Jo Robinson writes,
The Mercure Gold Coast Resort and Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach hosted myself and seven other event professionals on a two day famil over the weekend, showcasing their venues and the spectacular Gold Coast. See below for a recap and photos.
The Mercure Gold Coast Resort is located on a renowned golf course, perfectly nestled between Gold Coast beaches and the hinterland. It is far enough away from the heart of the GC to keep your delegates onsite, however close enough to include the GC in all your conference activities.
The Resort has just completed a new deck area, which is situated near the pool, overlooking the golf course. An ideal place for conference cocktails or a small diner and a spectacular location to watch the set over the golf course and the hinterland. This was the perfect venue for dinner, which was hosted by Tom, Tasha and the Mercure Gold Coast Resort team to welcome eight PCO’s from Sydney to the jointly hosted GC famil.
Attention to detail was the key for the evening with a beautifully themed table and individual place cards welcoming us and advising our dietary requirements had been taken into account when planning the menu.
The Mercure Mindful Meetings – Inspiration, Product and Peace of Mind was certainly highlighted on Saturday morning. Awaking early for a yoga session on the deck, it was a treat to see the fog settling low over the golf course and the hot air balloons gliding over the treetops in the sunshine with a perfectly blue-sky overhead.
Breakfast showcased all the healthy options available in the Mindful Meetings package.
There are nine versatile conference venues on the dedicated conference floor and these are completed by three outdoor venues. With 292 accommodation rooms the hotel is the perfect venue for conferences up to 150 – 200 pax with the conference requirements including plenary, breakouts, exhibition and a social program.
With the hotel having a vast lawn area it is easy to transfer VIP’s and keynote speakers from either Coolangatta or Brisbane airports direct to the hotel by helicopter. The team had arranged with Professional Helicopter Services a 10 minute flight over the Gold Coast to showcase both the Mercure Gold Coast Resort and Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach locations in relation to all the other GC conference infrastructure and activities. The sleek black helicopter comfortably sits 6 passengers. WOW during the flight we were even luckily enough to see a pod of dolphins and a whale. Spectacular – nothing better than the GC from the air on a crystal clear day with the white sand and blue water glistening in the sunshine.
Amery Burleigh, the General Manager of the Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach was on hand to greet us at the hotel and celebrated our arrival with a glass of French Champaign.
Amery explained the relationship the hotel has with the local indigenous people and their culture. You can tell she too is very passionate about this relationship and is a great storyteller bringing the history of this relationship to life. The relationship is showcased throughout the hotel with artwork in the library and lobby, the hotel bottled water from Yaru Australian Spring Water – provided by the Bundjalung People, bottled at source, 150km from the hotel and the array of local ingredients showcased in the many dishes served in the various food and beverage outlets in the hotel.
Escorted up to the 3rd floor Terrace we had a lunch date with Sam Moore the Chef de Cuisine from the Sofitel’s two chef hatted restaurant room81.
With the history of the hotel and the Indigenous people in mind, Sam demonstrated his culinary skills and created a mouth-watering three-course lunch paying homage to local ingredients.
For example the main included gold band snapper wrapped in paper bark and placed on the BBQ, accompanied by sea vegetables including karkalla and sea blite and to finish the dish brocolini, orange segments and lemon gel.
Dinner was a seven-course degustation with matching wines in room81, with Chef Sam once again creating a culinary tapestry course by course with locally sourced ingredients. The wait staff were very attentive and explained each course in great detail and why they had paired the particular wine with the flavours of the course.
room81 is only one of three restaurants on the Gold Coast with the distinction of being a two hatted restaurant.
A very special night and an ideal dinner venue to host clients, board members and/or keynote speakers.
Sofitel Gold Coast Resort is an ideal venue for conferences between 180 and 200 delegates.
The hotel has seven dedicated conference rooms including the Grand Ballroom which can seat up to 350 delegates theatre style. Complementing this are four venues ideal for cocktail functions and dinners including the Pool Deck, which can accommodate up to 300 delegates for a cocktail party, The Terrace, room81 and Bistro On3. With 296 luxury accommodation rooms the hotel can provide a full residential conference a room block of up to 280 rooms, which is unheard of in city hotels.
As well as their in-house conference offering the Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach is located 300 metres from the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) so provides an ideal accommodation option for delegates who’s conference is being held at the GCCEC.
A big thank you goes to the following for organising, hosting and staging this famil:
Nathan Telfer – Senior Business Development Manager Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach
Tasha Wade – Director of Sales & Marketing Mercure Gold Coast Resort
Amery Burleigh – General Manager Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach
Tom Bloomfield – General Manager Mercure Gold Coast Resort