Best Spas in Queensland

3 January, 2018

Queensland is home to some of the world's best spas, winning numerous awards and votes from hordes of relaxed travellers. For a truly restorative time in Queensland, indulge in some of the special treatments available at day spas and retreats throughout this great state.

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

Set in the Gold Coast Hinterland with ocean and valley views, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat aims to help people live a healthier life through innovative wellness programs, specialty spa treatments and superb organic cuisine. Boasting the largest spa in the southern hemisphere, Gwinganna's spa sanctuary includes 33 custom-designed and themed treatment rooms which overlook a native spa garden. Gwinganna programs last from two to seven days and include a choice of accommodation in heritage houses, orchard suites, various luxury villas or three new meditation suites. Nestled in Gwinganna's orchard and overlooking a billabong, the meditation suites are bathed in natural light and custom-designed to help guests practise mindfulness.

 spaQ at QT Gold Coast

Anyone who has been to QT Gold Coast would know how funky, fresh and fun the vibe is and now this colourful personality is being channelled into the new spaQ. Citrus-hued decor, mod '60s styling, eye-popping uniforms and a fun 'freshly picked' treatment menu create a striking, yet still tranquil experience. Rather than insisting on pre-selection of treatments, spaQ encourages guests to throw caution to the wind and simply book a block of time so they can choose on the day with the help of their therapist. The spa boasts a hammam with ice fountain, a relaxation lounge and a birds-eye-view nail bar while treatments include massages, facials and body treatments by USpa, a creative Accessories section of add-on treatments and 'Goldie Signature' packages - including the Weekend Warrior for men.

Spa Anise at Spicers Peak Lodge
Stays at Spicers Peak Lodge have become that little bit more indulgent with the property's purpose-built spa facility, Spa Anise. Guests can enjoy blissful treatments including a Hot Stone Massage, Spiced Chai Sugar Scrub, Coconut Milk Wrap and a Ultimate Body Ritual or take a dip in the plunge spa pool on the deck before retreating to the open stone fireplace in the relaxation lounge. It's the perfect way to unwind at the start of a holiday or to restore after a day spent hiking through the countryside.

The Reef House Resort and Spa, Palm Cove

Offering a pampering seaside spa experience fused with Waterlily aromaceuticals and Phytomer marine skin care, you'll be cleansed, revitalized, energised and exfoliated after your visit to the award-winning spa. Surrender to the Ocean Spa Ritual with a de-polluting Salt Crystal Exfoliation, Full Body Hydration and moisture-locking marine facial that revives tired skin, hydrates it and removes signs of fatigue. Or indulge in their Time Out Tonic hot stone massage, refreshing facial, a citrus-infused scalp massage and gingko spearmint foot massage, and leave all your stresses behind.

 Spa qualia, Hamilton Island

For a truly sensory experience, look no further than Spa qualia. Taking a contemporary yet indigenous approach, the spa's treatments are designed to rebalance the synergy between mind and boy, and to capture the essence of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. The spa menu includes quintessential massages, sublime facials, signature ceremonies such as the Wine Lovers or Chocolate Lovers Indulgence, indigenous offerings and a range of other essential treatments. Spa qualia is an all-encompassing sensory experience and steps it up by offering additional wellbeing therapies or holistic day packages that include consultations with a naturopath, personalised wellness plans and personal yoga or training sessions. Additional guest facilities include a relaxation area with steam room and outdoor tropical Vichy shower, along with open air yoga and a meditation pavilion.

Essentia Day Spa, Lizard Island

An award-winning day spa on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, Essentia Day Spa infuses the beauty of the island into each and every treatment. From rejuvenating spa treatments complemented by the modern Parisian La Biosthetique skincare range to stress management, lifestyle consultations, detox packages and health body assessments, Essentia provides holistic care crafted to each individual guest. The result? An experience of total harmony between health, beauty, and complete rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit.

 Daintree Ecolodge and Spa, Tropical North Queensland

The treatment menu at the delectable Daintree Ecolodge and Spa in the wilderness of the world's oldest rainforest in Tropical North Queensland was developed out of respect and with approval of the elders of the local Kuku Yalanji tribe. Using 100 per cent natural ingredients, the spa creates a healing experience in harmony with nature. The signature treatment, Walbul-Walbul (meaning 'butterfly') incorporates the contrasting sensations of oil and desert salts, and uses exclusive Australian indigenous products and massage techniques not found anywhere else across the globe.

 O'Reilly's Lost World Spa, Gold Coast

Nestled within World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland, O'Reilly's Lost World Spa turns to the grapes it grows at its nearby vineyard for a specialist signature treatment. The Vinotherapy Ritual incorporates essential ingredients such as grape seed extracts, containing some of nature's most powerful antioxidants to firm the skin and collagen to slow the aging process, introduce healing properties and rejuvenate the entire body. The steam room treatments and a dip in the infinity pool with sweeping views over the rainorest are the perfect reward at the end of a day spent exploring the ancient rainforest.

 Ripple Massage, South East Queensland

This premier massage-to-door operator includes a selection of calorie-free chocolate massages on its extensive treatment menu, which includes a full body aromatherapy massage with warmed chocolate oil combined with other treatments – AND a box of delicious chocolates. Ripple services Brisbane, Gold Coast and hinterland, and the Sunshine Coast.

 Stephanie's Spa Retreat, Brisbane

The million-dollar retreat at the five-star Sofitel Brisbane features eight suites including a twin spa suite. The spa's signature treatment, the Opal Rasul Temple, is said to provide an uplifting soul strengthening journey guaranteed to evoke warmth and passion for couples seeking the ultimate escape or an irreplaceable bonding experience for mothers and daughters, or between best friends. Situated on level three adjacent to the hotel's pool deck, the retreat enjoys an open-sky environment at odds with the convenience of its inner-city location.

 Spas under the outback stars

The Queensland Outback is home to some of the most naturally located and welcoming therapeutic moment you'll ever experience. Unexpected treats like the mud soaks in refurbished claw bath spas at the Palm Grove Date Farm and Winery in Eulo, south-west Queensland; the spa 'tanks' on Nardoo Station near Cunnamulla; and the town spas in Mitchell, Bedourie, Blackall, Ilfracombe and Julia Creek where water comes direct from the Great Artesian Basin, one of the world's largest underground water reservoirs.

Also try…

Alamanda Palm Cove, Tropical North Queensland

Silky Oaks Lodge Healing Waters Spa, Mossman

Ikatan, Sunshine Coast

Eforea, Gold Coast