Swellegant Stays: The Langham Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia


The Langham’s address is Surfers Paradise, and it’s no joke: this suburb of Gold Coast stretches along an idyllic sandy beach, looking out to the Coral Sea in the South Pacific. Surfers Paradise boomed in the 1950s and 1960s. Today there is a dramatic contrast between the high-rise developments and one of the best beaches in eastern Australia. When you stay at the sky-high Langham, the area’s first new beachfront luxury hotel in 30 years, you’ll scarcely be aware of the city: your eyes will be fixed on the beach and the ocean, exactly as it should be.

Accommodation is divided between rooms and residences, the largest of which is the 256-square-meter Four Bedroom Ocean Penthouse. The dining area is big enough to host a dinner party for eight, but make sure that when your guests have gone you still have time to soak in the bathtub and enjoy the Pacific Ocean views. The gray and white color scheme is a reminder of the ocean spray.

Dining at The Langham is a taste sensation, with flavors from across the world. The Palm Court looks out on the lagoon pool and is the place to indulge in an afternoon tea crafted by pastry chef Johann Vanier, whose chocolate tart once tasted will never be forgotten. T’ang Court won the Australian Good Food Guide Chef Hat for 2023 for its sophisticated Cantonese menu; and at Akoya you can taste the very best of Queensland’s local produce in a laid back setting. The eight plates set menu is perfect for sharing and includes fresh Pacific oysters, Rocky Point black kingfish crudo, and smoked Gooralie pork jowl with toasted buckwheat and Capricorn spiced rum. The pina colada-inspired pavlova is the perfect way to finish off your meal.

The Langham’s wellness offering rivals its culinary pleasures, and the hotel has a signature sleep program, “Sleep Matters by Chuan”, with curated treatments and amenities. The two swimming pools are open until 10pm should you want a late evening dip, and yoga, pilates and meditation sessions take place in the Health Club. The icing on the cake, however, is the Chuan Spa, where therapists are guided by principles of traditional Chinese medicine.



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