LOVE IS IN THE AIR THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

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Love is in the air this February, and we’re excited to be celebrating all things romance! We’ve created this hearty Valentine’s Day round-up bursting with local inspiration for showering your Valentine, Galentine, furry Pal-entine (or even yourself!) with love, and the best places to head for nourishing, pampering, adorning, adventuring and so much more. Read on and get ready to fall head over heels with these special offers…

NOURISH: EATS & DRINKS

Novotel Sunshine Coast

Celebrate love and friendship with Sola Bar + Restaurant’s Valentine’s (or Galentine’s) High Tea – a perfect blend of elegance and charm hosted in the hotel lobby. Whether you’re planning a romantic date or a fun gathering with your favourite gal pals, Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort is the ideal setting for lovvvvvely fancy treats! Taste the flavours of this special edition high tea menu, available from 12 – 18 February, bookings essential.

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Bella Venezia Restaurant & Bar

Fine dine, wine and tantalise your lover’s taste buds at one of the most romantic (and award-winning) restaurants on the coast. Choose from  Standard Seating, a delectable 3-course menu that will set the mood for a perfect evening of love, $99 per person; or Fine Dining, where you’ll embark on a culinary journey featuring a mesmerising 7-step tasting menu crafted by their talented chefs, $129 per person. Limited seating is available, so book now to secure your table!

Caloundra Regional Gallery

Twist and shout with a 50’s Retro Dinner for two at Caloundra Regional Gallery on 14 February! Enjoy a 50’s inspired 3-course meal (think Prawn Cocktail, Lucky Pot & Raspberry Trifle) and a gallery experience like no other with art and live music! Dress in your best 50’s attire and head back in time with your favourite Valentine! Places are limited and bookings are required.

Spice Bar Restaurant

Spice up your Valentine’s life with a decadent three-course banquet or five-course degustation featuring a hand-picked menu by the newly hatted Executive Chef Sophie and her passionate Spice Bar team! There are two sittings, with the early sitting from 5pm to 7pm leaving time to stroll Mooloolaba’s amazing beaches afterwards. Order your lover an optional red rose to send sparks flying. Bookings are essential, so get in quick!

Sunshine & Sons

Awaken your inner Lovvvvve Dragon this V-Day with Sunshine & Son’s limited release small-batch contemporary gin featuring a zingy, fruity finish made from delicious lychee, dragon fruit and kaffir lime. Enjoy simply with soda and a wheel of fresh lime or treat your lover to a Love Potion cocktail! Fancy turning up the heat in the gift-buying stakes for a spirit-loving Valentine? Check out the Founder’s Tours for an exclusive experience with one of the Distillery Founders.

Dee Den

Looking for Something Different? Dee Den dishes up the goods with a delightfully delectable menu you’re sure to LOVE! Indulge in creative cocktails and dishes designed for sharing. Why not “Trust the Chef” and let Chef Mike hand-select The Feast for just $86 per person – more time for you to devote to your dining sweetheart and smashing some killer cocktails! Whatever your flavour or dietary needs, the menu is sure to please! Staying in? Grab takeaway for cuddles and cuisine for a quiet (or raunchy) night in!

Flo’s Creperie

Let love FLO at Flo’s Crêperie with a romantic candlelight dinner! Choose from the Valentine’s set menu for $119 per couple, which includes two glasses of champagne, an appetiser to share, two galletes and a sweet crêpe to share – or order whatever piques your interest off the main menu. Crêpes and candlelight? Mais oui! Book now!

Acqua Restaurant & Bar

Good food and good times are only a heartbeat away with breathtaking water views over Pumicestone Passage and a special menu at Acqua Restaurant and Bar. Enjoy 3 courses for $85pp, and add matching wines for $30. Bon Appétit!

All’ Antica Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Lay on the love with an authentic Italian dining experience this Valentine’s Day, where the focus is on quality homemade food sourced both locally and overseas that showcases the diverse regions throughout Italy. Dine or takeaway from 4:30pm.

The Wonky Loaf

Get sweet treats for your sweetheart at The Wonky Loaf! With their delectable range of sustainable, organic, slow-fermented sourdough products behind the counter, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this wonderful bakery with heart and soul.

Peregian Beach Hotel 

Love is on the menu at Peregian Beach Hotel! Join them this Valentine’s Day for a delightful journey through deliciousness! Their kitchen is cooking up romance, and their hearts are ready to serve you with love. Book now and make it a date to remember – because great memories are made with good food and even better company! 

