Australia’s Sunshine Coast is located just 100 kilometres north of Brisbane and is one of the country’s most popular travel destinations.

Suitable for an action-packed holiday or a more laid-back escape, this year-round destination provides something for everyone.

There are many things the Sunshine Coast is known for including scenic drives, lush hinterlands, pretty coastal villages, and renowned surf spots.

But, what really makes the Sunshine Coast standout is the vast beautiful beaches, so choosing a hotel with an ocean view will perfectly set the scene.

With so many luxury pickings to choose from, we’ve rounded up our pick of 16 luxury hotels on the Sunshine Coast with impressive ocean views.

1. San Marino by the Sea Apartments

These spacious and comfortable self-contained apartments are located in Marcoola.

A suitable option for couples and families alike that want to be close to the beach and town, but have all the comforts of home.

All apartments are open-plan in design and include complimentary Wi-Fi to stay connected, DVD players, full kitchen facilities, and washer dryers.

Choose from the Two and Three Bedroom Ocean View apartments to enjoy the best ocean views.

For something special, the Three Bedroom with Rooftop option includes access to a private rooftop entertainment area with breathtaking views guaranteed.

On-site you can also find a heated swimming pool, full-sized tennis court, and electric BBQs.

You’ll find the uncrowded Marcoola Beach on your doorstep and several shops and cafes also within walking distance.

The Drunken Sailor just across the road, is highly recommended for Fish & Chips.

  • Guest Rating: 9.4
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 917 David Low Way, 4564 Marcoola, Australia

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2. Breeze Mooloolaba, Ascend Hotel Collection

This luxury picking is an impeccable five-star choice located on the beachfront of Mooloolaba.

A member of the Ascend Hotel collection, world-class service awaits but with the freedom of apartment-style living.

The stunning building features 57 One and Two Bedroom apartments with an on-site pool, spa and, BBQ facilities.

Bright and airy apartments are decorated in a neutral colour palette and feature fully-equipped kitchens, Nespresso machines, laundry facilities, luxurious linen, and TVs in every bedroom complete with new movie releases.

For idyllic ocean views, choose from the Two Bedroom Ocean View, Two Bedroom Premium Ocean View, or Superior Ocean View apartments.

Mooloolaba Beach, which is just a stone’s throw away, is one of the safest beaches to swim on the Sunshine Coast with near-perfect conditions year-round.

The vibrant Mooloolaba Esplanade is just beyond the door and is packed with places to shop, dine, relax, and socialise.

  • Guest Rating: 9.2
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 3 Meta Street, Corner Mooloolaba Esplanade and Meta Street, 4557 Mooloolaba, Australia

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3. Rumba Beach Resort

For an elegant beachfront holiday in beautiful surroundings, look no further than the Rumba.

Rooms are located in low-rise towers that surround two pools and a huge hot tub.

They feature air-conditioning, plush beds, surround HD theatre systems, full kitchens, and balcony access.

The Two & Three Bedroom Beachfront apartments or the Premium Two & Three Bedroom Apartments give way to expansive ocean views.

Whilst there’s no hot breakfast on offer, early risers are treated to muffins, toast, fruit, and barista coffee.

Around the elevated pool deck is 26°, a stylish bar and event space where you can enjoy daily happy hours and regular events including live music on weekends.

Fronting directly on to family-friendly Bulcock Beach, there is also a selection of restaurants, shops, and bars so everything you need is quite literately on your doorstep.

  • Guest Rating: 9.2
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 10 Leeding Terrace, 4551 Caloundra, Australia

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4. Sand Dunes Resort Accommodation

Whether you are traveling as a couple, group, or with family in tow, the Sand Dunes Resort is a great all-rounder.

It’s based in a quieter area, on Marcoola Beachfront which is perfect for relaxation, but still within walking distance of a handful of restaurants.

Rooms have all comforts you’d expect from a self-contained home away from home including kitchen facilities, balconies to relax on, televisions, and even a carport.

For added space, and extra indulgence, the Beach Houses, both three and four bedrooms, also have outside entertaining areas with hot tub and ocean views from the rooftop.

Facilities include a huge resort-style swimming pool, fitness centre, and access to a hot tub.

For many, one of the highlights of this property is the close proximity to the Sunshine Coast Airport, which is just a five-minute drive away.

