Pacific Fair Is A Queensland Shopping Experience You Need To See
Following a $670 million redevelopment, Queensland’s Pacific Fair (along with the QT Hotel Gold Coast), assembled Australia’s leading men’s bloggers and lifestyle influencers for three days of shopping, exploring and a media experience unlike any other.
A 40 minute drive from the Gold Coast airport, the QT Hotel proved to be Australia’s most ‘Instagrammable’ hotel. From the multimedia wall in the hotel entrance, to the freshly made lemonade and iced tea in the lobby. Guests are greeted by custom made, retro-themed furniture, along with a concierge and hostess in quirky, 80s inspired outfits.
Renowned for being the Gold Coast’s most stylish Lounge Bar, Stingray played host to a gin and vodka class, hosted by the talented and very capable bar staff. Mixing a number of classic cocktails, to stylish aperitifs to QT Hotel signatures, the class is sure to bring out your inner mixologist.
The hotel’s Stingray Lounge mixes industrial design with splashes of pop art and quirky furniture to create a vibrant atmosphere with a dash of mystery and excitement. With a variety of unique cocktails, ice cold beers and fine quality wines, there is literally something for everyone (recommend: Barrel Aged QT Old Fashioned, or the hotel signature Skinny Pash). The cocktail list draws heavily from its local surroundings, playing up the Gold Coast’s ‘fun in the sun’ vibe which cannot be missed.
Dinner at the hotel is presented as an interactive marketplace at QT Bazaar, posing a market-style experience, rather than a typical buffet meal. Cured meats hang from the high ceilings, while fresh king prawns and sand crabs sit chilled, alongside classic pot roasts and refreshing organic salads.
Queensland’s Pacific Fair has been completely transformed into a world-class shopping destination, and after completion was named the fourth largest retail destination in Australia. The Centre has been completely integrated with a new two-level mall connecting the new and existing sections, adding around 50,000 square metres of retail space.
With the Gold Coast being the country’s number one tourist destination, the main focus of the centre was to attract a tourist demographic. The addition of over 420 shops, restaurants and entertainment destinations under one roof has completely reshaped the face of Australian shopping, with a high proportion of stores being luxury and designer retailers.
The high-end store Harold’s has also opened at the centre, operating men’s and women’s upper class apparel, with Tom Ford suits being a top seller.
Each brand is encouraged to go above and beyond, offering an aspirational push towards a high end shopping experience. Active wear giant Lorna Jane is offering yoga and pilates classes at its dedicated studio, as well as a ‘nutrition bar’ offering smoothies. “We wanted to make the centre casual but sophisticated, as that is part of the Gold Coast lifestyle,” Ms Frewen said.
The Pacific Fair then became the centre of attention (pun intended), hosting Vogue Fair, a night of shopping, special offers and some of the biggest names in Australian fashion.
Through a culmination of interest and innovation, the QT Hotel and Pacific Fair lead the way in Australian retail and entertainment. Both host a unique and individual experience, which promise to accentuate the Gold Coast lifestyle, whilst looking into future development.
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