The Marriott is all about water: here it comes in the form of cascading waterfalls, rock grottos, spas and even a saltwater lagoon where guests can snorkel with tropical fish. It’s a perfect place for the young and young-at-heart. Children will, no doubt, also enjoy the well-run Kid’s Club (ages 4-14), which offers three sessions daily. For older guests, there’s the on-site spa, a 24-hour gym and plenty of dining options. Views from the rooms take in the ocean, hinterland or Gold Coast skyline; décor is refined and service is just what you’d expect from a quality chain like Marriott. If you are looking for the next level of luxury, consider booking a suite. It comes with access to the Elandra Retreat Club, an executive-style lounge that has private sitting areas, a library of books and magazines and service of daily breakfast and evening wines and canapés on the 27th floor.
Surfers Paradise is the beating heart of the Gold Coast – it’s a heady blend of soaring skyscrapers, glitzy boutiques and buzzing nightlife. It’s just over 30 minutes by car from Coolangatta airport and the Gold Coast light rail connects this area with nearby precincts like Southport and Broadbeach. Shopping, restaurants, theme parks and, of course, the beach are all within easy distance.