The original Gold Coast tourist hotspot, Surfers Paradise has a pulsating heart of fun activities, shopping and nightlife, spliced onto the laid back Queensland lifestyle of the beach. People have been flocking here for their annual holidays since the 1930s. Back then, “Surfers” was not much more than a few pubs and hotels on the sand. These days, however, anyone looking for an action-packed vacation getaway, or a super-charged break to mark a special occasion or anniversary, will find all they need among the plush penthouses and 5-star hotels of Surfers Paradise. Whether you choose to stay in an up-market family resort, a luxury hotel or an apartment with an ocean view, you are not going to be far from the Surfers Paradise action. You can sample cuisines from around the world, or opt for a cheap and filling feed at the local RSL or the Surf Club. From the baccarat tables to the dance floor, the nightlife of Surfers is legendary. Before you know it, it will be dawn! We’ve compiled a list of some of the best Surfers Paradise accommodation. Check it out while you wax your board.
21 Elizabeth Avenue, Broadbeach, Broadbeach, 4218 Gold Coast, Australia
Rating: 8.5 Very Good
For luxurious accommodation that is close to the beach and has all of the facilities you could need, look no further than Peppers Broadbeach. It is just 300m from stunning Kurrawa Beach and is a short walk away from multiple shopping malls, Broadbeach and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The hotel offers one, two or three bedroom suites in increasing levels of luxury. Each suite features a spacious lounge, dining area, fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and private balcony with views of the ocean or hinterland. The master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and guests have access to complimentary Wi-Fi.
While staying at Peppers Broadbeach guests can use the well-equipped kitchen to create gourmet meals that can be enjoyed in the dining space or on the balcony. Preordering of kitchen stables is available. Alternatively, there are local restaurants who have partnered with the hotel to offer convenient charge-back facilities, including Yellowfin Seafood Restaurant and Sage Cafe.
While staying at the hotel guests have access to the heated resort pool, private cinema, gymnasium, sauna, steam room, outdoor spa, zen lawn, and Tai Chi Lawn. There is a tour desk whose staff can organise activities and Peppers Broadbeach has partnered with Endota Spa to provide guests with wellness treatments.
86 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, 4217 Gold Coast, Australia
Rating: 8.6 Fabulous
Housed in a new and modern tower, Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise offers guests a private haven in the middle of the Gold Coast. It overlooks Surfers Paradise Beach and is a short walk from premium retail outlets, fine dining establishments and a range of entertainment activities.
This luxury hotel offers travellers a range of suite sizes to suit everyone, from an individual to small groups. Each suite is spacious and features floor to ceiling windows and separate living areas. The large kitchens include all the necessary tools to create a gourmet meal in complete privacy, which can then be enjoyed in the open plan lounge and dining areas. Each suite has an enclosed balcony space and laundry facilities
The well-appointed bedrooms are simple in nature, featuring modern décor that is inspired by the ocean side location. The large, modern bathrooms have luxe finishing and a relaxing walk-in shower. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
At the Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise, guests can enjoy a range of premium fitness facilities that have ocean views, including an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, and state-of-art gym. Down in the lobby area, guests can visit the hotel café, restaurants, and a convenience store.
7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, 4217 Gold Coast, Australia
Rating: 8.1 Very Good
Situated just one street back from Surfers Paradise Beach, QT Gold Coast is a five-star luxury hotel with its own unique style. It is only a short walk away from fun amusement activities, luxe shopping destinations and the SkyPoint Observation Deck.
The boldly designed guest rooms creatively play on the oceanside location of the hotel. The floor to ceiling glass doors lead out to a private balcony with stunning ocean views. Comfort is key with the luxurious king beds, fitted with premium linens. Guests have access to complimentary Wi-fi, T2 tea and Kevin Murphy amenities.
At spaQ Gold Coast, the rejuvenating treatments are driven by the needs of the individual, with room for customisation. On the rooftop, a modern poolside escape can be found at The Spring. Guests can tune out and forget about the world, while enjoying delectable meals and bespoke cocktails.
At Bazaar, diners can experience a unique culinary journey which takes their taste buds around the world. For modern Japanese cuisine with a decidedly Tokyo twist, Yamagen is available, offering an izakaya dining experience. At Singray, gourmet Baja Californian bites and over fifty in-house tequilas can be enjoyed in an eclectic setting. During the day FIXX Café is open, serving light meals and premium coffee.
158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise, 4217 Gold Coast, Australia
Rating: 9.0 Superb
Only steps away from the picturesque Gold Coast, JW Marriot Gold Coast Resort & Spa is a five-star luxury hotel with abundant world-class amenities. Guests can easily walk to nearby cafés, nightlight, and tourist attractions. The hotel sits next to Gold Coast Highway, making it a great home base for those who want to explore bordering Southport.
JW Marriot Gold Coast Resort & Spa boasts a wide assortment of rooms and suites that boast ocean or mountain views. Be it the One King Ocean View or One Bedroom Presidential Suite, every accommodation is spacious and features contemporary furniture and décor and a private balcony.
JW Marriot Gold Coast Resort & Spa offers 24/7 room services and a continental breakfast. Guest can enjoy exquisite cuisine at one of the hotel’s many restaurants, such as Chapter & Verse or the Japanese-inspired Misono. The Pool Pavilion features street food offerings and a large selection of beverages.
Hotel visitors can unwind at the Ruby Spa, a full-service wellness destination offering body scrubs, manicures, massages, and more. There’s also a well-equipped fitness centre open 24/7, featuring free weights and cardiovascular equipment. The hotel boasts a heated outdoor pool and a whirlpool open from 6 AM to 10 PM daily.
6 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise, 4217 Gold Coast, Australia
Rating: 7.6 Good
Located on Queensland’s famous Gold Coast, The Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel & Residences is a posh resort with panoramic ocean views. Guests staying at the luxury hotel can conveniently walk to numerous shops and restaurants, including Steampunk Surfers Paradise, Waxy’s Irish Pub, Skyline Roof Top Bar, and Woolworths Surfers Paradise.
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel & Residences features standards rooms and residences – condominium-like accommodations with private balconies, separate kitchen and dining areas, and laundry facilities. Every room has chic décor, plush Serenity beds, and large LCD TVs. Guests have access to free high-speed Wi-Fi and Luxury Crabtree & Evelyn bath products.
The hotel has a wide selection of restaurants that attract tourists and locals. Guests can enjoy a delectable breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Ms. Margot’s Bar & Eats or feast at Catch Restaurant, a lively venue with a full-service buffet. There’s also the poolside Deck Bar that serves various beverages and handcrafted cocktails during the spring and summer.
When not enjoying the nearby beach, guests can indulge at the Eforea Spa and intimate retreat that offers full-body treatments. There’s also a spacious executive lounge on the second floor that serves drinks between 6 PM and 8 PM. The executive lounge is an exclusive facility available to guests who have upgraded their stay.