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Published July 17th 2014
A quite exceptional Gold Coast resort
It wasn't really possible to miss Q1 when we got to the Gold Coast, even amongst the other tall towers. Its gently curved form of glass and aluminium and soaring spire dramatically punctuated the cornflower sky in a way that dominated the skyline. From an architectural point of view Australia's tallest residential tower is clearly an impressive building. But what you may not know is that the accommodation, facilities and the whole Q1 experience are equally as impressive.
Pleasantly tired from our day's whale watching with Getaway Sailing we arrived at the stylish entrance with the sun streaming through the glass and reflecting off the water feature outside. We were quickly checked in by the friendly and efficient staff member at the desk, directed to our room and given instructions about the free onsite parking. We were soon parked, unloaded and on our way up to our one bedroom ocean view apartment on the 25th floor.
The sparkling glass and aluminium exterior. Images taken by writer.
Of course when you arrive on the 25th floor the first thing you do after dropping your bags is to take in the view, which was stunning in all directions. Our room was on the southern side of the building, providing us with views, not only of the beach and ocean, but of a broad expanse of the hinterland too. A vista of beach, bush and buildings surrounded us.
The views from our apartment. Images courtesy of Anthony Massey.
The apartment itself was stylish, spacious and very functional. We entered into the large dining and fully equipped kitchen area which gave way to the lounge with large windows and comfy chairs just made for relaxing in while taking in the views. Glass sliding doors led to our roomy bedroom and huge walk-in robe, while the bathroom was equipped with separate spa bath and wide shower.
A unique feature was the tiled 'winter garden' - a large area complete with outdoor dining table and chairs - that could be accessed from the bedroom and living room. It was the ultimate indoor/outdoor room with windows that could be opened to let in the breezes or closed in cold or inclement weather. The colour palette throughout the apartment was largely neutral with splashes of green accents and the whole effect was modern, crisp and fresh. While unfortunately our stay was only for one night, you could happily spend a few weeks in the 85 square metres of comfort, without ever feeling confined.
Our apartment. Images taken by writer.
Q1's other facilities are exemplary. At ground level you'll find secure and private areas with two large pools, deck chairs, umbrellas, covered spaces and barbeques. There's also an indoor heated lap pool and spa, gymnasium, sauna and steam rooms. You can dine at the resort's restaurants, Longboards Laidback Eatery & Bar overlooking the pool or Hanazono Japanese Teppanyaki Restaurant which has a special discounted menu for resort guests. And when you've had your fill of eating, drinking, swimming and sightseeing you can elevate the experience to a whole new level with some pampering, luxuriating 'me time' in the renowned Q1 Spa.
Q1 facilities. Images taken by writer.
At the very top of Q1 you'll find Skypoint Observation Deck, where you can appreciate panoramic views to all points of the compass, from seventy seven storeys and 230 metres above the beautiful beaches below. If you're really adventurous you can also undertake the Skypoint Climb, Australia's tallest external building climb.
Our stay at Q1 was delightful in every detail - spacious, comfortable accommodation, friendly and efficient staff, and top class facilities. It's the perfect base for your exploration of everything the Gold Coast has to offer.You can book a stay online here for one, two or three bedroom apartments or a sub-penthouse. Prices vary depending on the number of occupants and length of stay.