From luxury rainforest cottages with spas and fireplaces in the hinterland, to suave beachfront resorts, the Sunshine Coast’s endless accommodation offerings allow visitors to sleep to the sound of a crackling flame and wake to birdsong, or the lull of the ocean’s crashing waves before dawn breaks over the beach. Here's our picks from Noosa south to Caloundra.
Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas
Style, spice and all things nice epitomise a stay at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas. Swim the glorious pools, dine overlooking the ocean and to burn off the calories, and tackle the torture stairs” at the resorts’s entry – 230 secret steps the locals like to use.
The Sebel Noosa
Plonked in the heart of Hastings Street, and a three-minute walk to Noosa Main Beach and 2.9km from Noosa National Park, this property features one and two bedroom apartments with spacious living areas and balconies. Visitors love the generous Grecian-style swimming pool with quaint footbridge.
Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa
Location, luxury and longevity are the hallmarks of this Hastings Street stalwart which sits under the Sheraton brand. Stay in a penthouse, suite, villa or studio and indulge in the AQUA Day Spa whose treatments are based around “healing through water” using La Prairie and Thalgo products.
Commanding pole position along the Mooloolaba Esplanade with views over the Pacific Ocean, this five-star accommodation boasts 46 suites and a menu of luxury extras such as fresh flowers and an atmosphere diffuser. Stay in the penthouse for its private rooftop terrace and six-person spa.
Spicers Clovelly Estate
Set on a gorgeous piece of Montville in the hinterland, it prides itself on European-inspired luxury peppered among its various accommodation options. Select from the French Cottage, Luxury Spa Suite, Spa Suites or Estate Suites but before you retire, dine at its acclaimed Long Apron Restaurant.
Spicers Tamarind Retreat & Spa
Western luxury meets eastern tranquility at this Maleny property in the hinterland. Indulge in the luxury forest villas, luxury falls villas, spa studio or orchard villa. The Tamarind restaurant, which boasts two chef hats, sources local produce to create sweet, sour and spicy Asian fare.
Mantra French Quarter
This charming Hastings Street accommodation combines its prime location with one and two bedroom apartments overlooking a yawning heated lagoon pool with two gurgling spas and a sauna. A laidback favourite with families, all of this destination’s dining options sit right at this property’s doorstep.
The Mirage Alexandra Headland
With its east-facing balconies, The Mirage offers superb views of the pool, garden, lagoon or ocean and away from the traffic, from its one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Facilities include a heated pool and spa, state-of-the-art gymnasium, sauna, full-sized tennis court, half basketball court and children’s playground.
Netanya Noosa Resort
Stretch out and touch the sand of Laguna Bay at Netanya Noosa. With both beachfront and Hastings Street apartments, there’s plenty of beds from which to choose, but the ultimate is the three-bedroom Presidential Suite with its own entertaining areas, Jacuzzi, barbecue and private pool access.
Rumba Beach Resort
Boasting spa suites and luxury ocean apartments, this is considered Caloundra’s best hotel. Explore two pools and a giant Jacuzzi and the famed Pumicestone Passage at the doorstep. Enjoy a water view without leaving bed in the three-bedroom ocean apartment with two-person spa bath.