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Why The Gold Coast Is The Perfect Place For A Midweek Getaway

Take a weekday break and treat yourself to the coastal city’s best places to eat, drink, and unwind.

How do you keep your work-life balance in check? On the Gold Coast, it’s not just a lifestyle—it’s an art form. Here, you can effortlessly slip into the locals’ laid-back rhythm of life, where self-care isn’t an afterthought but a priority. Imagine indulging in leisurely brunches at vibrant venues, luxuriating in rejuvenating spa treatments, or simply basking in the warm embrace of the sun-kissed coastline.

All of which makes the coastal city the perfect place for a weekday break (or, as some would say, a ‘sneeky mid-weeky’). It’s the chance to craft a life where self-care isn’t crammed into quick moments that fit within a tight schedule, but where putting yourself first is the norm.

Ready to feel the warm, salty sea breeze on your skin? Below, we round up the top five places to wine, dine, and relax on the Gold Coast.

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1. Verandah House Country Estate

Embrace the warm welcome of Verandah House Country Estate, where luxury meets tranquility in the heart of Tamborine Mountain. Designer-appointed guest suites offer a seamless blend of rustic charm and modern indulgence, ensuring every moment is infused with the essence of slow country living.

Tucked away amidst lush landscapes, this boutique abode provides the perfect retreat for those seeking serenity and a chance to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life, while still being conveniently close to town for those moments of exploration and indulgence. And what better way to unwind than with their in-house spa, where hot stone massages await to melt away your cares and rejuvenate your spirit. Experience the epitome of country elegance at VH Country Estate, where every detail is crafted to ensure a truly unforgettable escape.

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2. Native State

Whatever self-care means to you, you’ll find it at bathhouse and studio gym Native State. Open seven days a week in Kirra Beach, this opulent space offers everything from a satisfying workout to a relaxing soak.

In the premium holistic studio, get your heart rate pumping with a studio class led by expert trainers. Or slow down and unwind in any of the European-inspired bathhouse’s facilities, which include an infrared sauna, steam room, meditation lounge and more.

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3. Earth and Skin

Renowned as the region’s top-rated Organic Day Spa, Earth and Skin invites you to experience spa treatments that prioritise both indulgence and environmental consciousness. The epitome of organic luxury nestled in the heart of the Gold Coast, browse the curated selection of products as you step into the tranquil sanctuary, where you can enjoy a full range of facials, body therapies, and signature treatments designed to rejuvenate and restore.

The light-filled space, adorned with natural decor and lush greenery, sets the stage for a truly immersive and relaxing spa experience. Discover the place where mindful pampering meets environmental responsibility, and embark on a journey to wellness and serenity.

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4. Greenhouse The Bathhouse 

Book yourself in for an indulgent spa day. Tallebudgera Valley’s newly refurbished Greenhouse The Bathhouse is calling our name with soak sessions and intuitive massages. Visit the peaceful rejuvenation space for the magnesium-infused hydrotherapy spa, wet steam room, red cedar sauna, and more. 

Linger longer with a visit to the on-site restaurant and botanical bar, or lounge on the sun terrace with a book. This hidden paradise is an idyllic spot for a ‘Wellness Wednesday’ retreat (just make sure you book ahead to secure your spot).

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5. Blowfish Ocean Grill And Bar

Blowfish Ocean Grill + Bar might be one of the newest venues on the Broadbeach block, but it’s already drawing crowds. And it’s easy to understand the attraction. Designed by Gold Coast studio Space Cubed, the double-storey restaurant stars sun-bleached timber and marble benchtops in its coastal interiors.

As for the seafood-centric menu, expect impressive plates like Blowfish’s posh fish and chips and Eastern rock lobster from Coffs Harbour. It’s the perfect place to grab a glass of wine, order a seafood spread, and indulge on a weeknight. 

We’re calling it now, 2024 is the year to embrace the art of self-care with a mid-week escape to the Gold Coast, where every moment is dedicated to your well-being and relaxation. Don’t delay—book your ‘sneeky mid-weeky’ getaway now and prioritise yourself in the ultimate coastal retreat.

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