The Langham, Gold Coast

Three gleaming skyscrapers, standing tall between Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach on Queensland’s sun-drenched Gold Coast, house The Langham, Gold Coast, the first beachfront luxury hotel to open in the city in more than three decades

Upon opening the door to the space that I would call home for four nights, I was stunned beyond words. I was expecting a hotel room, but arriving early in the morning snagged me a One-Bedroom Skyline Hinterland Residence instead. In total, The Langham, Gold Coast offers 169 hotel rooms and 170 residences.

‌I made my way immediately to the living room as I looked out in awe at the sweeping views of the city and the hinterland, thanks to an entire wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. There was also a balcony, where I could watch the sunset dip languidly over the horizon. The living and dining space featured a TV, comfortable cream-coloured couch and coffee table, as well as a round table with four chairs. I wasn’t short of a perch, and these two areas doubled up as my working spaces. Free Wi-Fi is also provided throughout the property.

Within my luxurious residence was also a full-sized kitchen, anchored by a marble-top kitchen island. There was also a full-sized fridge, oven, as well as all the necessary utensils and appliances required for whipping up meals.

In comparison to the living and dining area that is flooded in natural light, my bedroom was a mellow and calm space. The bed and pillows were extremely comfortable, and they felt like a warm hug when I crawled into bed every night. My alarm clock, which also had USB ports, also doubled up as a wireless phone charger. I also enjoyed having a walk-in closet, which had ample space to lay my large suitcase across.

‌The bathroom was sleek, and offered both a rainshower and hand-held shower. Premium diptyque-branded shower gel, conditioner, and shampoo were provided in large refillable bottles, while other toiletries were wrapped in cardboard in a nod towards sustainability. Complimentary drinking water also came in recyclable stainless steel bottles.

The residence was also furnished with a washer and dryer, which was a boon for longer-staying business travellers, and their partners or families. In my case, I was on a work trip for two weeks and being able to conveniently wash and iron my business attire was a lifesaver.

MICE facilities
The Langham, Gold Coast offers 11 event venues across 1,198m2 of space. Its largest space is 618m2 on the ground floor just across from the lobby, which can take up to 400 pax banquet-style, and comes with a pre-function foyer that faces the lagoon pool.

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, where the Australian Tourism Exchange 2023 was held, was less than a 10-minute drive away.‌

Other facilities
The property provides several dining options, which range from Palm Court, home of the iconic Langham Afternoon Tea, to T’ang Court which serves up Cantonese fine dining. Fun fact: Its sister property, The Langham, Hong Kong, also boasts a T’ang Court, which has garnered three-Michelin stars.

‌The only eatery I tried during my stay was Akoya, which overlooks the beach and miles of Gold Coast’s beautiful coastline. I enjoyed putting together my own breakfast every morning from the smorgasbord of buffet dishes available, which ranges from a comforting bowl of plain porridge garnished with spring onions and fried shallots, to delightful eggs benedict drizzled with house-made hollandaise sauce.‌

As for recreational facilities, there are two pools available for guests – a sand-edged lagoon pool and swim-up bar on the ground floor facing the Pacific Ocean, and an indoor magnesium pool on the second floor.

Also located on the second floor is a fitness studio, multipurpose room for yoga, pilates and meditation, as well as the Chuan Spa offering myriad treatments themed around the elements of earth, fire, wind and water.‌

Pacific Fair, the largest regional shopping centre in Queensland with more than 400 stores, is also less than a 10-minute Uber ride away.‌

As far as first impressions went, I immediately noticed that both the lobby and concierge staff were impeccably tailored and exuded an air of elegance, as I blearily stumbled into the airy lobby after arriving on a red-eye flight.

I loved that The Langham, Gold Coast, was truly on Gold Coast’s magnificent beachfront. To get to the beach, I just had to walk out of the gate, cross a boardwalk, and I was able to feel the sand between my toes in under a minute.

‌Before making my way to the buffet breakfast at Akoya every morning, I made the extra effort to go for a morning stroll along the beach despite a jam-packed schedule. Somehow the crisp, salty ocean air just hits different – it energises me. Similarly, The Langham, Gold Coast’s luxurious, modern skyscrapers bring a revitalising and welcome jolt of new energy into the area.‌

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