Queensland’s beautiful Sunsh/ine Coast is the place you want to head for a relaxed beach holiday; it’s not buzzing like the Gold Coast. There are no high-rise buildings, no pumping nightclub scene and, if you make a plan with a local, prepare for them to be running on ‘Sunny Coast time’ (aka they will be late and totally relaxed about it). If you’re after a holiday where you have a dozen lazy swims a day and in between eat gelato and burgers, then we’ve got the best places on the Sunshine Coast for you.
Set in the tropical laid-back Noosa, Peppers gives you the choice of resort-style hotel rooms or spacious villas perfect for a group of friends or the whole family. The whole resort is bright and breezy with a very coastal vibe, but if it doesn’t relax you enough, the deluxe day spa (with a private Geisha bathing suite no less!) will definitely do the trick.
Spicers Clovelly Estate
Set in the hills of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, taking inspiration from French-provincial architecture, Spicers Clovelly Estate will give you a totally different coastal experience. With easy access to the picturesque town of Montville and a 25-(ish)minute drive to the beach, you have the best of both worlds. Spicers hotels are known for their food and stunning interiors so you might find you don’t want to leave. This is the perfect stay if you’re after a romantic or girl’s weekend away — total luxury and seclusion.
Spicers Tamarind Retreat
Another Sunshine Coast hinterland gem, in a dreamy lush setting. This Japanese-inspired hotel feels like one big spa day. You’ll get your fill of relaxing in tubs, between one in your private villa, the day spa’s hydrotherapy pool or one of the Japanese hot tubs. When you’re done in the water, head on over to the cooking school for the afternoon for something a little different and delicious.
Right on the popular Hastings Street with a beach front view, Tingirana is perfect for those wanting a foodie holiday with easy beach access for as many dips as possible between meals. The apartments are fully self-catered with designer kitchens and all the mod cons you might need. You’ll have private beach access, an on site gymnasium and free Wi-Fi, not to mention the delicious room service menu.
Mandolin Resort is perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to take the family that will keep them busy every day. Every apartment is fully self contained with full-size kitchens and your own laundry. There is so much to do onsite that the only reason you’ll need to leave is to head to the beach a couple of times a day (it’s conveniently right across the road). The kids can be kept busy in one of the pools, a tennis court or the mini golf course while you relax looking out over the beautiful beach of Alexandra Headland.