ANNIVERSARY MAKEOVER FOR COAST ICON

ANNIVERSARY MAKEOVER FOR COAST ICON

THE NEW Sheraton Mirage (pictured) sparkles in the sunlight beaming from the enormous lobby windows that frame breathtaking views of Gold Coast’s Main Beach. It is hard to imagine it looking any other way. But the five-star resort, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month, has been transformed following a $26 million renovation...

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BUSINESSES THRIVE WITH HELP FROM ‘SUCCESS COACH’

BUSINESSES THRIVE WITH HELP FROM ‘SUCCESS COACH’

BUSINESS coaching is the most effective way to achieve sustainable growth and development in business, according to a self-made multimillionaire. Success coach Michael Yacoub (pictured) believes every business leader possesses immense power to achieve ambitious goals. However, every now and then, even the best business-decision maker needs a few...

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ENJOY THE POLO CLUB DIFFERENCE

ENJOY THE POLO CLUB DIFFERENCE

AN EXCLUSIVE opportunity to sample membership privileges is being offered by one of the city’s leading private clubs. Brisbane Polo Club (BPC) is setting the standard for a whole new generation of business leaders. As one of the city’s most progressive and innovative private clubs, the prestigious establishment delivers a refreshing ...

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SONIA'S CLEVER BRAIN WAVE

SONIA'S CLEVER BRAIN WAVE

USING brain power to improve business opportunities is just simple commonsense. That’s the view of Gold Coast’s Sonia McDonald (pictured), who has founded a new leadership and talent consulting company, LeadershipHQ, that uses neuroscience to build brand and boardroom confidence. “By truly understanding and appreciating our bra...

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NEW PILL HAS A GRAPE FUTURE

NEW PILL HAS A GRAPE FUTURE

A COMPOUND linked to the beneficial antioxidants in red wine has been developed into a health product by a Gold Coast company. Resveratrol is found in the skins of red grapes. Some studies say resveratrol provides health benefits because of its antibiotic properties that help protect the grape vine from disease. Cell Stimulation’s ubloom12...

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CLUB PROVIDES EXCLUSIVE HEALTH EXPERIENCE

CLUB PROVIDES EXCLUSIVE HEALTH EXPERIENCE

MEMBERSHIP of an exclusive health retreat at Bundall will now be available only through invitation after the club recently reached a crucial milestone. It has taken just nine months for Kudos Health Club to enlist 1000 members and trigger the invite-only condition of membership. Managing director Chris Ruck says is it important to maintain the e...

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TIMELY SERVICE AT THE MARRIOTT'S CITRIQUE

TIMELY SERVICE AT THE MARRIOTT'S CITRIQUE

SURFERS Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa’s Citrique restaurant has taken a fresh approach to mid-week dining with a new a la carte lunch menu. For business people looking to streamline their lunch times, Citrique’s director of food and beverage Andrew Nadin, says Marriott has always been a popular spot for business lunches. “Co...

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HOTEL REVAMP ADDS NEW YORK DINING STYLE

HOTEL REVAMP ADDS NEW YORK DINING STYLE

THE Rydges Southbank Hotel has taken a line from the song of Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York by launching an $11 million dollar refurbishment with a City of Dreams theme. The new 2887sqm podium level, designed by Base Architects and Los Angeles-based Tracy Beckmann, will reflect high-end New York dining. There will be five function room...

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VIVA LA GLASS

VIVA LA GLASS

AMERICA’S loss has been a culinary coup for the Gold Coast with Frenchman David Pommier (pictured) dishing up tantalising favourites at Glass Dining and Lounge Bar for almost three years. The head chef has been a fixture at the Marina Mirage restaurant since its celebrated opening and has delighted customers with a fresh and progressive me...

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RECHARGE AND RELAX AT COFFS HARBOUR

RECHARGE AND RELAX AT COFFS HARBOUR

FAMILY road trips don’t have to end up like Chevy Chase’s National Lampoon’s Vacation, where the parents and kids are caught up in a mobile, metal encased circus juggling a comedy of errors. About four hours drive south of the Gold Coast is the popular tourist hamlet of Coffs Harbour. Just few minutes before Coffs and directly ...

