Tak­ing a short Ro­man hol­i­day

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - SUITE LIFE PALAZZO VERSACE - Martha Olaya

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.

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