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

Massage table in a relaxing spa ambiance
  • Amy Mills
  • May 2018

1. Spa Q

Spa Q offers a 90-minute “freshly picked” treatment, in which you book ahead and decide on the treatment on the day, depending on your mood.

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

Gwinganna is strictly for guests, so it’s the perfect excuse to spend a few days focusing on your health and wellness in a beautiful bush environment.

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 as possible.

Location: 192 Syndicate Road, Tallebudgera Valley

A man and a woman having a massage treatment
Enjoy a wellness experience on the Gold Coast, Queensland

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.

Late last year, with long-time friend Phoebe Venz, they expanded into the wellness space with The Bath House, a Moroccan-inspired communal rejuvenation space at the mouth of Tallebudgera Valley.

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.