The Star has reinvented itself yet again. It is now a whole new night out. Gold Coast Life went to check it out.
The Star Entertainment Group is known for investing in South East Queensland – The Star has been an icon of our region for more than 30 years. Gold Coasters have always loved it. But now, there’s way, way more to love.
Firstly, what hasn’t changed is all of the things that makes it good. Set on its own private island in the heart of the Gold Coast, The Star is a global tourism destination. It has luxury hotels, award-winning restaurants, lively bars, spectacular stage shows, world-class gaming amenities and impressive conferencing and event facilities.
Here’s what’s new at The Star, for those that haven’t had a chance to check it out yet. There are 596 newly-refurbished hotel rooms. The meeting rooms and event centre have been refurbished. There’s a stylish new Events Lawn, and a luxury poolside experience at The Star Grand.
The centrepiece of the $850 million transformation is The Darling, a new luxury suite hotel, with its rooftop venue, Nineteen at The Star. We predict that Nineteen at The Star will be one of the most Instagrammed restaurant/bars in Australia, if not the world. It’s absolutely beautiful. You cannot get a bad photo at Nineteen. And of course, you must try the Patagonian toothfish and rock lobster Bolognese.
Let’s talk about everyone’s favourite subject: food. There’s a dazzling array of food and drink options. It is difficult to decide which place to choose. A firm favourite is the Harvest Buffet. From fresh pink prawns to Chinese food, to gorgeous desserts, if it is variety you like, then this is your place.
Perhaps you would prefer good things in small packages? It’s hard to beat the humble dumpling: so many explosive flavours in such small parcel. Mei Wei Dumplings have this hawker-style dish down to a fine art.
If it is a perfect barista coffee or a deliciously sweet treat you are after, then M&G Café and Bar is where you should head.
Like Japanese food? A modern, yet authentic taste of Tokyo can be found at Kiyomi. It is known for its mouth-watering sashimi without the long-haul flight.
At Cucina Vivo, Italian favourites are served up in a relaxed setting, overlooking the pristine tropical pool. It is here you can watch the wood-fire pizza do its thing.
The Garden Kitchen & Bar is the ideal place to sit on the sun-drenched deck, or stretch out on the lush green lawn. It has a laid-back vibe, and stylish light-filled spaces.
If you are a fan of Chinese food then Imperial at The Star combines traditional Mandarin and Cantonese ingredients. The result? Inspired interpretations of Asian classics.
The Star After Work
If you are looking for a place to blow off steam after a hard day of crushing it like a legend, then there’s some good ideas at The Star. Watch your favourite teams go head-to-head on the mega-screen at the Sports Bar. It has 23 screens, an outdoor terrace and giant 10.5m screen displaying NRL, AFL, NBA, NFL, UFC, Super Bowl and more.
Another after-work option is Cherry – featuring a lavish 22-metre bar in the heart of the action. Here you can get a designer drink crafted by The Star’s team of mixologists.
When it is time for dancing, the Atrium Bar has an extensive range of drinks, comfy new booths, and live music every weekend. Check out their Crowd DJ activation that lets you be the DJ for the night and choose music from your very own playlist.
The Star – Future Developments
There are always new things to look forward to at The Star. A new $400m development recently broke ground, bringing the Dorsett hotel brand to Australia. It will be a mixed-use hotel and residential tower, with world-class resort facilities and amenities, with an open date sometime in 2022.
As works progress on the Dorsett hotel tower, The Star has also unveiled plans for another tower to be built in 2020. At 215-metres tall, it will have a five-star international hotel, apartments, a nightlife venue, and new culinary temptations. The latest tower plans are part of a $2 billion-plus masterplan for The Star Gold Coast, approved in November 2018 by the Queensland Government. The masterplans allows for five towers in all on Broadbeach Island, alongside the original The Star Grand hotel and The Darling. The masterplan involves a partnership with Hong Kong based conglomerates, Chow Tai Fook and Far East Consortium. And yes, there will be even more culinary experiences for us to dive into! ■
The Star practises the responsible service of alcohol. Guests must be 18 or over to enter the Casino. BET WITH YOUR HEAD, NOT OVER IT.