The start of winter has marked the beginning of a new deal for Noosa holiday makers (and locals – namely me!) - Destination Relaxation.
It’s all about you and some much needed time out and for the first time in Noosa you get to discover and experience luxury day spas through a combined promotion where five of the area’s leading luxury Day Spas are offering time to experience the day spa like never before.
Aqua Day Spa at the Sheraton Resort, ikatan Balinese Day Spa, Noosa Springs Day Spa, One Spa at RACV Resort and Stephanie’s Ocean Day Spa at Outrigger are offering spa visits as part of the Noosa Destination Relaxation.
Packages include complimentary refreshments, optional add on services, spa gifts and the chance for Noosa Destination Relaxation clients have a chance to win one of five holidays in Noosa!
As part of the Noosa Destination Relaxation Clients will have the choice of a 60 minute ‘Spa Discovery’ visit for $135 or a 90 minute ‘Spa Experience’ visit for $185.
Each participating Day Spa will have a Spa Map, competition entry card, information on all the day spas as well as other activities you can be part of during the Noosa Destination Relaxation Promotion.
Talking of being kind to yourself, Noosa and Coolum have a wealth of spa and wellness options for some pampering, relaxation or re-setting of the system for the New Year.
It's not just for women, either. One of Noosa's best-known spas, Ikatan, has a 'ManSPAce' special for men at the moment, in case you blokes need a bit of convincing!
Ikatan is worth visiting for its location if nothing else; it is in the Noosa hinterland and has beautiful tropical gardens complete with gazebos where you can relax or spend some time with a group of friends. They do lots of 'spartys' and hen's days combining spa treatments with 'high tea' and champagne, and it's a genuine 'Noosa' experience.
Noosa Queensland, Coolum Queensland
In honour of the annual influx of top golfers and golf fans, the resort's spa has launched a 'Quirogolf' massage, where you get massaged by golf balls. It's supposed to provide great release, through the rolling action of the balls -and it's got to be more enjoyable than chasing them around a golf course.
The spa is also bringing in an 'oxygen bubble', which will only be available next week. The dome-style structure apparently allows you to have a facial or body treatment while breathing in 99.99 per cent pure air, free of any pollutants, bacteria or allergens.
So, there you go, everything you ever wanted to know about golf!
Noosa Qld, Coolum Qld
Even though I'm a summer person, I really enjoy this time of year in Noosa. The mornings and evenings are chilly but the days are warm and clear, with big blue skies. It's been getting to about 22 degrees Celsius during the day and I keep finding excuses to go and sit in the sun when I should be doing something useful!
It's not swimming weather in my book (although the ocean is apparently about 23 degrees), but it's definitely the sort of weather where you feel like getting out and about for walks and bike rides and other outdoorsy things. I took this picture down at the river in Noosaville the other day, although I must confess I was drinking wine rather than doing anything active.
If you have good eyesight and look really closely, you can see some stand up paddle boarders coming down the river. That's another good thing to do at this time of year, so long as you don't fall in too often!
Everything you need to know about your next Noosa holiday is now at your fingertips 24/7, with today's launch of the ByNoosa iPhone App. And if you download the App before the end of March, you could win an Apple iPad!
No matter where you are, you can receive up-to-the-minute information and inspiration about all locations and villages, from Coolum to Hastings Street, Noosaville, Eumundi and the Noosa North Shore, with categories across accommodation, tours, restaurants and bars, shopping, events, spas, attractions, transport services and more.
You might want to know where to stay, where’s the nearest Italian restaurant, how to book a surf lesson or spa treatment, or who’s playing at the local surf club tonight.
There are even interactive maps with GPS capabilities so you can easily find your way here and find your way around once you’re in the region.
Download the ByNoosa App FREE from www.visitnoosa.com.au before March 31 and register your details for a chance to win one of five Apple iPads.
South East Queensland has had its fair share of tropical summer downpours lately, so I thought I might put together some ideas for what you can do in Noosa and surrounds when it's wet - along with the obvious options of shopping, dining, pubs and bars, for which wet weather makes a perfect excuse!
* Noosa has a good independent cinema, Noosa 5 Cinemas, on Sunshine Beach Road in Noosa Junction, and there's a cafe downstairs if you want to do a movie/meal deal.
* Kids up to about ten love Panda's Playland (pictured) - and they serve good coffee and food.
* Noosa has an unbelievable number of spas, massage services and other wellbeing options, from glamorous day spas to mobile massage and yoga instruction.
* Underwater World is only about half an hour from Noosa, and there's a shuttle bus service if you need transport. A very appropriate place to spend a wet day!
* There are loads of galleries around Noosa and Eumundi, including the Noosa Regional Gallery, David Hart Galleries, Desert Rain Indigenous Fine Art, Putipula Gallery, The Cooper Gallery and The Gallery Eumundi.
* You can go ten pin bowling in Noosaville.
* The J in Noosa Junction has a wide range of shows, workshops and other entertainment for adults and children. Check their website for listings.
I've just returned from checking out Noosa's newest resort, the five-star Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort & Spa Noosa, which has opened a few weeks ahead of schedule (the builders will surely be thrown out of the industry for that!)
The Outrigger will take a lot of beating, with its location on the hill above Hastings Street, its quality accommodation and its spectacular views over Laguna Bay. It sits next to the national park and it's been designed so it really blends into its surrounds - you'd hardly know it was there until you drive in and many of the rooms look out into the trees.
The accommodation includes one and two-bedroom suites as well as larger villas that would be perfect for extended families or friends travelling together, and you have kitchen facilities as well as the resort restaurant - and dozens more restaurants if you go down the boardwalk to Hastings Street.
In all my excitement about the Mayfiesta competition (a $10,000 trip to Noosa, in case you missed it), I failed to actually tell you anything about the event.
You've probably already gathered that Mayfiesta is a festival in May, but to give you a quick overview, the events include the Noosa Food & Wine Festival, the Australian Body Art Carnivale, the Noosa River Festival, the Noosa Winter Festival, the Noosa Wedding Expo and the music festival Ripe Noosa (pictured). Did you get all that?!
Throughout the month, you can also get 25 per cent off a range of accommodation, restaurants, day spas, tours and shopping, which is pretty cool.
For more information, go to www.mayfiesta.com.au. And don't forget to enter the competition!
I've just seen the program for the Noosa Mayfiesta and they're giving away a $10,000 trip to Noosa, including flights, accommodation, tours, restaurant vouchers, spa treatments, cruises and all sorts of other stuff, along with $1000 spending money. How good does that sound?
To enter, go to www.mayfiesta.com.au, where you'll also find all the details of the prize. Obviously, you'll be wanting the flights and accommodation, but I'd be very happy to take the skydiving voucher and spa treatments off your hands!
Thought I'd point out this new Noosa wedding guide, in case you're thinking of getting married in Noosa (and hey, what a beautiful place to do it).
It saves you hunting around separately for a celebrant, venue, photographer, hairdresser and everything else you need, because they're now all on one site. There's an archive of real weddings that have been held in Noosa, if you're looking for ideas, and you can also click at the top of the page to look at Noosa accommodation options.
The wedding guide also includes contact details for local wedding planners, if you want someone else to do all the organisation for you. Personally, I reckon not having to do anything other than turn up and enjoy the day sounds like a marvellous plan!
Image courtesy Phill Jackson Photography