4 Pines Noosa

For something more casual, head to 4 Pines Noosa for chilled vibes, craft brews and a hearty menu. Plus you can bring your four-legged love to celebrate with you – we’ll drink to that!

Max + Tom

If cheese pleases, then The Coaster Pack from local artisan cheesemakers Max + Tom – featuring four delectable Sunshine Coast cheeses: Pacific Sunrise, Moffat Sand, Buderim Blue and Noosa White – is guaranteed to leave your loved one with a cheesy grin! Pair with a special bottle of expertly matched vino from Market Wine Store for the perfect DIY V-Day spread.

Warrior Restaurant & Bar

Treat your loved one to a romantic 3-course Valentine’s Day dinner, drink on arrival and live music at Australia Zoo’s Warrior Restaurant & Bar. Explore a tantalising menu, with options including slow-braised pork, Bouillabaisse, and a 300g Cape Grim grass-fed rib eye. With entrees and desserts that promise to bring a smile to your face, your Valentine’s Day celebration is bound to be delightful and memorable. Enjoy romantic live music while watching the native wildlife, including kangaroos, emus and koalas. It will be an intimate, uniquely wild dining experience to share with your special someone (valid entry to Australia Zoo is required to enjoy this offer)!

Pizzami Gourmet Pizza

Get a slice of the V-Day action with Pizzami Gourmet Pizza in Peregian’s special Date Night Menu! This 3-course sharing dinner includes a special cocktail of the month on arrival, a starter of garlic bread or spring rolls, one large pizza to share (half and half included!), and your choice of a shared chocolate and marshmallow calzone or sticky date pudding for just $40 per person. Bookings are essential!

Market Bistro

Indulge in the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience at Market Bistro with a romantic 4-course dinner for $135pp, including a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne upon arrival. Head to the Market Bistro website to reserve your table and make this Valentine’s Day truly unforgettable.⁠

RB Dining

Spoil your sweet tooth with a 4-course tasting menu and surprise dessert by renowned Chef Adriano Zumbo for $95pp at RB Dining this Valentines Day! Price includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot upon arrival. Head to the RB Dining website to book your trip down lover’s lane.

Fish on Parkyn 

For the ultimate aphrodisiac, lavish your lover with the gift of succulent scallops and delicate oysters by the seaside! Open for lunch and dinner this Valentines Day.

Sakana Sushi Bar

Captivate your cupid with super-fresh authentic Japanese cuisine straight from the dock, artfully prepared using the most pristine ingredients at Sakana Sushi Bar! Open for lunch from 12pm and dinner from 5.30pm.

PAMPER: BODY, MIND, SOUL

THE HEART OF BEAUTY

Love the skin you’re in and book a treatment for yourself or a loved one at The Heart of Beauty in The Village, Peregian Beach. From the ultimate relaxation and beauty treatments to results-driven skin and laser procedures,  the team of highly skilled Dermal Clinicians, Paramedical Skin and Beauty Therapists, are passionate about people and helping you to look and feel incredible.

ILA + AVA

For the natural beauty in your life, choose organic skincare from ILA+ AVA – we love the Botanical Perfume Oil and Glow or Ritual Body Oil – and the Jade Eye Masks offer restorative sleep and a whole range of benefits for perfect peepers for him and her!

MALENI HAIR

Do you tussle with tangles for the little loves in your life? Fall in love with the ritual of brushing your hair without the tantrums with Maleni Hair’s Hydrate Kids Leave-In Conditioning Detangler! Pair with the Maleni Detangling Hairbrush and use the code HELLOSUNSHINE for 15% off all orders!

OCTANE SKINCARE FOR HIM

Octane’s luxurious, plant-derived organic skincare is a game changer for men! Born and crafted in Noosa with all the essential ingredients to help your skin look and feel healthier – it’s the ultimate toolkit to slow the signs of ageing. Find out more and receive up to 15% off your first order at Octane Skin. PLUS! Spoil your lover with a gift you’ll want to share! Wacker Clothing Company has teamed up with Octane Skin to offer the ultimate in Noosa style: the WACKER + OCTANE Valentine’s Day Gift pack includes a luxe WACKER linen shirt in your choice of colour and size, PLUS an OCTANE SKIN Lite Pack containing Degreaser cleanser, Hi Octane moisturiser and LED eye gel for just $178 (RRP $227). Give the gift of classic, effortless and sustainable Noosa fashion and skincare this international day of love!

