Top 10 luxury hotels and resorts in Queensland

Top 10 luxury hotels and resorts in Queensland

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Feeling worn out? Do you need a break? Treat yourself to a little bit of luxury at one of these 10 fabulous Queensland luxury hotels and resorts. From the bright lights of Brisbane to the beaches of the Gold Coast, here are our top picks on where to go to splurge on luxury hotels. Go on. You only live once. So take your pick. Check in to on of these luxury hotels and resorts in Queensland, put your feet up and drink champagne!

1-Inchcolm Hotel & Suites

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The term vintage luxe describes Brisbane’s newest luxury digs. Inchcolm Hotel & Suites offers a dash of Scottish heritage in the heart of busy Brisbane. The décor is a blend of old and new and the location at 73 Wickham Terrace is close to Brisbane’s CBD and Fortitude Valley. This is one of Brisbane’s newest luxury hotels.

Inchcolm Hotel & Suites (named after Dr John Thomson’s home in Scotland’s Inchcolm Island) recently emerged from an $8 million refurbishment. There are one- and two‐bedroom suites as well as Brisbane’s first loft‐style hotel suites.

The décor in Thomson’s Reserve Restaurant and the sophisticated Socialites Bar captures the glamour of the Charleston era and whisks you back to the socialite scene of Brisbane’s 1920s. The old cage lift, which was an original feature of the building, has been restored.

Loft-style suites start from $640 a night.

2-The Emporium

Brisbane’s hip Emporium retail precinct in Fortitude Valley is home to the trendy Emporium Hotel. Rooms are stylish and packed with technology. Think Bose sound systems, large plasma TVs and wireless internet. Bathrooms are luxurious marble and come with Molton Brown products, fluffy bathrobes with matching slippers and a pillow options menu.

The rooftop terrace with its 15m outdoor heated salt water lap pool, sauna and sunbaking lounges is worth checking out. It’s right in the midst of a precinct with fabulous restaurants and cafes.

Suites are stylish and funky and decorated with antiques and contemporary artworks.

Splurge on a Deluxe Corner Suite, which are two-roomed suites with a king-sized bed in one room while the second room has a lounge suite, dining area, couch, coffee table and dining table.

Deluxe Corner Suites from $559 a night.

3-Spicers Peak Lodge

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Having won awards Queensland’s most luxurious accommodation multiple times, Spicers Peak Lodge should definitely be on the bucket list if you’re looking for a serious luxury getaway.

The location near Main Range National Park is stunning and it’s not that far from Brisbane. The lodge sits high on the Scenic Rim and consists of a main building with 10 suites and a separate two-bedroom ultra-luxurious lodge.

Suites have bluestone fireplaces, king beds, complimentary mini bar and large screen LED TV’s. The Peak restaurant offers a menu of a la carte fine dining as well as five-course degustation menus. From de-stressing in Spa Anise to going on an adventurous mountain biking ride, there are plenty of activities to choose from.

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The two level two-bedroom lodge is away from the main building in a private location at the edge of the escarpment with stunning views of Spicers Gap and the valleys below.

It has private outdoor infinity spas, outdoor chaise lounges, wood-fuelled fires and top-notch technology such as LED televisions with surround sound and iPod docking stations.

The two-bedroom lodge costs from $2399 per night (for up to four adults).

4-Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa

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With distant views of the Gold Coast, Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa is romantic and cosy hinterland escape with great views and fabulous food.

The view is particularly stunning from the Owners Villa, which was originally a private home for the owners. It’s a one- or two-bedroom villa that looks across the hinterland towards the Gold Coast. It has a private garden, large living room and fully equipped kitchen. The decor echoes the natural environment, with natural timbers and warm interiors.

The Owners Villa from $659 per night.

5-Soul Surfers Paradise

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If you have a head for heights, you’ll get a buzz staying in the four-bedroom sub-penthouse at Soul Surfers Paradise. It’s one of the sleekest luxury hotels on the Gold Coast.

From far above you’ll have a bird-eye view of the beaches and ocean at Surfers Paradise. It’s absolute beach front and luxuriously furnished.

Facilities include an impressive swimming podium with striking beach views and one of the Gold Coast’s best restaurants. Seaduction Restaurant + Bar is an elegant two-hatted multi-award winning restaurant.

The four-bedroom sub-penthouse from $1,649 per night is based on a three-night minimum stay and includes a bottle of Moet and hamper full of goodies.

