One may well call it Secret Cove. It is an easy 40 minute drive from Brisbane and close to both Coolangatta and Brisbane airports, theme parks and the glitter of the Surfers' Paradise, yet it is tucked away from the madding crowd in a parkland setting.
Almost impossible to imagine how over 30 years ago planning legislation in Queensland was altered to allow the development of this 474 hectares of land into the first completed purpose build luxury resort in Australia. The brainchild of Mike Gore, it opened with great fanfare [yes, Frank Sinatra did arrive for the 'ultimate event'] in 1986. Gore may well have said, as the man who built the Ritz in Paris was heard to remark, 'Don't give 'em what they want……. Give 'em something better'.
Set in landscape gardens, 3,000 people live in gated estates and drive around the park in golf buggies. It has 2 golf courses, restaurants, a marina, shops and best of all the Intercontinental Hotel. In this age when space is costed by the inch, it is remarkable how spacious this elegant, genteel hotel is. Luxury and style is what this Hotel is all about. Consisting of 243 luxury suites all with views from every balcony, a lagoon set in an acre of lust greenery and two other pools, 4 restaurants and facilities for any kind of function you can think of. Elegance and style is what this retreat is all about.
Here is an idea. Why not go with a special friend and spend the best part of a week at the Intercontinental. Do you have such a friend? The one who makes you believe you are smarter, stronger and braver than you think you are? Have your meals in the Veranda room, High tea between 2 and 4 and cocktails at 5pm before going down to the village for dinner at Georges [they have their own unique décor and every kind of seafood you can imagine]. Go swimming in the lagoon, shopping in the village and Mt. Tamborine and buy matching jackets, go to the beauty shop, sleep as long as you like, laugh a lot and forget that you eventually have to go back to the real world.
56 years ago 2 teenage girls met at Sydney University and spent such a time together, and I dear reader, was one of the lucky ones.