Need a little pick-me-up? We hear you. Treat yourselves to a little pampering at these indulgent Queensland spa retreats…
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Nightfall Wilderness Camp, Lamington National Park
We’ve mentioned this beauty of an escape a number of times but for good reason. One of Queensland’s most luxurious glamping sites, Nightfall Wilderness Camp (top image) in lush Lamington National Park (an hour southwest of the Gold Coast) ticks all the right boxes for a spa getaway with OTT romance. As if the camp’s luxury safari tents – decked out with timber floors, fireplaces and bathtubs – and the gourmet organic campfire dinners aren’t enough, Nightfall is also where you can get a massage above a rainforest-surrounded creek, lit with lanterns. The soundtrack here is also completely natural, with the sounds of the babbling creek and birdsong setting the scene. Sigh.
Spicers Peak Lodge, Scenic Rim
Synonymous with luxury and charm, Spicers Retreats offers couples all that and more at its Scenic Rim property, Spicers Peak Lodge. Expect fine dining, a glamorous pool-with-a-view, dreamy loft- and lodge-style accommodation, and a definite sense of ‘escaping from the rest of the world’ at this beautiful hideaway. Top off a stay here with a visit (or a few) to the lodge’s Spa Anise. A purpose-built mountaintop spa with a plunge pool, open-stone fireplace and impressive treatment list, this haven of relaxation is one to love. Don’t leave without trying its signature treatment – the Mountain Woman (or Mountain Man) exfoliation, massage, foot treatment, facial and scalp ritual experience.
Alamanda Palm Cove, Palm Cove
Ah, tropical Queensland. This postcard-ready holds plenty of charm for those dreaming of a beachy escape. And you’ll find one of the best places to lap it all up at Alamanda Palm Cove. With a backdrop of shimmering turquoise waters, swaying coconut palms and long stretches of sand, this fabulous hotel (25 minutes north of Cairns) is also home to a spa with one seriously stunning outlook. Treat yourselves to its indulgent Spa and Lunch package (with beachfront dining at the award-winning Nunu restaurant) or enjoy a romantic couples massage in a candlelit private suite.
Clear Mountain Lodge, Brisbane
If you’re looking for an escape that’s not too far from the city, book yourselves a stay at Clear Mountain Lodge. Just 45 minutes northwest of Brisbane’s CBD, this scenic retreat offers sumptuous accommodation, sigh-inducing mountain and vineyard views, incredible dining and fantastic spa experiences. Located at the lodge, Stephanie’s Mountain Spa specialises in couples treatments and boasts a hydro couples suite, grand Boudeaux VIP lounge, steam therapy cave and a relaxing Tranquility Lounge with treetop panoramas. Perfect for a last-minute getaway? We think so.
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Tallebudgera
Interested in more than just a massage or facial? Seeking a getaway with a real focus on wellness? Just over 30 minutes southwest of the Gold Coast, celeb-fave Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat is all about soothing the soul and living a healthier life. An ecotourism certified retreat with supportive professionals and multi-day inclusive packages (from two to seven days), Gwinganna combines organic living, spa, movement and relaxation with organic cuisine and vital wellness seminars to make guests feel totally refreshed.
Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island
For an eco-resort stay in the heart of one of Australia’s most pristine destinations, make your way to Kingfisher Bay Resort on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Here, you can enjoy everything from whale watching to gourmet bush tucker dining experiences and thrilling 4WD beach tours. After a day of exploring the island, unwind with a soothing treatment at Kingfisher Bay Resort’s Island Day Spa. Using native Australian plant, fruit and flower extracts, its curated spa journeys will have you feeling nourished and rejuvinated.
Mouses House Rainforest Retreat, Springbrook National Park
Okay, this tranquil retreat doesn’t have its own spa, but it definitely deserves a mention just for its cosy Rainforest Spa & Stream Chalets and its outdoor hot tub, surrounded by ancient rainforest. Situated deep in the Gold Coast’s Springbrook National Park, Mouses House Rainforest Retreat is ideal for those wanting to leave behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Our top tip? Book the Wicked Witch chalet and don’t let the name put you off. With a private hot tub that overlooks a nearby gushing stream, this intimate escape offers nothing but the good stuff.
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