We stayed here for one night in June, courtesy of relatives as an anniversary present. I can imagine that in its heyday it was a truly luxurious 5 star resort but unfortunately it’s no longer the case. Our room was ok but certainly not 5 star, and the rest of the resort was looking rather tired and a bit shabby. It’s was also all a bit weird, a dinosaur on the golf course, Rolls Royces in the lobby and pictures of Clive palmer everywhere.
What spoilt it for us though was the fact that on the Saturday night we stayed it was deserted. The central square and restaurants were almost empty and devoid of any atmosphere whatsoever and we pitied the poor singer who was due to sing to an empty square for the next 2 hours. Rather than sit in an empty restaurant, we got a take away pizza and took it back to our room. We heard from a staff member the next morning that the occupancy rate was only about 10% and I’m not surprised considering that the cheapest room that night was $300.
I suspect that Clive Palmer’s future interest in this area will be concentrated on his new dinosaur and car museum and his attempt to build a new beachfront hotel, at the expense of this once luxury resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the base of Mount Coolum on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Palmer Coolum Resort is one of Australia's finest all encompassing resort destinations. Accommodation at Palmer Coolum Resort is set amongst natural bushland, lakes and gardens. Spacious Deluxe Studios are popular with couples, while 2 bedroom Woodland, Golf and Lakefront Villas are ideal for families. The exclusive Ambassador Club offers the ultimate in accommodation on the Sunshine Coast, with luxurious 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom Suites. The Ambassador Club Lounge also offers breakfast daily, pre-dinner drinks and canapes each evening, a private pool and tennis court. Superb leisure facilities at Palmer Coolum Resort include an 18-hole championship golf course, the largest day spa in the southern hemisphere, tennis centre with 7 floodlit courts, 9 sparkling swimming pools, direct access to the beach, Kids Club for children aged 6 weeks to 10 years and the activities centre with cookie decorating and craft projects! The championship course is complemented by an extensive range of practice facilities including the Golf Education Centre with PGA Teaching Professionals available for private lessons, a chipping green with an adjoining practice bunker, a practice putting green and floodlit driving range. The Village Square is the heart of the Resort. Enjoy Modern Australian at Ned Kelly's restaurant, authentic South East Asian cuisine from The Smiling Duck, or delicious pizzas from the Pizza Pasta. Palmer Coolum Resort is now home to one of the largest private car collections on display and the largest Dinosaur Park in the world. The Resort offers a wonderful 4 star family experience as well as catering for couples who want an indulgent week-end away. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Regency Coolum Hotel Coolum Beach
- Hyatt Coolum Beach