Summer is almost over and it’s safe to say that we have spent way too much time in the sun (as usual). Which means our skin has taken a bit of a battering and it’s time to give it some love.
In honour of that, we’ve found six of the best natural treatments from around the Gold Coast to help you get your glow after all that summer salt, sand and sunshine.
An Earth and Skin Experience
Ideal for newcomers to organic skincare, the Earth and Skin Experience consists of a Mini Earth Massage to ease the (no doubt ever-present) tension in your back, neck and shoulders followed by a customised Refresh Facial using organic skincare and a Jade stone facial massage. If you’re an old hand at the organic skincare thing, there are MANY incredible treatments available, including some for the fellas.
Where: Earth and Skin, 2 Regency Place, Mudgeeraba
Acupuncture at Nüwa Natural Health
A traditionally eastern medicine treatment, acupuncture has taken the western world by storm. It works by balancing the energy systems within the body, enhancing relaxation and increasing energy. The name Nüwa is derived from the goddess of ancient Chinese Mythology best known for creating mankind and repairing the pillars of heaven. Put simply, it’s a necessary personal investment.
Where: Nüwa Natural Health, 4/784 Pacific Parade, Currumbin
Manicure and Pedicure at ERVA
Is there anything more relaxing than a manicure slash pedicure complete with a luxe massage and the prettiest nails at the end? We think not. At ERVA you can expect exactly that without the use of toxic products and with the addition of experiencing one of the most beautiful, love-infused treatments of your life. The team at ERVA are the best there is and no matter which treatment you choose, you’ll walk out feeling like you’re floating on a cloud.
Where: ERVA Nail Spa, 3 Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads
Organic Infusion at endota spa
endota is an oldie but a goodie with several locations across the Coast. They have a few standout treatments but the Organic Infusion is their signature facial created to relax and rejuvenate. Using certified organic skincare, containing powerful botanicals and antioxidants infused using jade rollers to give you a clear complexion and restore calm. Skin is nourished. Mind is nurtured. The end.
Where: endota spa, Shop 1, Oracle South 17 Elizabeth Ave, Broadbeach
A head spa treatment at éva organic hair and beauty salon
This beautiful little salon in Palm Beach is turning heads for all the right reasons. Using only natural, organic, cruelty free and vegan friendly products éva organic hear and beauty salon came about after owner Indre starting looking into the cause of reactions to common hair products. On top of your regular cut and colour try the Head Spa Treatment which includes the main reason everyone goes to the hairdresser, a heavenly head massage.
Where: éva organic, Suite 2 / 1154 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Reiki at Earth Energy Medicine
You may not have heard of this one but Reiki is becoming popular amongst those willing to try something a little bit different. The ancient Japanese technique is used for stress reduction and relaxation while healing the body on all levels; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It’s known as the art of gentle hands on healing and it’s actually quite an interesting experience if you keep an open mind. Give it a try, you only live once right?
Where: Earth Energy Medicine, 7 Correa Court, Elanora
Words by Kirra Smith
Ah day spas how we love you. The feeling of being treated like an absolute queen, just for a day. When you need a time out, you need a time out!
Because we know you enjoy the opportunity to treat yo’self to a little spa time and be pampered on hand and foot, here are 11 day spas on the Gold Coast from north to south that can do just that.
Golden Door Spa & Health Club
A haven of relaxation and healing, Golden Door can be found on the stunning grounds of the Sheraton Mirage in Main Beach. There’s an extensive range of treatments to choose from including face and body treatments, massage, hand and foot care, and specialty services. One treatment simply won’t be enough.
Where: 73 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
SpaQ at QT
At SpaQ it’s all about flexibility and customisation. You don’t need to make a treatment selection in advance, just schedule a session and choose an experience when you arrive. We highly recommend you stretch out your spa time by taking advantage of the wet zone featuring a unisex hammam (Turkish bath) and ice fountain.
Where: 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise
eforea spa at Hilton
Only the best from the Hilton. eforea uses a range of stunning organic products and offers a choice of three distinctive journey’s for both men and women. Choose from The Essentials, The Escape or the Men’s Journey and prepare yourself for the experience of a lifetime. It’s spa luxury at its absolute finest, allowing you to reconnect with yourself and emerge brighter.
Where: 6 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise
With a view of healing both the physical and emotional selves, endota has grown to be the largest day spa in Australia. Head to one of three Gold Coast locations and immerse yourself in the healing powers of massage, facials and beauty packages. If a group spa date tickles your fancy, grab the girls and head in for some much needed rest and relaxation.
Where: Broadbeach – Shop 1, Oracle South 17 Elizabeth Ave and Surfers Paradise – Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise Blvd
RACV One Spa
Ease into a relaxation massage or experience a revitalising water therapy session at RACV Royal Pines Resort’s unrivalled One Spa. A wide range of rejuvenating spa treatments are available along with water therapies including a geisha bath, lusar and Vichy showers and a four-seater spa. There are plenty of unique treatments to try out.
Where: RACV Royal Pines Resort, Ross St, Benowa
On Eagle Wings
Nourishing relaxation awaits in the stunning Gold Coast hinterland. Breathe in the fresh mountain air as you lounge by the heated 25m infinity lap pool and bask in the peaceful sounds of your natural surrounds. Treatments include facials, massage, body treatments, pedicures or manicures. Why not make a day of it and indulge in more than one treatment!
Where: 59 Lowry Ct, Mudgeeraba
Earth + Skin Organic Day Spa
Luxury abounds at this stunning space. Specialising in organic, vegan and chemical free treatments, Earth + Skin is the perfect place for ultimate spa luxury. Choose from facials, body services, massage, body sugaring or their ultimate signature experiences and you will be one blissed out babe.
