29 May 2012

Those that stay together..

I’ve heard it all in this business, stay-cations, fly-and-flop holidays but the term friendcation was new to me. Really it’s a glorified way of saying a group of friends, or in our case couples, going away and staying together. So when a friend asked if I’d like to go along to the Noosa Good Food and Wine Festival I didn’t think twice before mentally packing my bag so when this came along with an invitation to stay in a three bedroom treetop villa at Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort & Spa Noosa with two other couples I was beyond excited.

Outrigger Little Hasting Street Noosa
Outrigger Little Hasting Street and Spa Noosa

To be honest, there were a few moments of hesitation; you see I come along as a 2.15 package which comprises of a husband and a very active and loud 15 month-old but after my mind was put at ease by our holidaying housemates we were in the car on our way. Upon arriving at the 5-star Outrigger Little Hasting Street & Spa Noosa I realised that I shouldn’t have worried. To say that our 300 square meter three bedroom, three bathroom villa was big is an understatement, it was vast.

Kitchen of 3 Bedrom Villa at Outrigger Little Hasting Street & Spa Noosa

The bedrooms were more like three separate living spaces and thankfully our room was politely situated at the other end of the villa so that our beloved 5am alarm in the form of a toddler impatiently wanting breakfast didn’t intrude on the slumber of our friends. In fact we were able to feed her, shower and leave the villa for a morning of beachcombing before anyone else even woke.

On top of a glistening view of the resort, Noosa National Park and Noosa North Shore from our generous fourth floor balcony the finishes and furnishings in the villa were also instantly impressive. We felt rich just being there.
And even though six adults and a toddler were running around inside we still all had room to stretch out and could have comfortably stayed for a week.

View from villa

Outside our room the resort facilities include a heated resort pool, lap pool, private Brooke’s Pool, the uber relaxing Stephanies Ocean Spa and View on Little Hastings Restaurant & Bar which served up one of the most delicious buffet breakfasts I’ve had in a while.

The Outrigger Little Hastings Street & Spa Noosa is perched among the trees beside the Noosa National Park but is literally a 500 meter stroll or a buggy ride away from famous Hastings Street, luckily for ABC TV chef Poh Ling Yeow who scurried past with a happy wave on the way to her morning presentation at the Noosa Food and Wine Festival that started in less than three minutes. I’m confident she was on stage effortlessly whipping up something delicious on time.

Private Brooke's Pool at Outrigger Little Hasting Street & Spa Noosa

The Outrigger Little Hastings Street & Spa Noosa provided other opportunities for us to rub shoulders with our country’s cooking elite; Matt Preston, Adriano Zumbo and Masfterchef darling Justine Schofield were all seen walking up and down the hill towards Hastings Street at some point.

The Outrigger Little Hasting Street & Spa Noosa is a prefect place to stay during the Noosa Food and Wine Festival which with its overwhelming food options and constantly flowing wine is close enough to gracefully waddle home and flop into bed…

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