Sanctuary Cove – Gold Coast

Family pre-Christmas local get away and we choose The Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove. My last in house stay was 2016 when I worked on the Global GoPro Athlete Summit. It was lovely to be back and see all the new changes the resort had undergone in 2020.

Most significant changes would certainly be all room categories having a total refurb. The room we choose was a Lagoon Pool room and loved this. The balcony allows you to sit and take in the lovely water views as the lagoon beach also sits beside the Coomera river. The décor and room layout was just so welcoming, clean lines with greys and white offering a modern and comfortable space to stay in.

Love the opportunity to walk and with over 10 acres of sub-tropical gardens and more than 250 rooms the grounds are wonderful. So much Bird life, Wallabies and Kangaroos can be seen grazing happily on the grass just outside your room, not at all bothered by the guests wandering through their dining rooms. Please remember though, these are wild animals and never to feed them or approach too closely. Having a healthy respect for any wild animal ensures safety for them and yourself. I used a zoom on my camera for my images.

The Cove Café looked fantastic although we did not dine in there. We certainly loved the Pool House Bar that overlooks the resorts Beach Lagoon and Terrace Pool and Spa. The menu offered a diverse range from Plant Based foods and something for the Carnivores as well. Love me a good Fish Taco!

For those who love all things golf, there are 3 championship golf courses plus an amazing array of restaurants and cafes within the Sanctuary Cove complex that align the world class Marina. Being located on the northern part of the Gold Coast this property provides great access to theme parks and we found the resort very children friendly. I must admit though one of my favourite spots was the Adults Only area in the Lagoon Beach Pool. The Lagoon Beach Pool is a 1 acre saltwater pool with sundecks, chairs, cabana’s to just chill out in and watch the world go by.

For dinner we tried Georges Paragon Seafood Restaurant. Food and wine list was fantastic! You can only book if there is a large group. Our tip, we went for an early dinner 6 pm and no lining up required at all. This also meant we got to enjoy seeing the gorgeous colours of the sky changing. Our friends whom we dined with live locally in Hope Island and recommended the restaurant and we really enjoyed everything about it.

Our breakfast was at Quay St Café & Bar in the Sanctuary Cove Marina. Yum, loved the coffee and fresh food. The marina is a delightful spot to walk around as well with its great range of restaurants, bars, cafes, speciality shops including art gallery, gift stores and the Village Theatre.

Really enjoyed rediscovering the Northern part of the Gold Coast and would most definitely come back and stay at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove again. I need to come back and experience The High Coffee afternoon tea in The Fireplace and The Whisky Flights tasting paddles in the Verandah Restaurant & Bar!

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