PAR­ADISE AT YOUR DOOR

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - DESTINATION QUEENSLAND - KERRY HEANEY

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

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