SPICERS TAMARIND RE­TREAT, MALENY, SUN­SHINE COAST, QUEENS­LAND

Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By He­len Hayes spicer­sre­treats.com

This tran­quil place is just what the soul re­quired af­ter a busy con­ven­tion on the Sun­shine Coast, with tired­ness and adren­a­line eb­bing away with every kilo­me­tre that we me­an­der up into the cooler climes of the Glasshouse Moun­tains, just 40 min­utes away. Bird­song greets us and a traf­fic jam of trees wave hello in the breeze. The re­treat has 22 rooms in 14 vil­las dot­ted around the leafy haven. I am in a Lux­ury Falls Villa that feels so pri­vate that when I sit in my out­door hot tub on the deck I feel as if it is just me, look­ing out to the trees along­side the creek lis­ten­ing to the soft splashes of Gard­ners Falls. Af­ter my tub I turn on the wood-burn­ing fire­place, and re­lax in the lounge room, which is a sep­a­rate space. The bed­room, at the other end, con­tains a king-size bed with feather top­per that I dis­ap­pear into and hope to live in for­ever. That wasn’t to be and shortly af­ter I was en­joy­ing canapes around the out­door fire pit be­fore test­ing out the hang­ing egg chairs un­der the spec­tac­u­lar fig tree that are so pop­u­lar with loved up cou­ples and In­sta­gram­mers. A high­light is the in­cred­i­ble din­ner in the much-feted, and de­servedly so – Tamarind Restau­rant. While the restau­rant is set in an airy out­door pav­il­ion with beau­ti­ful views over the grounds, I find it hard to take my eyes off the ar­ray of dishes that ap­pear be­fore us. The per­fect blend of flavours sing on the tongue, and I wish we were stay­ing longer, to al­low us to try more dishes – and more desserts – as well as try­ing the Anise Spa.

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