5 wellness experiences to do in the Gold Coast
Queensland’s Gold Coast is home to world-class spa retreats. Here are five wellness experiences to soothe your mind, body and soul
- May 2018
1. Spa Q
I opted for the 30-minute Wild Thyme foot therapy (AUD $80) for my unloved feet and 60-minute thermal massage (AUD $140), a deeper style incorporating the warming properties of red pepper.
But first, I took advantage of the wet zone featuring a unisex Hammam-inspired steam room, and was already feeling blissed out when my therapist knocked gently on the door.
The deluxe foot rub – with a capsicum, menthol and wintergreen blend – was soothing, but it was the massage, with a combination of warm pepper oil followed by cooling, inflammation-reducing essential oils, that put me into a state of deep relaxation.
I was on the verge of drifting off to sleep when, sadly, my treatment came to an end.
Location: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
2. Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
I was intrigued by the bespoke Tribal Dreaming treatment (AUD $410 for 150 minutes), designed for Gwinganna by senior therapist Stephen McInnes.
It’s an experiential process that begins with a forest walk and intention ceremony, followed by didgeridoo healing, a treatment with ochre clay from the local region and a customised 80-minute massage that includes hot stones and Chi Nei Tsang (an internal organ treatment).
You emerge from the treatment room into nature – not the hustle and bustle of the city –
so you can hold onto this blissful state for as long
Location: 192 Syndicate Road, Tallebudgera Valley
3. Earth and Skin
Inspired by her mother’s breast cancer and her own IVF treatment, Louisa Hollenberg started to pursue a chemical and plastic-free life, particularly when it came to skin care.
Her passion led her to open Earth and Skin, a cruelty-free, chemical-free day spa in a reimagined Queenslander-style cottage at the mouth of the Gold Coast hinterland.
The two-hour Mountain Dreamers treatment (AUD $295) began with the sounding of a Tibetan singing bowl, followed by a signature earth massage and the elemental facial (customised to my skin type). It finished with a foot-relief treatment and the sounding of the singing bowl. I left with a crystal as a gift and glowing, healthy skin.
Location: 2 Regency Place, Mudgeeraba
4. On Eagle Wings Day Spa
Sipping on a cup of chai, surrounded by green rolling hills, it was easy to pretend I was at a Swiss chalet. My Mountain Getaway package (AUD $210 for 3.5 hours) began with use of the outdoor spa, followed by a detoxifying sauna and a swim in the 25-metre infinity pool.
After enjoying a chocolate fondue and tea by the pool, I headed to an outside treatment area for the Cleopatra foot soak.
If I wasn’t relaxed enough already, listening to native birdlife while my therapist Sabine massaged my feet with a Pure Fiji coconut scrub certainly did the trick.
The experience ended with a 75-minute massage incorporating Hawaiian Lomi Lomi elements and a scalp massage.
Location: 59 Lowry Court, Mudgeeraba
5. The Bath House
Sisters Charlie and Natalie Evans spearheaded the Gold Coast’s vegan revolution with the Greenhouse Canteen + Bar.
After starting in the hydrotherapy spa, I divided my time between a eucalyptus wet steam room, a red-cedar dry sauna and an outdoor magnesium plunge pool.
I soaked, steamed, plunged and repeated for a few rounds, before retreating to the sundeck for a plant-based lunch and sparkling wine.
In-house therapists are on hand if you wish to add a massage. I visited with my mum and sister and we instead relished the time together in a beautiful setting.
The Luxe Soak package (AUD $70 for 90 mins) includes sparkling wine and a grazing board.
Location: 37A Tallebudgera Creek Road, Burleigh Heads
Amy Mills was a guest of Earth and Skin, On Eagle Wings and Spa Q.