Spa that Soothes the Soul

As golden au­tumn days give way to the fresh­ness of the Coromandel win­ter, the crisp bright morn­ings and mild af­ter­noons bring us to a gen­tler pace of life and the time to re­store our­selves with a win­ter es­cape to nour­ish body and soul

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With that in mind, a cou­ple of weekends ago, I left Tairua for The Lost Spring in Whi­tianga on a “day­ca­tion”, leav­ing sched­ules and de­vices at the door to catch up with friends, and aban­don mun­dane a airs for the day.

Driv­ing through the en­trance you get the im­me­di­ate feel­ing of a se­cluded par­adise. If you didn’t know it was there be­hind the trop­i­cal gar­dens of the large es­tate, you would be un­likely to stum­ble upon this hid­den gem. The muted sound of run­ning wa­ter and the sooth­ing am­bi­ent light from the ad­ja­cent pool greet you as you en­ter the re­cep­tion area. Plush and lux­u­ri­ously soft robes and spa slip­pers are on hand to take you from the chang­ing rooms to the pools.

But irst, a de­tour up the stairs to the Tree Top Day Spa. These spe­cially-de­signed luxe bu­res high in the trop­i­cal fo­liage sur­round­ing the nat­u­ral ther­mal pools o er the ul­ti­mate in pri­vacy and seclu­sion and an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy one of the many spa rit­u­als on o er.

The range of ther­a­pies and beauty treat­ments at The Lost Spring Day Spa is ex­ten­sive and cov­ers most tra­di­tions. The “Rain­for­est Re­treat” catches my eye from the delectably-named spa menu items-a com­bi­na­tion of a warm oil mas­sage and nour­ish­ing fa­cial

The muted sound of run­ning wa­ter and the sooth­ing am­bi­ent light from the ad­ja­cent pool greet you as you en­ter the re­cep­tion area.

with the spe­cial Pure Fiji nat­u­ral beauty ther­a­pies. These prod­ucts are ( it­tingly) from the South Paci ic, crafted from uniquely Fi­jian plant ex­tracts in­clud­ing deep sea plants, trop­i­cal fruits, low­ers and nuts.

All smelling as de­li­cious as the softly-scented sur­rounds. The large win­dow slides silently down and the wa­tery sounds from the pool be­low add to the rest­ful white noise as I drift away. Feel­ing re­laxed and drowsy, it is then down­stairs to re-join my com­pan­ions. Time for a long soak, a catch up and a pool­side cock­tail.

The ther­mal wa­ters of The Lost Spring orig­i­nat­ing deep be­low the earth, low through the con­nected pools to pro­vide a gra­di­ent of tem­per­a­tures and a bathing warmth for all pref­er­ences.

It is easy to ind a se­cluded spot over­looked by other guests where we can catch up and im­por­tantly, leave undis­turbed the cou­ples and soli­tary bathers seek­ing com­plete tran­quil­ity and pri­vacy.

Al­though sub­merged to our necks in restora­tive nat­u­ral spring wa­ter, it is good to re­hy­drate, and the fruit cock­tails and smooth­ies do the trick. Whiling away the af­ter­noon is no prob­lem, as time seems to stand still at The Lost Spring.

Even­tu­ally, hunger draws us from the pools, and we have de­cided to dine at the restau­rant for the irst time. We have of­ten en­joyed café meals and tapas by the pool, but it is time to sam­ple the din­ner menu. Two plat­ters keep us en­gaged sam­pling the lo­cal treats on o er, and as our mains are de­liv­ered the re­cep­tion is an­i­mated.

The lavour of the dishes lives up to their spec­tac­u­lar pre­sen­ta­tion. Lo­cals had told us The Lost Spring has one of the best kitchens in town, and we were not dis­ap­pointed. Be­tween seven of us, we were able to en­joy a good range from the menu, with not one miss.

Plate-shar­ing is manda­tory it seems, as ev­ery­one is keen to sam­ple the o er­ings based on fresh sea­sonal pro­duce. Re­laxed, warm and con­tent, we take one last climb to the decks above the pools to

photograph (for In­sta­gram, of course) the near full moon against the black-blue sky sus­pended over a glim­mer of azure wa­ters framed by soft fronds now lit from be­low. Then o into the cool dark air for the short drive home, wish­ing we had booked ac­com­mo­da­tion for the night. Our two Auck­land friends could have come on the ferry for the week­end. Next time! A mini-break at The Lost Spring will be on the agenda again for this group, for sure.

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