Taking a short Roman holiday
IT WAS like stepping into a movie set, where I was somehow the star.
I handed my keys to a valet and was greeted by two flawless, elegant staff at the Gold Coast’s Palazzo Versace hotel.
Palazzo is known for being the world’s first ‘‘ fashion hotel’’, and it is easy to see what all the talk is about when you step inside this luxurious haven. There’s a feel of Italian renaissance architecture, mixed with the modern touch of the designer after whom the hotel is named.
The intricate details of the ceiling are accentuated by the baroque furniture that surrounds it.
I was speechless as I stepped into my lagoon suite overlooking the Water Salon pool area.
The radiance of the room brings out the natural feel of the wooden floors, which complement the bold use of colour.
As I turned to my left, I came across the spa bath, and I immediately want to jump in and call it a day.
I had to force myself to snap out of it. No time for spa-dreaming, I had a wonderful package of experiences to encounter – a sampling of the hotel’s Roman Holiday and White Hot YearRound deals – so the bath would have to wait.
It wasn’t until I lay in my own Water Salon cabana and sipped champagne that I realised what a good decision it was to have abandoned my gorgeous suite.
I was approached by salon spa staff who offered to look after my nails with a relaxing pedicure and the waiter came by bringing a champagne top-up and a delicious pool bar menu for me to flick through at my leisure.
You can lose track of time when you are hidden from the world in such luxurious surroundings.
It was almost dinner time when I decided to head back.
Who would have thought being pampered could work up such an appetite?
The only problem was choosing where to dine.
The hotel hosts an array of restaurants to suit different palates and occasions.
Le Jardin serves cafe-style dishes and a variety of cocktails and drinks. It is a more relaxed setting, suitable for lunch, coffee and cake, and high teas.