Komune has beach funk
TAJ Burrow knew where he wanted to be when he won the World Championship Tour (WCT) surfing event on the Gold Coast earlier this year.
The place to have the Quiksilver Pro victory celebrations was just over the Greenmount hill from the contest site at Rainbow Bay.
It's new and not too many people from the Sunshine Coast have probably been there yet, but they soon will.
It's the Komune Resort and Beach Club: a high-rise building with a split personality at Coolangatta, across the road from Greenmount Beach and within walking distance of the southern Gold Coast's best surf spots.
Komune, owned by a small group of investors including former WCT contender Luke Egan, is an accommodation house with many facets.
The look is distinctly beach funk.
It's part-backpackers, with ocean-view beds from $35 per night, and the usual backpacker accompaniments of wi-fi, video games, a basic breakfast and plenty of places to lie around and do nothing.
It's a great spot for couples, including those with kids.
The resort-style rooms have beach views, and cooking and laundry facilities.
And it's ideal for people like Taj and his mates who just went to let loose and have a big night.
“We had nearly all the top 44 (in the world) here having a great time,” part-owner Tony Cannon said.
The surfers booked what Komune calls its Rock Star VIP Penthouse and there's nothing else quite like it in Australia.
Taking out the entire top floor of the building, with 360-degree views, the penthouse has an array of big- screen televisions, soft couches, day beds and beds more suited to a good night's or day-after's sleep, a heated six-person bar, Playstations and enough cold storage to stock up plenty of drinks for a big night or nights.
And best of all for everyone else in the building, and those living nearby, it's soundproof.
You can basically do what you like, with whoever you like, as long as you don't pull a rock star trick and start destroying the place.
Such party luxury doesn't come cheap. The full rate is $1500 per night, deals available at the moment bring the price down by more than half.
The groundfloor also has its share of fun.
Known as the Beach Club, the section has a bar and small dining area, with pizzas the speciality on the menu, and outside is what Komune calls “Australia's first ocean-view cinema”.
You can lounge on the giant beanbags watching a latest-release movie, or if nothing is showing at the time, read a book and look over the water towards Surfers Paradise.
Surfing is a priority of many guests and the resort offers lockable surfboard storage and boards for hire.
“We want everyone who comes here to kick back, relax and have a great time,” Tony said. “It's not too hard to do at this place.”
The writer was a guest of Komune.