13 day spas worth flying for
There are certain times in life when only a stint at a day spa will bring you back to the land of the living.
We don’t know whether it’s the fluffy robes, the hydrotherapy pools or just the excitement of turning your phone on silent that make day spas so alluring, but holidays and spa treatments go together like an oozy soft cheese and a glass of fine wine.
When you need to de-stress, treat yourself, or just escape from the kids for a couple of hours, there are plenty of award-winning spa options available around Queensland.
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
Set in the Gold Coast Hinterland with picturesque ocean and valley views, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat aims to inspire people live a healthier, happier life through their innovative wellness programs, specialty spa treatments and organic cuisine.
Boasting the largest spa in the southern hemisphere, Gwinganna’s sanctuary includes 33 custom-designed and themed treatment rooms overlooking a native garden.
The Gwinganna spa packages last from two to seven days, and include a choice of accommodation in heritage houses, orchard suites or luxurious signature villas. The signature villas are cantilevered over a billabong and were built from reclaimed timbers, and feature soaring ceilings, chic black bathrooms and a private steam room.
spaQ at QT Gold Coast
Citrus-hued decor, mod ‘60s styling and luxury treatments come together to create a striking yet still tranquil experience.
Rather than pre-selecting treatments, spaQ encourages guests to throw caution to the wind and simply book a block of time so they can choose on the day with the help of a therapist.
The spa boasts a hammam-inspired ice and steam room, a relaxation lounge, and a creative Accessories section of add-on treatments to create your own personalised designer spa experience. Be sure to check out their Goldie Signature spa treatments too – it even includes a Weekend Warrior package for men!
Spa Anise at Spicers Peak Lodge, Maryvale
Stays at Spicers Peak Lodge become just that little more indulgent when you step inside the retreat’s Spa Anise. Think: Blissful treatments like hot stone massages, spiced chai sugar scrubs and organic clays, followed by a cool and refreshing dip in the plunge spa pool on the deck.
It makes the perfect mini getaway for special occasions, or a relaxing and satisfying end to a stressful day. So go on, treat yourself to their Signature Treatment with a body exfoliation and hydration, facial and scalp ritual, and rediscover the art of relaxation.
The Reef House Resort and Spa, Palm Cove
Escape to the seaside to be pampered at the award-winning The Reef House Resort and Spa in Tropical North Queensland. You’ll quickly forget any worries and stresses when you experience one of their specially crafted Spa Journeys.
Surrender to their Tropical Lullaby for a complete body exfoliation and moisture locking massage. Or perhaps you need their Time Out Tonic hot stone massage, refreshing facial and foot massage? Whatever the journey, you will leave feeling revitalised and energised!
Alamanda, Palm Cove
Overlooking Palm Cove’s idyllic stretch of sand, Alamanda Palm Cove (formerly the Angsana Resort and Spa) is like chocolate to spa enthusiasts with its beachfront treatment rooms with soothing sights of the Coral Sea.
Indulge yourself in a Champagne Choc treatment or a full-bodied Top to Toe therapy. Or if you REALLY want to spoil yourself, check out their Spa Pavillions, offering an exclusive sanctuary with two side-by-side massage beds and a private plunge pool, with expert therapists flown into Palm Cove from the Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Phuket, Thailand.
One&Only Hayman Island, Whitsundays
One&Only Hayman Island makes the most of its beautiful surroundings with its signature spa treatment, the Ocean Massage. This ultimate sensorial experience lasts for 90 minutes, and as the name suggests, takes place on a massage bed placed in the ocean!
This ultimate sensorial experience lasts for 90 minutes, and as the name suggests, takes place on a massage bed placed in the ocean!
You’ll drift away to a world of complete relaxation and comfort in tranquil waters, surrounded by gentle tides and tropical fish in the warm Whitsunday sun.
Spa qualia, Hamilton Island
For an all-encompassing sensory experience, look no further than Spa qualia at the world-class luxury resort qualia. Taking a contemporary yet Indigenous approach, the spa’s treatments are designed to rebalance the synergy between mind and body, and capture the essence of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef.
Their extensive spa menu includes massages, sublime facials, signature ceremonies, Indigenous offerings and ‘It’s a Man’s World’ range of treatments. And did we mention their additional guest facilities include a relaxation area with steam room and outdoor tropical Vichy shower, open air yoga and a meditation pavilion?!
Essentia Day Spa, Lizard Island
An award-winning spa, the Essentia Day Spa infuses the beauty of Lizard Island into each and every treatment.
Exclusive to the spa, they have partnered with modern Parisian apothecary La Biosthetique to provide their guests with a unique range of performance facial and body skincare treatments that are designed to work in harmony with your own biochemistry.
The result? An experience of total harmony between health, beauty, and complete rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit.
Daintree EcoLodge and Spa, Tropical North Queensland
The delectable treatment menu at the Daintree EcoLodge and Spa in the wilderness of Tropical North Queensland was developed out of respect and with approval of the elders of the local Kuku Yalanji tribe.
The signature treatment, Walbul-Walbul (meaning ‘butterfly’) incorporates the contrasting sensations of oil and desert salts, and uses exclusive Australian indigenous products and massage techniques not found anywhere else across the globe.
Not only will you leave with a new respect for Indigenous culture, but you will feel truly harmonious within yourself and with nature.
O’Reilly’s Lost World Spa, Gold Coast
Nestled within World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland, O’Reilly’s Lost World Spa turns to the grapes it grows at its nearby vineyard for a specialist signature spa experience.
The deeply conditioning Vinotherapy Ritual treatment incorporates essential ingredients, such as grape seed extracts, that contain some of nature’s most powerful antioxidants to firm the skin, slow the ageing process, and rejuvenate your entire body.
Ripple Massage, South East Queensland
This premium massage-to-door operator includes a mind-melting selection of indulging chocolate massages on its extensive treatment menu – oh yes, you read that right – which include a full body aromatherapy massage with warmed chocolate oil combined with other treatments… AND a box of delicious chocolates!
All products used are hand-made by Ripple, and all their oil blends and lotions are made from locally grown avocado and macadamia nut oils. Ripple services Brisbane, Gold Coast and Hinterland, and the Sunshine Coast.
Stephanie’s Spa Retreat, Brisbane
The million-dollar retreat at the five-star Sofitel Brisbane is the ultimate city escape. The French-inspired spa features seven luxury suites, including a twin spa suite for couples.
However, the masterpiece of the retreat and its signature treatment, the Opal Rasul Temple, is an experience not to be missed. The one-hour cleansing ritual has been said to provide an uplifting soul strengthening journey, individually or with your partner or friends.
Situated adjacent to the hotel’s pool deck, the retreat enjoys an open-sky environment at odds with the convenience of its inner-city location.
Spas under the outback stars
Outback Queensland is home to some of the most naturally-located and welcoming therapeutic moments you’ll ever experience.
Experience surreal treats like soaks in Artesian Mud Baths at the Palm Grove Date Farm and Winery in Eulo, south-west Queensland; the spa ‘tanks’ on Nardoo Station near Cunnamulla; and the town spas in Mitchell, Bedourie, Blackall, Ilfracombe and Julia Creek where water comes direct from the Great Artesian Basin, one of the world’s largest underground water reservoirs.
Also be sure to check out:
Daydream Island Resort and Spa, The Whitsundays
Ikatan Day Spa, Sunshine Coast
What’s your favourite day spa treatment? How do you like to be pampered on holidays? Share in the comments below.
Some of the businesses listed above have been impacted by recent weather events in Queensland. Please make contact with the operator or visit their website for information regarding bookings and travel plans.