OCHRE SUN+BAKSLAP

Love the sun? Protect your skin with Indigenous-owned and operated Ochre Sun 50+ Sunscreen that harnesses the rituals, potency and authenticity of bush medicine. Add in the award-winning and purpose-driven Bakslap applicator for the hard-to-reach places and not only do you have your back – you’ve got a whole lotta local love!

ADORN: FASHION AND JEWELLERY

Hello Sunshine Summer Fashion Shoot – Galentine’s Getaway!

Sneak a peek at our Summer Fashion Shoot for ideas for spoiling your queen (or yourself!) this Valentine’s Day! We featured fabulous fashions from Elmari Boutique, eclectic treasures from La Extravaganza, unique handmade jewellery from Euphony Designs, bright and bold fashion and jewellery from Uncle George, and hand-selected pieces from Hey Layla. We laid on the love with signature pieces from To Hold and To Have, a unique kaleidoscope of colourful gems from Opals Down Under , and elegant eyewear from Hammond Optometry

Sunshine Plaza

Sunshine Plaza is your one-stop shop for a huge range of fashion, accessories, homewares and more, and they’re ‘Sharing the Love’ this Valentine’s Day with a host of loved-up events! Love is in Bloom runs from 29 January to 16 February, where you can add love notes to the beautiful Wisteria Tree installation in-centre or send Love Mail to local Keyton Retirement Village residents via hand-delivered postcards. For the chance to win an ultimate picnic pack valued at over $1300, enter Snap to win from 29 January to 12 February by sharing a photo of your experience and following the prompts! Gifts You’ll Love will also run from 8 to 14 February, with customers who spend $200 or more on fashion, beauty or homewares eligible to redeem a gorgeous Lunch Bag from The Somewhere Co. Talk about lots to love!

Lady Bird Noosa

For a stunning range of sleepwear, underwear and lingerie that’s been hand-picked for exceptional design, comfort and quality, visit the team at much-loved local boutique Lady Bird Noosa! They understand that every body is unique, and can advise on shapes and styles that will help you (or your Valentine) feel fabulous! The men aren’t missing out either, with colourful Reer Endz briefs available in soft, sustainable organic cotton and a variety of prints. Head to their website to browse the range and surprise your loved one with something special!

The Original Eumundi Markets

Love local at The Original Eumundi Markets this Valentines Day! Think divine baked treats, stunning jewellery, slow fashion and gorgeous gift packs – all handmade with love by our region’s most dedicated and talented artisans. Open every Wednesday and Saturday 7.30am-2pm rain, hail or shine, Australia’s premier artisan market is the place to find that perfect unique gift for your special someone. Read their story in our Summer Issue!

Opals Down Under

Just like your special person, no two opals are the same! Visit Opals Down Under for the perfect unique gift for your unique person and receive 10% off all opal jewellery (pendants, rings, earrings, bracelets) – excluding already discounted items. Enter the code ‘vdayodu’ at checkout to receive your heartfelt discount!

Uncle George

If colour lights up your Valentine’s life, the carefully curated collection of artisan-crafted, quality jewellery from all over the world at Uncle George is sure to delight! From excellent earrings and natty necklaces to brilliant bracelets, sensational studs and more, all jewellery is 20-50% off until the 14th February – run, don’t walk!

Hammond Optometry

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and all eyes will be on your special Valentine with 20% off designer sunglasses (excluding Maui Jims). Head in-store to spoil your lover or yourself this Valentine’s Day.

Whit & Watt

Watt’s not to love about Whit & Watt?! Stocking luxe fashion labels including Alemais, Kinga Csilla, Staple the Label and Kivari, alongside a gorgeous collection of jewellery, body products, homewares and romantic gift boxes, this boutique is the very definition of coastal cool. Mention ‘Hello Sunshine’ to receive a 10% discount storewide!

ENHANCE: HOME

Vintage Haveli Barn is a treasure trove of unique vintage furniture, homewares and textiles sourced from India; Uncle George has a fabulous range of colourful homewares and gifts; Sunshine Living Tile & Stone has a stunning range of tiles, basins, stone, breezeways and more for revamping your love nest; and Style My Home specialises in Hamptons-inspired indoor and outdoor furniture, rugs, lighting and artwork that’ll add some heart to your home!

