Bon Sol Apartment Burleigh Heads, Queensland
Stylish apartment Bon Sol is perfectly positioned on the waterfront esplanade at Queensland’s Burleigh Heads. The area is fast becoming one of the state’s coolest places to holiday. Located at the southern end of the Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads is home to funky shops, cute cafes and fabulous restaurants.
Designer Anna Spiro who worked her magic on the interior design of Halycon House in Cabarita Beach, has created a stylish seaside bolthole. Located in a typical 1960s apartment block, Spiro was inspired by the colours of the sea and sand which is reflected in her striking decor.
Bon Sol’s Pandanus apartment is delightful and it doesn’t take long for that holiday feel to set in. Step through the doors and the colours jump out – think bright blues, aquas and soft greens. The two-bedroom apartment features attention to detail that the designer is so well known for. The 22 rooms at Halcyon House are all different with her design stamp on them.
Here she channels seaside colours featuring bright mosaic tiles, pinstriped wallpaper, chintz armchairs and sisal matting.
Take your own music and connect with the Bang & Olufsen Beo Sound surround sound music system and there’s a large screen television in each bedroom. The cute drinks trolley can come pre-stocked on request.
There’s a mix match of furniture styles including antiques and contemporary designs with modern artwork. There’s also Moss River linen, beach towels and marble vanities in both bathrooms. A fully-equipped kitchen is perfect for creating a home-made feast.
Second Apartment Coming
Bon Sol will launch its second apartment, Hibiscus, decorated in Hollywood Regency style, three blocks away, at the end of next year.
Want to linger beachside in luxury?
The property manager will set up a beach haven complete with striped umbrellas, sun lounges and an esky filled with pre- ordered drinks. All you have to do is stretch out and enjoy that sunshine and beachside feels.
Burleigh Heads is fast becoming a great food destination with fabulous restaurants such as Labart. It’s the first restaurant of chef Alex Labart and wife Karla and champions sustainability, seasonality and simplicity concentrating on fabulous tastes and textures.
Alex worked at some of Sydney’s top restaurants including Marque and Est and most recently, he was the head chef at Monopole, Potts Point and Head Chef at Cirrus Dining, Barangaroo.
We loved his new BurleighHeads restaurant which just weeks after opening, was awarded ‘QLD’s Hottest Restaurant’ in The Australian’s 2018 Hot 50 Restaurants. This year, Labart was again included in The Australian’s 2019 Hot 50 Restaurants and was the only Gold Coast restaurant to make the list.
What we Ate
The Burleigh Baker bread with home-made caramelised butter is a great starter, followed by roasted chicken with leek, chive and egg yolk sauce. The grand finale of popcorn ice cream, chocolate mousse and hazelnut is excellent. www.restaurantlabart.com
Burleigh Pavilion and The Tropic
Wander over to the Burleigh Pavilion for wonderful seaside views- you could sit there all day. We dined on the terrace watching the blue waters where surfers stare. Beer battered fish and chips are a standout. The Tropic is next door and features a large open with a front-row seat to see Guillaume Zika and his team at work. The menu showcases fresh produce from the region – and those views are amazing. www.burleighpavilion.com
Japanese – Etsu Izakaya Mermaid Beach
Etsu Izakaya is modern Japanese restaurant offering izakaya style dining.
It’s a fabulous restaurant that’s well disguised so you know when you open the doors you are in for a treat. The sushi and sashimi, tempura dishes, salads and teriyaki are outstanding. Tender meat and fresh seafood are cooked over the Robata grills.
Our favourites are the aburi salmon and the Binchotan with saikyo miso cod with house pickles, miso soup and wagyu gyoza. The atmosphere is eclectic and food fabulous.
What to drink
Sit up at the bar and try a Japanese whisky or sake – but the cocktails are impressive. The Japanese style cocktails feature yuku, shochu and umeshu. There’s also an inspired wine list.
Start walking – the beach is just across the road and perfect for an early morning stretch, brisk walk or jog. You can hire a bike and cycle around or head to the nearest gym- but that seaside air is addictive.
What to do
As well as the excellent beaches there’s so much to see and do in this area. Get your creative juices flowing at a class with fabulous potter Jo Norton at Norton and Norton at Currumbin.
Take home a pot
It’s such a fun experience with Jo as your patient teacher. It’s both relaxing and satisfying creating something special. nortonandnorton.com.au
Visit the amazing 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace tucked away in the industrial area of Mermaid Beach where Terri Lew exhibits the dynamic work of more than 80 Australian and International artists, some of which are exclusive to the gallery. 19karen.com.au
HOTA is Hot
Check out what’s on the program at HOTA- Home of the Arts in Surfers Paradise. There are excellent artistic programs, workshops, classes, movies, performances and exhibitions. It will be home to the new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery set to open in 2021. www.hota.com
What we Loved
From the moment you step inside this enchanting bolthole, you feel you are somewhere special and on holiday.
Also love the name – Bon Sol – Spanish for good sun.
Bon Sol Apartments
44, The Esplanade,
Cnr of First Ave and the Esplanade