Best Gold Coast beach hotels for topping up your tan in style

Offering up some of Australia's best beaches, it's only right to be close to the waves. Here are our picks of best Gold Coast beach hotels.

If you’re looking for a beach escape that’s close enough to home it won’t break the bank, then the Gold Coast should be top of your list. So why not get up close and personal with the GC set, and draw your own conclusion of this idyllic strip of coastline?

To make things a little easier we’ve found the best Gold Coast beachfront accommodation to pair with some of the region’s finest locations. Now all that’s left to sort is a new pair of togs to pack!

Enjoy a taste of island life at this South Stradbroke Island resort


If you want to appreciate slow-paced island life and unwind in something truly luxurious, then Couran Cove Island Resort is certain to meet your needs, with a range of apartments and villas surrounded by beaches and forest.

For some added privacy, book one of the two-bedroom, self-catering eco-cabins which are immersed in the heart of the Banksia forest. Although still close to all the action, these cabins give guests an up-close-and-personal experience with nature.

To explore the scenic region, make use of the resort’s bike rental service and cycle through the island’s natural beauty. Alternatively, if your idea of a holiday involves something more relaxing, make use of the resort’s private patrolled beach on the eastern side of the island.

Couran Cove Island Resort

South Stradbroke Island
7.0(10 reviews)

Oceanfront Gold Coast apartments


If you want to stay at a place where you can pretty much roll back into bed, Paradise Centre Apartments is your ideal solution. Situated a mere 20 metres from the beach, these ocean-front apartments boast spectacular, uninterrupted panoramic views.

Apartments vary from one to three bedrooms, with each coming with a kitchen, a separate living room, and a TV. For some in-house relaxation, head to the sauna, and then freshen up in one of the two outdoor heated pools.

If things get a little chilly, lounge in one of the hot tubs and rest your tired legs after last night’s dancing! Located amidst all the action of Surfers Paradise, these apartments are also within easy reach of restaurants and cafes if at-home cooking is not your thing.

Paradise Centre Apartments

Surfers Paradise
8.4 Very good (1221 reviews)

Be only a short stroll to the beach


For a sojourn in Burleigh, Swell Resort is a scenic and comfortable place to shack up in. Located a short seven-minute walk from the beach, the resort is set amidst a lush landscaped garden and an outdoor pool.

Contemporary, stylish furnishings adorn each of the fully self-contained apartments, and all come with either a private balcony or courtyard. For a special getaway with your beloved, the one-bedroom apartment is ideal, coming with a king-sized bed, a separate lounge room, and a very glitzy ensuite.

As well as boasting a mix of well-appointed rooms, the resort also offers guests a relaxing heated pool and spa, and a gym for all those weight-lifting junkies out there.

Hotel Swell Resort

Top rated
Burleigh Heads
8.7 Excellent (224 reviews)

Perfect family apartments in Broadbeach


Once all the fun-filled action has come to an end, settle in at one of the region’s top hotel award winners,  Ocean Pacific. Offering a range of different apartment types, guests can be guaranteed to find their ideal accommodation.

Modern, elegant, and well-appointed are three adjectives that best resonate with Ocean Pacific. For people travelling in numbers, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom family apartment is a spacious choice, coming with a designer kitchen, ducted air-conditioning, and a flat-screen TV to keep the young ones entertained. All apartments are tastefully decorated in a contemporary style and feature state-of-the-art facilities.

To unwind after an eventful day on the town, head to the outdoor heated pool, or otherwise unleash your inner child and take on a video game battle in the resort’s private games room.

Ocean Pacific Resort - Official

Top rated
9.2 Excellent (3599 reviews)

A perfect base for exploring the region


Centrally-located, Southport makes for a fantastic base from which to explore the rest of this region. So for a night’s stay, head to Brighton Shores.

Set in a high-rise building – we are talking the Gold Coast after all – these modern, serviced apartments offer full-kitchens, flat-screen TVs and floor-to-ceiling windows. And the best part? Each comes with its own private balcony, so you can be guaranteed to catch a few spectacular Gold Coast sunsets.

For some relaxation, head to the complex’s sauna, or make use of either the outdoor pool or heated lap pool. If you’d rather experience the buzzing energy of downtown Surfers Paradise, the new light rail system is a convenient option with the Broadwater Parklands Station right outside your door. All sounds pretty ideal, right?

Brighton Shores

Top rated
9.2 Excellent (443 reviews)

A convenient Gold Coast beach hotel near the airport


For those who have arrived late on the Gold Coast, and are in need of some convenient accommodation close to the airport, a night at La Costa Motel is the best place around. However, this uber-retro motel offers so much more than just convenient accommodation.

Thanks to La Costa’s proximity to Bilinga beach, the inspiration for owners John and Diane was to recreate the magic of the 1950s beach shack. Recently refurbished, all rooms are tastefully embellished with contemporary furnishings and a crisp colour scheme.

Standard rooms come with a queen-sized bed and ensuite, but if you’re travelling in numbers, go for the deluxe room which offers a queen-sized bed and a king single.

La Costa Motel

Top rated
9.4 Excellent (1543 reviews)

A cool Gold Coast beach hotel downtown


If you’d prefer to be right in the thick of the vibrant energy of downtown Coolangatta, Mantra Coolangatta Beach is conveniently positioned within easy reach of notable sites and attractions.

Overlooking the azure waters of Coolangatta’s main beach and close to local favourite, The Coolangatta Hotel, these self-contained suites come in different occupancy types, and all feature air-conditioning and private balconies.

To burn some carbs during your stay, head to the exercise room and tennis court and unveil your inner Federer. Then of course chill out in the outdoor heated pool and spa and unwind after your hard tournament.

Mantra Coolangatta Beach

Top rated
8.5 Excellent (4084 reviews)