While not exactly subtle (the decor is a heady mix of marble, gold and chandeliers – but with that name, what did you expect?), the Palazzo is huge, and, crucially, lots of fun. Centred around a large pool, it has a well-equipped gym and spa, and rooms that are big and suitably luxuriant (massive mirrors galore, whirlpool baths). There’s also a private marina and a restaurant that has one of the area’s best buffet dinners. Fans of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here take note: this is where ejected stars spend their first nights out of the jungle.
With its gleaming beachside skyscrapers, its entertainment strip and casinos, and plenty of exciting things to do, the Gold Coast—or ‘Goldie’ as it’s affectionately known—has a reputation for being Australia’s Las Vegas. But that’s changing. The 2018 Commonwealth Games saw over a billion dollars worth of investment here, including an extension to the tram system, which now connects the city with trains to Brisbane. There are new markets, restaurants and bars too, and hotels featuring everything from private marinas and casinos to retro bikes, glowworm displays and even the odd jungle celebrity are clearly aimed at everyone from glitzy Sydneysiders and visiting dignitaries to backpacking 19-year-olds. Price points too ensure there really is something for everyone.