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Moment in the sun

SUN SEEKER ... Tingirana Noosa overlooks Laguna Bay and boasts an infinity-edge pool and Hamptons-style decor.

Relax, unwind and enjoy the finer things in life at this luxury Noosa address Leesa Maher There is much to be said for a soul-reviving weekend away. Sitting on the sun lounges at Tingirana Noosa while my children splash about in the pool, I turn my face to the sun, wriggle my toes on my warm beach towel and feel each stress particle ebb away. Just what the doctor ordered, you might say. From its absolute beachfront position on Hastings St at Noosa Heads, a two-hour drive north of Brisbane, Tingirana commands ocean views that build to a sunset finale when a fiery amber sky slips behind the horizon. The evening sky show is best observed from your private balcony with a glass of Moet and a gourmet cheese platter ($55, from reception). We drizzle raw organic honey, harvested from Noosa National Park by Noosa’s Boutique Apiary, over the cheese and crackers and try to stop at two. Impossible. Our two-bedroom apartment, on the first floor of the freshly renovated resort, is spacious with an open-plan living and dining area – all decorated in a high-end Hamptons style. Slim Aarons photographs adorn the walls, the mid-century studies of jetsetters at play the perfect foil for the luxury appointments. Think low-slung linen couches, seagrass rugs, upholstered bedheads and the most V1 - BNSE01Z01MA

comfortable beds – basically cotton-covered clouds – this side of the Ritz Paris. There is a full kitchen, too, including Nespresso machine, which makes life easier for family stays, and flat-screen TVs in the living room and both bedrooms. My kids find Netflix and Foxtel in five minutes. The kitchen and bathrooms feature slick white cabinetry with a VJ effect, while the bathrooms also have marble mosaic-tiled splashbacks and terrazzo flooring. If you are an interiors aficionado, you’ll find plenty to love here and in the guest lounge downstairs with its wicker armchairs and smart upholstery. The resort’s heated pool is just below our apartment balcony and beyond that is popular Main Beach, accessed via the resort’s private entrance. We spend the afternoon building sandcastles and splashing about in the shallows of Laguna Bay before hitting Nitrogenie in Hastings St for a gourmet ice cream hit. Shopping on Hastings St, with its many bars, boutiques and art galleries, is a must. Treat yourself to a scented candle or Louenhide handbag at Signature on Hastings, a swimsuit at Seafolly or a landscape by a local artist. If you fancy more lively activity, take a hike at nearby Noosa National Park, visit Eumundi Markets or coincide your visit with a local event, such as the Noosa Jazz Party

(Aug 30-Sep 2) when jazz acts play at various venues. On the Saturday night we take our seats at Season, the resort’s on-site restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, plus room service. Staff here are friendly and attentive, and the setting very Noosa-cool with flickering candles, lush garden beds and the sound of waves. We devour spanner crab with chilli, garlic, anchovies, parsley, pangrattato and angel hair pasta ($36); wild mushroom gnocchi, truffle pecorino, garlic chip ($23); and beer-battered fish and chips ($16.50, kids’ serve). It’s all so fresh and delicious, and I notice the sea air has had a positive effect on the kids’ appetites. Their plates are clean. Sunday morning dawns with another dip in the pool before breakfast at the hip 10 Hastings. The kids go for smashed avocado on toast ($10.90), while I order the No.10 Benedict ($21.90) with pulled pork and apple cider hollandaise and poached eggs on toast. So good. Check-out is at 10am but Tingirana staff invite guests to stay awhile and enjoy the pool and guest lounge before making tracks. With those sun-warmed lounges calling me, I don’t need to be asked twice. Tingirana studios from $225 per couple, per night. One-bedroom apartments from $560 per night. tingirana.com.au BRISBANE NEWS August 1-7, 2018 25

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