CROWNE PLAZA STAYCATION

WORDS BY PORTIA LARGE 

Nine to five bump and grind got you down? Maybe it’s time for a staycation! We are more than half way through 2016 and if you are like me, long hours and little downtime got you feeling jaded.

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Dreaming of a tropical escape, I realised it doesn’t feel like winter here on the Gold Coast. Which lead to the question, why holiday away? With calm seas, beautiful crisp mornings and not a cloud in the sky, the GC is hard to beat at this time of year… I just needed some time without distraction, to enjoy it, so I booked a weekend at the Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise #CPEndlessSummer.

Finally, time to switch off the phone and switch up my surrounds. My only priority being, the Four Winds Revolving Restaurant, renounced for 360 degree views, buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Staycation relaxation tips: 

  1. Sink into a hot bath and add a few drops of aromatic oils.
  2. Exercise. Although you’re having a break, for a natural body & mind high get that heart pumping.
  3. Vege out and enjoy a movie – without your phone!
  4. Meditate. Yes, that voice in your head can be a friend. Sort through your thoughts, stocktake your life and clear the mind.
  5. Only wear comfortable clothes – no heels, ties or belts allowed!
  6. Romance. Well, you know why.
  7. Read, but not on a laptop or phone screen. We spend enough time glued to bright lights. Now is your time to grab a book, mag or paper. I like learning and often read self help books.
  8. Break the routine and try something new. Flavours, foods and wine!

One morning whilst admiring the 180 degree ocean views from my king bed, I noticed a pod of whales migrating North!

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Hello food baby… Just about every meal you can think of you’ll find at the 4 Winds Revolving Restaurant:

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Go on, I’m sure you’ll love your staycation as much as I did! http://www.crowneplazasurfersparadise.com.au/

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FERRARI POLO BY THE SEA

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WORDS BY PORTIA LARGE 

Turns out Ferrari’s, choppers and champagne are a winning combo! Yes, this time, the sun came out to play and our heels are intact! Having experienced the excitement and adrenaline of the sport, we aren’t surprised more than 77 countries now play polo. Once upon a time, the game was primarily played by Royalty and later cavalry; today, the sport has become more accessible and attracts a broader spectrum of society.

This year, I introduced the 90.9 Sea FM dash, encouraging women to free their feet for awesome prizes!

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90.9 Sea FM Ladies Dash Winners:

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At half time, polo player Andrew Fraser-Scott surprised his girlfriend of six years, Jessica Bamford with a proposal before scoring on the field. And to conclude, best-dressed guests were scouted and rewarded in the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre Fashion on the Field contest.

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Pacific Fair Shopping Centre Fashion On The Field fashionistas:

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After an incredible sunset, we kicked on at QT Hotel Stingray Bar. A huge thank you to event organisers, Elizabeth McMahon founder of E.M Studios for styling me in 10 minutes flat and Joe Mclnally photography! We didn’t see Prince Harry, but we love polo so much, we are already counting down for The VW Polo Los Loosa 2016 and other Polo in the City events Australia wide. Hair: Kiwi and Bull Salon | Romper & accessories: Miss Darcy Boutique | Clutch: Topshop.

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Pictured: Polo players and organiser Craig Barbour.

WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARDS

Providing a platform to honor outstanding and successful business women and industry achievers, the 2014 Gold Coast Women in Business Awards was a fantastic networking opportunity. On October 31st Palazzo Versace was abundant in positive energy uniting and recognising inspiring women of all ages and backgrounds. In the lead up to the awards function at Palazzo Versace, shortlisted nominees were invited to attend networking events including the Julia Gillard ‘My Story’ book launch breakfast and celebratory cocktails at Bond University.

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MY FAVORITE QUOTES BY EMPOWERING WOMEN:

1) Emma Watson: ‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’

2) Oprah Winfrey: ‘I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that’s how I operate my life.’

3) Michelle Obama: ‘I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.’
4) Hillary Clinton ‘I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfil my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life.’

5) Coco Chanel: ‘The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.’

6) Angelina Jolie: ‘Figure out who you are separate from your family, and the man or woman you’re in a relationship with. Find who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that’s the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self because with that, you can do anything else.’
7) Ayn Rand: ‘The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.’
8) Margaret Fuller:  ‘If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.’

 

TREASURE ISLAND

If you’re in need of a holiday your next getaway may be closer than you think. Bathed in warm sunshine and cool breeze, the Ocean Road TV crew skimmed by the Gold Coast Broadwater and the million dollar mansions of Sovereign Island before reaching our filming destination at Couran Cove. Although we were just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast’s Surfers Paradise, we felt a million miles away in the peaceful seclusion of Stradbroke Island. Native wildlife, heritage listed rainforest, amazing surf breaks and Australian architecture are combined harmoniously to create the perfect getaway for a broad audience. Upon arrival we were met with many friendly staff of the island who seated us at a table overlooking the marina. An acai and muesli combo was my pick on the menu for breakfast that morning, aware the day was bound to be action packed. Energetic resort CEO John Muntz, offered to give us a full island tour once our food settled. As we explored we soon learnt that this place is eco friendly, with many sustainability measures put in place to minimize their environmental footprint – We are a fan! After a stroll through the rainforest we found stark contrast in the environment once we reached the beach on the East side of the island. Perfect A-frame waves rolled in, and I felt frustrated that I was without a board and “working” on such a day. In order to unwind further, we stopped by at the Day Spa before indulging in a 6 course Degustation lunch. Helicopter and speedboat rides were the afternoon highlights just when I thought our day couldn’t get better. You’ll have to see the footage for yourself to understand how special this place is…

Visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIu1lTiPHsg

SUPS TO SUPER YACHTS

My obsession for boating and water sports was amplified at this years Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

There was over 300 exhibitors and 500 boats on display!

We couldn’t film them all but here is a sample from paddle boards to million dollar yachts… and the people, colour, and festivities in between: