We took off this week for a short escape to the Gold Coast. Broadbeach was one of our favourite spots long before we moved to Australia and is somewhere we continue to return to. It really has everything you need to be as relaxed or busy as you want. The food culture especially has continued to evolve and improve and in recent years and I’d have to say it now genuinely rivals the southern states. Broadbeach and neighbouring Mermaid Beach are leading this charge and are home to several of our regular haunts and we continue to find new ones to add to the list each time we’re there.
Add to that surf patrolled beaches, seemingly never-ending stretches of soft sand, incredible sunrises. great shopping and so much to do nearby it’s not surprising that Broadbeach is one of the most popular destinations along this 57 kilometre stretch of coastline with both locals and visitors.
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Our luxe home away from home on this trip was Tower 1 at the Peppers Broadbeach resort.
We really enjoy Peppers properties and have recently stayed at their Palm Cove Resort in Tropical North Queensland so when we were invited to experience the beautiful Broadbeach towers on the Gold Coast it was an easy decision to head down there for a 3-day getaway. These are a few of the reasons why we rate this hotel:
1. The Broadbeach Location
The number one reason most people visit the Gold Coast is for the beaches. They stretch on for almost 60 kilometres of velvety soft sand and sparkling clear water, that’s a lot of space to spread out your towel and enjoy your beach time. Being a surf beach there are manned lifeguard towers all along the coast and it’s suggested that you swim between the flags and observe any warning signs that are displayed. As you can see in the photo below, it’s a sunny 31-degree day, perfect for a swim and beach day along this popular Broadbeach stretch and there is plenty of space in the water and on the sand.
Peppers Broadbeach is directly across the road from Broadbeach parklands and the beach so you aren’t going to be walking far from the hotel to get sand between your toes. I like this particular location as the Gold Coast beaches are very open and spacious from the dunes to the tide but there isn’t a lot of shade so it’s handy to have the big trees in the park to retreat under when you want a bit of a break from the suns rays.
Of course the beach isn’t all there is to do here. You also aren’t going to walk far beyond the marble air-conditioned foyer to also find some fabulous cafes, bars and shopping, the location really does have something to suit everyone.
2. A luxury home away from home
We’d booked a one bedroom ocean view apartment and stayed in room 1006 in Tower One. The suite was very comfortable and spacious providing a home away from home feel with plenty of drawers and cupboards to unpack even for an extended stay and spread out. With a beach resort location we like to come and go from the room during the day a lot more than we do with most of our travel so really appreciate the space and thought that had gone into the design. The smaller touches were also appreciated including a current glossy travel magazine to flip through and a capsule coffee machine with a complimentary starter supply of capsules.
When I’m travelling the first thing I like to do is unpack fully and stow the suitcase away. It’s part of my routine and makes me feel relaxed and happy to turn my temporary environment into my home away from home. I hate the room to look like my case exploded because there is nowhere to put anything. Peppers Broadbeach was perfect for me in this regard, the bedroom has a double wardrobe with drawer and shelving storage plus a separate cupboard to stow suitcases and other bits and pieces out of sight.
The bathroom is equally well fitted out with dual sinks and a separate bath and shower plus 4 large mirrored cupboards above the sink allowing you to have everything put away neatly and conveniently.
The kitchen is modern and well equipped with a full-sized fridge, microwave and oven plus gas hobs that would make it very easy to self-cater during your stay or just keep the drinks and nibbles cold. Behind the doors at the end is a fully equipped fold away laundry and around the corner a second sofa and a desk.
3. A great choice of restaurants, cafes and bars close by
We love the Broadbeach and neighbouring Mermaid Beach area for their fabulous range of restaurants, cafes and bars. Many of our Gold Coast top picks are located around here, several just downstairs from the apartment on Oracle Boulevard including Mamasan, with their fabulous Asian fusion sharing menu and the Social Eating House also specialises in large and small share plates, spectacular desserts and a comprehensive whisky and drinks menu. If you enjoy sake and Japanese food a new discovery for us on this trip was the Etsu Izakaya on the Gold Coast highway, it’s great for fresh Japanese inspired food in a fun atmosphere.
For the breakfast and brunch menu enthusiasts Elk Espresso and Base Espresso are great choices in Broadbeach and Bam Bam Bakehouse and Vintage Espresso top our list for Mermaid Beach when we want a bit more of a walk to get us in the breakfast mood or to justify the indulgence. Thinking about it we have a LOT of regular haunts and favourite spots in walking distance from here.
