En­joy a room full of lux­u­ries

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - SUITE LIFE GOLD COAST -

bot­tle of the best on our dou­ble bed. How do I top that at her next birth­day? The Sof­i­tel staff knew this trip was a spe­cial oc­ca­sion and we were blown away by the cham­pagne and an ar­ray of choco­lates for the girls.

The room

We stayed in a lux­ury ocean king room on the 18th floor, which faces the ocean so you have 180-de­gree coastal views. There’s a gi­ant spa in the mar­ble bath­room plus slip­pers and gowns for cosy com­fort. But the pride and joy of the Sof­i­tel is the sleep fac­tor. There’s a layer of goose down and feath­ers on top of the mat­tress, and a pil­low menu. If the kids didn’t wake us each morn­ing, we’d still be asleep.

The food

There are two restau­rants at the Sof­i­tel, On3 and the more so­phis­ti­cated Room81.

We hit On3 most days for break­fast, lunch and nib­blies. It is also open for din­ner and of­fers a seafood buf­fet on week­ends. Room81 has won an ar­ray of awards, with head chef Paul Smart lead­ing the team to vic­tory in the Gold Box Res­tau­rant Chal­lenge three times.

The mini-bar test

There’s a com­pre­hen­sive choice of beer, wine, spir­its and snacks with prices on par with other 5-star ho­tels.

The dam­age

The Sof­i­tel Gold Coast of­fers some great pack­ages. The ‘‘ I Love Choco­late’’ deal gives you three nights for the price of two, free choco­lates and a 3pm check­out for $ 193 a night.

Rooms gen­er­ally range from $ 214 to $ 414 a night dur­ing the off-sea­son.

The de­tails

Sof­i­tel Gold Coast Broad­beach, 81 Surf Pde, Gold Coast. Ph 5592 2250 or 1800 074 465. Email [email protected] ac­cor. com

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