If your idea of the perfect holiday is in a tranquil place where cocktail sipping, cold beers, and a lot of relaxation awaits you, then a relaxing retreat around Bowen is the perfect destination for your next holiday.
Given that Bowen is nestled in the widely acclaimed Whitsunday Coast, you can only imagine the level of luxury and serenity many coastal retreats welcome you with. Yes, think toes in the sand and sunshine all around.
On the other hand, Bowen isn’t far from the rainforest too, which means you always have the option of indulging in a healthy retreat amongst a calming rainforest setting. Close your eyes and imagine as you breathe in fresh rainforest air while listening to the calls of Mother Nature all around. Isn’t that bliss?
So, whether it’s the time of the year for a new start, a new you, or just a need to relax, de-stress, and unwind, delve into these top 3 relaxing retreats around Bowen.
Rose Bay Resort
Boasting a beachfront location with a private beach access, your fun in the sun retreat is guaranteed here at the Rose Bay Resort.
Featuring a pool for your dipping and barbecue facilities that are ready to cook up a storm, parents will be thrilled to know that there is a children’s playground on the premises to keep the kids busy while you relax in peace. There is ample parking available along with luggage storage facilities should you require.
When it comes to pampering yourself in the room, it’s nice to know that all rooms have a private balcony. For the person in retreat, this means you can bask in the sun while the salty sea breeze gently brushes onto your face as you sink your thoughts into a good book, all within the four walls of your room. Alternatively, you could always just gaze into the ocean views from your private balcony and be mesmerised in deep blue wonder.
A good retreat is one that doesn’t cut you off from the possibilities of adventure. And this is where the Rose Bay Resort thrives. Only a 10 minute drive from Centre Point Plaza and Bowen town centre, those who are itching for some action will be glad to know that options aren’t far away. The Small Ships Harbour is also only a 15 minute drive away which makes for a great adventure should you desire. For those who want to go for a swim, there’s a secluded swimming beach less than a minute away giving you the best views and privacy at the same time.
Promising stunning sunrises and sunsets, exceptional customer service that will make your stay an absolute pleasure, and a place that truly holds the meaning of retreat away from touristy bars and shops, the Rose Bay Resort ticks all the boxes.
Horseshoe Bay Resort
If you’re looking for an authentic beach side retreat, a stay at the Horseshoe Bay Resort is a must. Located at the stunning Horseshoe Bay, the resort already has the advantage of location.
Only steps away from the beach, you can rest knowing that the oceanic views available to you will be astounding. With sunrises and sunsets that will take your breath away, it pays to remember not to get too lost in the moment without taking a picture to remember.
Around the Horseshoe Bay Resort, patrons will be pleased to know that activities aren’t just restricted to those at sea. In fact, there are plenty of bush walking tracks around for the adventurer at heart. Needless to say, snorkelling right off the beach is a must with an abundance of coral and tropical fish in the waters. Lucky snorkellers have even reported catching their eye on a seahorse or turtle on a good day.
When it comes to your accommodation, comfort is at its prime with fresh and crisp linen on your beds. The staff here are friendly with a wealth of local knowledge, and are prepared to make your stay amazing.
Kipara Tropical Rainforest Retreat
Moving away from the conventional retreat ideas on the Whitsunday Coast, the Kipara Tropical Rainforest Retreat surrounds itself with a lush, tropical rainforest setting.
Only located 2 kilometres away from Airlie Beach (and approximately 80 kilometres from Bowen), Kipara is within a 500 metre range to a local bowls club, a grocery store, a gym, a local tavern and the public transport.
With over 75 private rooms dispersed throughout the premises, luxury accommodation ranges from rooms to self-contained cabins and villas with some even boasting private verandahs close to the swimming pool and barbecue pits.
Given how we tend to immerse ourselves in a concrete jungle filled with technology and devices, it can be refreshing to walk away from it all and indulge in a landscape of greenery and serenity. This is what Kipara offers to those in search of relaxing their mind, body and soul.
Other on-site services and facilities include camp kitchens, a pool and sun deck, a large function room, laundry facilities, Internet cafe, and free tour bookings for Whitsunday Island excursions.
With every retreat comes the need to eat
Despite not being open currently due to COVID-19, the Grand View Hotel is usually a must-stop destination in Bowen.
Offering local vibes that exemplify the best of Australia, it’s no wonder this magnificent establishment was host to the likes of Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, and was even featured in the Blockbuster hit ‘Australia’.
Good value for money, a menu featuring exquisite locally caught seafood, amazing live music, and so much more, a trip to the Grand View Hotel is a must for the itinerary. After all, if that’s where the locals hang, it must be good!