Sitting watching the surf roll in, basking in the warmth of the sun while a light breeze softly caresses my skin, I feel life's tensions slowly wash away. I am at a favourite hotspot of mine "The Coolangatta Hotel", dining with my husband and some close friends who have travelled from New Zealand to escape the winter chill.
The Coolangatta Hotel is nestled along the Tweed Heads coastline, a stretch of white sand beaches each one more breathtaking than the last. Locally known as "The Cooly" it provides the perfect setting for a relaxed meal with friends or family and for music lovers, this venue attracts high calibre national and international music acts.
With it's prime location, simple but contemporary menu and finger firmly on the pulse of the music scene, (Pete Murray is headlining there this Thursday the 27th of October), "The Cooly" is Tweed locals worst kept secret.
Dining at the aptly titled "Crave" restaurant with Stephen Somers as head chef, I chose the paella, a Spanish dish consisting of rice, chorizo and king prawns in a tomato infused sauce with pecorino cheese and a hint of chilli.
The paella was delivered sizzling hot, the flavours impeccably balanced and the portion size hearty enough for me to nearly require a short siesta after I had devoured it.
And for those that like a flutter on the horses or dogs, or the thrill of trying to hit the jackpot on the slot machines, there is also a gaming area available.
It is well worth making the journey from Brisbane or the Gold Coast to visit "The Cooly" and a word to the wise, head down along the coastal route, you won't be disappointed.