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Sub Pent­house at Pep­pers Soul Surfers Par­adise

3 bed­rooms; sleeps 7 | $$ From $1300 per night | ho­tel.qan­tas.com.au/pep­perssoul Find­ing a calm spot in tourist­packed Surfers Par­adise might seem un­likely but it’s pos­si­ble when you’re 63 floors above sea level. Lo­cated on the Es­planade, Pep­pers Soul Surfers Par­adise has more than 200 apart­ments – all with ex­pan­sive views. Our pick is the three-bed­room Sub Pent­house (No. 6301), a lav­ish re­treat with leather couches and taupe walls. Slid­ing glass doors open onto the main bal­cony, mak­ing the most of the ocean-fac­ing aspect, while the se­cond bal­cony of­fers a sweep­ing view of the Gold Coast’s canal es­tates and the hin­ter­land in the dis­tance.

Do

Guests have ac­cess to all re­sort fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing two pools and a sauna, steam room and spa. Set aside time to ex­plore the newly re­vamped Pa­cific Fair (paci­fic­fair.com.au) in Broad­beach, a short drive from Surfers. The mall has more than 400 re­tail­ers – Tiffany & Co., Hardy Broth­ers, Chanel and other high-end brands – and a plethora of din­ing op­tions, in­clud­ing Ital­ian restau­rant Rivea (rivea.com.au).

Eat

For fine din­ing, look no fur­ther than the hat­ted Sea­d­uc­tion Restau­rant + Bar (be­low; sea­d­uc­tion.com.au) on the se­cond floor of Pep­pers Soul Surfers Par­adise. With fully re­tractable glass walls, it of­fers in­door and out­door seat­ing, un­in­ter­rupted ocean views and chef Joel Bryant’s dar­ing menu. Ex­pect kan­ga­roo carpac­cio with blue cheese or kipfler gnoc­chi with pump­kin-seed pesto. To fur­ther ex­plore the Gold Coast’s hos­pi­tal­ity, head to Co­coon (co­coon­gold­coast.com), a chic, all-white lounge bar and restau­rant at the other, qui­eter end of Cavill Av­enue. Snag a ca­bana on the out­door deck be­fore tuck­ing into posh pub grub such as beer-bat­tered fries with Ja­panese mayo, chicken skew­ers sizzling in yak­i­tori sauce and arancini with pro­sciutto, parme­san and brie.

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