As wellness and holistic health have started to gain popularity over recent years (and with good reason too), massages have become an essential part of self-care these days. Do you want to uplift, enliven and improve your wellbeing? Massage. Do you want to feel rested, rejuvenated and re-energised? Massage. We like to think there are very few problems a massage won't help with.
From remedial massages to hot stone massage to foot massages, we've tried them all. Scroll on for the Gold Coast’s best massages in 2022, which are sure to rub you up the right way. Let bliss ensue.
Earth And Skin Organic Beauty Spa
Located in a stunning Queenslander-style cottage at the entrance to Mudgeeraba, Earth and Skin Organic Beauty Spa is just what you need: calming, quiet and heavenly. Incorporating a beautiful range of organic products, this sanctuary offers some of the best massages on the Gold Coast. Our pick? Earth and Skin’s version of the traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, the Lomi Ritual Massage. Surrender as a trained therapist nurtures the body by working gently and deeply using continuous and flowing techniques; massages don’t come better than this.
Kick off your shoes, take a deep breath and prepare to be transported to a luxurious, stress-free environment reminiscent of a tropical paradise. No, you’re not on an island getaway, you’ve just stepped into the heavenly Soak Bathhouse. This urban bathhouse, nestled away in sun-kissed Mermaid Beach, offers clients a welcome escape from the daily grind and promotes a holistic approach to wellness in body, mind and spirit. They offer a range of 50-minute signature massages, including a full body spa massage, pregnancy massage and remedial massage, which will leave you feeling revitalised, both mentally and physically.
Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach & Coolangatta
A few hours cocooned within the soothing walls of Endota Spa will have you back on track in no time. With one of the most recognisable names in the industry and three locations across town—Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Coolangatta—you’re always within easy reach of the Gold Coast’s best massages. This modern, full-service spa offers clients a momentary escape from their hectic daily lives with essential massages, including soothing hot stone massage, pregnancy massage, remedial massage and more. Or, spoil yourself with a tailored package complete with foot soaks, organic facials and detoxifying body wraps.
Greenhouse The Bathhouse
Burleigh really has this whole wellbeing thing worked out. Whether you’re stepping-out solo or getting your friends together for a ramble through the retail and restaurant options along both James Street and the Gold Coast Highway, the perfect way to round it off is with a visit to The Bathhouse. Book a signature massage or luxe signature massage package and you’ll enjoy 2.5 to 3.5 hours of soaking and steaming in the bathhouse, plus a full hour-long intuitive massage. You’ll be well on your way to relaxation heaven with this Burleigh massage destination.
You don’t have to check in to check out the dreamy massage options on offer at Halcyon House’s magazine-worthy spa in Cabarita. While Halcyon Spa is not technically on the Gold Coast, it is absolutely worth the short jaunt south across the border, if you’re looking for the ultimate day spa experience. From the Halycon relax massage to the pregnancy massage and essential healing massage; you’ll be seriously spoilt. Afterwards, linger in the quiet nooks wearing your robe and slippers, while sipping herbal tea and turning the pages of a beautiful coffee table book. Pure bliss.
Located inside QT Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise, SpaQ offers the perfect combination of quiet and quirky. SpaQ provides tailored treatments, including thermal, relaxation and pregnancy massage for mums-to-be. And while each is a customised experience, when it comes to providing clients with muscle-melting, immune-boosting, stress-relieving and life-affirming treatments, ALL SpaQ massages follows these instructions to the letter.
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
For an extra-special spoiling, escape to the beautiful Tallebudgera Valley. While you’ll need to stay at least two nights to take advantage of the stunning facilities—Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat is truly something else. Gwinganna takes a holistic approach to wellness, providing conventional massage treatments together with traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, naturopathy, yoga and nutrition to sooth the mind, body and soul. Think: hot stones, lymphatic drainage, shiatsu, deep issue remedial, foot and pregnancy massages. No matter what kind of reset you're looking for, you'll find it at Gwinganna.
If your idea of relaxation consists of not leaving your own home or hotel room, then you need to get Ripple on speed-dial. Professional therapists will come to you, creating an in-home spa experience, complete with a massage table, portable towel warmer, and all the oils and potions needed to send you into a state of bliss. From relaxation and deep tissue, to reflexology and a cowrie sea shell massage, whatever experience you’re chasing, Ripple will bring it to you.
Now that you've indulged in a top Gold Coast massage, why not continue the self-care at one of the Gold Coast’s best day spas.
Image credit: Brooke Darling Photography & Halycon House