Last year we asked Getaway
viewers to help us and Hotel Club, the online reservations giant, search for the best hotels in Australia and New Zealand. Over 74,000 of you answered that call and tonight we announce another winner. Gold Coast International has won the award for The Best Value for Money.
The five-star Gold Coast International (GCI) is in the heart of Surfers Paradise. It gives guests all creature comforts no bed in the hotel is smaller than queen-size at very reasonable rates.
This year the GCI will turn 20 and to celebrate the anniversary, a huge refurbishment has taken place. It has 296 rooms with either an ocean or mountain/river view and the Executive Ocean Spa Suite.
A day spa was added during the makeover. It offers the ancient Japanese technique of shiatsu and Hawaiian massage at very affordable prices. For relaxation and enjoyment there is a gymnasium, sauna, pool with swim-up bar and tennis courts.
Three award-winning restaurants tempt you at GCI. Lygon Street is famous for its sizzling hot rock cooking of grain-fed beef and seafood. Lygon Street Bar whips up fancy cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks, perfect after a long day in the sun.
Yamagen has an inviting selection of sushi, teppanyaki and an a la carte menu. Sunset Teppanyaki has a set menu between 5.30pm and 6.30pm, ideal for families or those wanting a delicious early meal before heading out.
Patio Restaurant is open each day for breakfast and dinner. They offer an array of hot and cold dishes, soups, salads, seafood and tempting desserts.
Lava Bar is just off the lobby. It's a chic place to enjoy a drink and watch the comings and goings.
Just outside, over its own walkway, is a world of theme parks, golf, abseiling, sky diving, whale watching, snorkelling, dining, cruises, a long stretch of beach and so much more.
Queensland's Gold Coast
Gold Coast International rooms start at $155 a night.
Virgin Blue has flights to Coolangatta with limited seats, which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at May 25, 2006 and are subject to change.
One-way fares from;
- Sydney, $79
- Melbourne, $109
- Adelaide, $119
- Darwin, $259
- Perth, $285
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.
For further information
Gold Coast International Hotel
Gold Coast Highway and Staghorn Avenue
Surfers Paradise Qld 4217
Ph: (07) 5584 1200
Fax: 07 5584 1280