The final piece to the $35 million JW Marriott renovation in 2021, the Spa by JW has reopened with a sophisticated urban aesthetic as an ode to true relaxation – making it one of the Gold Coast’s most impressive wellness destinations, writes Cameron Pine.
Sitting on one of the largest plots of land for a hotel on the Gold Coast with an infamous tropical island-like atmosphere – think saltwater lagoon pools, spas and plenty of fun for all the family – the JW spa had to be more than the average site for seclusion – representing a truly luxurious escape that’s both expansive and on-trend.
As one of the Gold Coast’s most Instagrammed hotels and, arguably still the most luxurious, The JW is an iconic representation that has stood the test of time, winning numerous awards and being at the top of the hotel chain game throughout its multiple decade history of refurbishments and renovations. This latest iteration is a true vision of such an iconic destination hotel, re-imagined.
Designed in collaboration with DBI design studio, the Spa emanates a warm and natural glow, with coastal inspired materials, such as render, teracotta and stone, which have all chosen to stand the test of time.
The spa’s curated menu of services and relaxation zones is built around the ethos of four distinct benefits; calm, indulge, invigorate and renew. At every step of the way there is time to soak up the atmosphere, and truly be present in surroundings that have been designed to transport. There are both indoor and outdoor areas for use, which is a true point of difference for a hotel spa.
Featuring six treatment rooms, a signature oversize couple’s room conjures up island resort vibes of epic proportions, and is completed with ensuite stone bath and twin showers. To top off the holistic experiences there are individual relaxation pods, traditional saunas in both the expansive male and female changerooms, experience showers that infuse essential oils into a multi-directional shower turned steam room, tranquil pods for unwinding and an alfresco outdoor garden terrace.
With every amenity and comfort you’d expect from a luxury hotel, the Spa by JW is one of the most comprehensively fitted out spas in the Southern Hemisphere. With facial cleansing pads, cue tips, hair dryers, luxurious robes, slippers, Aromatherapy associates products at every turn and more, be prepared to spend at least a few hours making the most of every experience.
An equal amount of time was taken to consider every aspect of the design, just as much as the internationally inspired menu that’s transcends beyond face masks to body masks and scrubs as well as all the modalities you’d expect from a leading spa. Texture throughout the space is created through the use of luxurious textiles and fabrics coupled with striking materials that are both seamless and multi-dimensional at the same time – all perfectly set off by curves used throughout adding modernity and an exclusive feel.
As guests journey into the spa, the entrance is long and grand, with a very welcoming pod like front desk surrounded by a wall of leading retail options from Aromatherapy Associates, Ultraceuticals and luxurious gift items, yet it still feels like you are entering a completely immersive wellness space. Unwinding amongst the sounds of the hinterland, echoing birds and ocean shoreline is all part of the experience and arriving early is a must. A custom lemon iced tea mixed with lavender welcome drip gives you the zest for more from the minute you arrive. At the refreshments bar located within the mindful lounge space, a daily mix of local fruit infused elixir is available for guests to enjoy.
Curated under the expert guidance of Spa by JW Manager, Stacey Leong, the spa menu features an extensive range of signature full spa or express essential body and skincare treatments that can be tailored to each guest’s desire. There is an emphasis on customisation and traditional techniques. Specialists in their field including heavenly Thai trained massage therapists complement a range of services including facials, scrubs and real results driven spa packages.
“We are excited to open the doors and welcome our guests into Spa by JW. Providing a highly personalised spa experience, guests should look forward to unrivalled balance to nourish and nurture the body, through beautifully curated treatments designed specifically for Spa by JW,” Stacey said.
Because the JW Marriott team don’t do anything by halves, the Spa by JW experience includes access to a locally inspired tea service, wine service, and thoughtfully crafted food menu courtesy of JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa’s Executive Chef, Paul Smart.
From the personal touches like a lavender drink, to the ability to stay longer than the treatment time and really unwind and soak up the space and facilities – the spa is a value that truly needs an experience.
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