An iconic spot, Main Beach is undoubtedly one of the finest stretches of sand on the Gold Coast, if not in the whole of Australia.
The simple, nondescript name for one of Gold Coast’s best beaches evokes a real sense of Aussie matter-of-factness. Rest assured though, this beach is far from plain. Main Beach (so-named as it is one of Gold Coast’s main beaches) offers a classic beachfront, lined with exceptional hotels that are perfect for a break from the surf. There’s the peaceful Xanadu Resort, the glamorous Palazzo Versace, the stylish Voco Gold Coast and much more, all bookable with Culture Trip.
Main Beach Parade might be stacked with hotels and apartment blocks, but Hibiscus on the Beach is always a standout. Lounge in the outdoor pool and spa area overlooking the Pacific, or take a quick two-minute jaunt down to the beach for a dip in the ocean. Hibiscus on the Beach has a range of boutique apartments – from one-bed sea view spots to two-beds with private gardens – all offering self-contained, beachside accommodation for your stay on the Gold Coast.
Located in Surfers Paradise – just down the road from Main Beach – Voco Gold Coast is the stylish choice for laid-back socialites. Guests can enjoy casual coffees and pastries at the Social House or Social House Cafe in the morning or stay late and grab a few cold beers before bed. If you’re hungry, then book a table at Clifford’s Grill and Lounge, where you’ll find refined cocktails served alongside no-nonsense Aussie-style T-bone steaks.
Norfolk Luxury Beachfront Apartments features a heated outdoor swimming pool and spa for year-round relaxation; not that you’ll need that added heat given the tropical climate of the Gold Coast. These high-end apartments are just a stroll away from the beach and with plenty of three-bedroom condos offering either garden or ocean views, this is a fantastic choice for vacationing families.
QT Gold Coast is the ideal spot if you’re looking to explore both Main Beach and Surfers Paradise. Offering stylish vibes and designer hotel rooms, you can laze the day away under a cabana in the sun at The Spring, QT Gold Coast’s premier poolside club. Book a table at the Bazaar for international flavors from as far afield as Morocco and Peru, or dine on sushi and sashimi at Yamagen, QT’s traditional Japanese restaurant. If you’re still hungry, then the Stingray serves tacos and tequila, while Fixx Cafe is open all day for coffee.
Maldives Resort brings the laidback air of the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, with casual apartments offering views of the city or the beach. The rooms at this resort are all fully equipped, so you can bring home fresh seafood after a day of Gold Coast fishing and cook it right there in the kitchen. Relax on your private terrace or head down to the swimming pool for a dip under the palms to finish off your stay.
The Italian luxury brand Versace brings European style and pizzazz to Main Beach with one of the world’s few Versace-branded luxury hotels (the only other Palazzo Versace is in Dubai). Built in homage to the neoclassical architecture of the Mediterranean, the Palazzo Versace sits just steps away from the beach. Guests can book into a Versace-designed luxury condominium, complete with private terrace and plunge pool before enjoying Italian pastas and wines at the Vanitas restaurant.
If none of these take your fancy, discover our guide on the best beach hotels across the Gold Coast, or a wider range of beach hotels on the Australian coastline. There’s also no better place to stay than at one of these beach resorts on the Gold Coast, all bookable with Culture Trip.
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