Australia‘s Sunshine Coast, stretching from Caloundra to the Cooloola part of the Great Sandy National Park, is the place to go if you want a relaxed beach holiday. There is no pumping nightclub scene and, if you make a plan with a local, prepare for them to be running on “Sunny Coast time”. This area has some amazing hotels with direct beach access, in-house spas, and stylish cocktail bars. Read on to find the perfect base for your Pacific holiday.
Peppers, set in the tropical laid-back Noosa, which is known for its chi-chi shops and brunch culture, gives you the choice of resort-style hotel rooms or spacious villas – perfect for a group of friends or the whole family. The resort is bright and breezy with a very coastal vibe, while relaxation prevails at the deluxe day spa with a private Geisha bathing suite.
Head to Spicers Clovelly Estate, in the hills of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, for its French-inspired architecture, interiors and food. Charcuterie platters and champagne from its award-winning restaurant, the Long Apron, come highly recommended. The five-star hotel is close to the picturesque town of Montville and about a 25-minute drive to the nearest beach.
Looking for somewhere to take the family and keep them occupied? There’s so much to do at Mandolin Resort, including swimming, playing tennis and mini golf, that you’ll only need to leave if you fancy catching a wave – the beach (Alexandra Headland) is conveniently right across the road. Every apartment is fully self-contained and fitted with a full-size kitchen and your own washing machine.
This is an updated version of an article by Alice Duffield.