As soon as you walk up the drive at Escarpment something in the air makes you want to use your hushed ‘zen’ voice and tip toe around so as to not disturb anything. A sense of calm lingers in the air on the tree-lined paths leading though the retreat and up to the viewing point. From its mountainside location you can see for miles all the way to the coast. The main hub of the retreat is a grand treehouse with a stone fireplace as the centrepiece, and panoramic views of the surrounding rainforest.
The Escarpment Day Spa offers a range of treatments to thoroughly indulge yourself; the rooms are large enough for couples or friends to enjoy a treatment experience together. The girls and I had a chat at the beginning of our massages, but after about five minutes I was so relaxed I had forgotten how to form sentences, and after about 10 minutes I didn’t even want to. After our 90-minute full body treatment we floated back to the treehouse for a pot of tea and one last look at the incredible view.
Set on a plateau atop Queensland’s Scenic Rim, there are so many things to do on Mount Tamborine, it is difficult to know where to start. We head to Eagle Heights to wander down the main street and look at the interesting boutique shops, some of which sell their own homemade fudge. You cannot have a trip to Mount Tamborine without trying the fudge. There are so many to choose from you will probably buy 2 or 3, but don’t feel guilty. You can take them to work on Monday as a treat for the office. If they survive the car trip home that is!
With all the pampering and fudge tasting we have worked up quite an appetite so we head over to Tea and Niceties for a well deserved Devonshire Tea. Being from England I am rather partial to a scone, and tea from a delicate bone china cup in the afternoons. Nothing like a few tasty treats and a good catch up with friends to finish off the weekend. Set in a beautiful garden, with the option of dining inside or outside, Tea and Niceties ticks all the boxes when it comes to afternoon tea. A little birdy told me they are also about to open a pop-up restaurant for locals on a Saturday evening. They will be hosting guest chefs from all over the country for a one-night-only, single-sitting, pop-up spectacular! Bookings will be taken one week before on a first come first serve basis. But shhhhhhh, it’s a secret!
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