Sails Restaurant Noosa

Member success story:

Sails Restaurant Noosa

Discover Qantas Business Rewards members who have grown their business thanks to face-to-face connections, and how they maximise their benefits when flying for work.

Thinking like a customer has kept Sails Restaurant Noosa at the top of its game for more than 30 years. Regular travel gives them the face-to-face connections they need to excel, as co-owner Chris Moe explains.

Plenty has changed on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast since Sails Restaurant Noosa first opened its doors to the ocean breeze in 1994. Three decades later, its particular brand of barefoot luxury is more in demand than ever. “We had our record year last year, after 30 years in business,” confirms co-owner Chris Moe.

With a clientele that’s equal parts local and out-of-towners, Sails artfully navigates the line where white linen tablecloths meet beach umbrellas on the deck. The stunning Laguna Bay beachfront and long-time executive chef Paul Leete’s produce-led menu keep everyone satisfied but the drawcard is undoubtedly the wine list, 600 labels strong and housed over four sprawling cellars. Building the list has been a long-term labour of love for Sails founder and co-owner Lyndon Simmons but maintaining it has become a collective passion, says Moe. And as with so many aspects of running a hospitality business, nurturing in-person relationships is an important factor in its success.

“To give our guests a memorable experience, we need to think like a customer”

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“My business partner, Lyndon, is always focused on thinking like a customer and not like a restaurant operator – he believes this is how we continually improve the experience for our guests. To foster this mindset, we encourage our team to see firsthand how other restaurants do it around the world. To do this effectively, we access flight savings through our Qantas Business Rewards Account and then use the Qantas Points earned towards the next flight. It leads to our staff bringing back valuable experiences to implement in the kitchen and on the restaurant floor. Last June, we sent our functions and events manager, Jessica Exley, and senior sous chef, Zach Kelly, to Craggy Range Winery in Hawke’s Bay, home to some of the finest New Zealand pinot noir as well as a two-hatted restaurant. A trip like this means that when Jess is speaking with a couple planning their wedding reception at Sails, she can share the story behind the Craggy Range wines on our list. Her enthusiasm and knowledge add so much to the guests’ enjoyment of their time with us.”

“Meeting winemakers ensures we get the first pick of their best products”

“Sails has one of the most extensive wine lists in Australia and we regularly visit winemakers to taste new vintages and ensure we’re receiving their best products. Using our business’s points on flights through Qantas Business Rewards makes it possible for us to travel to wineries as often as we can, plus the extensive Qantas network makes our regional travel around Australia efficient.

At Yangarra Estate in McLaren Vale last winter, we were the first to be invited on a tour of the new cellar door and I had a private tour of the vineyards with the winemaker. We added the High Sands Grenache from Yangarra to our wine list after that trip. A wine like this is available in such limited quantities, perhaps only a few hundred bottles, that it will sell out – it’s just a matter of which restaurants receive an allocation. Building these long-term face-to-face relationships with a winery helps us have first pick of their wine and gives us access to the very best vintages.”

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“Attending food and wine events inspires our own events program”  

Desley Maidment

“We take chardonnay very seriously at Sails. It’s one of the most popular varieties with our guests and we have a dedicated chardonnay cellar to store our 2000 bottles at exactly the right temperature. Chardonnay is king of the grapes in Margaret River, where Lyndon travelled to Leeuwin Estate for a special winemakers’ dinner. He used points to upgrade his flights to a Business cabin, ensuring he was well-rested for the event. We’re hosting our own wine dinner as part of the Noosa Concours d’Elegance weekend in July, so it was insightful for Lyndon to attend one of these events. At ours, we’ll be pouring Leeuwin Estate and Craggy Range wines alongside a four-course menu. You could say that Leeuwin Estate and Sails at Noosa are equally iconic establishments on opposite sides of the country.”

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We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work, live and fly. ​
We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.