Life inevitably takes its tolls. Whether you’re juggling work, children, or a questionable affection for tequila, your body and mind are going to feel the effects. And whilst we’re certainly not ones to judge, there is a little space in everyone’s life to take better care of themselves.
For you to achieve an upgraded level of vitality and mindfulness, you needn’t go it alone. You’ll require some assistance, and this is where soak and float centres come in. These are the kind of spaces where tranquil surroundings and expert insight go hand in hand to pull you from that long road to ruin: a five-minute break with a strong cup of tea just isn’t going to cut it these days.
We took it upon ourselves to do some research, and lucky for us, the Gold Coast has a sizeable selection of such places where you can unwind and nourish yourself back to previous glory. Here are the top 7 places to recuperate and rejuvenate yourself when tequila life has gotten the better of you.
Conveniently located in Mermaid Beach, Soak Bathhouse is the comprehensive answer to looking after yourself with a holistic approach. By their own ethos — it’s time to start feeling great again — they invite you to experience opulent mineral spa baths and steam rooms. This may be right after you’ve taken a fully digital yoga lesson in their built-in flow house — with continually rolling classes throughout the day. And if you feel the need to hit the emails between sauna and plunge pool circuits, they have a gorgeous co-working space to nut out some work.
Where: 2532 – 2540 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Freedom Float Centre
How does the prospect of feeling yourself completely weightless and floating in your private pod in utter serenity sound? Like somewhere you’d long to be at 9am on a Monday morning, no doubt. These state-of-the-art float chambers are taking the world by storm and have been scientifically proven to reduce inflammation, control hormone imbalance, and alleviate sleep disorders. At this West Burleigh centre, you can chat through your options with friendly staff and pair up your floats with infrared sauna and massage packages. The perfect remedy for any weekday blues.
Where: Shop 5, 105 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads
One of the original venues to open allowing you to soak your weary body and relax in a serene setting — without having to travel far or break the bank. The offering is a 90-minute session to move through the facilities at your own pace; with herbal tea and filtered water on hand, you’ll inevitably finish things off on their rooftop magnesium pool bathed in afternoon sun. Push the boat out and add a massage with a pre-ordered glorious plant-based lunch courtesy of sister venue Greenhouse Canteen, Miami.
Where: 7/37 Tallebudgera Creek Road, Burleigh Heads
City Cave Float & Wellness Centre
Seeking the ultimate relaxation with added health benefits? Yep us too. City Cave Float and Wellness Centres have two convenient locations across the Gold Coast and specialise in float therapy, remedial, sports, pregnancy and relaxation massages all while also offering Infrared Sauna facilities. It’s about time you look after your mind, body and gut at City Cave with their holistic services.
Where: Markeri St, Mermaid Waters or Helensvale Plaza Shopping Centre, Shop 32, 12 Sir John Overall Dr, Helensvale
The Bathhouse at Ground
As if you needed another reason to take a sojourn out into peaceful Currumbin Valley, you can certainly add this new decadent bathhouse to the list. Set within the tranquil Ground of the Currumbin Eco Village, book yourself an hour here and simply let life’s stresses fade away. Spend your 60 minutes of luxury jumping from giant hydrotherapy spa pools to a genuine Finnish sauna before sinking into a refreshing pool packed with salty goodness imported from the Dead Sea, Israel. If this isn’t enough for you, be sure to book a massage or other heavenly treatment which take place in their adjoining fairy-tale-looking century-old Queenslander.
Where: 2 Village Way, Currumbin Valley
P3 Sports and Recovery Centre
For those who like to push themselves hard — in all of the sporty and healthy ways possible — P3 Recovery Centre is the highly popular choice to drop in and give your hard-pressed physique a little love. Fitness fanatics and everyday folks will rejoice at hydrotherapy pools and the selection of wet and dry therapies available, including other world-class treatments such as their hyperbaric chamber and vibrosaun. Go break those PB’s, and rest assured these guys and their top-rate amenities will have you covered.
Where: 1/10 Kortum Drive, Burleigh Heads
Another one for the fit and the furious amongst us, but with added appeal for many other people seeking slightly different benefits. Although primarily sports recovery focussed, the venue further specialises in injury rehabilitation, weight management and overcoming chronic fatigue. On-site, there are a host of modern therapies — and professionals to deliver them — at your disposal, including cryotherapy, where you can be subjected to an icy -130 degrees Celsius for the longest three minutes of your life.
Where: Shop 5, 117 Ashmore Road, Bundall
Words by Alex Mitcheson.