4. The pool areas
Although you have the sea right across the road many people do prefer to swim in a pool, we have a vote each way as I prefer the pool unless I’m snorkelling while Drew will opt for the salt water every time. We did get some good use out of the swimming pool areas at Peppers Broadbeach with temperatures already reaching into the low 30’s and humidity on the rise. On level 4 there is a large pool with views out to the beach and 2 integrated spa pools. We found them surprisingly uncrowded and were able to easily find chairs and loungers in good positions without the frustration of the towel booking brigade having nabbed them all first thing in the morning and disappearing for the day. I’m not sure if Peppers have addressed the issue, whether guests were just more considerate that particular week or whether no one wanted to risk losing their large fluffy pool towels by leaving them out for the day. Whatever the reason it made relaxing around the pool very enjoyable.
The other pool area is on level 2 and includes is a lap pool that’s half open with the other half under the cover of the building providing some very welcome shade in the heat of the day. Next to it is a spa pool and plenty of seating facing the pool and in the adjoining zen garden area. The gym is next door if you want to take your exercise to the next level but when I’m this close to a stunning beach I tell myself I get enough walking in to count as my daily exercise quota. You’ll also find both the steam room and a sauna on this level.
5. The view
Peppers Broadbeach has 50 floors and we were only on level 10 but the views were fabulous, the higher the room the further you will see up and down the coast as it soars above most of the surrounding development. There are however advantages to the lower and mid floors too, we were able to spot whales very clearly on their southern migration quite close in to the shore from the lounge room, bedroom and deck area, at this height you are still able to distinguish detail reasonably well while getting the wide view advantage from the elevation. From our ocean view suite you could see both pool areas situated on levels 2 and 4 but we heard no pool noise despite spending a good amount of time relaxing out on the deck.
6. WIFI is included
Unlimited WIFI was included for the three days of our stay and uploaded at a reasonable speed including a fair few photos from both phones to cloud storage. I did have some issues with the password stopping working on the second day but a quick phone call down to reception was all that was needed for a replacement code. WIFI isn’t an issue for everyone I know but as someone who does work online and as a heavy user of social media for this site I’ll admit to prioritising hotels that do have it included in the price and always appreciate having a usable speed connection, as you have probably experienced that’s not always the case even in a great hotel.
7. A space to relax
Something I really enjoyed about the resort was the many little quiet corners and spaces to relax. The zen garden on level 2 was a really peaceful space to read, work or just relax.
On level four behind the pool area, you can go through another gate to a large landscaped space that includes BBQ’s, eating and relaxing spaces and a huge table with an inset teppan grill if you want to get really fancy with your cooking. There’s a children’s play area set slightly apart with rubberised concrete for them to run around, lovely gardens and even a herb garden where you’re invited to pick what you need for your meal fresh each day.
8. It’s really easy to get around
We drove to the Gold Coast and when we used to visit regularly while living overseas we would generally rent a car but it’s not essential. Whether you want your own transport will really depend on the style of holiday you are after and where you want to do. If you do have a car the Peppers apartments include a parking space in the building, carparks are secure and close to the appropriate lift. Although they aren’t allocated by apartment we had no difficulty finding a park on the few occasions we took the car out during the day, mostly though we prefer to walk and soak up the beachy vibes.
With the light rail solution up and running now it’s easy to get around the northern Gold Coast beaches and soon it will open the next section giving access to Helensvale including the Nightquarter foodie markets and connecting to the rail system through to Brisbane and the Airport. If you want to get a bit futher afield there’s the surfside buses, many tour and transfers options available. If you need some help organising just ask at the desk, the team were very willing to help with the couple of questions I had.
9. So much to do on the Gold Coast
If you’ve had enough sun, surf and sand for the day there’s plenty more to see and do. For families the theme parks are a popular choice, we love Sea World but Movie World, Dreamworld and Wet & Wild all have their fans. If you feel more like a few hours shopping then nearby Pacific Fair has recently been through a major renovation and now hosts many premium international brands, local retailers, department stores, restaurants and movies.
For a change of pace and environment how about a trip into the hinterland to experience the rainforest. You can access many sections of the UNESCO World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests of Australia from here. I rate the Twin Falls Walk in Springbrook as one of the best and the Lamington National Park has many walks to tempt all levels of fitness.
If you want to experience Australia’s unique wildlife the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Fleays Wildlife Park are both located on the coast and make a fun day out or to see mobs of kangaroos in their natural habitat head into the Gold Coast suburb of Coombabah.
Visitor Information Summary
- The Peppers Broadbeach Resort address is 21 Elizabeth Avenue, Broadbeach, QLD 4218 although Tower 1, the one slightly closer to the beach, is entered off Oracle Boulevard.
- Check-in is at 2 pm and checkout at 10 am.
- A car parking space and WIFI are included in your room rate if required.
- Rooms are serviced daily but an eco option is available at a reduced rate
- For bookings and additional information please visit the Peppers Broadbeach website
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