It’s no secret that winter has a way of making us all feel like embracing our inner couch potato. Although the chilly season is upon us, there’s no need to farewell that sunny poolside aesthetic with Tweed Coast’s newest resort. Santai Retreat is the perfect excuse to rock your bikini and floppy hat all winter long. With Balinese vibes and an outdoor heated spa, Santai Retreat feels much farther than two hours from Brisbane.

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the border, Kingscliff typifies everything the Tweed Coast has to offer. With picturesque white sandy beaches, farmers markets every Saturday morning at Kingscliff TAFE and an array of restaurants and cafes, there’s no doubt this region is on the rise.

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Santai Retreat is the perfect base from which to explore this region, but I really couldn’t blame you if you didn’t leave the resort all weekend long. The rooms feature cloud-like king beds, in-room spa baths, spacious balconies and deliciously functional kitchenettes. Imagine all this incorporated into an open-plan studio room with sandstone aesthetics and the kind of neutral décor dreams are made of.

Take the romantic atmosphere to a whole new level with the on-site luxury wellness spa. The boutique treatments on offer will have you feeling like a pampered goddess, and best of all, they offer couples treatments. If your honey isn’t keen on a massage, then all the more for you (what a shame …).

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When the sun sets and you saunter from the pool to your room feeling a little peckish, never fear for The Spice Den is near. On site at Santai is an award-winning Asian fusion restaurant with an intimate atmosphere, killer food and a cocktail menu that’ll leave you raving.

So next time you’re searching for the perfect winter staycation, look outside the box and forgo the cosy chalet in the hinterland for a poolside haven. For a winter weekend getaway that’s guaranteed to transform you into the human form of the heart-eyes emoji, you can’t look past Santai Retreat. Don’t miss the perfect opportunity to celebrate winter in true Australian style (in a bikini, of course).

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