PARADISE AT YOUR DOOR
White-tipped waves roll gently onto an expanse of golden beach while children play in the shallows. It’s the Surfers Paradise view you dream about, and it’s there for the taking from the balcony outside the smartly reborn rooms in Novotel Surfers Paradise.
This new 408-room addition to the AccorHotels group has received a multimillion-dollar makeover to kit the rooms with hi-tech comforts such as in-room Wi-Fi and bedside USB ports. If you’ve always wanted to live like a Surfers local, this is the place to start. Not only are you metres from the beach but you can dive into the culture through the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club next door.
The hotel’s Sun and Sea Package in conjunction with Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club will give your children a taste of life as a lifesaver and improve their sun safety and basic surf swimming skills. Club president, six-time Australian Ironman winner Trevor Hendy says the half-day nippers holiday program will teach kids where to find the safest place to swim, what to do if they are in trouble and how to catch waves safely.
“It is a chance for kids who may not normally have this opportunity to learn surf safety while on holidays,” Trevor says. Parents need to be present, which presents a great opportunity to enjoy a Novotel breakfast basket while you watch.
The basket comes with a beach blanket and plenty of bruschetta, pastries and fruit. Post beach there’s the hotel swimming pool for a quick refresh, a work out in the up-to-date fitness centre or a game of tennis.
Also visible from the hotel beachside balcony is the towering Q1 building. On level 75, 230m above the ground, the SkyPoint Observation Deck provides 360-degree Gold Coast views. Newly refurbished, the SkyPoint bistro + bar offers a place to relax and take in the views over a drink and tapas. For the adventurous, the 90-minute SkyPoint Climb – Australia’s highest external building climb – will push your boundaries. For an extra thrill, climb the 270m ascent at night.
You can’t get more local than sitting back with an excellent coffee at Paradox Coffee Roasters in The 4217. It’s a homegrown favourite and its 15kg Brambati roaster roars into action six days a week. Another bonus is the edible goodies are made in-house, including the warm-from-the-oven buttermilk scones. There’s a choice between a single origin or signature blend coffee or an espresso martini to go with finger sandwiches, pecorino arancini and raspberry friands.
The Paradox Lab offers regular cupping classes to learn about flavour profiles, coffee grades and roast levels. Complete your blowout with a visit to one of the sweetest places on earth, Tella Balls Dessert Bar also in The 4217. This is where you will find a brioche doughnut style ball that will seduce you with Nutella delights.
Still hungry? Local favourite Lord of Fries in Cavill Ave is a sizzling vegan success where you’ll find vegie burgers, onion rings and freshly cut potatoes expertly turned into chips.
Head to HOTA on Bundall Rd, which is the new Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast. Here you’ll find a lively program with a $37.5 million outdoor stage surrounded by parkland and lake with free events.
Check out the Bundall Farmers Market at HOTA on Sunday at 6am to 11.30am. Taste fresh produce from nuts and seeds to orange juice and seafood. Live-like-a-local box ticked.
THE WRITER WAS A GUEST OF NOVOTEL SURFERS PARADISE