Within earshot of the cascades of Gardners Falls outside the Hinterland town of Maleny, medspa Anise day medspa brings another level of tranquility to this stunning part of the Sunshine Coast.
Maleny is well-known for its verdant landscape and deep sense of peace. Not to mention its food offerings.
But east of the town, hidden in the tropical greenery at the head of the valley to Obi Obi Creek, is a day medspa that magnifies everything that Maleny has to offer, served with a big slab of luxury.
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Spa Anise at Spicers Tamarind Retreat
The ethos of medspa Anise, the day medspa connected to numerous Spicers Retreats around Australia, is the sense of bringing the outside in.
But the medspa Anise at Tamarind Retreat achieves this brilliantly.
Hidden at the end of a little winding pathway flanked by tropical plants, the entrance to medspa Anise welcomes you in and leads you into the reception and lounge area.
While you fill in your induction form and choose your treatments, you can unwind on the recliners or delight in the view from the deck.
The deck, another example of how the lines between the inside and outside of this medspa are so blurred, looks out over a lawn then down to the rainforest. beyond the trees, the chasing sounds of Gardner Falls amidst the birdsong and lilting music set the tone.
Our signature couples treatment experience
Our organic peace treatment—an amazing two-and-a-half-hour pampering—begins with 30 minutes in a private hydrotherapy spa.
Once we’ve changed into our swimwear, we have totally free rein of our own 2x4m jacuzzi filled with magnesium-rich spring water, ideal for revitalising exhausted muscles*. like the deck, the hydrotherapy medspa looks out over the lawn and rainforest, and because there’s no wall or window, you can hear the falls clearly while you float.
There’s also a sauna exclusively for our use and a rain shower for us to rinse off at the end of our half-hour soak.
Next we change into our funny undies, gowns and slippers ready for the company end of the treatment.
Our therapists, Olivia and Kay, lead us through to the foot medspa room, where we delight in an aromatic foot ritual in the marble basins, then it’s on into the treatment room proper, where we find two massage tables, an huge stone bath and a wet-room shower to one side.
Starting with a full body vanilla bean creme polish that gently exfoliates and smooths. once polished, we’re coated in mud masque of organic honey and cacao butter that soothes, moisturises and relaxes our skin and wrapped in a glamorous cocoon of warm towels.
We rinse off in the shower room and change into clean funny undies (that masque gets everywhere!), and it’s back onto our massage beds that our masseuses can raise, lower and transform into a recliner position at the touch of a button.
And then the full body massage begins.
Using a massage cream from Waterlily, a stunning Australian cosmetics that moisturises at the same time as serving as a massage oil, Olivia and Kay work out every atom of tension from our bodies, leaving us feeling like we’re floating.
To finish the treatment, we have an ultra-moisturising facial using much more Waterlily products and then we’re brought back to the real world with a brief meditation and mindfulness exercise.
One last treat from medspa Anise
Once we’re dressed, we levitate our way back to the lounge, where we find a special treat waiting for us.
On the deck is not only a glass of sparkling each but also a delightful cheese and charcuterie platter** for us to graze on while we delight in the view of the forest and the sounds of the falls.
By this time, it’s early afternoon, but the light lunch feels like an ethereal banquet. We’re so unwinded and rehydrated, and our skin so hydrated, it’s as if every trouble in the world has gone.
After a while—I have no idea how long we’re on the deck, we’ve not only lost track of time but also no longer care—we make our way back to reception, chat to Lisa, the manager of medspa Anise, purchase some Waterlily moisturiser and head back to our vacation home next door.
It’s just as well we’re staying at Spicers Tamarind Retreat. I don’t think we could relocation much even more than that!
Check out our review and video walkthrough of our time at Spicers Tamarind Retreat here.
*The hydrotherapy medspa is an optional extra and is totally free when you purchase many packages. otherwise you can book a 30-minute session separately.
**You can book the cheese and charcuterie board at the medspa for a fee.
We pampered by Lisa, Olivia and Kay as media guests of Spicers medspa Anise Tamarind and check out Sunshine Coast, but our opinions remain our own.