Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort
Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

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.

Intercontinental Sanctuary Cover Resort

Intercontinental Sanctuary Cover Resort

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.

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove View

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove View

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.

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort Suites

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove resort Suite

Solid wooden sleigh beds, white sumptuous linen, warm wood parquetry floors and white wooden plantation shutters gave the room a colonial Queensland feel.

Sanctuary Cove Bathroom

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort Bathroom

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.

Sanctuary Cove Resort Lagoon

Sanctuary Cove Resort Lagoon

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.

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort Beach Lagoon

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort Beach Lagoon

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.

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort Pavilion

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort Pavilion

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.

A wine and a balcony view

A wine and a balcony view

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.

The Fireplace

The Fireplace

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 ;).

Breakfast Buffet InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

Breakfast Buffet InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

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.

Cove Cafe Decor

Cove Cafe Décor

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.

Cove Cafe Buffet Breakfast

Cove Cafe Buffet Breakfast

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 Resort

Manor 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.

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  1. What a retreat this place was! We should do this again 🙂

  2. I am very jealous, this resort looks simply amazing 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Amazing!

  4. Wow! I am pretty much constantly jealous of you and all your amazing adventures, but I think this post might set an all-time new benchmark! Love living vicariously through your gorgeous pictures and wonderful descriptions! 😀

  5. Retreat is definitely the right word for this one…looks devine!

  6. How gorgeous!

  7. Sounds absolutely blissful 🙂

  8. I had a holiday here about 10 years ago and loved it. It’s so peaceful and relaxing and like you say, the rooms are very generous. When we were there we couldn’t swim in the lagoon pool as it was being renovated but it didn’t matter – the other pool is plenty big enough for all the guests xx

  9. I must admit that I really love it when someone just deals with your luggage! It looks like you had a wonderful stay 😀

  10. That lagoon pool looks stunning- I’d like to sip a drink with an umbrella on it while relaxing thanks! I agree that local produce really adds to the experience, while helping the local economy and tourist industry xox

  11. Noted as a future family destination: our International Man of Mystery says all family holidays must be near a golf course!

  12. I can almost feel the resort feeling of relaxation come over me as I read your post, Julie. And I’d like to to actually feel that white sand squishing in between my toes near the manmade pool! Ah, well, I’ll just continue to vicariously enjoy the luxurious adventures through you!

  13. If my husband wasn’t with me, my travel adventures would be packed full of unplanned adventure because I get lost all of the time too! lol Glad to know I’m in good company. 🙂

    The resort looks lovely through and through!

  14. Oh if it was only closer! My hubby and I are slowly starting to talk about a week away so your post inspired me to get cracking with settling on dates.
    Have a super day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  15. Sounds like a wonderful place to relax and recharge! Lovely grounds and rooms. Great review — thanks.

  16. What a gorgeous resort! I think everyone deserves a little R&R…and this is truly a sanctuary!

  17. I wish I could have made it to Sanctuary Cove!!

    We will have to go back and I’ll have to bring the Golf Clubs!!

  18. I stayed here for a conference about 18 months ago! Isn’t it amazing?! It was all the more amazing being there for ‘work’ – in inverted commas because it really didn’t feel like it most of the time 😉

  19. Just looking at the clear pool water and reflection is blissful. I think a stay here would make anyone feel relaxed.

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