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It's not too late enjoy the last few weeks of Summer in Australia, especially in the place where, it seems, the season shines. We're going to take you to Palazzo Versace in Gold Coast where they are holding onto every last bit of Summer with a Gin Palace and Open Air Movies for the rest of the season.
In the Aussie state that claims to have 'endless summer' it seems like no better reason to have a party and we're fine with that. The fashionista hotel celebrates the equally fashionable drink with a full menu of gin libations. Hosted in the lobby bar, Le Jardin is transformed into a gin palace featuring live music and summer-y cocktails based with the juniper-berry spirit. Every Saturday night, the lobby turns into a place for everything glam and super trendy—after all, it is Versace.
Few things pair as well as gin cocktails and classic cinema under the stars, so if you prefer a little more a more subdued evening, out in the super posh, Fountain Terrace, movie-buffs can sit back in a bean-bag chair or a private cabana and relax to various films. Guests are offered salted popcorn, chocolate top ice-cream and a signature slurpee for $30 per person. If you prefer a little more sustenance during the movie, you can pre-order a picnic-basket dinner for $45 per person.
[Photo: Palazzo Versace]
If you're still riding that James Bond high, you need to get your butt to Australia STAT. Travelers who shack up at the uberposh Palazzo Versace in Australia's Gold Coast will get the chance to train as a secret agent with the hotel's new package. Yes, plan on getting your hands a little dirty but don't fear: there will not be real assassins trying to push you off a train/bridge/car/airplane (or so we've heard!).
Palazzo Versace Gold Coast has partnered with Oz's Gold Coast and Stunt Academy to introduce the unique Spy School. Guests will be whisked away to tackle a day full of action-packed adventures that starts with a helicopter stunt ride to a remote island location. Then, guests will be picked up by a jet boat for a thrilling ride to an obstacle course. Once there, they will be trained in unarmed combat, firearms handling and, most importantly, stealth.
The reward for an exhilarating, high-rolling/gun-slinging/karate-chopping day? Not exactly Miss Congeniality but you do get to return home in a limousine filled with cocktails (shaken, not stirred, obs).
We've already told you a great way to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee is an elegant high tea at a fancy schmancy London Hotel. Since we assume that a Jubilee party is teaming with royals dressed in haute couture, we can introduce you to the high tea at Palazzo Versace.
Located in Australia's playground, the Gold Coast, the fashion house's hotel is nothing short of extravagant. Situated 'off-the-beaten-track', just north of the heart of Surfers Paradise, the property boasts a dazzling pool, marble lobby and everything Versace. It is a little slice of Donatella in Oz.
And now we present you with the second edition of our Original Boutique Hotels series. Enjoy.
Nowadays, it's all the rage for fashion designers to create hotels. But just remember that Donatella Versace was one of the first designers in the boutique hotel game with the Palazzo Versace Hotel on Australia's Gold Coast.
Of course, in the words of the all-knowing Heidi Klum in the fashion world, "One day you are in and one day you are out." Thus the Palazzo Versace had to make some changes.
The hotel has just wrapped up a AUD $5 million renovation--its first since opening more than seven years ago. Label-loving guests will now find new bedding and upholstery as well as updated technology, including LCD televisions, in all 205 rooms which are completely furnished from the Versace Home Collection.