Growing up in Brisbane you were either a North Coast fan or a Gold Coast fan. There never seemed to be any middle road. Me? I was definitely a Gold Coast fan. As a child, our family would holiday on the Gold Coast but that’s probably because there wasn’t much at the North Coast in the ’60’s and ’70’s.
We did go to the North Coast a couple of times but to me it was too quiet, too stayed and nothing to do. The beaches were mainly bays whereas the Gold Coast beaches went on for miles and miles. I loved walking along the beach which you could do for hours whereas the North Coast bays you had to hit the road and drop down into the next bay.
In the early 80’s a friend’s family lived on a canal at the back of Surfers Paradise and I would sit on their balcony and watch the lights come on in the high rise buildings and twinkle off the water. It was just spectacular. I realised then that I’m a city girl that loves the beach and the Gold Coast combined those two elements so well for me.
I even lived and worked on the Gold Coast for three years but chose to live in the suburbs where the population was more permanent.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of staying at my favourite hotel in my favourite place. The Sheraton Mirage. It’s not the first time I’ve stayed there having stayed there on numerous occasions since 1988. It’s the only five star hotel that is right on the beachfront on the Gold Coast. (I’m pretty sure of that, but correct me if you know another)
The hotel has had a makeover since my last visit in 2009 and I’m not so sure I like it.
The rooms are definitely an improvement but the reception and Terraces Restaurant is a bit too slick for my liking and I don’t really think works with the hotel location.
I must say I was a bit excited to see the fabric on the sofas in the conference area was the same as I’d used on a client’s office chair. In good company!
It’s still my happy place. One of those places that makes you feel good just be being there.
I think that’s why so many of us come home from holidays and try to recreate the resort at home.
Where is your happy place?
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