Arriving at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort after a long drive was total bliss. As I turned into Manor Circle I was immediately overtaken by a feeling of calm. I’d left the hustle bustle of the Gold Coast traffic behind and there was nothing more pressing to view than manicured lawns and golf fairways.
Meandering up the winding driveway my lovely companion and I arrived at “The Great House.” This is the name given to the gorgeous building which houses InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resorts reception, and restaurants. After five hours driving I was very happy to get out of my vehicle and hand the keys to the valet. There is no better feeling than walking away from a car and leaving both vehicle and luggage to an attendant. This simple service is something that separates the good, from the exceptional resorts. At the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort I was blessed with a professional and friendly valet. I wonder if he sensed how tired I was?
We entered “The Great House” foyer. It was truly spectacular! Huge, high ceilings and expansive views over the perfectly manicured estate. At reception we were given our room details and a buggy arrived to collects us. It was only 100 metres or so to our room, but I was grateful for the guided tour. Also, more importantly, on my own I have a tendency to get lost. Without Mr GG directing me, and with 100 metres to transverse, I would be sure to go in the complete opposite direction.
As anticipated our bags had arrived ahead of us and were placed in the oversized walk in wardrobe. The room was incredibly spacious! We had a balcony with a glorious view over the tree lined beach lagoon.
Solid wooden sleigh beds, white sumptuous linen, warm wood parquetry floors and white wooden plantation shutters gave the room a colonial Queensland feel.
Once refreshed we decided to take a walk around the grounds. The resort is well known for its golf courses and has two internationally-renowned championship courses, “The Pines” and “The Palms”. Both courses are known for having contrasting styles. We had noticed the fairways on our drive in and were later told they had undergone a recent multi-million dollar rejuvenation. They now feature state-of-the-art facilities and newly-configured fairways, something sure to enhance the Sanctuary Cove golfing experience. I have made a mental note to bring Mr GG back for a golfing retreat. My companion for this trip is my gorgeous friend, and wine companion Danah.
Our stroll took us firstly to the Lagoon Pool. The lagoon is a man made beach with white sand, beach umbrella’s and children’s play equipment. It occupies one acre of land at the resort and is located by the Marina. Danah and I comment that this beautiful tranquil beach is a welcome contrast to the busy Gold Coast beaches.
The InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort grounds are a lovely combination of meticulously maintained gardens, manicured lawns and typical Australian bush. A more tropical planting is evident near the pools and beach lagoon with palm trees, fragrant flowers and birds of paradise. The grounds, the beach lagoon, the great house and the various pavilions create such a uniquely Australian feeling resort. I should add, the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is the first to be branded as a resort for this prestigious chain. It’s also the first InterContinental hotel and resort for Queensland.
Returning to our room it was time to enjoy the water view with a glass of wine. Danah and I made ourselves comfortable on the balcony and opened a bottle of Grant Burge “Benchmark” Shiraz. I could have happily sat on the balcony all night with my glass of wine. It was just so peaceful listening to the birds calling as the sun went down.
As always my hunger got the better of me. Danah & I had booked into the “The Fireplace” restaurant for dinner. The Fireplace is The InterContinental Sanctuary Cove signature restaurant and we were looking forward to sampling the March tasting menu.
Naturally a review of the meal and matching wines will follow.
In the morning I awoke to the joyous sound of birds singing and water trickling in the fountains. Such a tranquil start to the day. Gourmet Getaways readers would know that coffee is high on my list of priorities each morning. It wasn’t long before I was encouraging my companion to emerge from her room and join me at the Cove Café for a buffet breakfast. The Cove Café is located opposite the Fireplace restaurant in “The Great House”. We decided to stroll the 100 metres so we could get some exercise. Afterall we wanted to enjoy the full array of food on offer at tthe buffet without any calorie concerns ;).
The Cove Café is a bright airy space with double height ceilings and an expansive grandeur which is fitting of the resort. Guest can be seated inside, or choose to dine on the verandah located outside the café. The verandah reminded me of the old time “sleep out,” that often circle Queenslander style homes. The area was fully screened and added to the English plantation, or early colonial Queensland feel of the estate.
Being in Queensland it was great to see a range of local fruits available on the buffet. It is always nice to get a sense of where you are holidaying from the foods which are available. Moving along to the deli items I noticed some locally produced Mt Tambourine cheeses from the “Witches Chase Cheese Co and a selection of condiments from Cuttaway Creek. Naturally the buffet included all the regular hot and cold items but it is nice to see local producers featuring on the buffet. To my mind, these boutique touches add personality, and a local prospective to the resort.
There are so many little things that gives the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort a pleasing point of difference. The expansive estate, tranquil environment, sophisticated atmosphere and understated opulence are things which come immediately to mind. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, golf weekend or just because, the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort ticks all the boxes for me as a Gourmet Getaway.
InterContinental Sanctuary Cove ResortManor Circle Sanctuary Cove Qld 4212 Ph: 1300 306 952
Gourmet Getaways stayed as a guest of Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. The review is written without bias and no payment has been received. The opinions stated in the article are a true and honest reflection of my experience during my stay.