Published: 06 March 2017 by: Emily Russ

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

Queensland's glittering Gold Coast has been a beloved holiday spot for loved-up couples for generations, but it's also seen its fair share of celebrities.

While filming The Shallows in 2015, Blake Lively and her husband Ryan Reynolds got out and explored the Gold Coast, revealing a few of their favourite spots. We say take a leaf out their book and escape to this sunny paradise like Hollywood's most genetically blessed couple. Seriously, those looks are not fair.

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The Palazzo Versace

Where to... sleep in

Palazzo Versace

All the big names stay here when visiting the Gold Coast, and with one of Queensland’s most Insta-ready pools it’s easy to see why.

The world’s first fashion- inspired hotel, the Palazzo Versace melds Italian craftsmanship with Gold Coast opulence. 

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Where to... get breakfast

The Yard Cafe

Nobby Beach’s The Yard Cafe doesn’t have a breakfast menu as such, but a pick-and-mix style menu best enjoyed any time of the day.

Try a classic like French toast with mascarpone and berry compote, or maybe Baghdad eggs with potato flatbread, hummus, dukkah, wild olives and preserved lemon. 

No Name Lane

Where to... get your morning cup of coffee

No Name Lane

When filming The Shallows, Blake said she had “the best coffee of her life” at Broadbeach’s No Name Lane.

Impressed by the cafe’s cappuccinos and cronuts, the starlet said she’d happily drink vats of their famous cold brew coffee and that she and Ryan visited so regularly, they knew the staff on a first name basis. If it’s good enough for Blake... 

Social Eating House

Where to... have a long lunch

Social Eating House & Bar

Broadbeach’s Social Eating House & Bar was a popular haunt for Ryan and Blake, who loved the restaurant’s relaxed atmosphere.

The charcuterie cabinet offers plenty of tasty snacks, but for a long lunch be sure to order one of the large share plates, such as the boneless saltbush lamb shoulder roasted in sheep’s milk yoghurt with slaw. 

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Where to have... sundowners 

Justin Lane Establishment

Justin Lane Establishment’s rooftop bar ticks all the boxes for an afternoon spent sipping cocktails (including a recommendation from Gourmet Traveller).

Wash down one of the bar’s famous wood-fired pizzas with a glass of something refreshing to the sounds of a DJ – and seagulls from nearby Burleigh Heads beach.

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Where to... have a romantic dinner

Seascape Restaurant & Bar

At Seascape Restaurant & Bar, located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, you can take in panoramic ocean views as you savour contemporary seafood.

Try the salmon roulade with shaved fennel and dill, or mussels, periwinkles and pippies in xo sauce with baby kale and lap chong. 

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

Where to... have a treatment for two

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat 

Hugh Jackman labelled this spa ‘world-class’ so rest assured Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat will make you feel like a star for the day.
Their Li’tya Signature Ritual – The Dreaming sets the standard in rejuvenation, featuring a Mala Mayi body wrap, scalp massage, kodo body massage and hand and food treatments. 

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How to... work out

Catch a wave

It’s the Gold Coast, so it’s kind of compulsory to go surfing – especially at Surfers Paradise.

You could spot world champs Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson shredding Greenmount, while Duranbah, Snapper Rocks or Burleigh Heads are amazing options, too. 

Miami Marketta

Don't miss...

Miami Marketta

If you’re looking for a night out in a hip venue with foot-tapping music and food that means business, make your way to the Miami Marketta.

Lit by strings of fairy lights, this nighttime market is a bit of a trendy Gold Coast must-visit, bringing together some of Australia’s best food trucks and a lineup of talented musicians on Fridays and Saturdays.



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