More recently we’ve delved into the some of the world’s top hotels and resorts, and one such resort is the Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast of Australia, and with a name like that you are guaranteed an experience beyond all lavish comparisons.
The famous Gold Coast is the location of this opulent palace – perhaps the most fitting location of earth for the latest Versace investment. On the long stretch of the Surfers Paradise golden sands an inland waterway forms parallel to the blue waters of the ocean, and it is here that one can moor their yacht after a day’s cruise and wonder into the hotels private entrance – a very different and seemingly European-come-Venice approach to this exuberant Australasian destination.
As the sun begins to slip beyond the horizon, the calm waters become something of beauty with every shadow steadily growing in stature, breeding a deep and emotion-provoking mood that almost overwhelms. If not that, then the hotel itself surely will do this to you too…
Being guided into the Palazzo Versace reception is like being guided along THE red carpet, except by the marina staff. With a name like Versace behind them there comes great responsibility, and we say they have responded well with marble flooring throughout, with water reflections off the sea and surrounding pools shimmering into the lobby.
200 suites, each decorated with fashion, comfort and all modern tendencies in mind, all fuse together superbly. Everything you could possibly imagine Versace manufactures for their hotel; from soaps, bathrobes, to linens. No wonder a night in this hotel is labelled the “Versace Experience.” The Imperial Suite crowns the hotel, 160m2, views of the Lagoon Pool and Gold Coast Broadwater; along with this comes a butler, dining room for up to eight guests, a large private balcony, custom made beds and much, much more. A fashionistas delight.
It’s for all these reasons that this hotel has won countless accolades throughout the years and so far this year it has picked up the “Best Australian Hotel” and a “Certificate of Excellence”, and bear in mind there is still five months left in the year… so what else can it still achieve?!
We’ve all seen a swimming pool, seen how hotels manage them, labelling them simply as swimming pools, but the Palazzo Versace took a different route… they decided to call the pool a “Water Salon”! We thought this was over the top until we looked it up and then we thought that “Water Salon” doesn’t even begin to do it justice. Cabana’s surround the water edges, trees and plants breaking the pool quarter’s, providing areas of utter seclusion, and a selection of water depths present great areas to catch the perfect tan, and all this served and attended to by the most professional and courteous waitrons. Cocktails, shaded areas and the hush and murmur of other guests create a space many only dream of and one where countless members of celeb-status rock their swimsuits and enjoy what the Palazzo has to offer.
On top of all this the Oscar Oscar Salon is found here with the Versace Boutique and Amy Jean Eye Couture handling all your eye stylist needs, guys and girls, we might add.
Ironically this hotel was also used to house the celebrities that got voted off the I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, so no wonder none of them minded getting voted off, we wouldn’t.
A room here would cost someone (who hasn’t been voted off a celeb reality show) anywhere from R3, 000 per night, to R12-15, 000 per night. If you have the money, get there, and spend it, you only live once. Hell, if you’ve got the money, hire a yacht as well, rock up in style, you won’t even have to tie your boat down… consider it done.