Intimate is a word that gets overused, underused or misused. But that is the best word to describe Musavale Lodge.
The setting could not be more perfect, close to the attractions of the Sunshine Coast – 25 minutes to Noosa’s Hastings St, and five to the famed Eumundi Markets – yet so quiet that you could be 1000km away from anywhere. It is the perfect place to sit, relax, recharge and take stock, while being pampered.
The Lodge is run by Chris and Joe, whose details and experience you will find if you look around the net, so I won’t repeat all that. Suffice to say, that experience shows in the finest details, like the perfect linen in the suites and the luxurious extras in the bathrooms; the presentation of the meals; the mysterious way that they appear when you might require service, then disappear right after; and the food.
Musavale does not promote itself as a foodie destination, but it could, easily. The quality of the meals is five-star. Breakfasts were spectacular, the dinners extraordinary and an exercise in how to enjoy yourself. You can (and should) advise in advance what you may not like or can’t eat, then take your hands off the wheel and leave the rest to Chris. What appears is truly wonderful.
That is what it is. What it isn’t, is a spectacular resort, with a staff of 100, so don’t go looking for organised activities, or acres of marble and stainless steel. The charm of the place is that it is a classic Queenslander, with attention to detail on the things that matter. The pool and spa are perfect, with soft water (how do they do that?). The result is the perfect place to decompress from the stresses of life. We left the phones and the watches on the bedside table for three days, while we recharged for the challenges of real life when we reluctantly flew home.
If you are looking for somewhere to run with the crowd, make noise and stay up late, there are plenty of places where you can do that. But if you want a quiet, intimate escape, and great food and wine to share with your someone special, Musavale is great value, and is the place for you. We can’t recommend it highly enough, or wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eumundi Musavale Lodge, luxury Bed & Breakfast for the discerning traveler, offers peace & tranquility in a pastoral setting overlooking the open countryside in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Accommodation comprises two queen rooms and one king suite with day room, all with air-conditioning and private bathrooms. Guests' sitting room has log fire, satellite TV and direct access to the dining room and 1st floor all-round veranda, overlooking the salt-water pool and surrounding countryside. ... more less
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