The perfect place for locals wanting regular, guilt-free massages
For many Australians, the thought of a trip to Bali or Thailand conjures up thoughts of cocktails on the beach and a good massage at a really good price. Well thanks to Cottage Thai Traditional Massage, Gold Coasters now only need to travel to Hope Island for this.
The shop has just opened in recent months, but is already booked out most days. And that’s saying a lot, considering it’s open from 9am to 8pm, seven days a week. You wouldn’t think its location at 340 Hope Island Road would be attracting too many passersby, either, rather just locals popping in to the Anytime Fitness or SPAR supermarket next door. So what is it that’s attracting people here? After all, there’s no sauna, steam room or so called ‘five-star facilities’. The answer is simple: an authentic, pocket-friendly massage that takes you right back to the little massage shops in Thailand.
When you walk into Cottage Thai Traditional Massage, you’re immediately welcomed with a big smile and warm cup of tea. The interiors aren’t the most plush, but with most of its staff having worked or trained in five-star hotels across Thailand, that’s quickly forgotten when the treatment begins. Guests can choose from a number of massage styles, ranging anywhere between 30 to 90 minutes. Three rooms have been uniquely set up to cater for each of the different varieties – with each massage including an element of traditional Thai rhythmic pressing and stretching. It also offers ‘foot reflexology’ and a ‘Mask Gold Powder’ facial for those who want a head-to-toe treatment package.
In a day and age where regular massages are no longer seen as just a luxury for the rich, but a necessity for the health conscious, places like Cottage Thai Traditional Massage are so important. They offer locals a reliable and affordable place to go. Not just once, but time and time again.
By Amber Wyatt
A one-hour full-body Thai massage costs $60 and other treatments include foot reflexology and facials.
Cottage Thai Traditional Massage w: https://www.facebook.com/cottagethaitraditionalmassage t: 0405 359 511 a: 19/340 hope island road, Gold Coast, Queensland 4212