  • Guest Rating: 9.2
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 130 Mudjimba Esplanade, 4564 Marcoola, Australia

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5. Waterview Resort

Location is everything at the Waterview Resort making these holiday apartments a worthy pick.

You’ll find them in the heart of Caloundra, a relaxed town known for its stunning coastal paths and community heritage.

Golden beaches, restaurants, parks, and playgrounds are just meters away.

15 well-appointed Two Bedroom apartments feature two bathrooms, kitchen and laundry facilities, spacious balconies, and free Wi-Fi.

There are also two penthouses; choose these for exclusive access to a private rooftop and a private spa bath.

Thanks to the elevated beachfront position, every apartment boasts stunning ocean views.

Guests also have access to complimentary undercover secure parking, a heated swimming pool, and a barbecue area.

To explore further, tours and attraction tickets can be booked at the on-site tour desk.

  • Guest Rating: 9.2
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 14 Esplanade Bulcock Beach, 4551 Caloundra, Australia

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6. Santorini Twin Waters

Just a short distance from the Sunshine Coast Airport, this property is a good 4-star resort that offers a quiet beachside setting.

Santorini Twin Towers invites you to “come and experience Mudjimba, the way the beach used to be.”

It’s a relaxed place in a laid-back town and if you’re simply looking to get away from it all and do as much or as little as you please, then this is the place for you.

Spacious apartments contain everything you’d expect a holiday home to have such as separate living areas, laundry facilities, and a full kitchen to cook if you wish.

The most opulent room is the two level penthouse which features a private rooftop deck with BBQ and hot tub.

For full ocean views go for either the two or three bedroom Ocean View Apartments or the Penthouse.

On the complex, there’s a heated swimming pool, half tennis court, and entertainment area.

Stepping off the complex, the Mujimba surf patrolled beach is on your doorstep and just opposite there’s also a parkland with shaded picnic areas.

  • Guest Rating: 9.1
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 15 Mudjimba Esplanade, 4564 Mudjimba, Australia

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7. Atlantis Marcoola

This resort, set within three acres of tropical landscaped garden, has all you need and more for a relaxing beachside break.

The apartments are pitched just steps away from one of Queensland’s most famed beaches, Marcoola Beach.

Accommodation ranges from great value studio units to larger rooftop apartments.

Some of the two and three bedroom apartments, as well as the rooftop apartment have picturesque ocean views.

Friendly staff keep the resort well maintained, and they also go out of their way to ensure guests are happy.

There are a plethora of facilities at this property including a heated swimming pool, games room, tennis court, half-court basketball, and fitness center.

Children will enjoy letting off some steam on the jumping pillow and in the children’s playground.

For a great pub meal, the Marcoola Surf Club is nearby.

  • Guest Rating: 9.1
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 903 David Low Way, 4564 Marcoola, Australia

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8. The Norfolks on Moffat Beach

If you’re taking a break to relax and unwind, this property is a peaceful sanctuary that encourages guests to reconnect with their mind, body, and the coastal environment.

The complex is north facing overlooking the stunning and low-key Moffat Beach.

All of the self-contained apartments have everything you need and more, but best of all, they all have large balconies or courtyards with sweeping ocean views.

For your convenience, additional items such as cots, highchairs, fishing gear, and more, are available to hire if required.

The Norfolks is just 50 yards from Moffat Beach and close to several places to eat and drink including a craft brewery.

The Seaview Art Gallery is just a 2-minute walk away or you can simply stroll along the beach further until you come to the patrolled Dicky Beach.

If you want to explore Queensland, helpful staff at the tour desk can book trips further afield to popular Australia Zoo and world heritage listed Fraser Island.

  • Guest Rating: 8.9
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 32 Queen of Colonies Pdr, 4551 Caloundra, Australia

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9. Peninsular Beachfront Resort

This resort, overlooking the dazzling Mooloolaba Beach and Bay, is award-winning and it’s easy to see why.

It strikes the perfect balance between apartment-style living and a traditional hotel.

Modern apartments are self-contained and fully-equipped but there’s also a tour desk, shuttle service, babysitting, and a business center for guests to use.

There are three on-site restaurants with the option to order room service if you want to make the most of your apartment.

Right in the heart of Mooloolaba, and within walking distance to all the boutiques, eateries, and attractions, you’ll have everything you need to keep you happy.

Powder sands and sparkling surf is just meters away and all room types have the option of sea views.

