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Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort Announces Cove Café Refresh

  • Written by Victoria Peterson

The luxury resort reveals its dining destination enhancement plans to deliver guests a new look, larger and more luxurious Cove Café.

Taking inspiration from the natural surrounding beauty of Sanctuary Cove, the design has been focused on reinvigorating the venue with natural oak panelling and olive-hued velvets to be unveiled late May 2019.  Interiors will compliment Cove Café's original emerald stained-glass window features while bringing a distinctly fresh, dynamic energy to match Executive Chef Matt Hart's new breakfast tapas concept and vibrant buffet style.

In an exciting addition to the venue's enhancement, the redesign will see the venue seamlessly connect the buffet inside with the resort's tropical gardens outside, with expansive sliding doors transporting guests to the stunning al fresco seating on the Fountain Terrace. The coffee station is being relocated closer to the new alfresco dining terrace to enhance flow through the restaurant.

Cluster General Manager, Matt Rippin said, “Cove Café has been a favourite dining destination of our guests and we are excited to share their new refreshed venue that embraces quintessential Australian-living by bringing the outdoors in with the stunning design.”

During the enhancement, Cove Café's signature breakfast buffet will be relocated to The Grange. Where guests will discover seasonal local produce such as fruits, local Queensland yoghurt, gourmet bakery baskets, Sunny Queen farm eggs, freshly blended juices and more waiting for you each morning. 

Executive Chef, Matt Hart said, “With the new-look Cove Café I am thrilled to be working on new concepts to bring to our guests that will showcase the best local produce utilising seasonal favourites that will put a spotlight of our fantastic region.  Dining should be an inclusive experience that is not only incredible food but is also a feast for the eyes by way of presentation.”

During the Cove Café enhancements, the Saturday night seafood buffet will be taking a break. However, guests will still be able to experience wood-fired cuisine at its finest in the resorts signature restaurant, The Fireplace or indulge in a light dinner, lunch or drinks in the Verandah Restaurant & Bar.

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About InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is the first InterContinental Resort property in Australia and is situated on the northern end of the Gold Coast within the prestigious Sanctuary Cove Resort.  Boasting an elegant and stylish design inspired by the grandeur of a beautiful Queenslander, the resort is set amidst picturesque fountains, lush gardens, a marina, golf course and is home to a spectacular one-acre beach lagoon pool.

A holiday at this timeless and sophisticated resort offers pure escapism and relaxation coupled with the convenience of being only minutes from Australia's favourite theme parks, beaches, international golf courses and breathtaking hinterland.

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About InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG):

IHG ® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Regent Hotels & ResortsInterContinental® Hotels & ResortsKimpton® Hotels & RestaurantsHotel Indigo®EVEN® HotelsHUALUXE® Hotels and ResortsCrowne Plaza® Hotels & Resortsvoco™ HotelsHoliday Inn®Holiday Inn Express®Holiday Inn Club Vacations®Holiday Inn Resort®avid™ hotelsStaybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,600 hotels and approximately 837,000 guest rooms in more than 100 countries, with more than 1,900 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members.

In February 2019, IHG acquired Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, adding 16 hotels (1,347 rooms) to its system and 18 hotels to its development pipeline.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 400,000 people work across IHG's hotels and corporate offices globally.

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About InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts: The InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts brand makes travel alluring, with insights from over 70 years of experience. With 194 hotels and resorts around the world in more than 60 locations, each of our properties provides a gateway to the glamour of the InterContinental Life. 

 As a brand, we aim to embody global sophistication through our superior, understated service and exceptional amenities. What makes us truly different is the genuine interest we show our guests through personalised and attentive services. We offer our most valued guests signature VIP services through a dedicated InterContinental® Ambassador programme and an exclusive Club InterContinental® experience. We connect our well-travelled guests to what's special about a destination, so they enjoy authentic local experiences that will enrich their lives. 

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