THE glitter strip has improved its tourism offering following a $20 million upgrade of the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa.

State Minister for Tourism Jan Jarratt, Marriott International’s Asia Pacific president and managing director Simon Cooper and director of owners EHP Group (Gold Coast) Erhard Hotter, attended the relaunch.

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa launched almost two decades ago and has become a tourism icon with an international reputation.

The luxurious 28 level resort features 329 rooms and is located on a serene riverfront site just a few minutes from the heart of Surfers Paradise. All rooms including the king presidential suite offer breathtaking views (pictured) of the Gold Coast Hinterland, Surfers Paradise skyline or Pacific Ocean.

Hotter says EHP had a vision to take the Marriott to a new level of style and sophistication.

“The fact that our partners EHP (Gold Coast) have committed $20 million to the refurbishment of the property speaks volumes for their confidence in the Gold Coast brand. Marriott International is a global company and has great commitment to this hotel and the future success of the Gold Coast,” he says.

“The refurbishment works that have been undertaken are a strong vote of confidence in the Gold Coast, tourism in Australia and the property itself which is now right up at the top of the five star rankings nationally.”

Resort general manager Peter Brampton says the beautification will result in the hotel regaining the mantle of the Gold Coast’s most luxurious and unique hotel.

“The Marriott caused a sensation when it opened and our lagoon pool with its tropical fish has been a unique attraction that for almost two decades has drawn guests back to the resort time and again,” he says.

“So significant is our lagoon pool and ‘swim with the fish’ experience that we have asked the Minister to release the final fish stocks into the lagoon to signify the completion of our refurbishment.”

The hotel’s extensive makeover has included an upgrade to all guest rooms including the opulent Presidential Suite, lobby area, lagoon pool area, front entry, dedicated events floor and a new all-day dining interactive restaurant, Citrique.

“The Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa raises the bar in terms of luxury resort hotel accommodation and facilities locally and it is without doubt one of the finest hotels in Australia,” says Brampton.

“The economic trickle down affect from the hotel on the overall Gold Coast economy runs into millions of dollars per annum with hundreds of permanent and part time jobs created by our operation. In the culinary area alone we employ more than 90 full time chefs.”

All of the guest rooms have been completely remodelled and boast a contemporary look with neutral colours and accents of coral, crisp whites and creams with the furniture reflecting a modern Queensland coastal charm.

The refurbishment has also included an upgrade to all function rooms on the dedicated events floor. The state-of-the-art floor is set aside exclusively for the conference, incentive, weddings and special events market.

The Presidential Suite is located on the 28th floor and is the epitome of unsurpassed five-star elegance. Complete with its own dining room, separate living area, master bedroom and spacious ensuite with spa, the Presidential Suite is expected to attract both Australian and international guests in search of a bespoke experience.

The Elandra Retreat Club suites are located on the top four floors of the resort and are designed for the discerning leisure or business traveller. They offer access to a contemporary lounge that offers complementary food and beverages throughout the day. The resort has also positioned itself as a clear leader in dining, featuring the recently opened Citrique interactive restaurant – with four different dining zones and eight international culinary concepts, it has already set a new benchmark in dining for the Gold Coast.

The property also features a new ‘grab-and-go’ deli called Java Plus, a luxurious lobby lounge bar, Japanese Sake Bar, Benihana Japanese Steakhouse , world-class Lattouf Hair and Day Spa, gymnasium and a new WIFI lounge area located on the ground floor for guests to enjoy Internet access 24 hours a day. WIFI is also available throughout the rest of the resort.

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