We love Noosa; we love the beach, the boardwalk, Hastings Street restaurants and shopping. But a little earlier this year we discovered the other side of Noosa where it’s all about relaxation: Noosa Springs.
Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort is just a five-minute drive from Hastings Street. A magnificent 18-hole championship golf course is the epicentre of Noosa Springs. It also supplies some of the most picturesque vistas in the whole Noosa region.
The resort’s serene bush setting allows privacy and a real get away from it all break. And you don’t need a 5 handicap to enjoy Noosa Springs. You can relax with all kinds of pampering at the world-class Spa; enjoy fabulous dinners at Relish restaurant and then work it off at the fully equipped Fitness Centre.
“The Fairways’ are 2 and 3 bedroom apartments overlooking the first fairway of the course. Built for relaxing – the apartments are luxuriously appointed and offer a different sort of luxury – a chance to unwind. Here you can just take the time to do as little or as much as you want. Yes, you can feel the serenity here. Take a deep breath, relax on the balcony and take in the birdsong.
We took a spin around the course just before sunset via an electric golf cart and the setting is magical. The water features are home to much of Noosa’s birdlife and are definitely Instagram material.
Spa is from the Latin meaning ‘health through water’ and the Noosa Springs spa is all about water. The Hydro massage pool gives tired, aching muscles a workout. The pool water is oxygenated, filtered, chlorine free and heated to near body temperature. You can take your time through the zones of jets that pleasantly pummel, revelling in the easing of tension and invigoration all at once.
Unlike a lot of spas where you feel rushed through your appointment, here you can take the time to really relax starting and finishing with a cooling juice. There are beauty treatments and therapies designed to heal and rejuvenate as well as an infrared sauna, steam room, geisha bath and a wonderful blitz shower. There is a heavenly flotation pool with a starlit ceiling built for two and a thermal suite.
Relish Restaurant ticks all the boxes for families and couples. Service is friendly and allows for all diners to take in the views of the sun setting over the course. The menu ranges from Prawn linguine to a Darling Downs rump aged for 365 days. The delicately spiced and succulent Victorian Lamb rump was served with a dahl, grilled zucchini and minted yoghurt. The accompanying iceberg heart salad with parmesan dressing was perfect with the crispy beer battered dory fillets and chips. Desserts are all indulgent: an Asian inspired (and delectable) mango passionfruit trifle is layered with coconut jelly and burnt lime with a side of chocolate chilli ice cream. Luscious individual Banana cheesecakes are adorned with a little crunch of toffee.
What a remarkable contrast Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort offers to the hubbub of Hastings Street; and that’s a good thing. A weekend here might be literally what the doctor ordered. There is more to life than retail therapy. Here the air is clean and the mood is tranquil; who needs shopping?