Reset with a wellness escape on the Sunshine Coast

06 Feb 2020

New year, new you? Keeping healthy resolutions can be hard, but breaking out of bad habits can be a whole lot easier when you leave regular life behind.

Escape and indulge on the Sunshine Coast. From yoga to pilates and float tanks to spa treatments, you are bound to come back feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Pilates Wellness Retreats

How does some relaxation, wholesome food and pampering while dedicating time to reconnect your mind and body through Pilates, meditation and self-care activities sound?

That is exactly what the multi-day Pilates Wellness Retreats offer. Held in a luxury location somewhere on the Sunshine Coast, the retreats offer professionally catered meals, daily pilates mat classes utilising a range of props that are suitable for all levels of experience, a massage session and meditation, to restore balance and reconnect.

With plenty of downtime to relax, these retreats are the perfect way to embrace a healthy, balance lifestyle.

If you are short on time, they also run Pilates Wellness Day Retreats at Kondalilla Eco Resort, amongst 20 acres of magnificent rainforest in Montville.

Asante Day Spa

For a day spa experience that will transport you to Africa, book into Coolum’s Asante Day Spa.

Immerse yourself in an array of exquisite pamper packages, remedial and relaxation massage treatments and heavenly smooth hot stone massages. Experience exotic warm Indian oil head treatments, body polishes, muslin cocoon wraps, rejuvenating facials and soothing foot pampers using pure ingredients. Picture yourself floating in a deep luxurious Moroccan Milk Spa, enjoying a glass of chilled champagne. Perfect bliss!

Spicers Clovelly Estate

Spicers retreats have become synonymous with relaxed luxury, and Spicers Clovelly Estate tucked away in the rolling hills of Montville is no exception.

Taking its inspiration from French countryside estates, Spa Anise at Clovelly Estate features a spacious treatment room with marble and timber flooring, a large corner spa and private courtyard, providing the perfect tonic for tired bodies after a day spent exploring the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast.

Book in for their Signature Vino Therapy - a rejuvenating facial treatment layered with pure Shiraz wine pressings, grape seeds and antioxidant rich resveratrol, or relax with a massage.

Lillypilly’s Cottages & Day Spa

Overlooking Lake Baroon and the mountain ranges beyond, the country style cottages at Maleny’s Lillypilly’s Cottages & Day Spa are built for seclusion.

Choose from a range of massages and facials or stay a little longer and be pampered with a half or full-day package of treatments.

Stay the night and relax in your luxurious two-person spa bath with your favourite drink before drifting off to sleep to the sounds of nature.

After your treatments, in-house guests and day spa visitors are welcome to relax in the covered outdoor day lounge area, perfectly positioned to take in the stunning views.

Ikatan Day Spa

Be transported to the tropical oasis of Bali – without the flights!

Just minutes from Noosa, Ikatan Day Spa resembles a Balinese village where treatments take place in air conditioned outdoor villas with a complimentary pot of tea or champagne.

From the moment you walk through the gate into the tranquil rainforest-like garden, you will become instantly relaxed.

Ikatan Day Spa Noosa has a range of packages to choose from. Ranging from a full day of pampering to a simple one-hour massage, there’s something there to suit everyone’s needs.

Spicers Tamarind Retreat

This Asian-inspired sanctuary overlooks the stunning Glasshouse Mountains, and you will feel very much drawn to nature at this retreat.

This luxe escape is all about what works for you. Your retreat, your rules! Start with wine and cheese, spend a day wandering through the quaint local villages of Maleny and Montville, or book in a three-hour Spice of Life pampering package at the in-house Spa Anise before indulging in a meal at the chef-hatted restaurant – The Tamarind.

Salt Caves

You might wonder: what is a salt cave, exactly, and what are some salt cave benefits? It's exactly what it sounds like: a man-made cave constructed entirely of salt.

The idea is that this natural micro climate of a salt cave disperses a dry salt in high concentrations in a salt room whose surfaces are covered with layers of salt which is shown to help ail skin conditions, respiratory problems and even the dreaded cold.

The Float Space

Looking for relaxation with a difference? Reset your mind and body at The Float Space in Maroochydore.

The Float Space is decked out with three floating suites, each containing their own pod and private shower. The idea of floatation is as a powerful tool to unplug from a hectic and overstimulated life, with all external distractions such as sights, sounds and tactile sensations blocked out.

Beyond those looking to tune out for an hour, floating is also being recommend by health professionals to help with issues such as chronic pain, insomnia, depression, and anxiety to name a few.

Chenrezig Institute

The Chenrezig Institute is a centre for Buddhist study, meditation and retreat nestled in the foothills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

This is an ideal place to learn all about Tibetan Buddhism and regular short courses are offered for anyone interested in meditation from beginners to advanced, as well as many different retreats and workshops. There are also weekly yoga classes offered.

Overnight guests have the option of staying in individual rainforest cabins, motel rooms or dormitory-style accommodation.

Living Valley Springs

Hidden out in Kin Kin, Living Valley Springs is a luxury health hideaway that doesn’t miss a beat.

This place is not messing around when it comes to shaking out those holiday bad habits. There’s remedial and lymphatic drainage massages, colonic hydrotherapy treatments, clay wraps, facials,  naturopathic consultations, meal plans, personal trainers, detox shakes, juices, broths, lectures, cooking demonstrations and Russian steam baths. Head outdoors for fresh air, mountain climbs, a dip in the swimming pool and nature walks through the 145 acres of lush bushland.