It's probably not surfer's paradise today as the surfer just out the front of the restaurant is having to work for his waves.
But the view, blue skies, expansive beach spotted with sea gulls and rolling surf, is just magnificent. And it's all just an arm reach away.
I'm staying at the new Sea Temple in the perfectly positioned Soul Tower, smack in the middle of Surfers Paradise.
Below me is a promenade that with a few more palm trees I could see developing a Venice Beach persona with people exercising, swimming and generally enjoying life in a colourful way. Hopefully without the crazies!
It's morning and the night markets (Wednesday and Friday nights) are gone, replaced by strolling tourists, locals walking their dogs, children eating ice creams and swimmers lying on the beach under the watchful gaze of life savers.
|Night view of Surfers Beach from my Sea Temple balcony|
|Day view from my balcony - see the pool on the right|
The action is all just over the road from Sea Temple in the 77 level Soul tower, with it's five star two and three bedroom apartments all kitted out with the latest of decor which I would have liked to take home with me. Seriously, can you offer a bedroom package, please Sea Temple? Just loving that doona and cushions.
There's much to love too in the bathroom with it's spacious spa bath which is separated from the main bedroom only with a window and blind adding to the spacious feel and glamour of the apartment.
My two bed apartment had three outdoor living areas with a large table for entertaining and a sun lounge for secret relaxing, all with a full-on beach view. With a full kitchen and laundry as also part of the package, I could easily see this working for a family of four for a luxurious holiday, all so close to the beach.
If you prefer a swimming pool, there's both indoor and outdoor pools on level three which gives them an interesting perspective almost overhanging Surfers Paradise beach.
The building is still very new, a thought reinforced by the crane load of building materials that winched past my room this morning. Thank goodness the days when men also rode the ride are long gone or my morning lack of glory would have been exposed.
All the east facing apartments have large spacious balconies and fabulous ocean views. There's an extra level of luxury in the spa bathrooms with robes, slippers and hairdryers on tap and an iPod docking station as part of the entertainment set up.
There's plenty of dining around, but it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to sample the fare at Seaduction, Steve Szabo's new restaurant on level 2. Apart from the stunning beach views and elegant decor, the food will surely delight. I enjoyed a six course degustation here that will be the subject of another post.
The restaurant is also open during the day with a cafe style menu. Try a breakfast or a drink on the verandah with people watching on the beach for your entertainment.
The Gold Coast is good at reinventing itself and this new Sea Temple shows how high end luxury can shine anew on the glitter strip.
Bottom line: Rooms are great - worth experiencing
Best tip: Dine at Seaduction for a special experience.