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TUCKERIA DISHES UP IN THE VALLEY

TUCKERIA DISHES UP IN THE VALLEY

FORMER real estate financier Jordan Birchall (pictured) went out on a limb to start Tuckeria restaurant in Fortitude Valley. Birchall was working as a real estate financier in the US when the GFC struck. “The real estate market really started slowing down which made me think I should be doing something else. I was interested in Mexican foo...

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TEAMING UP WITH CHARITY TO CHALLENGE

TEAMING UP WITH CHARITY TO CHALLENGE

AN international corporate events company first established in Sanctuary Cove is aiming to recruit more staff and co-operate with charities on a future line-up of challenging events. Corporate Challenge director Travis Ireland (pictured) claims he is busier than ever because more employers realise that improving staff morale through corpora...

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WHAT A GRAND VIEW

WHAT A GRAND VIEW

HARBOUR Grand Hong Kong offers a touch of class and luxury with spectacular sea views – the perfect place to mix business and pleasure. Nestled beside the sparkling Victoria Harbour, the hotel’s state-of-the-art facilities, friendly staff and convention facilities offer a memorable venue for all occasions. There are 554 rooms ranging...

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VINTAGE AMBIENCE AT FELLINI

VINTAGE AMBIENCE AT FELLINI

RISTORANTE Fellini is celebrating 15 years with the opening of its new signature wine bar. The new Fellini bar is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner drink or night cap and is an extension of the award-winning Marina Mirage restaurant. Fellini acquired the 40sqm vacant retail space at the front of the restaurant early this year and transformed it ...

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A RESILIENT LITTLE DEVIL

A RESILIENT LITTLE DEVIL

BOASTING a diverse economy, Hobart is the business and commercial centre of Tasmania and with a rich history and plenty of culture on offer, it’s little wonder tourist numbers are growing. Many of Tasmania’s major exporters have headquarters in Hobart with FY10-11 export figures totaling $3.1 billion. China remains the state’s ...

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THREE CHEERS FOR MOO MOO

THREE CHEERS FOR MOO MOO

MOO Moo The Wine Bar + Grill At The Port Office has triumphed at the 2011 Australian Wine List of The Year Awards hosted by Fine Wine Partners in conjunction with Gourmet Traveller Wine. The restaurant was awarded the highest possible ‘three glass’ rating at the 2011 Australian Wine List of the Year Awards. It marks the second major ...

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A WEEKEND AT THE WINDSOR

A WEEKEND AT THE WINDSOR

MELBOURNE is Australia’s second largest and fastest growing capital city and is the economic and cultural envy of all the states.

Growth in the property sector exceeded 27 per cent over the last year and employment growth in recent years has been more than its closest rivals, Brisbane and Perth, combined.

Similarly, five of the countryR...

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STEFAN’S HAIR-RAISING SUPER CAT

STEFAN’S HAIR-RAISING SUPER CAT

HAIR salon king and powerboat champion Steve ‘Stefan’ Ackerie has designed and built a $10 million state-of-the-art catamaran. Drawing on the same design principles of ‘round-the-world racing yachts, Ackerie’s Hairazor vessel sets a new high-water mark for marine innovation.

The catamaran is 25m long and almost 9m wide, d...

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MEDITERRANEAN MAGIC

MEDITERRANEAN MAGIC

MEDITERRANEAN cuisine is on the menu at Broadbeach’s 1two3 Dining and Lounge Bar, but there’s also a few surprises too. Andrew McElhone is the first to admit the term ‘Mediterranean cuisine’ opens the door to new cultures and possibilities.

The former Sydneysider opened Sage Cafe Restaurant in 2004 and then founded Yellow...

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SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER

SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER

A SCHOOL of bream break the water’s surface and swish about just a couple of metres below where we are sitting on the deck at Marina Mirage. I suggest throwing in a line but am promptly hooked by the No Fishing sign. It’s the kind of ambience one can expect at Saks Restaurant, where the choice de jour is surely the sensational seafoo...

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