6-Jupiters Hotel & Casino

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To prepare for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Jupiters Hotel & Casino has embarked on a $345 million refurbishment that includes a six-star luxury hotel tower with its own entrance fronting the Gold Coast Highway, new contemporary restaurants and bars including outdoor areas and a complete transformation of the existing 592-room hotel and facilities.

The rollout plan will take place throughout 2015 and by the end of the year they expect to complete the resort pool, the two restaurants, the new bar and most of the old hotel rooms in the existing hotel. Of all the luxury hotels on the Gold Coast, perhaps this is the one to watch.

Splurge on a King Terrace Suite on floors 18 to 20. The views of the Pacific Ocean and along the coast towards Surfers Paradise are worth it. The suites have open-plan living areas with in-suite bars, terraces and luxurious spa baths.

Access to the Executive Floor includes continental breakfast, refreshments, pre-dinner drinks and canapés. Other extras are VIP express check-in, pressing of two garments and access to Jupiters Fitness club.

7-Palazzo Versace

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The world’s first hotel branded by an international fashion house is naturally a magnet for rock stars, celebrities and fashion-conscious royalty.

This extravagant palace of glitz and glamour was the first of 15 Palazzo Versace hotels to roll out around the world. Everything including the towels, glasses, sheets and soft upholstery in the 200 elegant rooms and suites has the Versace logo.

The resort has three award-winning restaurants, a day spa fit for the Hollywood jetset, gymnasium and event facilities designed to impress.

You can get a taste the rock star lifestyle with the new Water Salon experience, which will have you lounging glamorously by the 65m heated outdoor lagoon pool on a custom-made Versace daybed behind sheer white curtains in a private Versace cabana.

Splurge on the Imperial Suite, which has a balcony that overlooks the pool. The master bedroom has a king-sized custom made bed and walk-in closet. There’s a private dining room with butler service on request. It also comes with a private cabana by the 65m lagoon style pool.


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Photo: Christina Pfeiffer
Luxury hotels Queensland
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Is a luxurious break on a tropical island in the Great Barrier Reef your idea of heaven?

Hamilton Island’s qualia ticks all the luxury boxes. qualia is exclusive, luxurious and is right on the doorstep of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

A picnic lunch on a private beach where a staff member leaves you with an ice box of gourmet goodies, chilled champagne and suntan lotion is a Robinson Crusoe experience to write home about. The most important item is the two-way radio with someone at the other end to deliver more chilled champagne whenever you need it.

The resort is located on the secluded northernmost point of the island. The spacious architect-designed timber and stone pavilions come with private sundecks or infinity-edge plunge pools. Facilities include a library, private dining room, two bars and restaurants, two swimming pools and a fitness centre.

The ultimate retreat is the $4000-a-night Beach House, which has a perfect setup for entertaining guests in the 10-seat dining room, a full-sized swimming pool and separate guesthouse.

9-Peppers Broadbeach

Located in the Gold Coast’s uber hip Oracle precinct, Peppers Broadbeach has luxurious apartments in two towers. It’s within walking distance from the beach and the complex has a heated pool with an outdoor spa, lap pool, gym, sauna and steam room.

For rainy days, be quick to book the private cinema available to guests.

Splurge on the Sub Penthouse on Level 48 in Tower 1, which is a super chic three-bedroom apartment with three bathrooms, a media room and a spacious contemporary living area with floor-to-ceiling glass that brings the ocean inside.

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10-Spicers Clovelly

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Luxury hotels and resorts in Queensland

Just a dash of provincial French charm awaits in the hills of Montville. Spicers Clovelly is a romantic French themed getaway in the Sunshine Coast.

The Long Apron is well-known for its food experiences. Highlights include fresh-baked croissants, cooking classes and degustation menus. Montville is the spot for walking, shopping and long lazy picnics.

The best room in the house is the French Cottage (of course!), which is the accommodation to book if you’re planning a weekend with friends and family. It has three bedrooms, two marble bathrooms, kitchen and oh so chic French furnishings.

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I'm a writer, photographer and video blogger based in Queensland, Australia, when I'm not on the road. I've lived in three continents and my career as a travel journalist has take me to all seven continents. Since 2003, I have contributed travel stories to mainstream media in Australia and around the world such as the Sydney Morning Herald, CNN Traveller, The Australian and the South China Morning Post. I have won many travel writing awards and I'm a full member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers.


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