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Spend your 9-to-5 in 5 star luxury with a midweek workation on the Gold Coast

Achieve work-life balance by swapping your hum-drum daily routine for an inspiring life of luxury with a mid-week escape to the Gold Coast.

Few things stoke the fire of inspiration so well as working in a beautiful locale. Ocean views, sunshine and a balmy coastal breeze can invigorate the mind better than any caffeine hit, while a change of scenery can set a new standard of productivity. Close business deals over a gourmet lunch – not Zoom calls – and celebrate the win with an after-work cocktail or sink your toes into the sand while the sun sets on a rewarding day. Welcome to the Gold Coast, where you can find the perfect balance between rest and play, and everyday feels like a mini vacation.

Woman sitting in chair in pool
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Whether you’re a digital nomad, an entrepreneur or a hybrid worker, remote and flexible arrangements are now the norm in Australia. It started with laptops perched upon dining tables during the pandemic but has since opened up a world of possibility for sea and tree changes. There’s a lot to love about a mid-week escape, not least of all is that it’s the ideal travel option that doesn’t completely disrupt your working week. You really can have both, time for life’s necessities and life’s novelty that enriches the soul.

To whet your appetite, we’ve crafted a high-end mid-week holiday guide to the Gold Coast to inspire your next ‘Sneeky Mid-Weeky™’.

Work desk in Four-Bedroom Ocean Penthouse at The Langham Gold Coast residences
The Four-Bedroom Ocean Penthouse has 180-degree vistas of both the Hinterland and Pacific Ocean

Checking in

You’ll have space to share in the Presidential Ocean Suite at The Langham. Situated on the 19th floor, this room overlooks the beach and boasts a 50-inch Samsung with Streamvision casting, high-speed Wi-Fi, plenty of ports for device charging and a private balcony. Set yourself up at the dining table to let the ocean breeze ruffle your hair as you work. Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with a visit to the Chuan Spa, some pilates in the fitness centre or a quiet swim in the indoor pool. Refuel at one of The Langham’s six bars and restaurants.

The Langham Gold Coast
The Langham Gold Coast

Boasting iconic views of the Gold Coast, on-site dining options, a prime location right across the road from the beach and easy access to the light rail, Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise is right in the thick of it. The two-bedroom City Sky Suites are fully equipped with a bathroom, kitchen, laundry, living areas and desk for those settling into their work week. Expect GHD styling appliances and access to the fitness centre, indoor pool and spa, outdoor pool and sundeck, and 24-hour guest services.

Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise
Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise

Missoni robes, Dyson styling appliances and Kevin Murphy amenities are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the luxuries QT Gold Coast has to offer vacationers. Opt for the QT Deluxe Ocean View King room and you’ll enjoy ocean views from a private balcony 15 storeys high. Hit the 24-hour gym in the morning, connect to the free Wi-Fi to get some work done in the afternoon, then lounge by the pool or eat at the on-site restaurants.

QT Gold Coast
QT Gold Coast

But first, coffee

Start your day with a slow morning spent sipping coffee and exploring the Gold Coast’s suburbs. Venture out to Tarte Beach House in Currumbin, a beautiful shoreside cafe serving up breakfast and lunch. Buoy in Nobby Beach specialises in coffee and breakfast favourites constructed from local produce. 

In Broadbeach, you’ll find Nan’s Coffee and its fantastic selection of sandwiches, toasties, pastries, pies, acai bowls and delicious smoothies. Not far away is Elk Espresso, an arty cafe pouring brews made from its own blend of beans. A little further out in Molendinar is Japanese fusion pastry house, Bake House Gozen, where you’ll find matcha-infused croissants and viennoiserie.

breakfast dishes; the inside of Elk Espresso cafe
Elk Espresso

Lunch break

Whether entertaining a client or simply treating yourself to an indulgent gastronomic experience, you’re spoilt for choice on the Gold Coast. Tucked within the beautiful Home of the Arts gallery in Surfers Paradise is Palette, a two-hat fine dining restaurant plating up modern Australian cuisine. 

Broadbeach is full of delicious restaurants, such as Kiyomi at The Star, where you can pair cocktails with foie gras and sashimi. Grab a seat at KŌST where the ever-changing beauty of the coastline is channelled into an elevated grill experience. Blowfish Ocean Grill & Bar is known for sophisticated seafood dishes featuring lobster, salmon and oysters. 

Journey out to Burleigh Heads to sample Pan-Asian flavours and fresh local produce at Rick Shores, or stop in at Billy Chow in Coolangatta where culinary excellence is infused with coastal energy to produce inventive cuisine and a curated wine list. 

A table laden with food with views of the beach
Rick Shores

Take in the high brow

If you’ve got a little time up your sleeve, why not soak in some culture? Visit Home of the Arts for a heady mix of art and entertainment or sign up for a painting or photography workshop at creative space, The HIVE Art Gallery. Then, spend some time perusing the boundary-pushing art at 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace. Nothing says luxury like dabbling in the arts, learning something, or bringing back a masterpiece for your friends and family.

Nineteen at The Star
Nineteen at The Star

Kick back and relax

Celebrate your wins or simply watch the sunset as the day comes to a close. Kick off your evening in an elegant setting at Nineteen at the Star, a lounge bar on the 19th floor of The Darling. Walk through the waves of the idyllic Kirra Beach before dropping into Kirra Beach House for Mediterranean fare accompanied by world-class cocktails. 

Relax in a cabana at Australia’s largest rooftop restaurant, bar and beach club, Cali Beach, in Surfers Paradise, or step into a world of luxury at La Luna Beach Club on Main Beach, Australia’s first floating beach club. End the night by slipping into a Japanese speakeasy in Broadbeach where cocktails and late-night snacks reign supreme at Happy Endings

Experience the ultimate inspiration boost by working in the picturesque setting of the Gold Coast, where ocean views and sunny skies fuel productivity like never before. Embrace the perfect balance of work and play, setting your own pace and savouring every moment without disrupting your week

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