publicationstravel journalaustralasiaaustraliagold coast The Darling, Gold Coast offers the perfect combination of boutique design and luxury Complemented by The Star Gold Coast’s signature restaurants and bars, world-class gaming, state-of-the-art theatre and exciting nightlife, The Darling is the premier accommodation destination on the Gold Coast.
by Eibhlis Gale Coleman

Hidden away in one of the Gold Coast’s most highly rated casinos, The Darling offers a ‘playtime in paradise.’ Boasting world-class entertainment precincts, dining options, and spa facilities, the hotel is an adult’s five-star dream. Set back approximately 950 metres from Kurrawa beach, the hotel offers a perfect compromise on a beach and city escape. The Darling provides luxury accommodation alongside the famed flamboyance of the Gold Coast’s entertainment scene – all within walking distance to one of Australia’s most iconic beach fronts.

The guests’ accommodation choices impressively reflect The Darling’s self-proclaimed focus on the paradisical – with each luxury suite characterised by an entertainment theme. The hotel boasts 56 suites, ranging from 70 to 326 square metres in size, including the Stellar Suite/Twin Suite, Penthouse Suite, Penthouse Spa Suite, and Penthouse Deluxe Media Suite, Penthouse Deluxe Exercise Suite, and the Penthouse Deluxe Billiard Suite.

The Darling, Gold Coast offers the perfect combination of boutique design and luxury

The hotel’s themed suites are ideal for guests wanting to retreat to privacy while taking the entertainment with them. The Penthouse Deluxe Media Suite offers a ‘dedicated media and karaoke room featuring a 65” Samsung TV, state-of-the-art multilingual karaoke system and a huge six metre, 10-seater L-shaped lounge’.

For the fitness lovers, the Penthouse Deluxe Exercise Suite offers a ‘dedicated exercise room featuring top of the range Technogym treadmill and exercise bike’ – complete with floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Alternatively, the Penthouse Deluxe Billiard Suite features a ‘private world of supreme indulgence’, offering a characterising games room with a 1.29m x 2.36m billiard table. True to the Gold Coast’s glitzy reputation, The Darling’s accommodation options embody the meaning of luxury indulgence.

The Darling, Gold Coast offers the perfect combination of boutique design and luxury
The Darling, Gold Coast offers the perfect combination of boutique design and luxury

And why limit luxury to your hotel suite? The Darling’s facilities hold their own awards, including a SPASA National Award for its infinity rooftop pool in 2018. The hotel offers guests access to two outdoor pools, with the rooftop poolside featuring cabanas and a bar – perfect for socialising in style. After an action-packed day exploring all the Gold Coast has to offer, guests can indulge in a cocktail or two to watch the sun sink over the city.

For a further taste of zen, guests can head to The Darling’s onsite spa for a wide range of individual or couple treatments. The Azure Spa has six treatment rooms, with visitors also given both sauna and gym access – meaning you could carve out a whole day for a visit. The spa embraces both modern and traditional approaches, with many treatments drawing inspiration and wisdom from Indigenous knowledge.

The Darling, Gold Coast offers the perfect combination of boutique design and luxury

Azure Spa mainly focuses on the use of skincare brands BABOR and LI’TYA, the latter of which translates as ‘of the earth’ and has ‘been respectfully developed by Indigenous Elders using pure Australian botanicals, extracts and essences.’ Guests can opt for a treatment such as the ‘LI’TYA Kodo Rocks,’ which combines ancient heated stones, rhythmic Kodo body massage, and native aromatic oils to alleviate muscle aches. Alternatively, the spa offers facial treatments, and for those wanting more long-term benefits, why not opt for the ‘Skinovage’ session?

Following an ‘in-depth analysis of the skin,’ guests are given a customised facial treatment based on skin type and condition – providing both a pamper and valuable personal information for future skincare. When it comes to self-love and indulgence in skincare, knowledge is key.

The Darling, Gold Coast offers the perfect combination of boutique design and luxury

After some quality pamper time, fine dining options are never far away. The Darling is home to 9 award-winning restaurants, blessing guests with an eclectic choice of cuisine. Choose to sample Amalfi Coast-inspired Italian cuisine at Cucina Vivo, an authentic ‘taste of Toyko’ at Kiyomi, or modern Australian with a ‘coastal flair’ at Nineteen – all in the luxury of your home away from home. At Nineteen, true to The Darling’s ‘playtime in paradise’ charm, guests can move to the lounge bar after dining to catch top DJs arriving at sunset.

The Darling hotel advocates indulgence of all dimensions, providing luxury facilities to cater to all guests’ entertainment preferences. In the perfect locality to embrace a flutter at The Star Casino, a venture into the city, or a walk on Kurrawa beach, The Darling is a premier accommodation choice for anyone looking to experience the Gold Coast in style.

For more information, visit www.star.com.au

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Eibhlis Gale Coleman is a passionate traveller having explored a number of premier destinations in Europe, North Africa, South East Asia, and Australia. She is a freelance writer at Royist and is currently exploring creative ideas for new-age travellers in the luxury sector.