Last month we were lucky enough to a holiday at Salt Village, Kingscliff, and we were able to experience first-hand all that this stunning seaside community has to offer. We wined and dined, and experienced everything from day spas to tequila bars (all in the name of research!), so we can bring you our list on how to spend your hours in this beachside oasis.
First of all let’s talk Salt Village. Salt Village was built nearly 15 years ago to the south of Kingscliff, just 15 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport. It occupies a 1.2km stretch of untouched beach, and at the epicentre lies two main resorts (Mantra Salt + Peppers Salt Resort & Spa) offering more than 700 rooms to book for your holiday. Connecting the two resorts is a large park, plus a dining and shopping boulevard.
Salt Village has everything you need for a short vacay, or long stay. From hatted restaurants, to casual takeaway joints, and oceanfront bars. We thought it only fitting that after all of our wining and dining, we compile a 72 hour itinerary to help you make the most out of your stay.
When we were researching our Salt Village stay, we chose to stay in a beachfront 3-bedroom Peppers Bale apartment. With two young kids, it offered us all of the space and luxury we were looking for. Not to mention the access to three pools, spas, tennis courts, kids activities and in-house restaurants, it was certainly a perfect home away from home (and it was just a little fancy!).
You can check out and book all of the Peppers rooms here.
Our first stop after check-in was the Salt Cellars bottleshop and the local IGA. Just a short stroll across the park, and a necessity to stock the fridge with local cheeses and craft beers, like Stone & Wood, which is produced in Murwillumbah just a mere 20 minutes away.
With our fridge nicely stocked, we made our way over to Saltbar for happy hour. After all, how can you not be happy in this village on a Friday on your way for drinks? **PSA – For all of the parents out there, there is an indoor kid’s play centre, which goes hand-in-hand with a Friday arvo beverage (did we mention that they have $5 schooners, wine and $10 cocktails during happy hour? Sign us up every day of the week! K. Thanks.)**
After a couple of Aperol Spritzers, and soaking in the ocean breezes on the front deck, it was time to make our way down for an early dinner at La Barrita, Mexican on the main dining boulevard of the precinct. La Barrita boasts over 100 tequilas (#yolo!), and a fresh and healthy Mexican menu that works perfectly with a freshly made fruit-based cocktail.
We kicked off our night with fresh tostadas, and jalapeno poppers and a few tequila cocktails. We were then treated to pulled pork tacos, as our kids devoured a share style ‘roll your own’ taco plate. It was the perfect way to get into the swing of Salt Village, and holiday life. If you are a Mexican fan, make sure you mark this one down!
Waking up to the sound of the ocean and no other artificial noise has got to be one of the standout highlights of this village, and being on the East Coast also means a pretty spectacular sunrise over the water for the early risers (ahem.. us with kids).
Saturday, and the village was abuzz with holiday makers and locals alike. Everyone was out soaking up the holiday vibes, and sunshine. The bike paths were bustling, and the kid’s playground echoed with happy shrieks of laughter. We casually made our way over to Saltbean Cafe for a long breakfast, and with bun coffee promptly brought out to our table, we were ready to get caffeinated and kick back.
We started our breakfast with the Saltbean World-famous acai bowl, and a hash brown burger (that’s legit bigger than your head). We flicked through the local paper, and played a few games of noughts and crosses as we watched the Salt Village world go by. It was the perfect way to ease into our Saturday morning.
After a spot of shopping at both Witchery and Sunburn (spending doesn’t count on holidays right?), we hired some bikes and meandered our way around to the connecting town of Kingscliff via the Cudgen Creek boardwalk. A must for anyone that hasn’t been to the region before. We spotted fish, pelicans and even a couple of rays from the bridge, as we watched the locals jumping into the clear blue waters.
Once back in the village we spent some time by the Peppers Salt Resort & Spa lagoon pool, lounging in the sand while the kids enjoyed some hotel-based activities. It was great to know that every school holidays the Mantra + Peppers team have a packed schedule for the kids, including an indoor and outdoor cinema.
We opted for a child-free, adult lunch at Fins Restaurant for our Saturday in paradise. We called in the big guns over at Coastal Babysitters to look after the little ones in the comfort of our own room, while we dressed up and took a short stroll over to one of our all-time fave seafood haunts.
If you have been following us for a little while, you will know that we have a little love affair with Fins Restaurant. We met the Snow family many, many moons ago in Casuarina and have always followed their seafood journey and have made it a go-to fine dining restaurant on our list for ourselves as well as visiting family and friends. You can read about our other Fins experiences here.
For us, it was all about the degustation lunch, which you can read all about here from our another recent visit.
On Sunday it was a lazy morning in the comfort of our own apartment, we grabbed a couple of takeaway coffees and freshly baked ham & Neufchetal cheese croissants from The French Patisserie. The French Patisserie, from Brisbane fame, opened up in the village in 2017 and has been making some serious waves (and pastry addicts) ever since.
Full of fresh-cooked pastry, and with a massage, facial and hair treatment booked at The Spa at Salt (which adjoins Peppers Salt Resort & Spa), our Sunday vibes were off the charts.
The Spa at Salt is a must-visit. It’s the ultimate in relaxation, and really… is any getaway really complete without a day spa trip? We think not. We blissed out with an Aveda facial and hair treatment in the salon, and topped it off with a dip in the underground mineral spa.
One of the best things about Salt Village for us during our stay, was the the variety. You can simply walk ‘the strip’ and choose from fine-dining restaurants, casual eateries or takeaway joints. We were looking forward to a lazy Sunday afternoon, and for us that meant old-fashioned fish and chips in the park from Salt Village Fish + Chips.
There’s nothing better than catching some weekend rays, and putting on a fish + chip spread for the entire family. We grazed on delicious squid, battered barramundi, crumbed fresh prawns, grilled salmon, fresh salads and crunchy chips covered in chicken salt. The team at Salt Village Fish + Chips have a large selection to choose from, from old-school classics to fresh and healthy options.
For our last night night in the village, we were happy to go somewhere where we didn’t need to make a ‘choice’ and we could just opt for the chef to feed us. We booked in at the Indian-inspired Bombay Cricketer’s Club after hearing great things about their Sunday night plant-based banquet. While we are definitely meat-eaters at heart, the idea of living a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle with plant-based meals is certainly something that is a constant consideration.
We were treated to the famous Bombay bhaji, potato and pea dumplings, a traditional vegetable moliee and a goan vegetable curry. The fresh, and delicious dishes were served as a banquet feast so we could share and taste everything on offer – we never knew Indian could be so light and refreshing!
On Monday morning we hit Salt Beach, a patrolled stretch of paradise, because no beach holiday is complete without sandcastles and salty water. The perfect way to reflect on the weekend that was, and dream about planning our next Salt Village stay.
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