Palazzo Versace

The Palazzo Versace in Main Beach is one of the most luxurious hotels in AustraliaThe Palazzo Versace opened to the public in the year 2000, to much fanfare and acclaim. It certainly is one of a kind – at least within Australia.

Since opening, it has gone on to win many awards, including Luxury Travel Magazine’s “Best Australian Hotel” four years in a row. The hotel changed ownership in 2012, and is now owned by a Chinese concern.

What can you say about the style of the Palazzo Versace? Visually, it is striking: elegant, luxurious, very Italian, romantic and perhaps even a little over-the-top. Think marble floors, mosaics, gold detailing, parquetry, chandeliers and the Versace brand virtually everywhere.

It’s certainly not cheap: depending on season and what type of room you want, the best discounted price you will find will probably be in the $400 to $600 per night range. There are approximately 200 rooms and suites, some of them surprisingly close to the road: we’d recommend perhaps booking a lagoon room if you are a light sleeper.

It must be said the standard of furnishing, linen and so on is exceptional. However, recently rooms have been undergoing the process of being refurbished – of course, this is a good thing but getting an un-refurbished room at these prices may disappoint. We also believe that to charge extra for something as basic as WIFI when you are paying this kind of room rate is a bit unwarranted.

Hotel Facilities
The hotel’s facilities are certainly very impressive. You have award-winning restaurants, the stunning 65 metre heated outdoor lagoon pool, a high quality Fitness and Wellbeing Centre, a Spa Retreat – even the hotel’s own private marina.

It’s certainly not for everyone – if you prefer contemporary minimal styling you are better of elsewhere – and, of course, it’s not in everyone’s budget. But for a special occasion or even just for a touch of decadence, it may be just what you are looking for.

Palazzo Versace is located at 94 Seaworld Drive in Main Beach. Tel (07) 5509 8000

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