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If your New Year's Resolution includes focusing on self-care, wellbeing and generally looking after yourself more, then you need to know about a new health & wellness venue on the Gold Coast.
in Mermaid Beach opened its doors at the end of 2020. Their mission is to help people feel great every day. Their goal is to give the benefits of a health retreat in 90 minutes.
[BREAK]Offering a place to relax, indulge and treat yourself, comes in the form of light, airy, indoor and outdoor spaces. Communal facilities include hot tubs, mineral spa, cold plunge pool, sauna, steam room, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, along with private change rooms, showers and toilets. There are also massage rooms, infrared sauna and LED facial, available as pre-booked private experiences. During a self-guided soak session, you are free to choose what to enjoy, in what order and for how long.
It's hard to pick our favourite part of the bathhouse. Was it the rejuvenating mineral pool? Or perhaps lying on a lounger overlooking the pool - with a whole wall behind that opens out to the outside deck areas, framing a beautiful blue sky. There is a wonderful sense of space with welcoming free airflow. The gentle billowing of soft fabric curtains in the cooling breeze instantly sets a relaxed and restful tone to the area. The cedar wood sauna is comfortably large and was also a hit. Personally, I found the combination of the steam room followed by the outside shower then a plunge in the cold pool very refreshing and left my skin glowing. Plus a range of teas and a comfortable couch are always a winner for me.
The origin of bathhouse culture takes on various forms and their physical remains have been discovered around the world. It is believed the tradition of the public bath started as early as the Neolithic Age. The Romans took their bathing rituals with them when they invaded England. They built baths and established a thermal spa in what is now the city of Bath. After Japan imported Buddhist culture, many temples had saunas, which were available for anyone to use for free. A rich history of social connection was born too and modern societies are no less interested in the idea of wellness spaces, which care for the body and the mind.
The social aspect at was evident. It's a perfect place to catch up with your bestie, enjoy with family and friends and indulge with your partner. The hardest part is remembering to be mindful of the quiet space and keep the volume of conversation soft. Modest swimwear is the dress code at Soak. Towel hire is available and shower products are complimentary.
A unique modern addition to the spa culture at Soak is a communal co-working space with desking and Wi-Fi in an air-conditioned room. This allows you to recharge and work, all in the same day. It also offers a perfect place for a corporate wellness experience.
The Flowhouse is Soak's yoga and meditation studio. Classes have begun and recorded sessions will soon be played on the big screen, allowing the opportunity to enjoy yoga, stretching and meditation classes. Flowhouse digital access is included in all Soak Sessions, Packages and Memberships.
The location is very central. It's right on the Gold Coast Highway, only minutes from Pacific Fair, with easy access and ample parking. We were pleasantly surprised that we were not aware of traffic noise, despite the proximity of the road and height of boundary fencing which perhaps could have been higher. The décor is minimalistic and tasteful. The newness of all the flooring, fixtures and fittings was a pleasure to experience. The attention to detail during fit out was evident and the areas are stylish yet uncluttered. Staff are welcoming, informed and helpful.So, if you are looking for a place where you can stop, indulge and press the wellness reset button, this is definitely somewhere you will want to visit. [BREAK]
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