All in a Day...

So much to see, so lit­tle time. Here­with, your hour-by-hour guide to nav­i­gat­ing the best of Pa­cific Fair, the must-visit des­ti­na­tion on the Gold Coast.

Virgin Australia Voyeur - - PACIFIC FAIR GOLD COAST - Words by Kathryn Mad­den

9.00AM SMOOTH RIDE

For­get nav­i­gat­ing busy car parks – quick and easy trans­port to Pa­cific Fair prom­ises a seam­less shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence. Let the cen­tre’s valet team park for you. For just $10 ($5 for par­ents with prams or se­niors) you can drop and shop. Al­ter­na­tively, jump on Pa­cific Fair’s free shut­tle bus at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions from Surfers Par­adise to Nobby Beach (from 10am).

9.30AM BREAK­FAST OF CHAM­PI­ONS

Don’t be fooled by the name – head to Cowch Dessert Cock­tail Bar for an In­sta­gram-wor­thy brekkie. The menu is packed with en­tic­ing op­tions, both sweet and savoury: gra­nola-topped smoothie bowls (try the peanut but­ter spe­cial), break­fast piz­zas, feta scram­bled eggs, and the oblig­a­tory avo­cado smash. Or get your caf­feine hit at The Cof­fee Club, per­haps paired with the salted caramel and banana pan­cakes or haloumi br­uschetta. Fuel your body for the car­dio that awaits (as in dis­cov­er­ing the 400 amaz­ing stores on of­fer).

10.15AM VIP STA­TUS

Make your way to the Vis­i­tor Lounge (lo­cated on the ground floor off Hooker Boule­vard) to pick up your com­pli­men­tary Vis­i­tor Priv­i­leges Pass. This golden ticket grants ac­cess to more than 100

ex­clu­sive of­fers at your favourite stores, cov­er­ing fash­ion, health, beauty, home­wares and food. Be sure to pe­ruse the dis­counts and deals be­fore reach­ing for your cash. While you’re in the Vis­i­tor Lounge, make use of the Pa­cific Fair cus­tomer ser­vice team who are on-hand for your ev­ery need. In­dulge in the free fresh fruit and wi-fi, freshen up in the pow­der room, and re­lax in front of the bigscreen TV while plan­ning your next move. Jet­ting home that night? The lounge fea­tures lug­gage lock­ers, mean­ing you can stretch out your so­journ (and shop­ping) un­til take-off, and shower fa­cil­i­ties so you can board the plane fresh as a daisy.

10.30AM HOT COU­TURE

The lux­ury precinct is the per­fect place to kick off your sar­to­rial spree. Whether you’re buy­ing or brows­ing, it serves up in­spi­ra­tion in spades. A short stroll from the Vis­i­tor Lounge, the zone starts at Coach, pur­veyor of fine leather, con­tin­u­ing with su­per-sump­tu­ous bou­tique Har­rolds and Amer­i­can icon Michael Kors. Don’t miss cur­rent fash­ion-pack favourite Gucci, and take an Au­drey Hep­burn turn in Tif­fany & Co. Drift through the high-end wares in Louis Vuit­ton, Prada, Bul­gari, Givenchy and Chris­tian Louboutin be­fore fin­ish­ing with San­dro and Maje, two mid-level Parisian la­bels ex­ud­ing French-girl cool.

11.30AM STYLE GUIDE

Make like the A-list with your own one-on-one styling ses­sion. Set your fash­ion in­ten­tion – search­ing for some­thing spe­cial or un­der­tak­ing a com­plete wardrobe over­haul – and Pa­cific Fair will match you with a pro­fes­sional. You can pre-book your per­sonal stylist ses­sion on­line from just $265 for two hours.

