon, scallops and mussels; salads of all colourful kinds and an extensive hot selection featuring the likes of pasta marinara. I doubt I’ve seen such a spread on dry land — this is the bounty of a cruise ship (minus the nautical-themed ice carvings and mermaid-shaped butter centrepieces). Nightly, 6pm-10pm ($79, Sunday to Thursday; or $82 Friday and Saturday). Check in with T&I for a full review of the hotel after we return from our annual holiday break on January 18-19. More: sheratonmiragegoldcoast.com.