Who Visits Bon Sol


It’s no secret Queensland’s Gold Coast has evolved from the days when it was best known for Meter Maids, theme parks and the Surfers Paradise glitter strip.

With exciting culinary and cultural scenes, a plethora of small bars, designer markets and new micro breweries, the southern Gold Coast has become one of Australia’s hottest holiday destinations.

While there is an abundance of holiday accommodation and upscale hotels in this surf city, luxury boutique accommodation has been harder to find – until now.

Tucked away in an apartment block on The Esplanade in the hip beachside locale of Burleigh Heads – often described as the new Byron Bay or a more low-key Bondi Beach – is the luxurious home-hotel bon Sol.

Described as an end-to-end accommodation experience, this hotel
– the brainchild of creative director Annette Tesoriero – epitomises beachside luxe and offers an unrivalled holiday experience.

I arrive on a gloriously sunny Queensland winter day and do a double-take as I pull up in front of the three-storey, orange brick, 1960s-style apartment block and wonder, briefly, if I’m in the wrong place.

A sign at the building’s front door reading bon Sol (French for “good sun”), confirms I am indeed at the right address.

I’m greeted by my smiling host Bec, who leads me up a flight of stairs and into the apartment, which transports me to Europe.

Famed interior designer Anna Spiro – of Halcyon House fame – was responsible for transforming the original light-filled, spacious apartment into a romantic oasis that

Enjoy a day in the sun at nearby Burleigh Beach.

In true Spiro style, there’s an inspiring mix of colours and textures, custom-made furnishings and bespoke art works and wallpaper.

Sunlight is spilling into the master bedroom, which has ocean views, a king-size bed and an ensuite.

In the main bathroom there are the softest cotton towels from Moss River, Grown Alchemist toiletries and a boxed Fragonard soap – thoughtful touches I appreciate.

There’s also a second bedroom with twin beds, a laundry and a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, which leads to a balcony overlooking The Esplanade and ocean.

We decide to venture out to one of Burleigh’s hip bars and enjoy a pre-dinner margarita and cheese board at Rosella’s, an Australiana-themed bar with a chic twist. The following morning after a sleep in, we pop into Borough Barista for a flat white and get our breakfast to-go. We stroll to famous Burleigh Head, sit on the grass and watch surfers ride the waves at the iconic surf spot.

In the summer months, bon Sol offers an indulgent beach club service, where the property manager sets up beach lounges, umbrellas and a cool box with drinks on the chalk-white sands of Burleigh Beach.

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Concrete Nation: CN LOVES BON SOL

Here at Concrete Nation, we do love a luxury boutique beachside getaway and this romantic oasis is a design lover’s dream.

Tucked away inside a 1960s-style apartment block on the esplanade in Concrete Nation’s hometown of Burleigh Heads, this first-floor, two-bedroom apartment has been reimagined by celebrated interior designer, Anna Spiro of Halcyon House fame.

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Australian Traveller – Sleep in style at Bon Sol in Burleigh Heads

Let your appreciation of good design guide you to Burleigh Heads for a very stylish stay.

There is a small coastal town in northern NSW that serves as the perfect archetype for the 1980s Field of Dreams quote: “If you build it, he will come.” No, Kevin Costner didn’t build a baseball diamond in the Tweed Coast town of Cabarita Beach, but some clever hoteliers rebuilt an old surf motel there, and yes, the people did, indeed, come.

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Australian Traveller – The best ways to holiday here this year in Queensland

Sleep in style at Bon Sol in Burleigh Heads, Qld

In a place like Burleigh Heads, which offers the saltwater attractions and beachside mellowness that many coastal escapes do, the quality of accommodation can be persuasive. Which is why the Anna Spiro-designed Bon Sol has been instrumental in putting it on the map.

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Break with Tradition

Something old, something new and something blue – a gourmet groundswell meets the easy, breezy charm of bygone beach holidays in this Gold Coast hotspot – writes Chantay Logan.

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Best of the Gold Coast

Stay-can or short road trip, these drive destinations make the most of sun-soaked days and balmy nights, writes Chantay Logan.

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Good Weekend 52 Weekends Away bon Sol

The best weekends away in Queensland feature in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend issue, noted bon Sol as one of the top places for readers to visit.

Sheriden Rhodes October 25, 2019 — 9.52am

“Gunning for the great outdoors? A romantic getaway? Or perhaps a rural retreat with the family? Whatever you desire, there’s a big, beautiful country out there waiting to welcome you.

Whether you are looking for quirky artistic gems, relaxing wilderness retreats or island oases, the Sunshine State has it all.

THE LOCATION A two-bedroom apartment in the middle of one of the Gold Coast’s most happening ’hoods. It’s across the road from a sweep of pandanus-fringed beach, 15 minutes’ drive from Coolangatta Airport.

THE PLACE Pass through a shared entrance in a 1960s residential block of six apartments to find Pandanus, your designer stay with custom interiors by designer Anna Spiro, the clever creative behind Halcyon House.

THE EXPERIENCE The Bang & Olufsen sound system, Moss River linen and vintage cocktail trolley (stocked to order at extra cost) will have you dreaming of staying forever. Pop the cork off the welcoming bottle of Krug and soak it up from the balcony overlooking the waterfront esplanade. A second apartment, Hibiscus, will open in 2020.

DON’T MISS Order Bon Sol’s “beach club” set with kitsch umbrellas, lounges and an esky filled with drinks ($150). Heading out for dinner? Try Restaurant Labart, the mod-Oz diner from chef Alex Munoz (formerly of Sydney’s Monopole and Cirrus Dining).

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The beautiful new Gold Coast accommodation you’ll refuse to leave.

If you’re familiar with luxury boutique hotel Halcyon House or pretty Brisbane Bar Mr Percival’s, you’ll have become familiar with the work of designer Anna Spiro. Now, the creative has spun her magic on a stunning new stay on the Gold Coast, by the name of Bon Sol. And we’re ready to move in.

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