Beauty Destination – Stephanies Ocean Spa

Water therapy – Stephanies Ocean Spa featured in Latte Magazine

Stephanies Ocean Spa

Who would have thought water and salt was all you needed for a great day spa treatment? I discovered this powerful combination on a visit to Stephanies Ocean Spa in Noosa where they offer two signature water treatments: mineral flotation colour therapy and Spirit of Wailele rain therapy.

The mineral flotation together with the colour therapy (as different coloured lights shine continuously into the pool) claims to help relieve stress, body aches and pains. Heated to a comfortable 35-­degrees, the water contains a dense mineral and salt solution that means your body has absolutely no choice but to float freely. This is a very weird sensation at first as you defy gravity – picture astronauts somersaulting in space and that’s what happens if you try to stand or sink to the bottom of the pool.

Despite the weird sensation and failed attempts to stand, I started to enjoy floating naked and effortlessly in the 1.5 x 4 metre long pool. It’s a far cry from the coffin-like enclosed flotation tanks, which I never embraced.

As I gave myself over to this new sensation something must have switched inside without me realising because, before I knew it, the hour was up, my mind was still and I was surprised at just how relaxed I felt.

Hawaiian for “waterfall”, the Wailele rain therapy was my next 90-­minute journey into H2O bliss. It takes place in the spa’s Vichy suite, which features a stunning shower bed carved out of cedar in the shape of a mangrove tree leaf, inspired by the mangrove trees found in the wetlands of Noosa.

Starting with a hair and scalp treatment and massage I realised the simple pleasure of having someone else wash your hair. Calming and soothing attention was then focused on my face as a hydration mask was applied followed by a dry body brush and sea salt exfoliation.

For what seemed like ages, invigorating streams of warm water cascaded over me just like a waterfall as the therapist performed water and warm stone massage techniques. Between the soothing strokes of the therapist and sensation of the water, I felt simply and completely pampered. As I left the spa, I promised myself I would get into the habit of having long baths at home much more often.

Take the Time to Relax – Stephanies® Ocean Spa

Take the Time to Relax

Stephanies® Ocean Spa Featured in Sunshine Coast Sunday.

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“If the post-Christmas budget won’t stretch far enough for a short break or getaway, give the mind, body and soul a little holiday at Stephanie’s Ocean Spa.

A world of relaxation, rejuvenation and indulgence awaits at the day spa and beauty therapy complex on-site at Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort and Spa, backing on to Noosa National Park.

No matter whether you choose a long and luxurious four-hour escape or quick 30-minute pick-me-up, you’ll leave refreshed and with renewed vigour to take on the day.

Stephanie’s, located on Level 2 of the Sunrise Building, must have one of the Sunshine Coast’s most extensive and decadent array of treatments using state-of-the-art equipment and expert therapists.

You don’t have to be a wine lover to enjoy the benefits of Vino Therapy in the specialty $15,000 timber bath, that is bathed in natural light through open windows.

Originating in France (where else?) but spreading worldwide , this highly relaxing treatment combines the use of delicate grape extracts to soothe the skin and slow ageing through the humble grape’s rich antioxidant properties. Vino exfoliations, immersion soaks and couples’ treatments are offered and reasonably priced .

The couples geisha love immersion soak, for example, is from $69 per person and includes a complimentary glass of bubbles.

For an even greater appreciation of the vino therapy, try the two-and-a- half-hour Spa de Vine signature treatment, which includes a Vino salt scrub, 60-minute relaxation massage using signature Vino essences plus Stephanie’s signature Vino soak and Vino body wrap and complimentary glass of bubbles, topped off with spa refreshments of herbal tea and seasonal fruit sorbet ($385 per person).

The Mineral Floatation Colour Therapy has been likened to swim- ming in the world-renowned Dead Sea, as it creates weightlessness and rejuvenation benefits from the dense

Stephanie’s Ocean Spa is a pampering experience that you simply must try mineral and salt solution.

The 30-minute lie in the floatation pool is so relaxing. An extended 60 minutes in the float pool is said to be equivalent to six hours sleep – talk about a power nap.

The floatation is ideal for those whose bodies regularly suffer as a result of long drives and flights as part of their work. And many do fall blissfully asleep during the treatment, which also uses coloured light therapy to help improve the immunity and cardio-vascular systems, as well as easing anxiety problems.

The private pool area can be savoured alone or with a small group of friends before partaking of the complimentary refreshments in the spa’s tranquillity lounge. Cost is $89 pp, or $69 pp when combined with any other treatment.

Another highly recommended treatment on the spa menu is the Spirit of Wailele signature rain therapy.

Wailele is Hawaiian for “waterfall” and takes place in the Vichy shower suite, atop the magnificent hand- carved acacia cedar shower bed.

Over the course of 90 minutes, streams of water cascade onto tired muscles as the therapist expertly carries out water and hot stone massage techniques.

The invigorating and tranquil water experience also includes an aromatic sea salt exfoliation, a refreshing skin treatment and nourishing hair and scalp reviver.

The tranquillity lounge’s refreshments are included in the cost, from $199 for 90 minutes of bliss. Stephanie’s has all the creature comforts and range of little luxury experiences you need to escape your everyday routine.

So pack away your troubles, turn off your mobile phone, and resort to a little “me” time.”