Less than a mile away is the Mooloolaba Marina, the gateway to the Sunshine Coast where we recommend sampling fresh seafood in one of the many outlets.

  • Guest Rating: 8.8
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 13 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 4557 Mooloolaba, Australia

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10. Mandolin Resort

Catering to all budgets and expectations, the Mandolin Resort has three grades of one and two bedroom accommodation: standard, superior and premium.

Whichever apartment configuration you choose, they are all spaciously designed and equipped with full kitchen and laundry facilities, balconies and a full-size second bathroom.

All apartments have some kind of ocean views, though the best are seen from rooms that are in elevated positions such as the superior and premium apartments which are on floors 4 to 12.

Superb facilities comprise of a year-round heated swimming pool, heated spa, sauna room, and a purposely designed children’s pool with water jets and a waterfall.

As if that’s not enough there’s also a 9-hole mini-golf course, full-size tennis court and lots of BBQ areas.

The complex is in Alexandra Headland, affectionately known as ‘Alex’ to the locals and sits directly across from the beautiful patrolled surf beach.

This town not only attracts tourists for its charm, every year dozens of locals and holidaymakers flock here from June to November to see the seasonal whale migration.

The Mandolin Resort is in a prime position for whale watching; sometimes they even come close enough so you can see them from the balconies.

Or you can join one of many organized whale watching tours.

  • Guest Rating: 8.8
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 174 Alexandra Parade, 4572 Alexandra Headland, Australia

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11. Rolling Surf Resort

The unbeatable location with direct access to Kings Beach makes these beachfront apartments a top pick for a stay in Caloundra.

Stunning two and three bed oceanfront accommodation comes with a choice of a courtyard, or balcony so you can sit and watch the waves lap.

But arguably the best rooms, and views of the Pacific Ocean, are found in the oceanfront rootop rooms which have a private rooftop area complete with barbecue and outdoor furniture.

Rooms offer open plan living, dining and kitchen areas, laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, and bedding configurations to suit your needs.

There’s so much to explore in the area starting with the Kings Beach Promenade which has a vibrant feel year-round and is just a 5-minute walk away.

All the family will love discovering the family-friendly surfing beach, enchanting rock pools, and a unique foreshore swimming pool.

The resort has also partnered with a reputable tour operator to bring you the best tours, attractions and days out at the very best price.

  • Guest Rating: 8.8
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 10 Levuka Avenue, Kings Beach, 4551 Caloundra, Australia

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12. Malibu Apartments

Location, location, location.

For beachfront living at its best, the Malibu Apartments are perched directly across from the famous Mooloolaba Beach, right on the Esplanade.

The Esplanade has an infectious lively atmosphere day and night and an impressive number of places to eat, drink, and keep you entertained.

The freshest coffee is served at local cafes, and boutique shopping and water sports are just steps away.

All of the one and two-bedroom holiday apartments offer impressive ocean views either from your private balcony, expansive courtyard, or in panoramic rooftop style.

For those wishing to prepare their own meals, kitchen facilities are ample and the local supermarket is just a two-minute walk away.

Or, you can even stroll down to the fisheries and bring home some of the freshly caught fish to cook.

A relaxing day, or night in, can be spent in your separate lounge room which features TVs with Foxtel channels, and a DVD player to watch the latest movies.

  • Guest Rating: 8.7
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 81 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 4557 Mooloolaba, Australia

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13. Pacific Beach Resort

Just 50 yards away from Mooloolaba Beach is the Pacific Beach Resort where leisurely living is pursued.

Topped for being clean, furnished to a high standard, and best of all good value, this is an attractive complex in popular Mooloolaba.

Wake up to gorgeous sunrises looking out to the ocean every day here with rooms perfectly positioned to take in the views.

There are a few different room types available including standard, luxury, and superior one to three-bedroom apartments.

But to get one with an ocean view, choose ‘Ocean View’ or ‘Beachfront’ and not courtyard.

All rooms have everything you need for a comfortable stay.

Lazy days can be spent on the complex by the swimming pool, spa, sauna, or in the large recreation room with pool table and arcade games.

When venturing out, there’s no need for a car as everything is only a stroll away.

A grocery store can be found just behind the resort and a selection of restaurants close by including the Mooloolaba Surf Club, an excellent spot to enjoy breakfast overlooking the Bay.

