Forget hibernating through the cold winter months and head to a beautiful Balinese inspired resort without the plane ticket costs and hassles. Styler Sophie Benstead recently visited Casuarina on the Tweed Coast to soak up some winter sun for the ultimate couple’s weekend away.
n the heart of Casuarina you’ll find a resort set amongst palm fringed pools, lush greenery and all the comforts of home – welcome to Oaks Santai Resort Casuarina. Just twenty minutes’ drive from the Gold Coast airport or just shy of two hours’ drive from Brisbane city, you’ll find Casuarina a destination in itself as the perfect staycation. With sea breezes, sunshine and a relaxed atmosphere, it’s just the place to restore balance and enjoy a much-needed weekend away. Staying in a studio apartment with a plush kingsized bed and direct pool access, we arrived in the afternoon and made our way to the pristine beaches only a minute’s walk from the hotel at sunset. In the evening, we opted for a night in and made use of our private tranquil spa bath paired with a parcel of fish and chips for dinner
from Salt Village, about a 5-minute drive away, and dined in our private pool-view patio with a bottle of red wine in-hand. Awaking fresh from the previous evenings wind-down, the morning was spent under the pavilion with a free yoga session by the pool which the hotel offers every week, ensuring the start to your weekend is stress free. The resort is a haven of space and comfort, and after sipping lattes and eating eggs benedict from Salt Village we spent the rest of the day under a leafy cabana by the grand pool and basked in the winter sun – easy to be mistaken for Ubud. That evening we dined at the resort’s onsite restaurant, Spice Den. Dark, moody and lit with fire heaters, it’s the perfect spot for a dreamy date night. From beaches, bike hire, Bali vibes and brides, the Oaks Santai Resort Casuarina is the perfect couple’s getaway or family stay, as well as an idyllic coastal wedding ceremony setting. OAKS SANTAI RESORT CASUARINA 9 DIANELLA DR, CASUARINA, NSW, 2487 P 1800 882 360 SANTAI@THEOAKSGROUP.COM.AU
SP I CE DE N S TA ND OUTS Crunchy corn and coriander fritters (the chef recommends to wrap the fritters in iceberg lettuce and top with chilli jam), Papaya Salad, Vegetarian Panaeng Curry and Pat Prik King Bookings essential spiceden.com.au/casuarina
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