For the very first time EVER, The Big J and I enjoyed a couple of Rei Baby free nights which potentially could have been tough. Like really, really, really tough. But it wasn’t. I have to say it’s because we spent our time here, at the stunning Peppers Salt Resort & Spa in Kingscliff.
And it was amazing!
We booked a spa suite with private plunge pool, which we were so excited about. Our room came with a king sized bed, spa bath, fully equipped kitchen (microwave convection oven in lieu of a traditional oven) and private access to a plunge pool solely for the use of us and the room next door. Oh and lets not forget the two things which we normally always pay extra for: free undercover parking and free high speed wi-fi – yeeha! The cost was just under $270/night and that included a free buffet breakfast each day, which is one of the best equipped buffets I’ve ever eaten at (if you are ever travelling to Osaka Japan, let me tell you I still have daydreams about the buffet we ate at the Nikko Kansai Airport Hotel).
The weekend started off with The Big J getting a massage from The Spa at Salt, which at $145 for 50 minutes wasn’t the most economical massage I’ve ever purchased. But he loved it and it was a great way for him to unwind from work, ready for a relaxing get away.
Our next day was spent bike riding (bikes hired from reception) along the beautiful coast line of Kingslciff. Along the way we stopped for coffee, we used the free in-the-park exercise equipment and took many photos. Although I can’t say for sure, because I loved everything, it’s quite possible that the bike ride was the highlight of my weekend. There’s a great bike/walking track that runs parallel to the beach and heads either north into Kingscliff or south along the coast. An added bonus was, it was some fun exercise.
Back at our room, the plunge pool did not get any sunshine and wasn’t heated either. Why I didn’t check this before dishing out the extra dollars for the privilege, I don’t know, but there was no way that I was leaving without using that plunge pool. So I waited until just after midday, hoping the pool would be at it’s warmest possible temperature, and jumped in. It was freezing! I did about two laps (yes it was only 2 metres in length, but who’s measuring), hoping it would warm me up, but I could actually feel my bones beginning to freeze over. Yikes! Luckily I have an amazing husband who was smart enough to A) not jump in, and B) run a hot spa bath for me. So I raced directly from the frozen pool to a heated spa bath and warmed up whilst sipping champagne. Bliss.
That evening we drove back in to town, which is less than 5 minutes by car, where we sat along the waterfront and watched the sun go down while listening to the waves crashing on shore.
Is this not one of the prettiest spots in the world?
I came away loving not only Kingscliff, but also our time at Peppers. I would definitely visit again, but next time I won’t be asking for the private plunge pool (we used the large pools and outdoor heated spa which were lovely). Next time I’ll be asking for a spa suite, because I always have a spa suite, with ocean views.
For now, we’re dreaming of visiting New Zealand in 2016. What about you? Where are you dreaming of?