IN THE PINK AT NOOSA
There’s a chic new urban accommodation option on the Sunshine Coast, writes Susan Kurosawa
THE Sheraton Noosa has taken a groovy new direction with its Lifestyle Spa Studios — despite a tag that makes them sound like a venue for hot-tub photo shoots — towards a big, bright and decidedly hip accommodation alternative.
There are seven such studios within the Noosa Sheraton, which is still painted a 1980s shade of flamingo. It’s a hard-tomiss landmark in the same way as Honolulu’s rose-coloured Royal Hawaiian Hotel — long dubbed the Pink Palace — but the building seems more muted now, more retro Miami than anything else. That’s not to say it’s attractive: rather, it has become less of a sore thumb and more an integral part of the Hastings Street parade of holiday accommodation, shops, cafes and bars.
The seven Lifestyle Spa Studios, which were launched in April last year, feel a million miles removed in terms of design and detail from the rest of the hotel. Their colour theme is neutral in that beige-branbiscuit palette so loved by today’s designers. The views are not to the Hastings Street strip, the beach or Noosa River but to the rooftops of the town, with green hills beyond. ‘‘ Urban village outlook’’, the designers call it.
In keeping with the feel of a top-line city pad, there is hi-tech gadgetry galore, from Smeg and Fisher & Paykel appliances and an espresso machine in the kitchenette to a filtered water dispenser, flat-screen television and Bose sound system. The bathroom is all cool grey-speckled marble with a window-wall to the bedroom and a Hoesch spa bath that would not have looked out of place on the starship Enterprise (if Captain Kirk and co were into intergalactic jacuzzis).
On a broad private terrace sits an outdoor spa bath, too, and lounging furniture. There is such an abundance of indoor and outdoor space (58sq mis the largest configuration) that the rooms seem larger than the average inner-city studio or smaller one-bedroom apartment.
Then there’s the bed: the customised Sheraton Sweet Sleeper has a super-soft mattress top and is stacked with squashy pillows. These beds are in all the rooms at the Sheraton Noosa, so even if you’re not wafting around a Lifestyle Spa Studio feeling like a homewares catalogue model, there’s every chance of a superior night’s kip.
As that name suggests, there is a spa link: complimentary access to the hotel’s Aqua Day Spa (usual day pass is $30) with its terrific aquatherapy centre, relaxation area and steam rooms. The aquatherapy pool, set in an enclosed semi-alfresco courtyard with Roman-style columns and draped goddess statues, is a wonder: sit on a submerged tiled lounge and be pummelled by multiple trigger-point massage jets. There’s almost enough muscle-pounding force to catapult you back to a Lifestyle Spa Studio, which is no bad thing. Susan Kurosawa was a guest of Sheraton Noosa.
The five-star Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa has been smoke-free since September last year. All guestrooms feature a balcony; there are also eight poolside villas. For best seasonal rates: (07) 5449 4888 or 1800 073 535; www.sheraton.com/noosa.
Inner space: Lifestyle Spa Studio