The world’s first fashion branded hotel, inspired by the visionary Gianni Versace and his flair for interior and fashion design, was first opened in the year 2000. Situated along the Gold Coast of Australia, the waterfront aspect of the Palazzo Versace coupled with its ornate furnishings, marble, mosaics and vaulted ceilings make it comparable to the Grand Dames of Europe’s finest and most opulent hotels. If you’ve ever wondered what a hotel awarded 7 stars looks like, we’ve got all the details of what exactly makes this hotel so special.
Australia’s Gold Coast is resplendent in its beauty with perfect weather all year round, blue skies and even deeper blue seas. The array of beaches and reefs make it a veritable playground where yachting, surfing, fishing and diving are all in a day’s work. You can also take a trip to Fraser Island for a four wheel drive safari or charter a boat to sail around the Whitsundays.
A room at the Versace is guaranteed to be splendid. The furnishings are bespoke, the textiles lavish and colourful, the linen crisp and white, the toweling plush. In short: you will feel like royalty in your very own palace. Each room also has a ‘Juliet Balcony’ to soak up all of that glorious Gold Coast sunshine – and the romance theme doesn’t stop there, with every room also housing a double sized spa bath.
To experience the Versace lifestyle in its most illustrious form, there is no better choice than the Imperial suite. With acres of space and a beautiful sunlit terrace it’s perfect to enjoy with friends or as a romantic getaway for two. The master bedroom houses a custom-made king size bed and walk-in closet with views over the lagoon pool and Gold Coast Broadwater. The suite also includes a private cabana next to the lagoon pool.
Make it a big family trip and choose a condo for your stay. It comes with all the Versace amenities – cutlery, crockery and furnishings with a few added extras. The most notable of these is the exclusive use of a private berth in the marina as well as the private terrace, full size kitchen and dining area, and perhaps the best of all: your very own private plunge pool.
A gastronomic encounter you’re unlikely to forget, the gourmet restaurant Vanitas presents cuisine of international caliber. This year it was named by Harpers Bazaar the Most Fashionable Restaurant Around the World. The restaurant sits poolside and among its Italian-inspired menus is a seven-course affair, concluding with a deconstructed tiramisu. Meanwhile Vie Bar + Restaurant overlooks the private marina and Broadwater is it’s more relaxed counterpart serving contemporary cuisine. Il Barocco Restaurant is the place to go for all day dining and Le Jardin lobby lounge is perfect for a morning coffee or a lavish afternoon tea.
Each restaurant has its own Versace patterned china to set the experience apart. An azure blue theme runs through the restaurants offset by the deep blue Gold Coast sky.
When it comes to flexing your credit card, there is one place to give it full rein – the Gianni Versace Boutique in the hotel lobby. The lavish store stocks up-to-the-minute bags, shoes and collections that have effectively strolled off the catwalk and into the store. You can peruse the isles all morning before mulling them over by the pool, making your final purchase that afternoon and wearing them to dinner that same night. It’s what we call fast fashion. There’s also an enviable collection of homewares and gifts so that a piece of the Versace luxury can return home with you.
The water salon is the perfect place to relax and unwind, taking poolside lounging to the next level. Palazzo Versace have created a cabana oasis alongside a sizzling beach scene with prima service and added privacy behind breezy sheers. A host of poolside packages have been concocted in order to enhance the guest experience. When not relaxing by the pool you may also find yourself in the Aurora spa, one of only two in the country (the other being in Melbourne). The Aurora spa is known for the kind of treatments that leave you feeling as light as air, soft all over and highly refreshed.
If you’re keen on keeping up your workout when on holiday then you can make full use of the fitness and wellbeing centre. The friendly and professional staff will be on hand to give you tips and advice during your workout and answer any questions you may have about your routine or even your post-workout nutrition.
What to look out for:
Exquisite floral arrangements by in-palace florist, Fiori, most often featuring perfectly formed bouquets of pink or white roses.
The marble floor mosaic in the opulent lobby is simply itching to be instagrammed. #Ihavethisthingwithfloors
Enjoy with dinner the deconstructed desserts such as a deconstructed cheesecake or deconstructed Tiramisu.
For a little light entertainment you’ll find some live piano every Sunday afternoon in the hotel lobby. Perhaps with afternoon tea?
Keep an eye out throughout the hotel for the beautifully patterned and coloured Versace cushions scattered across the many luxury furnishings.View on trivago