When it comes to tropical glamour, Gold Coast hotels do it best. Stay and play in style at The Star Grand Gold Coast, where pre-dinner cocktails lead to first-class fine dining and after-dinner drinks overlooking the city’s glittering lights.
Seekers of sunshine, sophistication and gourmet dining flock to Gold Coast hotels for good reason. This high-end beachfront playground has long proven it’s more than a family-fun destination, serving handcrafted drinks to discerning revellers throughout its award-winning bars and restaurants.
Find some of the best at The Star Grand Gold Coast, where evenings begin with drinks on the emerald lawn and end with an epicurean affair. From panoramic views and signature cocktails at Nineteen at The Star rooftop bar to sinking into your plush bed at The Star Grand Gold Coast at the end of the night – this is how you do Gold Coast hotels right.
5pm: Start your night at The Deck, Garden Kitchen & Bar
Catch the last of the Gold Coast sun at The Deck, the Garden Kitchen & Bar’s vibrant outdoor space. Sit back on the emerald lawn, drink in hand, with live music for company on Friday and Saturday nights.
It has the kind of laidback atmosphere that’s perfect for catching up with friends. Pair your drinks with pre-dinner nibbles, including sea salt and lemon myrtle calamari with citrus aioli, Coffin Bay oysters, and citrus and wasabi marinated prawns. Dancing here goes late into the night – but you’ve got so much more to see first.
6:30pm: Pre-dinner drinks at Cherry
Cocktail connoisseurs are catered for at Cherry, where highly talented mixologists shake and stir their way through an impressive list of concoctions. The lavish 22-metre bar sparkles under the light of crystal chandeliers, creating a buzz of excitement that sets the scene for the rest of your night.
Larger groups can reserve one of four intimate VIP booths, decked out in plush crimson velvet and encased in exquisitely detailed gold screens. Tailor a drinks package to your tastes and enjoy table service throughout the evening.
7pm: Dinner at Kiyomi (reservation required)
You’ll have to book ahead to get into Kiyomi, The Star’s exceptional Japanese restaurant. Delicate sashimi, sushi and crispy tempura grace the inspired menu by Executive Chef Chase Kojima, who brings a modern taste of Tokyo to the Gold Coast.
The set menus can be paired with wines and sake on request and are a fantastic way to experience the breadth of dishes on offer. Try innovative combinations such as tuna tartare with a kick of pickled wasabi, miso kingfish ceviche and seared scampi with foie gras.
9:30pm: After–dinner cocktails at Nineteen at The Star
When the sun goes down, the sparkling city lights come out to play – and the best view is from the rooftop at Nineteen at The Star. Overlooking the Gold Coast skyline, this is where the city’s most sophisticated partygoers mingle.
Mellow disco beats fill the air as some of Australia’s most notable DJs take to the deck to spin the soundtrack to your evening. Order one of the handcrafted cocktails on offer here and enjoy what the night has to offer.
Sleep: In your lovely room at The Star Grand Gold Coast
There’s no better feeling than knowing your room is just a short walk away. The Star Grand Gold Coast’s stylish rooms promise a perfect night’s sleep with signature bedding and little luxuries like Appelles bath amenities.
Kick-off your dancing shoes and sink into your plush bed, not forgetting to draw the blinds for a much-needed sleep-in. In the morning, re-energise in the dual rain shower and cosy up in your bathrobe with a coffee. We highly recommend treating yourself to a room with a balcony for city skyline views.
Next–day recovery: Buffet breakfast and Azure Spa
There are breakfast buffets and then there is Harvest Buffet*. Prepare for indulgent sensory overload, including fresh seafood such as oysters and sushi, roasts from the carvery, and crowd-pleasers like pizza, pasta and curries. Leave room for the decadent dessert bar and its epic chocolate fountain.
Your morning of rejuvenation continues at Azure Spa, where blissful bespoke treatments await. From facial therapies to therapeutic massages and spa rituals spanning up to three hours – this is how you do next-day recovery on the Gold Coast.
*Please note: breakfast may not always be buffet or at Harvest Buffet. Please contact the hotel in advance to confirm.
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