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Spring into self-care at the Gold Coast's best day spas
Emily Halloran | August 31, 2021
The Gold Coast may boast a vibrant lifestyle, but we equally love to relax and unwind. Whether it’s soaking up the sun by the surf at our stunning beaches or having a tranquil soak at a day spa – relaxing is one thing we know how to do best.
The city is a goldmine for self-care treatments, with dozens of venues offering lush facials, soothing massages, deep soak therapy, and R&R day spas and retreats, that will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to another world.
With spring on our doorstep and the warmer months greeting us, it’s time to wash away the winter blues. No matter the treatment or your location, we’ve got you covered for the best self-care treatments which will have you feeling rejuvenated and ready for spring.
Spa Q, Surfers Paradise
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Earth and Skin, Mudgeeraba
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Lan Spa, Surfers Paradise
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For the city slicker
Sometimes escaping the hustle and bustle for just an hour or two is all we need to feel revived again. Take a break in style by indulging in one of many luxurious spas within the heart of the city.
endota spa – Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta
Escape everyday life stresses by being taken on a sensory journey at endota spa. Inspired by the relaxing natural environment of the Mornington Peninsula, endota spa has nature in mind and offers a range of organic treatments and products. You will feel more relaxed from the moment you walk through the door for your next beauty treatment, spa package, massage or facial.
Stephanies Wellness Spa – Q1 Surfers Paradise
Forget bringing yourself down to earth – let the Q1 Spa take you sky high at this destination spa experience. With tranquillity and relaxation in mind, this modern and luxurious space hosts eight treatment suites and is filled with lush greenery and natural finishes. After your treatment, take in breath-taking views at the Q1 SkyPoint Observation Deck.
Lan Spa – Surfers Paradise
Be transported into an oasis of peace and tranquillity with Lan Spa’s unique natural therapy, keeping a balance of body and mind through the five senses. Based in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this R&R hotspot will have you feeling invigorated. Treat yourself to their 2-hour Touch of Lavender limited special for $159.
Spa Q at QT Gold Coast – Surfers Paradise
Looking for a therapeutic spa day that packs a punch? Look no further than one of the city’s best day spas – the quirky and retro-styled Spa Q at the QT. Keeping to QT’s traditional themes of 50s-inspired décor, this gorgeous day spa offers a range of treatments starting from $80.
For the lady or lord of leisure
For those wanting to be pampered a little bit extra, let these two Gold Coast favourites give you some extra indulgent downtime in style.
One Spa – RACV Royal Pines Resort
Situated at the stunning RACV, this day spa is a must-try destination experience. One Spa offers locally inspired rituals, unique water therapies, spacious treatment rooms, and a relaxation area that overlooks a beautiful view. With the option to host a spa soirée, wedding party, or treatments for young ones – this is the perfect place to bring your friends or loved ones.
Earth and Skin – Mudgeeraba
Relax and let this organic beauty spa take you away on a mini-getaway. Earth and Skin specialise in a range of holistic treatments including massage experiences, organic facials, eco spray tans, and manicures and pedicures. All of the beauty services are natural, chemical free and vegan-friendly. Situated within a beautiful Queenslander-styled cottage, Earth and Skin will have you feeling beautiful from the outside-in.
SOAK Bathhouse, Mermaid Beach
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Greenhouse The Bath House, Burleigh
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City Cave, Helensvale
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For the soak sesher
The Gold Coast may be paved with over 50 kilometres of stunning coastline, but we can’t get enough of a good soak. Here’s our best day spas for those wanting some extra bathe time.
City Cave – Mermaid Beach & Helensvale
If you want to give your body and soul a complete refresh and be sent into the deepest possible relaxation, we suggest trying out float therapy. City Cave’s pools are filled with highly concentrated Epsom salt water and heated to your body temperature, which will have you floating and feeling as though you’ve reached near-zero gravity. With venues on the Northern and Southern Gold Coast, this unique deep soak is one to add to the list.
SOAK Bathhouse – Mermaid Beach
Unwind and be refreshed with a 90-minute soak at the stunning urban oasis. Move between open-air hot spas, communal mineral baths, cold plunge pool, steam room, and sauna. Or unwind with a 50-minute massage flow house or with an LED facial. Be sure to bring your camera and snap a pic for your socials too.
Greenhouse The Bath House – Burleigh
The Greenhouse Bathhouse is a unisex, communal space offering 90-minute soak sessions. Indulge in the hydrotherapy spa, and the eucalyptus wet steam room, before having a refreshing dip in the maximum plunge pool. Created by the owners of Greenhouse Canteen, this Insta-trendy bathhouse should be added to your weekend plans.
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Tallebudgera Valley
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On Eagle Wings Mountain Retreat & Spa, Mudgeeraba Hinterland
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Eden Health Retreat, Currumbin Valley
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For the getaway lover
Feeling as though you need to disconnect from the world and have a complete recharge? There’s no better place to do it than in the lush Gold Coast Hinterland. Only located a short drive from the heart of the city, these retreats will make you feel as though you’ve been transported into a tranquil oasis.
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat – Tallebudgera Valley
Located in the alluring Tallebudgera Valley on 200 hectares of bushland, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat is a world-famous hideaway with a focus on rest, nutrition and fitness. Slow down, unwind and refresh your wellbeing at this Ecotourism certificated, award-winning haven with a two-night wellness weekend or a seven-night detox. Gwinganna is offering a special Spring spa package that includes a Vanessa Megan 50-minute facial and 50-minute deep tissue or relaxation massage for $295 per person.
Eden Health Retreat – Currumbin Valley
Guests are encouraged to “discover the magic of disconnecting from daily life and connecting with nature” when experiencing this 5-star retreat nestled in the heart of the Currumbin Valley. Before you arrive, staff will chat to you about a personalised experience which will fulfil your health and wellness goals. Whether you choose to stay for a 3-night or 6-night experience, Eden Health Retreat will have you feeling as though your health is completely restored.
On Eagle Wings Mountain Retreat & Spa – Mudgeeraba Hinterland
This stunning retreat is less than 30-minutes from the heart of the Gold Coast and features breath-taking panoramic views of the city, a heated 25m infinity lap pool, and dozens of spa packages, massages and treatments. It’s the perfect location to bring your partner, friends or loved one together for a full-day or weekend of pampering.
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