Nothing can lift you up from a bad week more than a girl’s weekend. By definition, a girl’s weekend is a short getaway where the focus is on wine, whining, food and fun. On the weekend just passed, I travelled to Noosa, Queensland, Australia with four of my girlfriends to do just that.
There are a few key ingredients to the perfect girl’s weekend:
Unfortunately we didn’t have the time or the budget to invest in massages, manicures or pedicures but we did spoil ourselves and stay in a penthouse at Noosa Hill Resort. The penthouse was surprisingly affordable and one of the few choices closes to Hastings Street that would accommodate five people at short notice. After I booked I did a bit of research on the Resort and started to worry as the reviews weren’t great. I warned the girls to prepare for the worst and we were all pleasantly surprised – it was a spacious two-bedroom apartment with a large private roof area which included a heated spa. The room also had separate living, dining and eating areas as well as multiple balconies. The view of the hinterland was absolutely stunning and that evening we enjoyed one of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen.We pampered ourselves by lounging in the air-conditioned room, followed by lounging in the pool area on pool beds (we may have all fallen asleep at one point it as it was so tranquil), followed by lounging on our rooftop in the spa cracking open a champagne bottle. It was divine.
The staff were also lovely and allowed us to have both and early check-in and late check-out. The resort is older, but has aged well and our apartment was well maintained. Keeping this in mind, it is a great place to stay for the price (and the ability to boast to your friends that you are staying in a penthouse!). I highly recommend the Noosa Hill Resort and would go back again. The only negative comment I have is that the walk to the resort from Hastings street was up-hill and in 95% humidity it was not a pleasant experience. My friends had to put up with me whinging about the heat for the rest of the weekend (which of course they thoroughly enjoyed…)
I think everyone on the trip can agree that our eyes were bigger than our bellies, although by the end of the trip this may not have been the case.When we first arrived in Noosa we all had a bizarre craving for scones with jam and cream. We enjoyed being very lady-like drinking tea and eating scones at Aromas café on Hastings Street. This café stands out in Noosa because of its Paris-like seating arrangements where the seats face the street. Craving sorted.
After snacking all afternoon on store bought goodies and BBQ chicken, we then went to Zachery’s Pizza Bar for dinner. I had been there before and knew it would impress the toughest pizza critic. We ordered a couple of pizzas and nachos. It was to die for. I must admit, the mix of pizza, cocktails and attractive waiters makes for a very enjoyable night. Again, however, my only complaint was the heat… it was very warm and none of the fans were on at the restaurant. My friends had to put up with my whinging again. I must have looked like I was going through menopause desperately fanning myself with the menu.
Wine & fun
We started off drinking cider in the sun on Saturday afternoon and then moved on to a bit of vino and champagne in the spa. Multiple cocktails were consumed at Zacherry’s followed by more drinks at Catos. Some us of continued to Noosa’s
sleazy enjoyable dance club and had a bit of a boogey for the evening. Let’s just say some of us were fresher than others come Sunday morning!
It just so happened that the Noosa Ironman Competition was on Sunday morning so we enjoyed watching the
gorgeous hunks athletic prowess of the competitors. I swear I had no previous knowledge this entertaining spectacle was on! We also had a wander through the marina markets which were so reasonably priced which is surprising these days as markets become more and more overpriced. I was trying to be responsible given my upcoming trip but the girls bought some beautiful necklaces.
After dining at Aromas again for lunch on Sunday, we wearily headed home. A girl’s weekend rarely recharges the batteries but it sure did recharge the brain. We had so many laughs and came away with so many memories that I will cherish. Thank you to my beautiful friends for making my last weeks in Brisbane very special. x