The Star Gold Coast’s new hotel, The Darling, will officially open March 22 ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Located at the front of the iconic Broadbeach Island property, the lavish new 17-storey hotel forms the centrepiece of The Star Gold Coast’s landmark transformation and features 57 spacious suites ranging in size from 70 square metres to a stunning 328sqm.
Each level features just seven suites, including a luxurious northern Penthouse Suite – offering the option of third bedroom – and southern Penthouse Deluxe Suite, which offers guests the choice of a dedicated Billiard, Media or Exercise room.
From premium resort facilities and world-class gaming amenities to its breathtaking rooftop restaurant and bar, Nineteen at The Star, The Darling will offer innovation, and superior luxury and service to cater for the individual needs of leisure and business travellers.
The Star Entertainment Group managing director Queensland Geoff Hogg said it was an incredibly exciting time, as the team prepare to finally unveil a lavish hotel that has been three years in the making.
“The Darling positions The Star Gold Coast at the premium end of the market and ensures the Gold Coast has an even more compelling value proposition as we seek to compete on a global scale for domestic and international visitors,” Mr Hogg said.
“It has been designed as a stand-alone hotel with its own arrival experience. The Darling has a distinct, boutique design and eclectic feel, while boasting the unique spirit and a stunning coastal location for which the Gold Coast is already renowned.
“Every element of the hotel is to a standard of luxury the Gold Coast has yet to experience. We’re also looking forward later this month to opening online bookings for stays at The Darling post the Commonwealth Games.”
Designed by internationally renowned architects Steelman Partners, the luxurious suites were delivered by multi-disciplinary firm DBI Design and highly-respected Australian construction company, Probuild.
At the top of the hotel, Nineteen at The Star is a rooftop restaurant and bar that wraps around a gravity-defying infinity pool, born from the partnership of The Star Gold Coast and acclaimed Gold Coast restaurateur Simon Gloftis and entertainment guru Billy Cross.
The Darling connects to the recently refurbished five-star hotel, The Star Grand, offering guests access to the iconic property’s award-winning restaurants and bars, including Cucina Vivo, Kiyomi and The Garden Kitchen & Bar, as well as The Star Gold Coast’s soon to be unveiled Sports Bar.
It is the second hotel in The Star Entertainment Group to adopt the boutique brand, with The Darling at The Star Sydney already an established and award-winning hotel. It was the first in New South Wales to be awarded a Forbes Five-Star rating – the most coveted recognition in the global luxury travel sector.
The Star Gold Coast redevelopment
The Star Gold Coast’s current transformation heralds a new era for the property and forms part of crucial investment in the region ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Nine new food and beverage offerings, 596 refurbished hotel rooms at The Star Grand and a premium poolside experience are among the already completed offering, while The Darling forms the centrepiece of the redevelopment.
A highly anticipated new Sports Bar will also open in the coming weeks when the existing building connects to The Darling.
Adding to the excitement is the planned addition of the first mixed-use residential apartment and hotel tower on Broadbeach Island. Pending successful pre-sales of The Star Residences, the 53-storey tower could be the first of up to five within a future master plan as part of a joint venture with renowned Hong Kong-based partners Chow Tai Fook and Far East Consortium.
The existing redevelopment at The Star Gold Coast and the build of The Darling has already delivered 600 new construction roles while The Star Residences project would create around 500 construction roles over the next three to four years.
Together, the refurbishment of the existing property and the development of both The Darling and the proposed hotel and residential tower would involve a combined investment of up to $850 million.