Stepping into the stunning lobby of JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa gives guests an enticing introduction to the sophistication and grandeur that unfolds beyond the welcoming entrance fit for royalty.
Rooms with a view
With 223 rooms and suites, the hotel’s luxurious yet laidback style is inspired by the region’s natural surroundings – golden beaches, lush rainforests and endless blue skies – and reflects the natural beauty and relaxed mood of coastal Queensland.
For those who knew the Gold Coast’s JW Marriott in a former life (before its incredible $35 million makeover in 2020), the saltwater lagoon that is home to more than 300 tropical fish has long been a talking point – you can head down from your room and go for a cave snorkel without leaving the premises, then relax afterwards on the sandy shores with a cocktail and some canapés.
For those with children in tow, there’s a freshwater pool with a slide, and an aquatic centre where you can pick up snorkels, flippers and (wait for it)… underwater scooters. Simply hold on and these robotic wonders will take you on an underwater adventure.
The pool flows on to an outdoor living space with lounge areas and dining options as well as cabanas tucked into the tropical gardens, where you can kick back in style and order a meal from the retro food van serving up tasty street food.
When afternoon rolls around, relax inside at Chapter & Verse, which also opens out onto a patio, where you can indulge in a cocktail, champagne or a craft beer while listening to live entertainment and dining on some decadent dishes made for sharing.
Sweet tooths can order high tea, and there’s a whisky bar for those who fancy a dram before bedtime.
Headed up by Executive Chef Paul Smart, Citrique restaurant offers one of the best laidback fine dining experiences on the Gold Coast, and if you are a seafood lover, you will swoon over the Bay bug dumplings and the weekend seafood buffet that includes oysters, spanner crab, fresh market fish, salt and pepper squid, Mooloolaba king prawns and Hervey Bay scallops.
At Misono, dine at one of the Gold Coast’s largest teppanyaki restaurants or tuck into the new live sushi bar for a taste of authentic Japan.
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