Girls Allowed: Escape To Perfect Caloundra With Your Best Girly Friends

It’s a crazy world we live in; a crazy, stressful, busy old world. So surely we’re justified in taking a little time out every now and again? Just a few nights away with a girlfriend or two by the beachside can do wonders for the soul, as Alli and Genine discovered when they escaped to Rumba Beach Resort on a Girlfriends’ Ritzy Getaway.

Caloundra. Beautiful, dreamy, sleepy, relaxed Caloundra. I’ve been holidaying in Caloundra since I was a teenager, and have so many fond memories; wild nights at the local skating rink, strawberry milkshakes and hot chips at the Dicky Beach takeaway shop, holiday crushes on tanned surfer boys, and long, sticky days followed by long, balmy nights on the beach with friends … the stuff of childhood dreams. My childhood dreams.

Today, what I love most about Caloundra is that it still has that same sleepy feeling it had in the late ‘80s when I first started visiting, when the most stressful decision I had to make was whether I would wear the hot pink one-piece or the fluro green bikini. Decisions, decisions! While my life is somewhat more hectic than back then, Caloundra has remained the same – well almost. Somehow a little bit more of the new, in the form of swanky apartments and award-winning restaurants, has managed to seamlessly blend with the old of yesterday. In my humble opinion, Caloundra has only gotten better. On my most recent sojourn back to my old stomping ground, I was to experience a little less of the old and a little more of the new, thanks to a Girlfriends’ Getaway at Rumba Beach Resort in Caloundra.

Two nights away. Bliss! I packed all the essentials, including my wonderful friend and business partner, Genine, and headed to Caloundra for a weekend without husbands, without children, without washing that needed to be done and meals that needed to be prepared. But admittedly, not without work – well, a little on the side. Genine and I had promised ourselves we would perfectly balance overdue business planning with even more overdue R and R. I guess you could call it a ‘working holiday’, but when you’re on a girly getaway with one of your closest friends, with to-die-for views and a bottle of bubbles in the fridge begging to be opened, how could we not enjoy ourselves?

‘When you’re on a girly getaway with one of your closest friends, with to-die-for views and a bottle of bubbles in the fridge begging to be opened, how could we not enjoy ourselves?’

This was my first official visit to Rumba Beach Resort, but knowing managers Bill Darby and Mark Hall as I do, I knew to expect nothing but the best. Bless them. They didn’t disappoint. The resort itself is just beautiful – while white, sleek and contemporary in both look and feel, it certainly doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb like new resorts so easily can. It’s perfectly positioned on the Waterfront Boardwalk on Bulcock Beach Esplanade, with divine views over pristine waters. And while it was a little too chilly to partake in a dip on our visit, I was certainly tempted.

Pool Bar

Speaking of dips, the features at the resort itself are fabulous, starting with the pool. Again, a little too cold during our winter visit for a dip, but we will be sure to return and sample its clear blue waters one day … and that’s a promise. However, we did enjoy cocktail hour at the pool bar (heavenly) – a must-do for visitors, and checked out the giant jacuzzi and the heated lap pool, two more essential ingredients for a girly weekend away. The rooms are really well thought-out and perfectly furnished … of course. We spent many hours ‘brain-storming’ on our balcony – somehow the sea air seems to wash away the stress and make room for clarity and creativity. Or that could have been the bubbles … Whatever the reason, we certainly got a heck of a lot of work done, which meant one thing … time for rest and relaxation.

‘We did enjoy cocktail hour at the pool bar (heavenly) … and checked out the giant jacuzzi and the heated lap pool, two more essential ingredients for a girly weekend away.’

We started each day with a stroll along the boardwalk and around to Kings Beach – well we had to pretend to do some kind of exercise and is there a more cleansing way to start the day than with a walk along the ocean? I think not. Back from our walk, we decided to indulge in a bit of breakfast … the Eggs Benedict kind. Conveniently located just downstairs is a bevy of restaurants, including Hog’s Breath Cafe, La Dolce Vita, The Coffee Club and Channel Sports Bar and Bistro – spoiled for choice on the breakfast front. Night one we decided to take a stroll and found an authentic little Italian joint in the main street full of old world charm and well-priced pasta. Just as I would expect from good, old Caloundra.

Luxurious apartments

After another day of serious business planning and strategising (honestly, we got a lot of work done!), we started to feel a little guilty about hogging all the Rumba fun, so we invited a few girls along for a night of champas, cheese and chatter. A girls’ night in on our girls’ weekend away – seriously girly, seriously silly! We ended the night with a bit of Thai takeaway from down the esplanade and some very bad reality television in our PJs (Oh Jersey Shore, how we love you) … washed down with bubbles, of course.

‘Rumba Resort is a slice of stylish and new, plonked perfectly in the middle of the Caloundra of old.’

Day three and it was time to finish off our planning, pack up and depart – back to reality. Not only did we get a lot of serious work done but we really enjoyed ourselves. We talked, we laughed, we relaxed, and we enjoyed being us … good friends staying in a fabulous resort with all the trimmings. Rumba Resort is a slice of stylish and new, plonked perfectly in the middle of the Caloundra of old; a beautiful escape no matter who you are travelling with … your friend, your partner or your family.

THE FACTS …

Rumba Resort’s Girls Ritzy Getaway package includes offers a five-star, two night stay in a two bedroom resort spa suite (starting from $290 per person) for two persons, twin share, or two extra guests can stay for free (up to four guests can stay in a two bedroom suite).

The package also features: • Lindauer Sparkling Strawberry Fraise NV on arrival • A complimentary cocktail at Rumba’s Pool Bar • The finest Swiss chocolates • Beautiful spa gels, lotions and crystals

http://www.rumbaresort.com.au/

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2 Responses to “Girls Allowed: Escape To Perfect Caloundra With Your Best Girly Friends”

  1. Maid In Australia January 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Sounds like the perfect girly weekend!

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