Dining with the Stars
Opulence and glamour are on the menu at rooftop restaurant Nineteen at The Star
Up on the nineteenth floor of Gold Coast hotel The Star sits a brand new restaurant and bar showcasing refined contemporary luxury and encapsulating elements of its stunning surroundings. Nineteen at The Star, which tops The Star’s luxury suite hotel The Darling, was designed by Melbourne-based design practice Mim Design, who drew inspiration from the surrounding landscape.
The stunning skyline is a key focus of the fine dining restaurant, which boasts views of the South Pacific Ocean, is backdropped by the lush Hinterlands and opens up onto an infinity pool. Sophistication and tasteful restraint characterise the space, with opulent materials and touches such as marble, emerald green upholstery, stone, mirrored walls, brass panelling paired with custom-made lighting, furniture and carpets.
A ribbon staircase leads guests to the private dining area and VIP lounge on the mezzanine level, where deep mulberry and cognac hues evoke a moody intimacy. One of the main challenges the design team faced was defining the relationship between the club space and the fine dining zone, so they visually and acoustically concealed the club space using a wall clad in 6-millimetre-thick glass and custom crystallised wallpaper.
A refined and tranquil colour palette reflects the surrounding nature – forest greens evoke the Tamborine and Springbrook mountains, pumice whites and teal blues mirror the ocean horizon and brass evokes the city’s night time skyline. The lobby beautifully reflects the sunset’s changing light, while inside a matte black open kitchen allows uninterrupted views of the horizon. Here, the atmosphere of elegant luxury is topped only by the unforgettable vistas.
Text / Babette Radclyffe-Thomas
Images / Sean Fennessy