With a variety of top spa retreats to choose from, the Gold Coast is the perfect location to indulge in some relaxing treatments to sooth the body and soul. While many people visit this Aussie tourist mecca for its beautiful white beaches, the great shopping, fun theme parks and peaceful hinterland, visitors to the region should not leave without spending downtime at one of the local spas. If you’re ready for the ultimate R & R experience, then book your hotel on the Gold Coast and read on for five top retreats to be pampered at.
Lella Hammam is the only Moroccan-inspired hammam on the Gold Coast and is a spa that uses traditional methods of therapy dating back from the times of “One Thousand and One Nights.” The purpose-built facility is based around the detoxifying treatments Moroccan, Arabic and Tunisian women have been enjoying for centuries. The hammam (a word meaning “bathhouse”) features a steam room to invigorate the skin’s pores and to detox and refresh. A visit to Lella Hammam starts off with a personalised Moroccan rinse and hair wash. Guests will then be covered with a special black soap (in gel form) that sits on the skin for 10 minutes while pores open up from the steam in the room. Next, the therapist will perform a Moroccan exfoliation treatment to remove the dead skin cells from the body, after which it will be covered with a mineral-enriched purifying clay. Treatments are finished with a hot steam and rinse, a light massage, the application of some hydrating natural oils and the final sweet touch – a mist of exotic Arabic perfumes to have you smelling like you stepped out of a traditional Moroccan hammam.
SpaQ at QT Gold Coast
SpaQ is a fresh salon housed in the QT Gold Coast Hotel. The spa has a bright and playful vibe, and is based around the idea that treatments should allow room for flexibility and customisation. As a result, clients don’t need to select treatments in advance – rather, they can speak to their therapist on the day and choose a treatment that feels like the best fit. One of the most interesting treatments on the menu would have to be the thermal massage that includes the use of red pepper to warm the muscles and relieve tension. Visitors can also make use of the spa’s complimentary hammam-inspired ice and steam room. Here, the contrasting hot and cold therapies help guests to begin unwinding before their treatment starts.
Aurora Spa Retreat at Palazzo Versace
The Aurora Spa Retreat, located in the five-star Palazzo Versace hotel, is opulent and palatial, and the perfect place to unwind when holidaying. The stellar therapeutic treatment menu consists of facials, massages, pedicures, manicures, and body and steam treatments as well as retreat packages starting at two hours of blissful relaxation. The salon uses only botanically active products that stem from age-old natural wisdom combined with leading technology. Guests at the spa receive complimentary use of the venue’s relaxation lounge, a trial of the SpaRitual products, access to showers, lockers, towels, herbal tea and filtered water.
Golden Door Spa and Health Club at the Sheraton Mirage
The Golden Door Spa and Health Club is located on the beachfront at the luxurious Sheraton Mirage hotel. It’s the perfect spot for some pampering and relaxation when visiting Gold Coast. Guests can enjoy the relaxation lounge with a complimentary steam room and spa bath plus a signature herbal tea blend, before-and-after treatments. The Health Club uses holistic BABOR products. It offers a variety of services for visitors to choose from – the facilities include a gym, lap pool, sauna, tennis courts, natural therapies and group fitness classes.
Harbour Day Spa
Modelled on a luxurious, Italian Riviera-inspired retreat, the Harbour Day Spa features elegant treatment rooms, spacious relaxation areas and a full hair and make-up salon. The spa’s staff pride themselves on offering personalised and knowledgeable service as well as their expertise in the cosmedical field. Therapists work to diagnose, treat and solve any serious skin issues a client might be encountering. The range of treatments available includes medical facials and active peels as well as massage, hair and makeup services and waxing.
About the Author: Jessica Smith is a Gold Coast-based blogger and freelance travel writer.