The Gold Coast is a mecca for rest and relaxation. Beautiful beaches, sea breezes, walkways winding through the rainforest, eateries with 180-degree ocean views, we’ve got it all. Not to mention zen-inducing bathhouses, float tanks and yoga studios, so you can soak, stretch and destress your way to the most blissful holiday experience of your life.
Is there anything more synonymous with the Gold Coast than stand-up paddle boarding? How about yoga on a stand-up paddle board with Pure Aloha? Sounds tricky but is absolutely the most fun you can have while exercising. Plus, if you fall you land in the crystal-clear waters of Tallebudgera Creek. A definite must-try.
Where: Awoonga Avenue, Burleigh Heads
Found in the heart of Mermaid Beach, Soak Bathhouse recently joined the local wellness lineup with rave reviews. This gorgeous Gold Coast bathhouse features mineral pools, saunas, a (very) cold plunge pool, spa, sundeck and options for massages and LED facials. So plenty of excellent reasons to extend your session in this stunning space. Opt for the Soak & Sip package to enjoy a tipple or two with your R&R.
Where: 2532 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
One of the most beautiful fitness centres you’ll ever set foot in (check out the salt wall in the pilates studio) , Change is new(ish) to the Gold Coast scene and already a firm favourite amongst locals. Offering everything from functional training classes, yoga, meditation, and reformer Pilates, Change is all about empowering us to approach exercise with a mind and body infusion. It’s a state-of the-art fitness studio and high vibe space with plenty of knowledgeable trainers to guide you. Try a one-week introductory offer pass for $55.
Where: 6 Charles Ave, Broadbeach
THE BATHHOUSE AT GROUND
Set beneath the sprawling branches of a huge old fig tree, The Bathhouse at Ground is a heavenly haven complete with hot tubs, spas, plunge pools and saunas in a lush outdoor setting. It’s one of the lushest wellness experiences on the Gold Coast and you’re guaranteed to float out the door. Don’t forget to sample some fresh and healthy eats from Pasture & Co. while you’re there.
Where: Currumbin Ecovillage, 2 Village Way, Currumbin Valley
FREEDOM FLOAT CENTRE
An all-encompassing health and wellness hub, Freedom Float Centre has absolutely everything you need to bring on that zen. With magnesium pool float therapy, infrared saunas, massage, natural therapies and a range of life-changing workshops, it’s everything you need in the one calming spot.
Where: 105 West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads
FREE LIVING STUDIO
If getting sweaty in a beautiful, greenery-filled space is your idea of feeling good, Free Living Studio is the place for you. Palm Beach’s brand new boutique movement studio offers a range of classes combining strength, burn, sculpt and yoga. The team are all about movement and mindfulness and you can grab an introductory seven-day pass for just $49.
Where: 32 Brooke Ave, Palm Beach
CITY CAVE FLOAT & WELLNESS CENTRE
Why not treat yourself to some float therapy combined with an infrared sauna and a massage to soothe those tired muscles? Book in for some guaranteed chill time your body will thank you for. All of that goodness is available at City Cave Float & Wellness Centre in both Mermaid Waters and Helensvale. Do yourself a favour and try both locations.
Where: Markeri St, Mermaid Waters
Helensvale Plaza, 12 Sir John Overall Dr, Helensvale
Found just a short drive from Surfers Paradise, in Arundel, Float Life is another holistic wellness experience that will leave you feeling like a million dollars. With flotation pods and infrared saunas in private rooms, you’ll come out feeling relaxed, renewed and ready to take on the rest of the Gold Coast.
Where: 122 Olsen Avenue, Arundel
To get yourself in the zen zone, book a session at a Gold Coast bathhouse, float centre or fitness studio next time you’re here. Your mind, body and soul will thank you!
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