1.30PM SU­PER FOOD

All that shim­my­ing in and out of out­fits works up an ap­petite, so hot­foot it to Yum Cha Cui­sine for dumplings. The award-win­ning Chi­nese restau­rant sits on the north­ern edge of the com­plex, tan­ta­lis­ing din­ers with the

tasti­est steamed treats on the Gold Coast. Of course, if yum cha isn’t your jam, don’t fret – Pa­cific Fair is home to more than 60 food ven­dors cov­er­ing all cor­ners of the globe: Mad Mex for a taco fix; Asian fu­sion fare at Bin 232; Wild Fish & Chips; Chong Co Thai; Hero Sushi; Out­back Steakhouse and Betty’s Burg­ers.

2.30PM LOUNGE AROUND

This is the stuff of a se­rial shop­per’s dreams: The Re­sort, in the mid­dle of Pa­cific Fair, is a trop­i­cal won­der­land where you can rest your feet away from the masses. Think daybeds, wa­ter fea­tures, ca­banas and plenty of green­ery.

2.45PM BEAUTY SPOT

If your make-up bag needs a re­stock, you’ve come to the right place. Pa­cific Fair proudly boasts an Aus­tralian out­let of Sephora, the beauty-re­tail con­cept founded in France in 1970. You’ll also find Mecca Cos­met­ica, home to over 100 global brands, along with sis­ter store Mecca Max­ima and lo­cal favourite Napoleon Perdis.

For nat­u­ral, high-qual­ity skin­care, hit Jurlique, Kiehl’s and L’Occitane. Then, squeeze in some pam­per­ing: Ella Baché for a fa­cial and Foot­care Haven’s re­flex­ol­ogy mas­sages.

3.30PM AUS­TRALIAN IDOLS

A good start­ing point for check­ing out lo­cal de­sign tal­ent is on level one’s main drag out­side David Jones. There’s Carla Zam­patti, a on­estop-shop for so­phis­ti­cated evening sil­hou­ettes; Gin­ger & Smart, beloved for its sig­na­ture easy-luxe; and care­fully curated bou­tique Incu. Fur­ther down, put some sparkle in your life at Mimco – now an ac­ces­sories stal­wart; find the per­fect party dress at Man­ning Cartell, sass & bide or Alice McCall; and pick up some se­ri­ously glitzy beach­wear by kaf­tan queen Camilla. Men should mosey on down to M.J. Bale, Pe­ter Jack­son or Hugo Boss for slick suit­ing and shirts beyond the clas­sic blue check, as well as Aquila, Coun­try Road, Gaz­man and In­dus­trie.

4.30PM HITCH A RIDE

If you want to head back to var­i­ous stores to pur­chase the pieces you’re still lust­ing af­ter, Pa­cific Fair’s taxi can help you get around the com­plex. You can’t miss the cus­tom-built aqua-blue ve­hi­cle, which cruises around the cen­tre’s ground floor pick­ing up and drop­ping vis­i­tors at their des­ti­na­tions. Just hail it like a yel­low cab on Fifth Av­enue – no pay­ment nec­es­sary. Make your last loop, re­mem­ber­ing to stop off at the big chains (Zara, H&M and Uniqlo) and hot home­wares des­ti­na­tions (Zara Home, Sheri­dan and T2).

5.30PM TIP­PLE TIME

You’ve earned your­self a drink. Head to Co­muna Cantina for an es­presso mar­tini or mar­garita, and why not treat your­self to a chips tast­ing board, na­chos or soft shell tacos? A suit­ably de­li­cious fi­nale to Pa­cific Fair. Un­til next time.

LEFT AND THIS IM­AGE, the cen­tre’s re­sort area al­lows guests to re­lax and un­wind.

SAN­DRO, dress, $695.

GUCCI, belt, $535.

Take time out to re­lax at the Vis­i­tor Lounge.

COUN­TRY ROAD, jacket, $159; shirt, $99.95; jeans, $109; boots, $249. FROM TOP, the plush lounges in the Vis­i­tor Lounge; Pa­cific Fair’s sun­lit cor­ri­dors make shop­ping easy; the cen­tre’s unique in­store taxi ser­vice; dessert at Cowch Dessert Cock­tail Bar...

FENTY BEAUTY, Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foun­da­tion, $50, at Sephora.

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