Visit Sanctuary Cove this spring

Sanctuary Cove has always been one of our favourite places. It is the perfect mix of relaxation and dreamland, a suburb where we can escape from everyday life and keep our fantasies alive.

Whether we enjoy a staycation at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort or make a day trip, our time at Sanctuary Cove usually consists of several elements: shopping, dining and gazing, soaking up the atmosphere of the marine village with its marinas, water views and sculptured gardens.

Destino Homewares

For that day, our dreams of a luxe lifestyle become real. We will enjoy great food, perhaps buy clothing, lifestyle furnishings, wine, some specialty food items and even vintage jewellery. We return home refreshed and inspired. Sanctuary Cove is the perfect place to meet friends, to bring visitors, or to spend the day with your partner away from the bustle of everyday life.

As we embrace the warmth and new life of spring, Sanctuary Cove beckons us to check out its new attractions, to dine overlooking water and to be rejuvenated by a break away.

Recently, we checked out some venues in Sanctuary Cove, including some of its newer attractions:

Dragon Cove

Paying homage to strength and its maritime location, the sparkling Dragon Cove is a modern Chinese restaurant. In place of many of the traditional elements, there are touches of international sophistication and luxury in the setting which put Dragon Cove well above its peers.

Dragon Cove’s Cucumber, cold cut chicken with rice noodle salad and sesame dressing.
Wine: Alberto Nani Prosecco

Our favourite way of dining at Dragon Cove is at lunch, enjoying the view and the high quality yum cha that’s a signature of this restaurant.

Dragon Cove’s Truffle infused wok fried mixed seafood with snow peas

Chim Thai

New to Sanctuary Cove, Chim Thai occupies a prime waterfront position. There’s a taste of luxe to this modern Thai fusion dining experience. The venue is casually elegant, and modern without snubbing tradition.

Chim Thai’s Duck Bao

Fancy dumplings with caviar, or Wagyu skewers, Seared Hokkaido scallops or Softshell crab with tamarind sauce? We haven’t made it past entrée yet! But we’ve already chalked Chim Thai down for a return visit. 

Chim Thai’s mixed entrée: Curry puff, chicken satay and snapper fish cake
Wine: La Vie en Rosé

 Red Steakhouse

Overlooking the marina, Red Steakhouse brings together classic service with top seafood and steak paired with premium wines and cocktails.

Red Steakhouse’s Braised beef cheek, garlic mash, baby carrots, kale chips in a red wine jus

Chef Luke Reeves boasts years of experience at Aquis (home of the Gold Coast Turf Club) and Moo Moo to give diners his own take on great meat and the freshest seafood. 

Wine at Red Steakhouse: Piere Occasione Shiraz

Rosé Gelateria

Husband and wife team Bronson Tucker and Diana Prinz opened Rosé Gelateria in time for the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in May 2021.

Rosé Gelateria’s Affogato with rock salt caramel gelato and macaron

The gorgeous little shopfront is decked out in dusty pink décor with gold accents, a fitting introduction to the delights of the palate served here: gelati from  Delizia Brisbane and Everest Melbourne, pastries from Brasserie Brisbane, pastries from Mark Daniels and coffee from Supreme Roasters in Yatala. So much sweet delight!

 Destino Wine & Cocktail bar

If you are in love with the Mediterranean as much as we are, then check out Destino.

Destino’s Trio of Mediterranean Dips & Chillies

This new tapas bar could have been transported straight from Santorini to Sanctuary Cove. Starting the day with coffee, move on to grazing boards and cocktails in this intimate setting.

Destino cheese board

Love the décor? Then you can buy your favourite pieces to take home from Destino Home right next door to the bar.

Destino’s Hand-tied Vannella burrata cheese served with local heirloom tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar with cocktails

There’s no better time to explore Sanctuary Cove than right now. Visit Sanctuary Cove in spring.

NOTE: Good Food Gold Coast was a guest of Sanctuary Cove.

      
Sanctuary Cove, Masthead Way, Hope Island QLD, Australia