In a stark contrast to the Gold Coast's skyscrapers, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is a beachfront low-rise hotel with a grand marble lobby that frames the lolling waters of the sea without towering over its natural beauty. Families love this property and for good reason: there are three pools and lots of space for groups to spread out in the sunshine, plus excellent onsite dining if it's too hot and you don't want to venture out.
A 40-minute drive from Gold Coast Airport, the hotel is smackbang on Main Beach. Sea World is a one-minute drive north, while the buzzing restaurants, bars and cafés of Caville Avenue are a 10-minute drive south, making this hotel ideal for both kids and adults.
That soothing feeling you experience in the lobby – lined with very appropriate Slim Aarons prints – follows you into the guest rooms. There are 20 categories, from the simple-yet-comforting Mirage Resort room to the two-bedroom Ocean Villa. Each space looks fresh, thanks to an abundance of white linen and natural light but the true highlight is hidden in the bathroom: every room has a deep-soaking spa bath.
Food and drink
The on-site restaurant, Terraces, has an enduring reputation for its extensive buffets, with the seafood offering one of its main drawcards. There’s an a la carte menu, too, with family-friendly staples such as burgers and pizzas.
For wellness travellers
Staying at Sheraton Grand Mirage doesn't mean you have to interrupt your health regime. The fitness centre at the neighbouring Golden Door Spa & Health Club (open 4.30am to 10pm) is free for hotel guests to use and equipped with everything you need to work up a sweat. Later, however, sore muscles should be soothed at the spa, where massages, facials and indulgent packages such as Signature Ritual with a volcanic clay body cocoon and scalp massage await.
For business travellers
Sheraton Grand Mirage is a versatile property – perfect for both leisure and business travellers, with free wi-fi, in-room work desks and desktops and printing services in a separate section of the lobby. There are 15 meeting rooms and 12 event spaces, including the Mirage Grand Ballroom, which can seat up to 1000 guests in a theatre-style setup. Events can also be hosted on the lush lawns of the property or right on the beach.
The fab factor
The swim-up bar at the Oasis Pool with great cocktails and food.
Best for: Family holidays
Number of rooms: 295, including 11 suites
Rates from: $295 per night
Wi-fi: Free and unlimited
Parking: On-site and complimentary
Address: 71 Sea World Drive, Main Beach, Gold Coast
Telephone: (07) 5577 0000