Staycation at Sanctuary Cove
Sanctuary Cove is an iconic resort destination on the northern Gold Coast, and the perfect place for a relaxing and indulgent staycation, less than an hour from Brisbane.
For a couples retreat or a weekend away with the girls, there's plenty to do here when not chilling out in 5 star comfort at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. The luxury five-star resort is inspired by a beautiful Queenslander and features resort style facilities, a one-acre salt water beach lagoon pool, 243 rooms and suites with views over the marina, golf course, beach lagoon pool or gardens plus a host of dining options.
The vibrant pedestrian-friendly Marine Village is packed with boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars, so you won’t be short of things to do – or things to eat – in this waterfront paradise.
Start the day with a delicious brunch whilst enjoying scenic water views at one of the waterside cafes at Sanctuary Cove.
Quay Street Café’s sunny alfresco patio overlooks the picturesque Sanctuary Cove Marina, a prime spot for brunch or coffee and cake. The cake fridge is impressive, and the brunch menu features delicious options like ricotta hot cakes, basil pesto scrambled eggs and dukkah poached eggs.
Pier B Brunch Café is a wellness café offering a scrumptious selection of smoothie bowls, juices, coffee and more. The cherry ripe smoothie – featuring cacao, raspberry, coconut and coconut water is a winner, as is the delicious (and guilt-free!) choc mint smoothie bowl.
Anchor Buoy Café & Bar , nestled right on the waterfront, is the perfect spot to relax and take in the view over breakfast or lunch with a wide selection of delicious meals, snacks, coffee and drinks. Highly recommended is the seafood board for two with grilled prawns, salt and pepper calamari, beer battered flathead, house smoked salmon with chips and petite watercress and feta salad.
After brunch, step outside and take a leisurely stroll around The Marine Village where there's an eclectic range of quality boutiques offering designer fashion, homewares, gifts and custom jewellery, with many stores stocking unique products crafted by local artisans.
Soho Girl is a boho-lovers paradise with a focus on Australian brands, particularly from the Gold Coast and Byron Bay. Spell & the Gypsy Collective, Auguste, Arnhem Clothing, VIEUX Eyewear, Dreamers and Drifters and Salty Aura are just some of the local labels available in the dreamy store.
Latitude Clothing Co. is the go-to for interesting menswear – think detailed shirts with a difference. Specialising in European brands, you’ll find an impressive and unique collection of gear that you won't find anywhere else.
Cabana’s handpicked tropical and coastal homewares are perfectly suited to the relaxed Queensland lifestyle, with a beautiful range of treasures in store – many of which are made by Gold Coast artisans. Think scented candles, fragrances, jewellery, clothing and large-scale framed artwork by local photographers.
Hamptons Style is an absolute haven for relaxed and classic homewares inspired by, naturally -The Hamptons. Here you’ll find blue, white and taupe furniture, homewares and accents plus a unique selection of coffee table books, tableware and barware.
Perfect Décor’s mission is to make life as beautiful as possible, and they carry an eclectic collection of gifts, homewares, furniture and original artwork. If you’re looking for a stylish and unique gift, you can’t go past this place.
Amore Jewellery create fine custom jewellery as well as ready-to-wear pieces you’ll treasure forever. Their unique, handcrafted designs feature high quality diamonds, coloured gemstones and pearls, and they can create anything from a one-off engagement ring to a contemporary piece for your collection.
You’ve shopped up a storm, now it’s time for some pre-dinner entertainment. Take in a stunning Sanctuary Cove sunset by the water, enjoy a cold brew at Cove Tavern or see a world-class magic show.
Witness some of the world’s most impressive Las Vegas style grand illusions with five-time champion of magic and Australian Entertainer of the Year, Master Illusionist Matt Hollywood. The show is on Friday and Saturday evenings, and tickets can be booked via Ticketek.
Round out your day at Sanctuary Cove with a relaxing dinner at one of the award-winning restaurants in the village. Soak in the marina setting and choose from a wide range of cuisines to suit everyone’s taste buds.
Ioesco’s renowned for their magnificent modern Italian and Mediterranean dishes, with a mouth-watering menu of starters, pizza, pasta, and mains. A crowd favourite is Zuppa di pesce – super fresh seafood in an olive oil and white wine Napoli sauce served with crusty bread.
Classical French technique coupled with the finest seasonal ingredients makes for an impressive dining experience at Jonez on Food. Relax in the alfresco dining area overlooking the marina, or dine in style in the dining room while enjoying a contemporary Australian menu and a great selection of wines.
George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant is an icon at Sanctuary Cove, and has been part of the thriving Marine Village for almost three decades. The stunning waterfront location is the perfect place to feast on fresh seafood, including their famous seafood platter for two featuring fresh king prawns, oysters, bugs, fish, calamari and lobster mornay (plus more!).
So, if you want to escape for the weekend but don’t want to travel far, make sure to add Sanctuary Cove to your list of places to stay and play.
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