The new Rhapsody Resort in Surfers Paradise

Rhapsody Resort in Surfers Paradise

A month or so back I attended a function on the rooftop of the new Rhapsody Resort on the northern end of Surfers Paradise beach.  It was a warm winters evening as they tend to be in Queensland and as we chatted and sipped our drinks the sun went down over the coast.  The view was stunning as you can see from my impromptu iPhone shot below so when the chance came up for a short escape from the city in one of their one bedroom ocean view suites we jumped on it.  A couple of days chilling out Gold Coast style and getting another opportunity to enjoy that view with a real camera was exactly what we needed!

Stunning views from the rooftop bar at Rhapsody resort tonight with @travelmassive

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The Rhapsody Resort has been open around 4 months making it one of the newest apartment resorts in Surfers Paradise.  It’s located at the quieter northern end of the beach, a comfortable 1.2 km (15 minute) walk to the always lively Cavill Mall.  Of course if you don’t feel up to walking home after your evening revelries the Surfers North light rail stop is right across the road from Rhapsody Resort and there are plenty of fantastic places to eat and drink much closer.

Let’s take a look around

Check-in was fast and friendly.  As part of the welcome pack we got a preprinted slip providing unique WiFi access codes for our room and to use on the guest facilities at level 27.  I was able to connect multiple devices and achieve a reasonable connection speed, two things that I really do appreciate as a blogger and social media junkie although I know they aren’t as important to everyone.

As we walked into the apartment we were blown away by the ocean view from the floor to ceiling windows in front to us but I couldn’t quite believe it when Drew immediately pointed out a humpback whale cruising past not 150m offshore.  It wasn’t the only one we saw on the wrong side of the shark net buoys.  The next day we watched one that was surrounded by a pod of dolphins for quite a while as they appeared to escort it back north out of the net area before its spouts started moving south again.

View from Rhapsody Resort Apartment

It was hard to tear ourselves away from the view but before we headed to look around (that’s why you’re on the Gold Coast right?) I want to show you around our suite.  This is a one-bedroom ocean view apartment on level 24, there’s also a two-bedroom or a studio option available.  With 42 floors we were slightly over half way up but plenty high enough to enjoy the fabulous views and not be disturbed by street noise.  I love salt air and the sound of surf crashing on the beach so we had the sliding doors open most of the time but there’s air conditioning if you’re finding it a bit warm.  The rooms are designed to be self-contained and are well suited to extended stays with a fully equipped kitchen and laundry in each unit.  I also appreciated that in an apartment that accommodates 2 people there are 4 of everything, including towels, crockery, glassware etc.

Rhapsody Resort lounge room and view
Rhapsoday Resort kitchen area

The lounge area has comfortable seating and the floor to ceiling windows looking out to the ocean.  There’s a good sized flat screen TV in there but with the entertainment happening right off the patio I had to wonder if anyone had turned it on yet?

The deck is accessed from both the lounge and bedroom and equipped with a comfortable table and chairs.  It’s enclosed on 3 sides meaning it’s well sheltered from the wind which can be quite strong being high up and coastal but the inset style means you still enjoy uninterrupted ocean views in most weather conditions.  It was blowing a gale on the roof garden on Sunday night but you wouldn’t have known it down on our private deck.

In the bedroom there’s also a TV, a desk setup with power points and a good sized wardrobe.  Storage has been well considered with large bedside drawers, shelving and hanging space in the closet and a room safe.  It’s easy to unpack and get your luggage out of the way.  As for the all important question on whether the bed was comfortable, it’s subjective because everyones preferences are different but as someone who loves the beds in Japanese hotels I found it firm and super comfortable.

Rhapsody Resort bedroom
Rhapsody Resort Bathroom

The Resort Facilities

Of course if you don’t feel like heading out just yet there are plenty of options for relaxing or socialising on site.

I’m not the biggest fan of structured exercise but even I could be up and into the cardio every morning with this view – I mean, seriously!

Gym with a view at Rhapsody Resort

If cooling off in the pool and relaxing pool side is your thing that area is also well appointed.  The pool is a good sized with a separate spa pool. There’s a large BBQ area down there too for a relaxed meal.

Pool from above at Rhapsody Resort

Need to catch up on a bit of work, or chill out for a while?  Try the club lounge on level 27 which offers air-conditioned comfort or the zen garden on the same level might provide a bit of creative inspiration.  There are more BBQ’s in this area and a deck area that gives great views down to the south.

Resident lounge deck at Rhapsody Resort

And of course that roof top space that started it all is just as gorgeous as I remembered.  Up here you’ll find more BBQ and heaps of seating.  We also found it was fairly quiet other than on sunset when  a few more residents came up to see the sky show.  The sun’s up early in Queensland so after a few sunrise shots we tried out the BBQ facilities for breakfast, a hot crispy bacon roll is pretty good any day but overlooking the incredible view back down the coast and still more whales passing by … perfect!

