Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Queensland Christmas 2023 Guide

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Are you looking for the perfect destination for a great Christmas?  Then look no further than the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort!  It is a 5-star Gold Coast resort that gives you a tropical resort experience complete with a great beach lagoon pool.  And while it is tucked away, it is just around ten minutes from popular Gold Coast theme parks like Movie World, Sea World, and Wet’n’Wild.

And there are fun things to do during the holiday season at the resort as well.  I want to tell you about some of the special features at Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove during the holiday season.

Christmas Eve & Christmas Seafood Buffet Dinner

Executive Chef Hamish Watt and the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort culinary team have blended modern Australian flavours with traditional Christmas fare to bring you a wonderful menu for the Christmas Eve Seafood Buffet Dinner.



  • Mooloolaba prawns
  • Local Pacific oysters
  • Moreton Bay bugs
  • Gin and beetroot cured Tasmanian Salmon
  • Marie Rose mayonnaise
  • Chilli-infused cucumber sauce

Sushi & Sashimi

  • Hand-crafted Maki rolls
  • Tasmanian Atlantic salmon sashimi
  • Kingfish sashimi
  • Tamari
  • Mountain pickles
  • Wasabi


  • Charred and grilled summer vegetables
  • Herbed ricotta with crostini
  • House-dried vine tomatoes with herbs & garlic
  • Wagyu bresaola with capers & olive oil
  • Gorgonzola, prosciutto & figs


  • Roast pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, pickled Spanish onion & goat’s cheese
  • Avocado, mango, lemon, coriander & radish
  • Quinoa, baby gem lettuce & green peas with mint and cumin dressing
  • Heirloom tomato, pickled baby cucumbers, basil & sunflower seeds


  • Gin and Cranberries
  • Mint and Vodka
  • Whisky and Orange Mustard
  • Cinnamon and Rum Apple Sauce

Hot Dishes

  • Beef Rib with Herbs and Garlic and Yorkshire Pudding
  • Maple Glazed Turkey with Sage and Sausage Stuffing and Jus
  • Christmas Baked Ham with Cashew Nut Caramel
  • Whole Barramundi with Fennel and Lemon
  • Twice-Roasted Potatoes with Thyme, Garlic, and Sea Salt
  • Baked Brussels Sprouts with Orange and Clove Butter
  • Heirloom Carrots with Garlic and Tarragon
  • Rosemary Honey Roasted Vegetables and Chestnuts


  • Christmas pudding with brandy anglaise
  • Nitrogen ice cream station
  • Fruit mince pies
  • Christmas yule log
  • Gingerbread cookies
  • Raspberry and almond frangipane tart
  • 54% dark chocolate and cherry fondant
  • Calamansi and Swiss meringue tart
  • Salted caramel and milk chocolate éclair
  • Apple tarte Tatin with vanilla cream
  • Yuzu and berry cheesecake
  • Fresh cherry pavlova
  • Opera chocolate cake
  • Roasted fig tart

Christmas Day Degustation Lunch

Enjoy fine dining during the day on Christmas.



  • Oyster with lemon pearls and chervil
  • Seared scallops with avocado and pomegranate
  • Spinach and feta wonton cups

Second Course

  • Whiskey-cured salmon with pink grapefruit, verjus gel, blue caviar and
    chardonnay vinaigrette

Third Course

  • Duck breast with black garlic, asparagus, confit kipfler potatoes and
    orange cranberry sauce


  • Rhubarb and raspberry sorbet

Fifth Course

Choice of:

  • Wagyu beef rump with potato gratin, watercress, root vegetables, cherries, and port jus


  • Turkey roulade with chestnut and apricot stuffing served with celeriac, sweet potato rosti, charred witlof, parsley oil & thyme jus

Sixth Course

Choice of:

  • Christmas pudding with brandy anglaise


  • Callebaut dark chocolate marquise, milk chocolate curl, pistachio soil, gold feather,
    and Frangelico cream


First Course

  • G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne
    • Reims, France

Second Course

  • Kendall-Jackson Vintners Reserve Chardonnay
    • California, United States

Third Course

  • Craggy Range Pinot Noir
    • Martinborough, New Zealand

Fourth Course

  • By.Ott Côtes de Provence Rosé
    • Provence, France

Fifth Course

  • Yabby Lake ‘Single Vineyard’ Syrah
    • Mornington Peninsula, Australia
  • La Boca Malbec
    • Mendoza, Argentina

Sixth Course

  • Taylors Fine Tawny Port
    • Douro, Portugal
  • Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Margaret River, Australia


  • Byron Bay Premium Lager
  • Stone & Wood Pacific Ale

Sunset Soirée Christmas Party

Celebrate Christmas evening poolside at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort’s Sunset Soirée Party.  As the sun sets over the waters of Lagoon Beach, you can enjoy a wonderful poolside party in a gorgeous Palm Springs location.

This is an event that is for guests ages 18 and up.  It features live music, lots of fun, and an interactive buffet menu created by the resort’s executive chef, Hamish Watt.



  • House made bread rolls with butter


  • Live oyster shucking station
  • Fresh Mooloolaba prawns
  • Assorted nigiri, maki & California rolls


  • Roast barramundi with red onions, green olives & thyme
  • Seasonal sautéed green vegetables with sunflower seeds
  • Root vegetables with olive oil & thyme
  • Roasted potatoes with garlic & herbs


  • Roasted sweet potato, harissa roasted cauliflower, spiced chickpeas, mint & coriander leaves
  • Brown rice, pickled ginger, red cabbage & shallots with sesame and soy dressing
  • Button mushroom & parmesan salad with baby cos lettuce & micro herbs


  • Slow roast Jack’s Creek sirloin
  • Roast turkey, cranberry, onion stuffing & gravy
  • Assorted mustards, horseradish & gravy


  • Christmas pudding with brandy anglaise
  • Chocolate mousse rhubarb compote
  • Lemon meringue tartlet
  • Mango pavlova
  • Caramel tart with nuts

In addition to a ticket to the event, you can also purchase a 4-hour premium beverage package with a selection of wines and beer.

Booking a Stay at Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove

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