Conceived by Gianni, overseen and launched by Donatella, Palazzo Versace was the world’s first designer hotel. When it opened in 2000, it set new benchmarks for other fashion designers to follow. The overall lesson? Stay true to the brand. This 200-room property is testament to Versace’s signature style: glamorous, lavish and bold. The key is in the details – rooms have Italianate parquet floors, silk-upholstered furniture and woodwork that could have been handcrafted by a Renaissance master. In the minibar, you’ll find Versace crystal and china. Downstairs, the lobby has palatial proportions, inlaid marble floors and soaring Doric columns evocative of a grand European villa. Outside is a sparkling man-made lagoon and, if you need to somewhere to park the boat, there’s a private 90-berth marina, too. Add award-winning restaurants, a decadent day spa and a fitness and wellbeing centre and the five-star experience is complete.
Main Beach is at the northern end of the Gold Coast, 3km from Surfers Paradise and 35 kilometres from Coolangatta airport. Marina Mirage, one of the area’s most prestigious shopping destinations, is just next door.