Palazzo Versace

I am not your fashionista but during my short stint in Gold Coast, Australia, I certainly experienced the life of a fashionista. Not in a dressy manner since I am pretty much a shorts and tee or sundress kind of girl aunty. Stayed at the posh Palazzo Versace. 

This luxury hotel the world’s first fully fashion branded hotel by is the world famous House of Versace The hotel’s interiors feature House of Versace designs and reflect the vibrant colours, patterns and styles of Versace, including the iconic brand’s Medusa head found throughout every room. Each hotel amenity is designed and branded by the House of Versace as a constant five star fashion reminder to the hotel’s designer heritage. Palazzo Versace houses three award winning restaurants; Vanitas, Vie and Il Barocco and a luxurious lobby bar, Le Jardin which offers couture cocktails and haute high tea which I will share in separate posts in the near future. 

Even though I arrived late at night at approximately 10pm, it was no doubt that in the warm lights, this place was chic and luxurious. With 200 classically chic rooms and suites, 72 neighbouring condominiums and a private 65 metre lagoon, this is a huge property despite an entrance that looks deceivingly small. 

Here's a short recap of my stay at Palazzo Versace:
Entrance at 730am after my run. Of course I ran during my trip. There is a beautiful route on the boardwalk and beach within 2 minutes walk from the hotel! In fact its also part of the coming Gold Coast Airport Marathon which happens on 4-6 July 2014 of which I will be running.
My room then. Its luxe and cozy.
So cozy that I honestly had problems waking up every morning for my runs. Its much discipline and persistent phone calls that got me out of bed each morning!
And with such details every night placed in my room, how could I not have a good night sleep and also be tempted to wake up early?
My reward each morning is a beautiful sunrise along the beach. 
Delicious brekkies every morning at Il Barocco. Loved the fact that there was some good options of gluten free and vegan options as well.
I am a creature of habit so each morning it was definitely a delicious and healthy brekkie with an equally good cup of coffee! Awesome flat white here!
Beautiful orchid arrangements in the lobby. They are such a beauty to admire. 
The orchid blooms are just as pretty at night. With added candle lights, it pretty much a nice romantic mood set as well. Perfect for an evening of drinks too at the luxurious lobby bar Le Jardin  that gives a good view of the beautiful lobby.
Touched down late in Gold Coast but thankfully there was still light bites and drinks at Le Jardin. A wine is just perfect to unwind with impeccable service by the waiters. 
My first selfie from Palazzo Versace! Cheers to more good times, folks!
A view from my room. Very inviting pool!
Equally inviting were the cabanas facing the pools. Perfect if you don't want to mingle with the crowd at the beach.
A favourite of mine would be the Vie Restaurant at Palazzo Versace. With a view of the lagoon, its a lovely spot to dine both day and night.
During the day, sit outdoors to soak up the sun and view with a good glass of white to go with your meal.
Stay in at night in case it gets too chilly for your liking. Highly recommended on the menu is this seared scallops with braised preservative free bacon! A brilliant combination and perfectly executed. Dang, on a return visit I will want to have this as a main dish instead of being an entree!
Couture High Tea experience! That's indeed the style and high tea at Palazzo Versace. Available daily from 11am to 5pm at Le Jardin. Love the carefully chosen and delicious offerings on each tray. The entire platter is a daring play of texture, colours and flavours. Very Versace!
Coffee or tea? Its obviously tea for me!

Each day in Gold Coast was filled with activities. The best to do each night was to have a good wash. The bath tub came in handy for the nights and the showers for my morning. Best of it all, I didn;t even have to pack any fragrance for this trip since everything was Bespoke.

My stay at the world's first fashion inspired hotel Palazzo Versace is certainly memorable. Highly recommended when one visits Gold Coast. And for those heading in for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon next week, check out the special package for runners! Yes...its fashion and fitness combined!

Palazzo Versace is a nice 20 minutes walk from the starting line at Broadwater Parklands in Southport. Perfect warm up walk before one begins the race. The 2014 Gold Coast Marathon Preparation Package prices starts from AUD423 which includes:
Overnight luxury accommodation in a Superior Room
A pre-race dinner at Il Barocco buffet restaurant
An early morning wakeup call 
Takeaway race day breakfast pack which includes an energy bar, banana yoghurt fruit smoothie, a fresh bagel with choice of spreads and a refreshing electrolyte drink
Option of an additional person is an extra $60.

The Palazzo Versace Gold Coast Marathon Preparation Package is available from Saturday 5th July 2014 to Sunday 6th July 2014. For bookings please contact the hotel directly on 07 5509 8000 or email

Palazzo Versace
Sea World Drive, 
Main Beach, 
QLD 4217, 
T: +61 7 5509 8000

Full set of pictures are in the album Gold Coast, Australia - 2014 . THANX for reading. Do also head on to the following channels for more updates: