Noosa Heads: Sheraton Noosa Resort

Read our writer's views on this property below

Simon Holt finds prime position to Hastings St at Sheraton Noosa.

THE SETTING

Popular Hastings St is popular with tourists for its many dining options and shopping. After some problems with erosion, sand has returned to the patrolled beach, and there is a great bushwalk not too far away, skirting the beachfront.

THE SPACE

The pool area is neatly decked out with cabanas and plenty of deckchairs. A poolside bar opens during the day with stools positioned in the water for those who wish to swim up for their cocktail. There's also a heated jaccuzzi.

THE KIT

The minimum size for a room in the newly-refurbished format is 55 square metres, which for a hotel room is quite spacey. It allows for a small lounge area, dining table, and small balcony which – in river suites – overlooks the picturesque Noosa River which is especially beautiful at sunrise and sunset. Others overlook Hastings St shopping and/or the pool. There's a separate spa bath and shower in the bathroom.

COMFORT FACTOR

Hastings St has been built on tourism, and most people visit for the laid-back resort lifestyle. Everywhere is a stroll – a stroll to the beach, the surf club, boutique shopping, restaurants and cafes, the patrolled beach, and nearby national park. The rooms are comfortable, but the pool area is a highlight of this resort. The weather is an attraction year-round, but a quick tip: Check the calendar because Noosa has a number of festivals during which accommodation can be high in demand.

FOOD

The resort's restaurant and bar has always been worth a visit. But it recently lifted a notch when television chef Peter Kuruvita decided Noosa was a good spot for a new partnership. Noosa Beach House Restaurant has added an additional quality option to the strip, and anybody who begins with the seafood tasting plate seems to be satisfied from the outset. The menu changes according to seasons. Wagyu sirloin or reef fish are staple options, but it's the Kuruvita touch such as salt and vinegar potatoes or candied peppers which create the jump in class. Most people have a dessert favourite – the lime tart comes highly recommended. This venue, where there's an obvious focus on quality service, is also where breakfast is hosted. It's a smorgasbord neatly laid out with plenty of space to move, a nice fruit selection, and plenty of hot and cold options. When you see guests from

WORTH STEPPING OUT FOR

Eumundi markets are a 20-minute drive away and open on Saturdays. One option which is occasionally overlooked is a 4km or so bushwalk through Noosa National Park kicks off at the end of Park Rd and winds its way around to beautiful Alexandria Bay. The track passes Boiling Pot lookout, Dolphin Point and Hell's Gates, all of which have great viewing platforms. The changing colours of the ocean make it well worth the effort, even in the rain during which there seems to be no fewer fellow trekkers. The Sunshine Coast hinterland is also within driving distance, and Hastings St itself is nice for a late-afternoon walk.

THE VERDICT

The Sheraton Noosa was ageing, and locals were starting to avoid it. But it's lifted its game. The refurbishment to rooms and the broader common spaces has given it a fresh lift, and the addition of Peter Kuruvita's menu to the kitchen has made a big difference. The Sheraton Group's investment is refreshing given that there's such an inviting pool, and that the resort is placed in such a prime location.

HOW TO GET THERE

While the address comes up as Hastings St, the entry is via Noosa Parade. The drive is about 90 minutes from Brisbane.

ESSENTIALS

Sheraton Noosa, 14-16 Hastings St, Noosa. Room rates vary greatly. They kick off at around $284 mid-week for a studio, including breakfast. Expect to pay around the $500 mark for a King room on busy weekends. Phone 07 5449 4888, see sheratonnoosaresort.com.