Whether you’re on the Gold Coast for a long time or a good time, chances are the searing Queensland sun has taken its toll on your skin, and the non-stop surfing, partying or cafe hopping has your body beat.
Well, we think it’s high time you carved out some space to de-stress and rejuvenate—you know you deserve it. We did the (very) hard yards and tested treatments all over town to come up with eight of the best day spas on the Gold Coast, to switch off your phone, shut out the world and get glowing again.
The Bath House
Located at the mouth of the Tallebudgera Valley and inspired by bath houses in Morocco—where all facilities are gathered under one roof—The Bath House (by the local vegan babes behind Greenhouse Canteen) is modern and minimal. Once you strip down to your swimmers or shorts, first rinse off in the outdoor shower, before splitting your time between the warm massaging bubbles of two hydrotherapy spas and an intoxicating eucalyptus wet steam room in upwards of 50 degrees. Then, get the blood circulating with a refreshing dip in the outdoor magnesium plunge pool. Next, it’s onto the red cedar dry sauna, where you have control of the intensity by splashing water over a bed of hot rocks in the corner (just don’t forget, hot air rises!), and then retreat to the sun deck at the rear. Take it slowly through the facilities or soak, steam, plunge and repeat. The choice is yours.
Earth & Skin
Organic beauty spa Earth & Skin is soothing all our stresses away. Located in a stunning Queenslander-style cottage at the entrance to Mudgeeraba, this sanctuary is just what you need: calming, quiet and heavenly. Offering a range of holistic treatments including signature massage experiences, organic facials, sugaring, eyebrow shaping, eco spray tans and incredibly blissful manis and pedis, Earth & Skin is the spa getaway of your dreams. Owner Louisa Hollenberg had more reasons than most to pursue an organic lifestyle. It’s a philosophy and education she passes onto her clients through luxurious beauty services using products which are natural, chemical-free and free from animal cruelty, ensuring they’re both good for your health and the planet. If you’re looking for one of the best day spas on the Gold Coast, you’ve found it.
On Eagle Wings Mountain Retreat & Spa
A trip to On Eagle Wings Mountain Retreat & Spa in the Mudgeeraba Hinterland is just as much about the journey as the destination. Breathe in the pure air as you travel through rolling countryside on your way to one of the best day spas on the Gold Coast. Perfect for bestie dates, lovers or some solo ‘me time’, indulge in a half-day spa package or individual treatments including manis, pedis, massages and facials. All followed by a few hours sprawled on the expansive deck with horizon lap pool and panoramic views across the treetops and back to the ocean. Heaven exists and it is only a 15-minute drive from the Gold Coast.
Halcyon House Spa
If you’ve ever treated yourself to a long wine-fuelled lunch or perhaps splashed out on a fanciful weekend getaway, you can attest that Cabarita’s dreamy Halcyon House is the kinda place you wish you could shut off from reality and hide away forever. A recent addition to this whimsical beachside resort, 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. Designed by the same creative hands behind the adjoining boutique hotel and Paper Daisy restaurant, Halcyon Spa is wrapped in crisp white stucco walls, with those signature breezeblocks and archways hiding relaxation areas and calming courtyards. Inside, you’ll find accents of Moroccan mosaics, honey timber floors, upholstered wallpaper and bespoke mismatched textiles and furnishings that somehow marrying together effortlessly. There’s also a Hammam-inspired domed steam room, where you can bliss out pre or post-treatment to maximise the rejuvenation experience.
Surfers Paradise’s funky QT Gold Coast is no ordinary lodging, and its theatrical 50s-inspired theme continues through to one of the Gold Coast’s best day spa settings. A colourful spa experience that’s unlikely to be outshone anywhere along the glittering coastal strip, get in the mood by snuggling into a robe and sipping herbal tea as you ponder SpaQ’s array of treatment options. Finish with a complimentary treat, giving your skin a blood-circulating boost in SpaQ’s hammam steam room and ice fountain. Is this one of the best day spas on the Gold Coast? We think so!
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
For an extra-special spoiling, escape to the beautiful Tallebudgera Valley. While it’s not technically a ‘day spa’ and 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 spa treatments together with traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, naturopathy, yoga and nutrition to sooth the mind, body and soul. Not relaxed yet? We know you’re going to adore Gwinganna’s lush forest surrounds complete with the real-time chatter of wildlife as your soundtrack; the perfect setting to completely disengage from the world and reconnect with yourself. Bliss.
Azure Spa & Fitness
Azure Spa & Fitness is another final piece of the puzzle in The Star Gold Coast’s staggering transformation. Quickly taking its place among the best day spas on the Gold Coast, step past the doors and be transported to a tranquil oasis. Choose from an indulgent treatment menu including luxe facials and massage to signature body treatments, manis and pedis, plus offerings just for the gents. With seven treatment rooms at the ready, guests are welcome to take advantage of the high-tech fitness room and sprawling resort pool to extend their experience. Our pick? The Blissful Trio with hot stones features a back massage to cleanse, exfoliate and soothe, followed by a purifying facial and therapeutic scalp massage. Sounds like heaven, right? Ladies, grab your man (or bestie) and book into the impressive couple’s treatment room—just good luck peeling yourself away from the table afterwards.
Broadbeach, Coolangatta & Surfers Paradise
Step away from the bustle of Broadbeach for a full-body buffing at the heavenly Endota Spa. This modern full-service spa offers clients a momentary escape from their hectic daily lives with essentials such as massages, facials, waxing and body wraps. Endota also welcomes group bookings, so gather up to eight of your gal pals for a two-hour Girls Day Out pampering session including massage, pedicures, facials and footbaths. You'll also find Endota Spas in Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta. Bliss.
Towering over the northern Gold Coast skyline, Q1 Resort & Spa lives up to its namesake delivering an exceptional destination spa experience. Wood, textures and greenery create a tropical sanctuary where guests can unwind and reflect. Specialising in distinctively Australian treatments influenced by Aboriginal Dreamtime therapies, the award-winning spa’s pulsating Vichy shower, Jet Spa pod and Hyrdostorm steam capsule are to die for. We suggest trying Q1 Spa’s Kodo rhythmic full body massage, that’ll shift tension and ensure you leave invigorated.
Worked your way through the best day spas on the Gold Coast? You’ll probably be ready to treat yourself to an afternoon of cheese and wine, yes?