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Naomi Gregory, Head of Operations at SpaQ, at QT Hotels and Resorts speaks to VOGUE about what you should know about your spa appointment (and what you should be asking for if you aren’t already). 

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The exquisite Bay of Fires Lodge Spa - Open Oct 1st, 2013

In late September I arrived in Tassie with the spa team to put the finishing touches on the Bay of Fires Lodge Spa facility to open in time for the first walk of the season.  The Bay of Fires Lodge is located in the northeastern coastline of Tasmania (about 2.5 hours from Launceston) and it is drop dead gorgeous.   The Lodge Spa facility is equally beautiful.  It consists of a large lounge which serves as an arrival, chill-out and post treatment space with a fireplace (it can get chilly down in those parts) stunning views of the Bay and a full library of art, landscape, heath and wellness books mostly from Tassie.  There is one treatment room and a outdoor bath that has to be one of the most beautiful on the planet (see pictures below)  Li'tya products are on the menu and Cecilia and Monica the therapists taking care of the weary walking guests, are exquisite too.  

The concept delivers a wonderful wellness experience enhanced by the pristine natural surroundings.

Whether you are a walker or not (I am told the walk is achievable for most with a moderate level of fitness) this experience is a must.  It is untouched, eco "glamping" with beautiful azure waters, lots of wildlife, open fires, cosy rooms, great wine and the food is delicious.  

I am booking my walk for the New Year and the presence of the spa, has sealed the deal! I'll be needing that as a lure and as a reward!   Check it out http://www.bayoffires.com.au/lodge/spa/ 

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spaQ Port Douglas launch... Easter 2013

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Cairns Post, Wednesday April 03, 2013, page 28

Block out your worries with a pamper session 

The Far North's latest spa at Port Douglas refects the vibrancy of the town's newest hotel group, QT Hotels and Resorts. Located at QT Port Douglas, spaQ is described as "vibrant, fresh, modern and relaxing" by development and operations manager Naomi Gregory. It extends the family of spaQ which includes the Gold Coast and Sydney. "Rather than insisting on a pre-selection of treatments, spaQ encourages guests to reserve a block of time and not make a treatment selection until they've used the therapist's knowledge to fit in with the groove of the individual,"  Ms Gregory said. "SpaQ Port Douglas cleverly uses design, colour and quirky features to mirror the vibrant beach-chic personality of Port Douglas."  Ms Gregory said.  The spa features an understated canvas of muted tones and complimented with splashes of orange, yellow. blue and green. "The effect is striking and cheerful yet still manages to create a tranquil feel and is the ideal platform to relax," she said.  The spa serves La Gaia teas, including an exclusive spaQ blend, served in quirky, mis-matched cups. Snug sheepskin rugs adorn the relaxation lounge chairs and the team is decked out in light and bright yellow and red bamboo-print uniforms. The look of the spa is definitely light-hearted and fun and so it was very important to fill tile space with a quality guest experience and to deliver that in a fresh way," Ms Gregory said. "We played up the designer concept by including an accessories section on the menu and introduced a consultative and personalised approach with the freshly picked spa experience."  SpaQ facilities include five spacious treatment rooms with one dedicated to couples, a reception and retail area, male and female change rooms and a relaxation lounge. The menu features four different massages, a range of facials and body treatments by USpa, an accessories section with a creative range of 30 minute add on treatments, organic sunless tanning and four signature packages including The Weekend Warrior and The Plush Princess. 

Hotels and Resorts is the concept of AHL, one of Australia's premier entertainment, hospitality, tourism and leisure companies. 

Bay of Fires, Tasmania

I had the most extraordinary introduction to my new Eco Spa Consulting project Bay of Fires Lodge, Tasmania.   For those of you who are unaware, Bay of Fires is walk-in/walk-out gig only (or helicopter for bigger supplies) so my the trip was very memorable.  The location is breathtakingly exquisite and the project potential vast.  Stay tuned, this is going to be a beauty!

Spa Life - Two nuggets of Gold

Kris Abbey from Spa Life visited the Gold Coast late last year and stayed at QT Gold Coast and Hilton Surfers Paradise.