A Piece of Heaven in Port Douglas: QT and Bazaar

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

Once I’d set foot in the QT Gold Coast, that was it. I’d found my perfectly designed mecca. I had my run of the lemonade stand and cherry red espresso machine, not to mention a shower tiled in black and white stripes all to myself. I was satisfied and content to spend the rest of my trip tucked away in my version of paradise. But the next morning, the Tourism Queensland ladies let me know that we were heading to Port Douglas, a vacation hotspot which just happened to be home to another QT.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

I honestly didn’t expect much. I’d already seen the best…or so I thought. Then, I made three separate trips in as many days even though I wasn’t actually staying at the hotel. Take just one scroll through and you’ll understand why I couldn’t stay away!

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

The grounds and decor of the QT Port Douglas are impeccable but I soon learned that the real draw is Bazaar, easily the best restaurant I’ve ever dined at.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

Best summed up by the QT as an “interactive marketplace,” it’s basically an all you can eat buffet for the jet set. As you stroll through, there’s literally something for everyone and it’s all freshly made that day in the open kitchen.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

Salads, seafood, meats, cheeses and a dessert bar are all waiting. I wanted to try a little of everything.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

Gala and I both ordered grilled fish and asparagus and it was the best dinner I’ve ever had, hands-down — it was literally made right in front of me and served on the spot.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

But, that was just the warm up! For dessert, we ordered a batch of churros and chocolate sauce. When you’re at Bazaar, you have to go all the way. Every time. Seriously, don’t eat the entire day before you show up because I guarantee you’ll want to eat three dinners (I did).

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

A big appeal of Bazaar are the chefs. Yes, they’re world class but they’re also incredibly charming. They’re more than willing to have their photo snapped and even better, will put on a bit of show on request. This one had a little too much fun shooting up some serious flames for our photographer, Janneke.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

One night of fine dining at QT wasn’t enough — I begged to go back again…and Kat and Gala knew better than to argue with me! So back we went for Halloween (!!!) and the restaurant was decked out in pumpkins hand-carved by our hilarious chefs. As we perused the dessert section, nothing really hit the spot so I asked the chef what he could whip up for us. 10 minutes later, a platter of sizzling hot apple crisps arrived on our table. My idea of heaven.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

Whether you’re ordering dinner or dessert, if you want something that’s not displayed, they’ll make it! I think they actually enjoy the challenge.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

Once we waddled out of Bazaar, we explored the rest of the grounds. The bar next door immediately drew me in with its lemon yellow accents.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

It was dead quiet in the late afternoon. This would have been the perfect place to take a meeting.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

I wish we’d had more time to lounge on the back patio….but we had to rush off to a sunset sailboat tour (I know, it was tough week).

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

Gala loved the QT nearly as much as I did.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

I thought this bird in the gift shop was real at first…haha.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

No cheesy run-of-the-mill art here!

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

Best hotel sign ever.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

That pool! I know where I’m staying the next time I’m in Port Douglas.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Port Douglas

There’s nothing better than relaxing in style while enjoying a delicious meal. What I loved most about the QT is that it completely lacked stuffiness. Picture taking was not only allowed but encouraged. The staff engaged in friendly banter. The uniforms and decor were rad. Every detail was picture perfect. They have a good thing going and I can only hope that the chain eventually expands to the U.S.


Hotel: QT Port Douglas
Photos: Janneke Storm and Shauna Haider
Special thanks to Tourism and Events Queensland for making this post possible.

6 Responses to A Piece of Heaven in Port Douglas: QT and Bazaar

  1. Chloe says:

    Best restaurant ever but nothing hit the spot when it came to dessert?

    And if you’re a vegetarian, why are you eating fish?

    • Shauna says:

      Chloe: I’m pescatarian these days. They change out the dessert selection daily so it’s always a different variety. Sometimes it’s more fun to see what they’ll create for you.

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