We all need a staycation to remind us just how lucky we are here on the Coast. One night at the Rhapsody is enough to make us remember why we all moved to the Gold Coast in the first place! Nicole Buckler reports.

I am putting it out there and you can write in all you want to argue with me, but here it is: Narrowneck is the best beach on the Gold Coast. This debate will go on for some time, as it always has at the Coast. So while you are compiling your argument defending your favourite spot, I will put my argument in front of you thusly.

First of all, the artificial reef built at Narrowneck in the late 90s not only has preserved the beach somewhat, but as all reefs do, it has created a better, more rideable wave. The reef has been topped up a few times over the years with sandbags and other materials to make sure it keeps doing what it is supposed to. The council seems all over it and it keeps this part of the beach as a paradise for surfers and swimmers.

Many locals will argue whether this wave is the best wave or not. I am here to say that it is one of life’s great pleasures to watch surfers ride these waves at sunset or at dawn. When it is windy, the kite surfers come out to play, and this is a spectacle that can be watched for hours. Narrowneck is the best beach on the Coast and I am prepared to go to hand-to-hand combat about it.

As for Staycations, there’s no better place, especially in Spring. Seas are clearer in Spring, and it is a paradise on our doorstep that other humans wait their whole lives to experience.

rhapsody pool

I chose the Rhapsody Resort as the place to base myself. It is directly across the road from the beach, a 5-minute walk from the flags at Narrowneck, and a gorgeous 15-minute walk along the beach to the bright lights/big city feels of Surfers Paradise. North Surfers Paradise G:Link Station is across the road.

I checked into a 35th-floor ocean-view room. That sunrise over the ocean? Wow. It’s the stuff of life. I  could do it 10,000 times again from the 35th  floor like I did last night and never grow tired of it.

From the balcony, I could see all the way to South Straddie and even further. And it was a  perfect day – that kind of day where the sun touches your skin after an early Spring swim, and you feel like you are being kissed all over by a minor deity. As a massive fan of North Gold Coast, I loved my aspect from the 35th floor, I could survey all that I own. Okay I wish I owned it. Maybe one day I will!

As for the resort, it’s got some cool stuff. Downstairs is a café that is a favourite of locals getting their coffee and morning goodies. The food was amazing. The pool is gorgeous, as resort pools are, it catches the sun perfectly. The rooms have the kind of panoramas that made the Gold Coast famous. There are no beach panoramas anywhere like it in the world. Turquoise oceans and blue skies that inject you with wellbeing and big feels.

The Level 41 garden rooftop terrace is the jewel in the crown. We grabbed some champers and sat up there and were lucky enough to have a full moon splashing us with its beams of light. It was just so soul-satisfying that it was actually hard to leave the hotel!

rhapsody gardens

We all know the usual haunts for staycations on the Coast. If you are looking for something new and a little different, then this is your place. And it is on the very best beach on the coast. Send your long, but also wrong, arguments about other beaches to ■

Discount for Silver Readers

When booking, use the promo code “SILVERMAG.” This will get Silver readers 15% discount of all BAR rates and room types across all travel dates. The special discount will be valid until the end of February, so get booking! This code can be applied directly when using or quoted to the reservations team over the phone.

For more information about Rhapsody Resort, click here.

If you like indoor beaches, check out our article about the Infinity Broadbeach!



Need a holiday? Want to try out a lifestyle care community? Then check out this innovative idea offered by Odyssey Lifestyle Care Communities.

We all like to get away. Even just hearing the word ‘holiday’ can inspire thoughts of reprieve. The effects of relaxation start when the holiday does, and can stay with us for weeks!

With social distancing and snap lockdowns becoming the norm, many of us are feeling the strain of not being able to holiday or enjoy social gatherings. This can be particularly isolating for our seniors. But one Gold Coast aged care community is serving up the solution!

Odyssey Lifestyle Care Communities is offering seniors a luxury getaway experience. This can remedy the increasing issue of loneliness and isolation among older Australians. It also caters to those seniors with a desire to try before they decide!

holiday relaxation

This model not only allows seniors to cure their wanderlust but enables an ideal way to ‘test the waters’ at Odyssey’s resort-style community. Rivalling hotel costs on the coast, the Odyssey staycation includes a selection of accommodation, all on-site restaurant meals, access to weekly lifestyle events, personal care (pending an assessment) and more.

Your holiday will be a delightful combination of fun, interesting outings and socialising. The weekly lifestyle events can be compared to those on a cruise ship – and they are incredibly popular!

Residents often enjoy trips to museums, art galleries, pub lunches, river cruises and much more. Odyssey’s Lifestyle Coordinator, Allison is deftly in tune with the residents’ preferences and interests. She artfully curates a lifestyle calendar to empower residents and they get a lot of enjoyment out of it each week.

From active pursuits to cultural and culinary experiences, Odyssey is proactive about helping residents to get out and attend the activities they are passionate about. Being in your senior years doesn’t curb the enjoyment of hobbies and interests. Odyssey understands it’s important to make senior loved ones feel valued and have a sense of purpose. The community has extensive recreational facilities – socialising can often be as simple as taking a stroll down the hallway.

The unique Robina community combines hotel luxury with unparalleled care, support and superior services tailored from person to person and in particular, seniors.

The staycation model is designed specifically to provide seniors with an opportunity to enjoy a getaway, and make new friends in a welcoming and safe social setting. This is while experiencing the benefits of spacious and fully serviced apartments.

Many seniors are feeling hesitant and perhaps a little intimidated to travel or holiday at the moment. But the Odyssey model caters to safe travel, while also offering a luxury getaway experience.

Ultimately, staying connected through social activity and participating within a community is essential in maintaining seniors’ wellbeing, overall health, mental outlook and happiness. Odyssey provides peace of mind that senior loved ones will be cared for as family, treated as a VIP guest and enjoy making memories and connections.

holiday dancing


Odyssey Lifestyle Care Communities, led by prominent aged care expert Phil Usher, is also launching its second stage of development in Robina, which will see residents traversing skybridges across six new levels.

The second stage of the community will include 48 new apartments and has been developed in consultation with residents. It will feature an entire level designed specifically for seniors with memory issues.

CEO and founder, Phil Usher said it was vital that Odyssey consult with residents and continue to include and welcome their feedback. This is something the community values. Odyssey’s consumer-centric ethos is all about listening to residents, hearing what they are saying and adapting to their needs, rather than following a less inclusive model. The Odyssey model has set an excellent precedent in the industry by demonstrating the power of putting people first.

Apartments in the new stage will include a powder room as well as a deluxe bathroom. The feedback from Odyssey’s residents made this design feature development possible.

Set within lush gardens, Odyssey’s Staycation apartments feature access to restaurant dining, sky gardens, library, piano lounge and more. Guests will also have access to 24/7 onsite nursing services and state-of-the-art artificial intelligence monitoring, to ensure safety and wellbeing.

Odyssey includes a full-service hospitality offering, breakfast, high-tea, three-course lunch and dinner, tea, coffee and drinks, nursing, personal care services and more.

In a Gold Coast first, Odyssey offers a pet-friendly and family-friendly community that welcomes overnight stays for friends and family. This all takes place in a luxury resort environment where couples stay together, and grandkids can have sleepovers.

holiday dining

Odyssey is a three-tower luxury aged care community, located at the high-profile site on the corner of Christine Avenue and The Crestway at Robina. It has set a new benchmark for the sector with an extensive offering of five-star accommodation, care services and amenities for residents. ■

For additional information, you may contact Odyssey at the following details:

07 5551 6720

1 The Crestway, Robina

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