There's only two in the world. And one of them is located in Australia's largest non-capital city, 45 minutes south of Brisbane. Famous for the soft sandy beaches, The Gold Coast is home to the stunning opulence once confined to Europe with the sophisticated and glamorous Palazzo Versace at elegant Main Beach.
The World's first Versace hotel with 205 spectacular rooms, richly decorated with Italian design welcomed its very first guests in September 2000.
From the moment you enter the lobby, you will be amazed. Hanging from above is the antique chandelier from the very grand State Library of Milan, now shedding lustre upon Gold Coast visitors and residents.
Every woman in the lobby looks as though they just stepped off the catwalk, showcasing elegant threads and glittering jewellery, and the men have obviously been shopping at the Versace boutique in the hotel, wearing rich cologne and strapping outfits.
The 'bell boy' wearing a navy uniform and blinding silver buttons leads you to your room, and pushes the door open-prepare to be bewildered by the beauty.
The ceilings seem to touch the sky, marble columns separate each room and a colossal arch is the door to your room.
Once alone, dive into the bed and be engulfed in light yet thick cotton and satin like you've never experienced before.
The Palazzo Versace offers the most luxurious accommodation in the country, but there is more to explore than marble bathroom floors and the enticing splendour of bed linen.
The Le Jardin restaurant is just one of the three award winning restaurants on offer at the Palazzo Versace, and my very first experience with 'sparkling tea.'
While the food is delicious, the hefty prices are a little disappointing for the size of the meal. There is not a great deal of hot food available; but seafood lovers you're in luck. The King Prawn Salad is perfect after a day spent in the Gold Coast sunshine.
With views of the Marina, Vie Restaurant and Bar is alfresco at its finest. While I didn't understand anything on the menu, the atmosphere is more relaxed than the Le Jardin restaurant inside the hotel. Afraid to ask the waiter what consomm'e chervil and potato foam was exactly, I took a stab in the dark and ordered.
I preferred the champagne.
Rather than eating at the Vie, enjoy zesty wines and unforgettable cocktails in the tropical climate under the stars, overlooking the deep blue of the Broadwater, and save your appetite for the glorious Il Barracco!
Casual dining, the buffet style restaurant will please you with Australian produce including vegetables you will recognise infused with international flavours. The seafood buffet had me unable to move for the remainder of the evening, but the scrumptious, fresh delicacy was worth it.
Cabana boy anyone?
Yes that's right! Palazzo Versace takes poolside lounging to the next level with the only 'Water Salon' in the nation. Relax by the crystal clear water oasis while snacking on ice cold grapes, sip on golden champagne and have your fingernails treated with a manicure.
I thought this only happened in the movies!
'Cabana menus,' are not cheap with packages starting at $150. The price includes frosted grapes, chilled bottle of champagne, chilled face spray, sunscreen, a bottle of spring water and a cold towel.
Hefty price but an experience out of this world; You will forget you are in Queensland and feel as though you have been whisked away to the Greek Islands.
After a day of royalty by the lagoon pool in the sun, you can treat yourself to a professional blow wave at the on-site award winning Oscar and Oscar hair salon.
The man behind the glitz and glamour, Gianni Versace combined his love for fashion and luxury resulting in the Palazzo Versace hotel Gold Coast and Dubai. Unfortunately the Italian designer was murdered on the steps of his Miami beach mansion in 1997, unable to appear at the hotels.
The beauty and elegance is here for you to enjoy. Seaworld Drive, Main Beach Gold Coast.