The Best Hotels to Book in Coolum Beach, Queensland

Coolum Beach is the perfect place for a family holiday
Coolum Beach is the perfect place for a family holiday | © Martin Valigursky / Alamy Stock Photo
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5 November 2021

The hotels in Coolum Beach know all too well that any time spent on the Sunshine Coast is without regret. The mighty Mount Coolum stands to watch over the shoreline, encouraging all visitors and locals to gaze in awe at this coastal town’s natural beauty. From hiking to boogie boarding, outdoor activities are never more than a step away from the best hotels in Coolum Beach – bookable with Culture Trip.

The Point Coolum Beach, for beachfront bathing

Birds-eye view of the villas at the Point Coolum Beach
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The Point is one of the many hotels in Coolum Beach that run on beach time. Don’t fret, the executive villas will get you up to speed. One look at the rolling waves from your private deck, and you’ll be ready to lean back a little deeper in your chair. Whale watching, golf, shopping – it’s all readily available, but your time is precious. Sink into one of the two pools, leave your phone in your villa, and just float in peace for a while.

Papillon Coolum – a Transformative Holiday at Papillon, for reconnecting with nature

Interior of a villa at Papillon Coolum, which has high ceilings, a large window front, modern decor and a clean, luxurious look
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Cocoon yourself in Coolum at these peaceful Papillion Villas. Laying delicately on a secluded fauna reserve – not unlike the endangered butterflies that flutter through the air – each villa was built for your revitalization. Spa baths, wine fridges and private outdoor spaces are some of the treasures you’ll find inside. Four and five-bedroom villas are quite convenient here – it would be mighty hard to take in all of the sunshine from the balcony alone.

Element on Coolum Beach, for waking up to the sounds of the ocean

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We’ve got to warn you about Element on Coolum Beach: one night in its apartments will tempt you to stay forever. The pool or sea view units make no difference, as the wide windows make each room light and airy – allowing the sounds and scents of the seaside to set an all-too-relaxing mood. Some call these self-contained apartments the best of the best in the country. We’d like to find a word other than “sublime” to use, but we’d rather put the effort into eliminating our tan lines beside the pool.

Clubb Coolum Beach Resort, for sporty seaside fun

Living room at Clubb Coolum Beach Resort, with white and blue decor and a balcony facing the ocean
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If easy living on the Sunshine Coast is your idea of a good time, Clubb Coolum Beach Resort is ready to deliver. Gaze out at the esplanade from your apartment’s private balcony, and mosey down to Raw Energy each morning for a smoothie to start your day. Laps in the pool, afternoon tennis games and a little quiet time in the sauna will take you from sunup to sundown – without so much of a peek at your watch.

Seachange Coolum Beach, for all-inclusive luxuries with the kids

Birds-eye view of the warmly lit premises and the turquoise outdoor pool at Seachange Coolum Beach at dusk
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A worry-free holiday for the kiddos is on deck at Seachange Coolum Beach. You could take that in the literal sense if you snag the deluxe family apartment that has a BBQ deck with seating for six. A fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities are within reach here – and the beach is just an arm’s extension of these hotels in Coolum Beach, so be prepared to chase down the little ones as they race to the water.

Coolum at the Beach, for sun-soaked spa rooftops

A terrace at Coolum at the Beach, with a corner sofa and views of the pool and other white buildings below
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However you nest in your home away from home, Coolum at the Beach has the space that’s just right. Fully equipped kitchens in the apartments give you functionality for easy-breezy stays. The spa villas, though, have everything you need for pampering on the sun-soaked rooftop terrace. And just when you thought choosing between the two was the toughest decision you’d face, you’ll spot four sparkling pools all vying for your two-piece.

Coolum Caprice, for penthouse perfection

Living room at Coolum Caprice, with brown sofas, a large white table with black chairs, and floor-to-ceiling windows opening up to an ocean-facing balcony
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With the shoreline right within a leap from your patio, you may think that the amenities at Coolum Caprice go unused. It’s a sure bet that guests in the one-bedroom and penthouse apartments will be beach bums for most of their trip, but that just leaves you to have a run at the pool and game rooms before they return. And the ocean views from the penthouse stretching from Maroochydore to Noosa? You won’t have to share those with anything but a bottle of beer.

Villa Coolum, for a pet-friendly paradise

Outdoor pool at Villa Coolum, lined by a white fence and palm trees
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Pet lovers are going to wag their tails at these hotels in Coolum Beach – Villa Coolum is ready to give your pupper a huge hug at their holiday homes. Beds, bowls, poop scoops and scratching poles are just a few of the animal amenities each home has. Human creature comforts like solar-heated pools, Playstations and pool tables are also included. The beach is a 10-minute walk on a loose leash, and the local cafes will be happy to host your four-legged friend for lunch.

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