  • Guest Rating: 8.7
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 95 Mooloolaba Esplande, 4557 Mooloolaba, Australia

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14. Landmark Resort

Rest in the knowledge that the Landmark brand is renowned for delivering quality self-catering accommodation and great facilities whilst being good value for money.

There’s plenty to love about this resort, but best of all, we think the location is spot on.

Positioned on the Mooloolaba Esplanade, you’ll be surrounded by shops and places to eat and drink, with the safe, patrolled beach directly opposite.

Suitable for couples and families alike, there’s a range of accommodation options available from Studio Suites to self-contained one, two and three bedroom apartments.

Whilst some of the Studio Beach Suites and One Bed Apartments offer limited ocean views, the ones that afford the best are the Two Bedroom Ocean Superior rooms which have 180° ocean views reaching as far north as Noosa.

Rooftop rooms and the Three Bedroom Terrace Superior also offer excellent views out to the water.

For your entertainment you’ll find a heated tropical lagoon pool, children’s waddling pool, a fully-equipped gym, Swedish-style sauna, rooftop barbecue facilities, and a choice of on-site restaurants.

And for your convenience there’s also free secure parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, and secure key card access.

For a spot of rejuvenation, guests can take advantage of The Waterfall Day Spa which is located on-site and offers a range of treatments for you to take some time out.

  • Guest Rating: 8.6
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 11 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 4557 Mooloolaba, Australia

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15. The Sebel Twin Waters

Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Maroochy River, The Sebel Twin Waters, set in an exclusive gated precinct, is a peaceful paradise just moments away from Mudjimba Beach where you can enjoy the ocean views.

The collection of gorgeous and stylish resort-style apartments and beach houses come with either two, three, or four bedrooms.

Spacious areas such as the lounge and private decks are great spots to sit back and unwind.

Guests are also free to use the facilities and complementary activities at the adjacent Novotel Resort which includes kayaks, kids’ daily activity programmes, and sailing catamarans.

Nouveau is a fantastic on-site restaurant where you can wake up to delicious buffet breakfasts or end your day with decadent seafood.

Or, casual meals and cocktails accompanied by live music can be found at Aqua Lounge & Bar, also on-site.

Day trips to neighboring towns such as Eumundi are possible where you can enjoy a brewery tour, and pick up souvenirs and dine on local produce at the famous weekend markets.

A faultless place to recharge your batteries.

  • Guest Rating: 8.6
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 80 North Shore Road, 4564 Twin Waters, Australia

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16. Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

This selection couldn’t get any closer to the action.

Smack bang on the waterfront and the doorstep of Mooloolaba’s Esplanade, this property is the ideal base on the Sunshine Coast.

Fully furnished apartments are comfort-packed and roomy with everything you need, and a little bit more.

Did someone say private rooftop spas?

Indeed – you can find them in the Two and Three Bedroom Penthouse Apartments and we couldn’t think of anywhere better to watch the sun go down.

Two and Three Bedroom Apartments and Penthouses all benefit from ocean views, but if it’s a one-bedroom you’re after, choose from the One Bedroom Ocean View Apartment or the One Bedroom Ocean Superior.

An overwhelming facilities list include a games room, two swimming pools, a whirlpool spa, gym, and observation deck.

  • Guest Rating: 8.5
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: Cnr Venning Street & The Esplanade, 4557 Mooloolaba, Australia

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Map of Sunshine Coast Beach Hotels

With a coastline as beautiful as that of the Sunshine Coast, it’s little wonder it’s a popular beach break location for those near and far.

My personal choice of hotel would be the Peninsula Beachfront Resort thanks to the outstanding location and superior apartments.

But, there’s a lot to choose from and with glistening ocean waters in view from any of this selection, you can’t really go wrong.

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Sunshine Coast Beach HotelsRatings
San Marino by the Sea Apartments9.4
Breeze Mooloolaba, Ascend Hotel Collection9.2
Rumba Beach Resort9.2
Sand Dunes Resort Accommodation9.2
Waterview Resort9.2
Santorini Twin Waters9.1
Atlantis Marcoola9.1
The Norfolks on Moffat Beach8.9
Peninsular Beachfront Resort8.8
Mandolin Resort8.8
Rolling Surf Resort8.8
Malibu Apartments8.7
Pacific Beach Resort8.7
Landmark Resort8.6
The Sebel Twin Waters8.6
Mantra Mooloolaba Beach8.5
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