Rhapsody Resort roof top
The Location

The Rhapsody Resort is beachfront at the northern end of Surfers Paradise beach, so if you cross the road you’re on the sand.  There’s a wide promenade all the way along here through Surfers Paradise or in the opposite direction it’ll take you towards Main Beach and the Spit.

So lets take a look around the area.  When we first visited the Gold Coast from New Zealand many years ago the site the apartments are located on was a single story Red Rooster takeaway but the whole Surfers North area looks much different now.  The light rail must have been a nightmare for residents when it was being built but it’s so convenient now.  You can jump on right across the road and head south as far as Broadbeach or anywhere in between.

In fact we did ride it down to Broadbeach for lunch at Mamasan, a fusion style restaurant specialising in share plates that I’ve been wanting to try.  Getting in early we nabbed one of the tall outdoor tables and the food was every bit as good as I’d been told.  The fluffiest pillowy bao filled with soft shell crab, flying fish roe and tangy mayonnaise set our expectations high.  Then the Chinese style duck pancakes with perfectly rendered duck breast followed by perfectly tender panko coated calamari with a sriracha mayo proved our undoing.  I won’t leave it at that though, we’ll definitely be back to try out the rest of the menu.

The main attraction to a stay in Surfers Paradise, or anywhere down the 50+ kilometres of coastline is the gorgous soft golden sand and sparkling water of the surf beaches.  Surfers Paradise is well supplied with Surf Lifesaver patrolled areas all the way along so you never need to walk far to swim between the flags.  While it’s a popular beach you can always find  a quiet space in the sand especially if you’re happy to move up the beach a little.

If you’re staying in Surfers Paradise on Wednesday, Friday or Sunday nights head down to the iconic beachfront markets opposite Cavill Mall from 4 – 9 pm.  You’ll find a variety of stalls selling craft, food and souvenirs on the esplanade and there’s usually some live entertainment around the mall area.

Looking for dinner afterwards?  There’s no shortage of places but I’m a fan of Elston.  They’re always packed but if the waitress can find you a possie you can watch the world go by, listen to the surf crashing on the Gold Coasts most popular beach and enjoy some great food.

It’s becoming rare to see a new beachfront property pop up in Surfers Paradise so Rhapsody Resort is a very welcome addition. With it’s fully equipped apartments it’s ideally set up for a longer stay but as we found it can also provide a perfect base for a night or two staycation out of the city.

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A review of the Rhapsody Resort in Surfers Paradise on Australias Gold Coast
A review of the Rhapsody Resort in Surfers Paradise on Australias Gold Coast

Disclosure:  We received a complimentary stay as guests of Rhapsody Resort.  Providing accurate and authentic information for your travel planning is important to us, as always the article reflects our personal experience, thoughts and honest opinions.

13 Comments

  • Hi Toni, Thanks for this review. David and I come to Surfers regularly for the cycling. I know, I know everyone else comes for the beaches but the cycle paths are some of the best kept secrets in Australia. I will absolutely check out the Rhapsody for accommodation next time we visit – it looks perfect for us.

    • You are so right about the cycling – my sort of cycle paths too (aka dead flat – well most of it anyway). We really should take them down there with us more often, so funny that we’ll load them up to take further afield but not what is really just down the road.

  • I really love hotels who invest on having gyms! The eating has been out of control when I am traveling and the gym is one of my qualifications when checking in. And the pool… oh, the pool. <3

  • Rhapsody Resort looks like an excellent family destination – thanks for sharing! I have been to New Zealand a few times but haven’t made it to Australia’s Gold Coast. Surfers Paradise looks beautiful, and I hope to visit before too much longer!

  • Thanks for this Toni! I haven’t heard of any new beachfront propertys in Surfers Paradise recently, so I can’t wait to check this one out. We only stay in apartment hotels nowadays as we enjoy the freedom to self cater and cook for ourselves – so Rhapsody Resort is perfect. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Everything looks amazing, but the photo of the gym looking up the coast is definitely the kind of inspiration I need to get up and get working out on mornings. The view is not the only amazing thing as I think the hotel is tastefully done. The club lounge, roof top and the pool all do it for me.

  • The resort looks quite promising with a well equipped gym and a well spread out area for relaxing in the pool and in the lounge.The whale sighting might have been quite an experience.With views like those, I could easily spend a lifetime there.

  • The Rhapsody Resort sounds amazing: great location and the views. It would be totally cool to see humpback whales from safe confines of an apartment instead of having to get on a boat. 🙂 Have added this to my list for the next time I’m in the Gold Coast.

  • The Rhapsody Resort looks like my kind of place. The view alone would be worth considering the hotel. The modern design would be another. Beautiful spot!

  • Hi Toni,

    Awesome snaps. The views say it all. Any spot with ocean views is right up my alley. So peaceful and serene. And quite the gym shot too, although I’d do most cardio on the beach and in the water. Super write up.

    Ryan

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