Bathing beauty

Author: Fiona Donnelly

The Sheraton Noosa's recent makeover is more than skin deep.

After looming large and flamingo-hued on Hastings Street for more than two decades, Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa has shed the dated pink exterior and emerged in classic swan-white, looking thoroughly beach-worthy.

A year-long, $10 million renovation has brought the property into line with its sparkling surroundings. But the changes are more than skin-deep.

All 176 resort rooms, suites and villas have been updated. The clean-lined interiors, by Woods Bagot, feel light and airy, with timber accents, and relaxed ocean-friendly tones of cream and wet sand brightened by splashes of vivid orange.

Chef Peter Kuruvita is now in the house. In fact, he likes the new digs so much he's swapping Sydney for the Sunshine Coast and moving his family to Noosa in January.

As well as overseeing the resort's breezily beautiful Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita restaurant (replacing Cato's Restaurant & Bar), the chef has been giving diners a sneak peek at the inspiration for his next TV series, Mexican Fiesta with Peter Kuruvita, with a casual, all-day menu in the streetside bar that sees crab tacos and tostadas sit alongside the likes of spiced Sri Lankan fish cakes.

At the restaurant, there's a fitting seafood focus, featuring Kuruvita signatures such as flash-fried mud crab with curry leaf and black pepper, and his Sri Lankan snapper curry with tamarind chutney and punchy spiced raita.

Need a lie-down? Sheraton's Aqua Day Spa will be renovated early next year, but choose from a menu of 30 treatments and you'll hardly notice the décor. Rooms from $279. 14-16 Hastings St, Noosa Heads, (07) 5449 4888.







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