Ho­tels

Check out — then check in to — these new kids on the Aus­tralian ho­tel scene.

Virgin Australia Voyeur - - OCTOBER -

A new level of lux­ury is set­ting the stan­dard for Aus­tralian ho­tels.

Gold Coast THE DAR­LING

Just in time for the

2018 Com­mon­wealth Games, The Star Gold Coast fi­nally un­veiled the fruits of its three­year re­de­vel­op­ment with The Dar­ling, a

17-storey lux­ury ho­tel, aimed at at­tract­ing high-rollers.

All of its 56 suites are de­signed so you don’t have to lift a fin­ger, with state-ofthe-art au­to­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy con­trol­ling the light­ing, drapes and room tem­per­a­ture. Each suite has Lalique ameni­ties, Frette bed­ding and bathrobes, and (mul­ti­ple) 65-inch Samsung smart TVs.

The Pent­house Deluxe Suites each have dif­fer­ent themes: the Me­dia Suite boasts a ded­i­cated karaoke room with enough Bose sound tech to power a small night­club; the Ex­er­cise Suite is packed with Techn­o­gym equip­ment; and there’s even a Bil­liard Suite with cus­tom-made Spin­ster ta­ble. Each also comes with bal­conies that wrap around the build­ing for amaz­ing 180-de­gree views over the Gold Coast.

Of the many din­ner op­tions, Nine­teen at The Star, next to the rooftop in­fin­ity pool, is the stand-out. www.star.com.au.

Bris­bane W

From the mo­ment you step into the lobby and are greeted by the sight of mas­sive, blinged-out sculp­tures of fruit and flip-flops, it’s ob­vi­ous this is not a typ­i­cal ho­tel. The W, along with de­sign part­ners Stu­dio On­garato, has cre­ated the theme of ‘A River Dream­ing’ which pays re­spect to the Tur­rbal peo­ple, Bris­bane’s tra­di­tional own­ers, who see the river as the giver of life.

The 280 rooms and 32 suites of the first five-star ho­tel to open in Bris­bane in 20 years re­flects the laid-back Queens­land style — right down to the bright ‘Brisve­gas’-style cush­ions, 10-gal­lon drum baths and boomerang-shaped cof­fee ta­bles.

The AWAY Spa has six treat­ment rooms, vi­tal­ity pools, re­lax­ation pods and aro­mather­apy steam rooms, and an Ed­wards & Co hair sa­lon. Choose from detox­ing mas­sages and body scrubs to fa­cials and foot baths, but be warned — when un­wind­ing in the Re­lax Sta­tion af­ter your treat­ment, hours feel like min­utes, so can­cel all ap­point­ments for the rest of your day.

To take your heart rate up a notch, head to the WET Deck — one of the more stylish spots in a build­ing that’s al­ready over­flow­ing with ’gram-bait — for pool­side cock­tails, or the Liv­ing Room Bar for, well, more cock­tails. If fine din­ing is what you’re af­ter, grab a ta­ble at Three Blue Ducks, the ac­claimed pad­dock-toplate restau­rant. www. mar­riott.com.au.

Syd­ney FOUR POINTS BY SHER­A­TON SYD­NEY, CEN­TRAL PARK

In its mix­ture of cafes, gal­leries and bars, Syd­ney’s Chip­pen­dale has blos­somed into one of the city’s most vi­brant sub­urbs — and the ad­di­tion of the new Four Points by Sher­a­ton gives it an­other boost.

Lo­cated in buzzing Cen­tral Park, the multi-award-win­ning precinct born from a $2 bil­lion col­lab­o­ra­tion of ar­chi­tects and artists, the Four Points blends into the area thanks to a de­sign by award-win­ning Bri­tish ar­chi­tec­tural firm Foster & Part­ners.

The pol­ished fin­ish is ev­i­dent ev­ery­where, from the spa­cious lobby to any of the 297 rooms — and es­pe­cially in its two lux­ury suites. And it con­tin­ues in on-site al fresco drinks venue and ta­pas bar, Malt; restau­rant Cen­tral Quar­ter; and in the more than 553 square me­tres of func­tion space, which in­cludes flex­i­ble rooms and an el­e­vated out­door ter­race. For the ac­tive trav­eller, there’s also an on-site fit­ness cen­tre, equipped with ev­ery­thing you need for a good work­out. www.four­points.com/syd­n­ey­cen­tral­park.

Perth QT

With char­ac­ter­is­tic quirk and elan — and a large help­ing of opu­lence — the QT has burst into West­ern Aus­tralia, with its first of­fer­ing in Perth. The ho­tel brand, known for its mix of art, style and lux­ury, has done it again with its West Coast flag­ship, which boasts 184 rooms each with the same glam­orous, idio­syn­cratic aes­thetic, thanks to de­signs by Shel­ley Indyk.

It’s tempt­ing to never leave your room, but the QT Perth of­fers a full en­ter­tain­ment hub across its 18 storeys, with a sig­na­ture bar and grill, a cafe and seven con­fer­ence rooms. Make sure you en­joy a cock­tail at the Rooftop at QT bar, the high­est party venue in WA’s cap­i­tal city, with knock-out views across the Swan River. Sit­ting in a per­fect spot for ex­plor­ing Perth’s food and drink scene, the QT is adding weight to the ar­gu­ment that West Coast equals best coast. www.qtho­tels an­dresorts.com.

FROM TOP Liv­ing area of a Pent­house Deluxe Suite at The Dar­ling; bright bath­room of the Mar­vel­lous Suite at W Bris­bane; The Dar­ling’s rooftop in­fin­ity pool.

CLOCK­WISE FROM LEFT Four Points Sher­a­ton Syd­ney; San­tini Bar at Perth QT; United Places pride them­selves on at­ten­tion to de­tail; Dar­ren Ruben­stein from United Places.

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