EYE IN THE SKY - Remote distant places whisper tales to the wanderlust. Travels in Madagascar, Brazil, Peru, the Seychelles, Bhutan, Maldives, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar (Burma), India, Bangladesh, Japan, Vietnam, Laos, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Philippines, and then some.
This is a Philippine blogsite; a "journal" solely meant to document my (mostly) solitary travels. Cover photo taken in Ilafy, Madagascar.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Sanctuary Cove's Delectable Dining and Luxurious Atmosphere
Sanctuary Cove is a 474
hectare gated community in the suburb of Hope Island in the Gold Coast. It’s an
upscale, albeit self-contained residential environment that boasts of a laidback
subtropical atmosphere. Its commercial hum is found mostly in its Marina
Village which has over 90 specialty stores and fashion boutiques on low-set
one-or-two level shops overlooking the tranquil marina’s 297 berths spread
across 4 harbours. The community has 2 golf courses, 15 restaurants and a Hyatt
Sanctuary Cove's Marina Village. This photo only from their website.
The shops are truly
reflective of a functional community with dentists and lawyer’s offices, and
even convenience stores. There are buggy rides transporting residents and the
attractive row of white yachts beside their moorings.
We went to the cove for
lunch at George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant, a delectably sophisticated restaurant
that offers half price lunches set in several Mediterranean styled settings: comfortable
leather couches with colorful throw pillows; another has white rattan-style set
pieces with white-and-blue striped pillows. Then there’s the traditional,
open-air fine-dine setting with peacock-shaped napkins beside tall shrubs. Or
you may prefer the enclosed, airconditioned atmosphere with very attentive
waiters hovering around you. All these are a few feet away from the yachts.
We had sea bass on tartar
sauce (half price at $17.50), Caesar’s salad and a lemon lime drink. The mere
presentation was mouth watering so you can imagine how scrumptious it tasted. The
place, with its variety of settings, is huge but they fill easily because of
the half-price lunch promos. Somehow you get the feeling that with all the
white motif shrouding you, you’re in Ibiza; and with real grapes hanging
down trellis, you might as well be dining in some Greek or Italian island. But
of course this is exotic and summery Australia.