Hats off to Hilton
As one of the newest five-star hotels on the Gold Coast, Hilton Surfers Paradise is making its mark as a popular meetings and incentive destination.
The venue is boutique in size, catering best to small and medium sized events of up to 300 delegates, however, the offering is much larger.
Due to the hotel’s proximity to the beach, outdoor activities and team-building options are enough to send imaginations running wild. A massive 1500 square metre luxurious pool area on level two of the complex, with four separate swimming pools, event lawns, and terraces means tai chi, yoga, water aerobics, poolside massage, cocktail making, and a host of other activities and group sessions can also be held outdoors and allow events to make the most of the Gold Coast climate.
This venue also really likes to push the boundaries in all aspects of the business. The signature restaurant, Salt grill is helmed by celebrity chef, Luke Mangan. Securing a chef’s hat for the second year in a row, the restaurant provides the opportunity for guests to cook and eat with the open kitchen perfect for cooking demonstrations and providing that “wow factor” for those wishing to impress.
The spa, the first new custom built eforea: Spa by Hilton in Australia, sprawls out onto the open poolside deck area, and offers “eforea angels” to keep you relaxed and stress free both in and out of the conference room.
FIX bar is focussed on creative cocktails, and offers a Bar School for groups, edible cocktail high teas, and is a great venue for wrap parties, and those nights where delegates want to let their hair down.
In the main lobby of the hotel, The Food Store delicatessen and cafe offers wine and cheese tastings and appreciation classes for groups and is a fantastic little hot spot for client meetings; and on level 15 the Executive Lounge is a spectacular space for breakouts with 270 degree views of the coast including the ocean, beach, hinterland, and skyline.
Complementing the hotel’s ballroom which splits into two smaller spaces, the hotel can cater for up to six concurrent breakout sessions with its range of adaptable and unique event areas.
Possibly one of the greatest selling points of this hotel is that the venue is perfect for events looking for sole use of space, with the in-house team always willing to push the limits of creativity to ensure your event is a winner.
In other hotel news, Chris Partridge has been appointed general manager. Chris’ career with Hilton Hotels and Resorts spans 23 years including roles in London, Sydney and Melbourne, and most recently in New Zealand, where he was general manager of Hilton Auckland and Hilton Taupo. His main focus for 2013 will be to continue to drive success in the hotel’s food and beverage and event operations. m
Book your next event at Hilton Surfers Paradise before June 30, 2013, and select from a range of complimentary add-ons.
Visit www.hiltonevents.com.au to learn more.
Upgrades and new attractions
Not a place that stands still for long, the GC has had plenty of new products come online in recent times.
- The Gold Coast has unveiled its first dedicated Aboriginal Tourism and Cultural Centre, Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Tours. Jellurgal is the aboriginal name for the 25-hectare rainforest stretching across the headland from Tallebudgera Estuary to Burleigh. Tours encompass narration of dreamtime stories, aboriginal dance, and highlight some of the remnants of aboriginal life from over thousands of years ago, and still found along the headland track. Visit www.jellurgal.com.au.
- Planet Chill, a permanent ice skating rink, has now opened at Paradise Resort. It is only available to guests staying at the property. Visit www.paradiseresort.com.au.
- Sea World Cruises has launched its High Life Day Cruise season after a successful 2012 Whale Watching campaign off the Gold Coast. The High Life Day Cruise is a luxurious five hour experience which includes a calm water cruise past the best islands and homes in the Gold Coast Broadwater, en route to The Sanctuary Cove Marine Village for shopping and lunch. Visit www.seaworldcruises.com.au to learn more.
- There’s screams galore and ghoulish tales to be told during Lantern Ghost Tours at Cavill Avenue on Queensland’s Gold Coast. This new Gold Coast attraction offers small group tours of local haunted locations. Visit www.goldcoastghosttours.com.
- Experience a real four wheel drive journey with a personalised tour guide and a maximum of five guests per tour in pure luxury aboard a Hummer. There are four to choose from – Springbrook, Waterfalls and Mt Tamborine, O’Reilly’s, Lamington National Park and Mt Tamborine, Waterfalls and Lookouts or The Tag-a-Long Tour. Visit www.hinterlandtours.com.au.
- Chinatown is just one of a number of exciting projects happening on the Gold Coast. With the light rail opening in 2014 and the focus on the Southport Broadwater Parklands for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Chinatown will play an important role in the revitalisation of the local area. The first stage of Chinatown will be ready for the opening of the light rail.