Noosa is the glamour beachside resort Australia deserves. Offering spectacular scenery, fabulous shopping and a well-deserved reputation for fine food and wine, it is a great choice for couples looking for an indulgent mini-break or families wanting a holiday that isn’t full of plastic souvenirs and cheap eats. Seahaven is one of the area’s premier resorts, having recently undergone a $39 million refurbishment. Simple, yet elegant architecture outside and prestige fittings inside make this the perfect respite from day-to-day stress, writes Lynne Testoni.
Take your pick of the newly refurbished and fabulously appointed apartments at Seahaven, most boasting views over Laguna Bay. There are four rooftop penthouses, each complete with a six-person spa pool, a selection of one- or two-bedroom beachfront apartments, studio rooms and suites. We loved room 222, located on the second floor with an amazing ocean outlook. Families might enjoy the beachfront apartments, which directly open out onto the pools (there are four) and beach.
This is prime Noosa real estate, with the newly refurbished apartments nestled between Hastings Street and Noosa’s Main Beach. Stroll one way to the best shopping in town, amble the other way to a stretch of sand almost too good to be true.
An apartment complex, Seahaven doesn’t have any restaurants on site, but it is located on Noosa’s busy Hastings Street, and has great eateries all within strolling distance. Act like a local and breakfast at Aromas (32 Hastings Street), or take a mid-afternoon coffee there and watch the passing parade. Noosa Beach House at the Sheraton hotel just across the road (16 Hastings Street) is the perfect dinner or lunch venue, featuring food by acclaimed chef Peter Kuravita. Try it also for a sneaky late-night cocktail – the rest of Noosa doesn’t stay open late.
A stay at Seahaven’s apartments is as easy as being at home – but much more glamorous. Fully equipped kitchens give you the option of dining at home (and enjoying the views over your balcony). Laundry facilities mean that you can keep the kids’ clothes relatively sand-free. Free Wifi and Foxtel on the TV will keep you in touch with the outside, if necessary, but beach access, four heated pools and a spa will help you to re-set your priorities.
Seahaven Noosa’s manager Lee-Ann Hay has a few hidden gems that she recommends visitors try out. “One of my favourite things to do in Noosa is to grab a coffee from Underground Surf Emporium and Espresso Bar (upstairs at 5/9 Hastings Street), and go for a walk along Main Beach and through Noosa National Park,” she says. “On a good day you can see dolphins and turtles playing in the surf.”
The icing on the cake? Fire up the barbecue on your balcony and grill some prawns from nearby Mooloolaba (the best we’ve ever tasted) with the roar of the ocean in the background. It’s the quintessential Aussie experience.
Location: 15 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads; 1800 072 013
Style: Serviced Apartments
Perfect for: Families and couples
Number of rooms: 68 self-contained apartments and rooms
SEE ALSO: Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa