Santa Barbara Specialty Coffee, hot enough to toast!

“Great coffee, tasty toasties and pastries, and friendly vibes.” The latest hidden gem on the northern Gold Coast is Santa Barbara Specialty Coffee, the small café with lots of heart. After serving coffee in some of the coast’s best cafés for years, barista Kevin Gatti knew what he and his wife Emma would place value […]

Rise Bakery, Short but not too Sweet

Rise Bakery opened in May 2022 in Sanctuary Cove, a boulangerie that brings a slice of French culture to the village through its classy French patisserie, bread and champagne. The work of French-born Chef Pâtissier Adrien Marcinowski with Chef Maxime Bournazel and Sandra Soufi (Front of House), the café was designed and built by Clui […]

Bear Boy Espresso

Bear Boy Espresso is the answer to a question: ‘Where can you get a great specialty coffee on the northern end of the Gold Coast?’ Of course, the answer is ‘At Bear Boy Espresso’. Eager to bring their love of a great cuppa to a new audience, Brodie Howard and her husband Andy secured the […]

Retreat to the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

In a busy life, it’s important to plan times of retreat; weekends of relaxation, sharing time with your partner surrounded by green. Somehow, we find that lawns, gardens and wilderness are nourishing for the soul, far more so than concrete and bitumen! The InterContinental Sanctuary Cove is one of our favourite retreats, an expansive resort […]

Dragon Cove Chinese Cuisine, Sanctuary Cove

With its namesake dragon the ultimate symbol of good fortune, power and strength, Dragon Cove pays homage to a view of luxury yachts resting on the sparkling waters of Sanctuary Cove Boat Harbour. Not only is the restaurant a light-filled inviting and thoroughly modern space, it’s also beautifully appointed, and arguably the most upmarket Chinese […]