Katherine Eva is a Freelance Writer on the look-out for top adventure spots.
Published August 26th 2012
With superstars like Rhianna and Colin Firth recently spotted taking some R&R on the GC, we show you how you too can have an A-Lister weekend.
STAY If you fancy a night away, the top choice for accommodation is undoubtedly the Palazzo Versace. With 200 rooms with floor to ceiling windows, it's easy to see why this place is a fave for the likes of Paris Hilton and Beyonce. Everything oozes grandeur, from the lobby's Crystal chandelier to the "Bespoke" toiletries. Look out for your daily hand-delivered weather report too–when it comes to frizz, forewarned is forearmed. Lay behind oversized sunnies at the Water Salon – an outdoor oasis complete with a man-made beach. Or slip inside a private poolside cabana to escape pesky fans. If non-stop pampering's your thing, order a mini spa treatment to the privacy of your cabana. Now that's divaliscious! palazzoversace.com.au
For an A-Lister dining experience your best bet is Shuck Restaurant and Bar – it's as renowned for its fresh oysters as it is for its glamorous patrons. Matthew McConaughey became a regular while filming Fools Gold with Kate Hudson and a TV was even set up for them so that they wouldn't miss any Oscars action. Now that's VIP service. Other celebs who've savoured fresh seafood creations like Ceviche of Fresh Fish include Cuba Gooding Jr, and Rebecca Gibney. Julian McMahon is also said to be a favourite, always up for mingling. Just look for the most buzzing corner place on Tedder Ave. shuck.com.au
The true rock star way to enjoy the gorgeous waterways of the GC is on a luxurious Italian yacht. And as the My Seven Star cruising company's name suggests an experience with them is all about opulence. Relax aboard their 98 foot yacht cruising the Broadwater, sipping sparkling wine and sampling a scrumptious cheese platter. While cruising, pick out your next waterfront mansion on Sovereign Island. With a maximum of 30 guests on-board and a rooftop spa, the My Seven Star experience is all about exclusivity. Tailor a cruise to your diva wishes, whether that's a Casino Royale themed party or a romantic sunset cruise for two. mysevenstar.com
PLAY For a Kardashian-style weekend we have our own Vegas on the Coast. Jupiters Hotel and Casino has just completed a $20 million renovation, and has already attracted performances by Seal, Kelly Rowland and Tony Bennett. Brush up on your blackjack skills and indulge in non-stop glitzy Jupiters entertainment. If you're looking to party 24/7 with diehard poker fans, there's no need to even leave "the island" - Jupiters currently has 594 five-star guest rooms including two luxurious penthouses. And a dinner of handmade fettuccine at their Osteria Vivo restaurant will give you the sustenance for a long night of Sin City style glamour. www.star.com.au