7 of the best Gold Coast day spa treatments
Australia’s most popular beachside getaway is also one of the best places to get far, far away. Here are the seven of the most sinful spa treatments on the Gold Coast to dip your toes into. Alright, stop. Pamper time!
1. The Bath House
Inspired by the bathhouses of Morocco with all facilities under one wellness roof, The Bath House is a communal unisex space designed for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Opt for a 90-minute soak session where you can rotate between 2 heated hydrotherapy spas, steam room infused with essential oils, red cedar sauna, magnesium plunge pool and the sun deck and lounge area.
2. SpaQ at QT Hotel
Calling all commitment-phobes, have we’ve got a signature treatment for you. And at SpaQ, that’s no treatment at all. Instead, guests pick a time, lock in a price, and then leave it to the day to decide what therapy they want. As spa manager, Suzy says, “You don’t order your meal when you book a restaurant. So why would you pre-book your treatment?”
The cost of the Freshly Picked Experience is based on time and all therapists are trained to expertly flip from facials to body treatments and massages. Or creatively mix all three.
3. Exclusive Spas at Q1 Resort & Spa
If you’re burnt out, literally, the 60-minute Coconut Ocean Wave treatment at Q1 Resort & Spa will have you smelling just like a Bounty chocolate bar before you know it. This rich coconut oil wrap is full of hydrating juicy goodness to boost skin that’s seen a little too much Queensland sun.
The Q1 Spa is also kitted out with dual treatments allowing couples, honeymooners and BFF to double date. And what’s a date without champagne and strawberries – all on the menu at Q1.
4. Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
Why settle on an hour’s treatment, when you can have an entire weekend (or more) to cocoon at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland.
This hilltop getaway is a closet womb for the world’s rich and famous, not to mention a defibrillator for the nation’s burnt out business types. With 33 treatment rooms (the largest in the southern hemisphere) serving up a raft of options and an endless supply of activities like Tai Chi, yoga and gardening, Gwinganna promises to calibrate you in no time.
Just keep one eye peeled for Wolverine; part owner Mr Jackman is rumoured to be a regular guest here between his Hollywood hits.
5. Ruby Spa at Surfers Paradise Marriott Hotel & Resort Spa
Burn the candle at both ends without even hitting SinCity (er, that’s a nightclub). The one-hour Ruby Candle Massage at Ruby Spa offers a choice of eight soy-based home-made massage candles. The candle you choose is used throughout the treatment and yours to take home at the end to continue the therapy back home.
6. Eforea Spa at Hilton Surfers Paradise
This place looks a little like that scene out of Bruce Almighty when Jim Carey meets up with God (aka Morgan Freeman). Just like the Hollywood version of heaven, Eforea Spa at Hilton Surfers Paradise dishes up masses of light, sheer floaty curtains and minimalistic backdrop, and promises you will “emerge brighter”. And that’s before you get into their celestial version of a vVichyroom.
The spa has all the hallmarks of five-star treatments with a focus on the oft-forgot sex. Here men are firmly on the agenda, with a 90 minute Bamboo Body treatment that uses bamboo rolled over the body to relieve tension in the shoulder, back and neck.
7. Aurora Spa Retreat at Palazzo Versace
Put double the “ahhh” into 60 minutes of spa time with four hands, two therapists and one intensely blissful hour from Aurora Spa’s Signature Allawah Treatment.
This body beating session has the glamour of Versace stamped all over it and offers twice the pleasure principle with one therapist concentrating on your scalp and facial while the other works the rest of your body.
Want to extend your zen and try out a health retreat? Here are our top 3 picks for Gold Coast wellness retreats.
Still want more? Try:
- Lost World Spa at O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat
- Golden Door Spa and Health Club Main Beach, next to the Sheraton Mirage
- L’Aqua Day Spa at Watermark Hotel & Spa Gold Coast