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WHO'D HAVE THOUGHT NOOSA WOULD
BE A GAY-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY DESTINATION?
TIFFANY JONES REPORTS.
Slap me if it's common knowledge, but my girlfriend and
I have holidayed in some really homophobic
destinations in the past where creepy pervs and rude locals
made our trips memorable in all the wrong ways. So we
were surprised and relieved when we arrived at the
gorgeous Horizons penthouse at Peregian Beach for our
romantic weekend. For a start, owner Rosemaree has
ensured the hotel is a member of GALTA (Gay and Lesbian
travel Association) and has those comforting rainbow flag
symbols subtly positioned on signage outside reception.
Manager Rod and the front-desk staff were incredibly
helpful about the places us girls might be interested in -- we
were briefed about a gay dance being held that weekend, and
they took the time to pencil in directions to lesbian-run
venues, eateries and shops that we might like.
Located right on 14 kilometres of beautiful beach and
National Park between Noosa and Coolum, Horizons was
the ideal place to stay because it was central to everything the
Noosa area has to offer. It features a heated salt-water pool
and spa, secure underground parking, an on-site manager
and tour desk and an in-house masseur.
On top of this, we were delighted to discover that our
very ambient and luxurious penthouse had several private
patios, plus a spiral staircase leading up to a luxurious
outdoor spa with extensive ocean and hinterland views. You
could easily bring some friends or kids along and still have an
abundance of room and privacy, with two full-sized
bathrooms, large beds and spacious common areas.
All the modern appliances and amenities are more than
catered for if you want to cook up a storm in the gourmet
kitchen. Plus there were frozen gourmet meals and loads of
chokkies thoughtfully placed in the fridge and a great
selection of gay vids if you wanted to have a lazy night in.
There was also cable television, VCR, sound systems,
voicemail and everything a girl could want to feel pampered.
But we were too busy to stay indoors for long -- there was
so much to do! Horizons had direct beach access (a few steps
and you're on the sand) so we got to soak up some rays and
sample that beautiful vast blue ocean. We ended up
shopping, whale spotting, and getting some naughty but nice
toys from the girls at Flirtations ... I'll leave that store for you
to discover. We also enjoyed divine dining from the girls at
Squid Ink with some of the lovely locals who were all keen to
show us a good time, and recommend stopping by The
Sunshine Foodstore for the best brekkie ever cooked by
lovely chef Lindy.
If you are looking for the kind of holiday that will leave
you with a tan, some spectacular purchases, a few new
friends, and some very memorable moments (with absolutely
NO hairy homophobic holiday incidents) consider taking
your girl to Horizons at Peregian.
Phone 042 700 8350
Horizons, 45 Lorikeet Drive Peregian Beach Queensland.
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