Where: 2 Regency Place, Mudgeeraba
Lost World Spa
As if O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat wasn’t magical enough, the Lost World Spa pushes it over the edge. A hidden secret set amongst the hinterland hills, it really does seem as though you’ve stepped into a whole new world. Choose from a spa treatment, float around in the infinity pool or release some toxins in the steam room.
Where: At the end of Lamington National Park Rd
Greenhouse The Bathhouse
The girls from your all time favourite vegan eatery, Greenhouse Canteen have opened a Moroccan inspired bath house at the mouth of Tallebudgera Valley and it is sophisticated chic at it’s very best. The fitout is stunning and serious relaxation is a surety. Think saunas, magnesium baths and spa sessions.
Where: 7/37 Tallebudgera Creek Road, Burleigh Heads
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
The epitome of spa sophistication, Gwinganna stands apart as a wellness destination to soothe your tired soul and inspire you to live a life of health and happiness. Combining organic living, a day spa, movement and relaxation with delicious organic cuisine and vital wellness seminars, it is the perfect place to escape the day to day and come back to optimal health.
Where: 192 Syndicate Rd, Tallebudgera
The Kanbeki House
Set upon 14 acres of lush rolling countryside, The Kanbeki House is a beautiful retreat just begging to be visited for an indulgent pampering session. The word Kanbeki means perfection and you’ll certainly experience that. Choose from facials, massages, body and beauty treatments and all-inclusive spa packages.
Where: 672 Currumbin Creek Rd Currumbin Valley
Is there anything more romantic than spending a weekend tucked away with your nearest and dearest? Picture the scene: you’re both mountainside snuggled up in front of a crackling fire, glass of red wine in hand and soft jazz caressing your ears. Sounds almost too good to be true? It’s all yours for the taking though, come the impending — albeit short — winter ahead! So it’s time to pull out that roll neck jumper (that, let’s face it, hasn’t been used much) and get planning! To help you along the way, we’ve found the six most romantic cabins and mountain lodges for you, right at our doorstep in the Hinterland.
Cedar Creek Lodges
A mere 40-minute drive from Surfers Paradise, but once you arrive you will feel like you’ve entered an entirely whole new world. Welcome to stunning Tamborine Mountain! Cedar Creek Lodges provide you with a full range of options. The 2, 3 or 4 bedroom self-contatined lodges are situated on your own private section of the gurgling and beautiful Cedar Creek — the perfect romantic getaway to immerse yourself in nature! But if glamping is more your style, look no further than their brand new Lotus Tents taking glamping to the next level with an ensuite allowing you to shower under the stars. The adjacent Thunderbird Park also offers horseback riding for the more adventurous romantics among you. We’re confident when it comes time to check out; you won’t want to leave.
Binna Burra Mountain Lodges
You may recognise the name, as in the 2019 bushfires, most of the property was sadly lost to fires. But where there is a will, there is a way. Rising like a phoenix from the ashes, the newly rebuilt and renovated Binna Burra is an authentic heritage-listed lodge offering one of a few genuine Australian experiences in nature. Just imagine, the lodge has been welcoming guests since the early 1930s and still retains its original charm and character. They’ve also been listed in the top 10 eco-lodges and green hotels globally with their unique isolation. If you’re after the perfect escape from everyday life and a chance to get back to basics, leave your phone at home and look no further.
Witches Falls Cottages
Total privacy is the maxim at Witches Falls Cottages. Sip on a glass of wine (from nearby Witches Falls Winery, of course) in your private courtyard garden, relax in front of your cosy fireplace with a book, or just soak away in your own double sized spa bath and reconnect with that special someone. A traditional style breakfast is even part of your stay and delivered to the door — including fresh homemade bread — so you won’t have to leave your room if you don’t fancy it.
Another romantic Tamborine Mountain retreat is Edges Lodge, the faultless suggestion for a well-deserved getaway with your lover. Sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean and our Gold Coast skyline will have you captivated from the moment you arrive. The lodge itself is shared between three deluxe suites, but fear not, the large, sophisticated communal areas are more than enough for you to escape to and feel tranquil — or feel free to socialise if you want to. There is a long list of extras for you to enjoy, but our suggestion is you arrange a massage in the privacy of your room! Sign us up!
The Polish Place Cottages
Your romantic stay on Tamborine Mountain starts at these charming European-style chalets only an hour from the beach and surrounded by a myriad of walking trails, waterfalls, and wineries: a hidden gem — within an hour of arriving, you will feel any stress disappear as you take in the spectacular view overlooking the Scenic Rim! How does a cosy woodfire fireplace within a loft-style chalet with private balcony, double sized spa (in your lounge room no less) and full breakfast basket provided daily sound like to you? Idyllic, no? Well don’t forget that at The Polish Place, wildlife, lorikeets and birds come to say hi on your balcony. Add to this the amazing onsite restaurant serving up all your favourite Polish winter warmer dishes like their famous Roast Duck for two with cherries (trust us, order it!) accompanied by a couple of Polish beer or vodkas, you’ll be glad checkout isn’t till 12pm!
O’Reilly’s Safari Tents
If staying at the base of a world heritage listed rainforest is at the top of your list, you’ll be happy to know, you can do that only an hour from the surf. A the end of 2020, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat launched 17 safari tents within their new campground found at the Green Mountains Camping Area in Lamington National Park. The new world class ecotourism attraction is set amongst the rainforest of World Heritage Lamington National Park meaning you get to soak up the mountain magic in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Being right at the doorstep of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat certainly has it’s advantages, you’ll have access to all the same experiences and adventures you love about O’Reilly’s including hikes, romantic rainforest picnics, visiting O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards for a tipple or two (where you can also now have a picnic with the alpacas!) or just kick back together and breathe in the fresh air.
Words by Alex Mitcheson.