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NOOSA’S Outrig­ger Lit­tle Hast­ings Street Re­sort & Spa is not the eas­i­est place to find. There are two en­trances, at ei­ther end of a sprawl­ing es­tate, and the three peo­ple I stop to ask for di­rec­tions give me wildly dif­fer­ent replies. I am run­ning late for an ap­point­ment at Stephanie’s Ocean Spa. A serene Robin an­swers my fran­tic call and beams me in. Then it takes less than five min­utes to to­tally re­lax at this 11-suite haven, which has all of the well­ness world’s must-haves, from a flota­tion pool to Vichy show­ers that rinse and re­fresh ur­ban-lagged clients as they lie on an aca­cia cedar plat­form bed. A Shiro-ab­hyanga head mas­sage, based on Ayurvedic prin­ci­ples, seems the shot or mas­sages with hot stones or herbal poul­tices. The Sole Suite is fun to book for mani-pedi par­ties and the re­lax­ation lounge (pic­tured) is a lovely spot to loll, with a Berry Boost tea to hand, full of an­tiox­i­dants. Spa owner Stephanie Shep­herd started her ca­reer with a two-room sa­lon and now runs four day spas in Queens­land, in­clud­ing an award-win­ning re­treat at Sof­i­tel Bris­bane and, in the Bris­bane sub­urb of Cleve­land, the Vin­tage Spa in an 1852 Queens­lan­der with her­itage features and shabby chic in­te­ri­ors. I have been in safe hands — my drive back to Noosa proper is a much calmer propo­si­tion. More: stepha­nies.com.au.

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