Author: Sonya Gellert for Australian Traveller
Hoping for a little R&R on your next Noosa getaway? From therapy pool treatments to beach yoga, here are Noosa's best Zen-inducing wellness experiences you'll want to try out on your next trip. Now breaaaaathe. This article appeared in Australian Traveller, March 2022.
Step into a space where relaxation is the order of the day, and a taste of European spa life awaits. With a philosophy grounded in European aqua therapies, this spa presents guests with a range of luxurious treatments in its serene setting. Here, the Hydro Massage Thermal Pool and Flotation Pool provide a uniquely immersive, tension-relieving experience. Ideal for group spa days for celebratory occasions, The Spa at Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort also offers accommodation and spa packages, so the Zen doesn’t have to end (well, not right away).
Those seeking nirvana needn’t hop on a plane to Indonesia. Instead, discover a Balinese paradise hidden in verdant Noosa. Ikatan Spa is an Asian-inspired rejuvenation destination set among a lush garden scape. In a tranquil Balinese-style Bungalow, guests can indulge in a choice of massage styles – from Balinese to chi, to hot-rock massages. The spa also serves its guests sparkling wine, enriching herbal teas and a tempting selection of bites and platters to feast from – and, even high teas. Ideal for a couples’ day or a solo retreat, Ikatan Spa is a one-stop relaxation shop.
Begin your day as you mean to end it: on an uplifting note, with Noosa Beach Yoga. A small group assembles on Hastings Street in Noosa from 9.30am to 10.30am each day, before strolling to a shady, wooded area overlooking the water to participate in a series of deep stretches and movements led by a yoga devotee. Classes are suitable for all ages (including children), and owner Claudia and her team also take private class bookings set amid the natural beauty of Noosa.
This is #robelife lived at its finest. With its chic, sophisticated backdrop, Aqua Day Spa is hidden away inside the Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort. As you enter the well-dressed space, aromatic scents and gentle music set the scene for what’s destined to be some solid, restorative ‘me’ time. Soak in an aqua therapy pool, book a massage and a facial, or consider an inclusive and indulgent spa package, spanning from just over an hour to more than four hours of luxe pampering. Then, kick back in the spa’s relaxation lounge with a tea and fruit platter in your newly acquired state of bliss.
Whether you’re a guest at Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas, or just in pursuit of a feel-good wellness experience while holidaying, Stephanies Ocean Spa is a go-to for invigorating treatments. Few spas offer quite as many treatments as those on offer at Stephanies, where a lengthy menu of spa therapies await. There’s a colour therapy mineral flotation pool, baths to soak in, rain therapy rituals performed in a Rain Therapy Vichy Suite (on an acacia cedar timber table), a Luxury Pedicure and Manicure Lounge, and more. You’ll be tempted to return to try each treatment to find your favourite.
Ideal for a day out with friends, The Noosa Spa serves up a wide choice of packages to soothe, nourish and energise. Be it aromatherapy, a facial, a ‘Girls Day Out’ package – think pre-wedding celebratory massages, manicures, pedicures and tans – or a package from the inviting ‘body rituals’ you’re after, there’s a treatment to suit every mood at this centre for unwinding. Better yet, the spa now offers mobile massage, so you don’t need to venture outdoors to gain a sense of tranquillity.
The ultimate in relaxing, wellness experiences, City Cave Noosa is a float and wellness centre, offering single and couples float therapy, to transport you to a deep state of theta relaxation - a deeply meditative state that promotes optimal healing and is purported to reduce stress and anxiety. Alongside their signature float therapies, infrared sauna and massage therapies are also on offer.
Enjoy a plentiful dose of calm in your day with a visit to Sensaura Day Spa. Specialist therapists provide everything from Ayurvedic treatments to body scrubs and even yoga sessions at this Hastings Street spa. The ‘Sensaura Body Workout’ package leaves your body resting on Cloud Nine, after a body scrub, mini facial, clay body wrap and therapeutic massage. All in a day’s work.
Sink into serenity at One Spa at the RACV Noosa Resort where rejuvenation reigns supreme. Inside One Spa, a tempting selection of massages, water treatments, facials, body therapies and grooming treatments draw vacationers off the beach and into the spa. Indulge in one of the spa’s seasonal packages and be transported to your happy place.
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