Cath K Artist

Add a little love, humour, encouragement and warmth to your décor with handmade ceramic word bricks emblazoned with ‘lover’, ‘oh baby’, ‘better together’ and even some sweary ones by local artist Cath K. The perfect way to spoil yourself or your loved ones and add instant personality to any space. Romantic or cheeky – the choice is yours!

APPRECIATE: ART

Cool Art Gallery

Browse the wonderful range at Cool Art Gallery and invest in a statement piece that sets your heart aflutter, or work with Joe and Erin to reframe a beloved existing artwork that holds meaning for you as a couple!

Anna Wilshire Photography

Let the beauty of nature become a timeless expression of your love story with Anna Wilshire Photography. Indulge in FREE SHIPPING Australia-wide on every captivating print, transforming your abode into an everlasting landscape of romance. Wrap your love in the exquisite beauty of Australian coastal landscapes and create moments that linger forever. Shop the range here or read our story on Anna in the Summer Issue!

Kim Herringe Art Workshop

Give the gift of creativity with a Kim Herringe Art Workshop! Hosting both online and in-person printmaking workshops from her beautiful studio in Maleny, Kim invites you to come along, play, and learn the craft of printmaking – whatever your current skill level.

EXPLORE: THE UNEXPECTED

The Events Centre, Caloundra

Romance your other half with the razzle dazzle of a live show! Tickets to an upcoming event at The Events Centre, Caloundra would make a thoughtful V-Day gift to look forward to, and their impressively diverse 2024 line-up has something for everyone. If you haven’t been before, you’ll love the vibe of this absolute gem of a performing arts centre, which brings world-class events to our sea-fringed doorstep.

Creative Tours

The sky’s the limit this Valentine’s Day with Creative Tours! Treat your sweetheart to Scenic Heli Food & Wine Tour – a stunning helicopter ride, lunch and private wine tasting that’s ideal for making a serious statement (and would make for a memorable proposal if that might be on the cards!). Enjoy a scenic helicopter ride over the coast of Noosa and the hinterland, a guided wine tasting and local grazing lunch platter at Dingo Creek, your choice of dessert and drink at Pomona Distillery, air-conditioned door to door transport, and a special Valentine’s Day complimentary bottle of wine for $895 per person! Call Creative Tours on 07 5499 3477 to book before 14 February (subject to availability) and get ready to take your romance to new heights!

Peticular

Don’t forget about your furry friends this February! Show your loyal Pal-entine some furever love with Peticular’s Valentine’s Day range of toys, treats and tidbits (including “Woof Cliquot” bottle-shaped chew toys that we just cannot get over!) – perfect for the best boys and girls in your life. They also stock the gorgeous Indie Boho designer dog beds (read our story on Indie Boho here!), so your pup can slumber in style. Pop into the store on the day, and you and your pet will also be treated to some complimentary human and doggo choccies – you’d be barking mad to miss it!

Greensmith Grocers

Give your sweetheart the gift of luxury by booking into the Greensmith Grocers Bali Nourish Retreat! Running from April 20-25, it promises to be a truly unforgettable week of indulgence, relaxation and transformation. EXCLUSIVE Hello Sunshine VIP Special: readers will receive an extra one-hour blissful massage per person at no extra cost! Simply mention this offer at the time of booking.

Secrets on the Lake

Can you keep a secret? The dreamy rainforest surrounds of Secrets on the Lake make for the ultimate romantic getaway! Whether you indulge and stay in their luxury treehouse accommodation to rejuvenate amongst the trees or take a day trip and dine on the deck in their award-winning restaurant, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience.

Australia Zoo

Head to Australia Zoo for a date with your loved one or to celebrate your love of wildlife! Join the Affectionate Animal Trail, where you can meet some of their wonderfully loved up animals, or take part in the Animal Magnetism Competition where your magnetic touch could win you romantic prizes. Limited spots available! Make your day even more special with a romantic two-course lunch at the luxurious Warrior Restaurant & Bar (bookings are essential, and valid entry to Australia Zoo is required to enjoy this offer). It’s as wild as Valentine’s Day gets!

The Little Book Nook

Everyone has a story of love, romantic or not…whether it be love for a pet, love of nature, love of art or love of good food and company. You can find many stories from many different voices at boutique bookshop The Little Book Nook in Palmwoods! Both the books and the visitors come in all shapes, sizes, jackets and ages with their own story to tell. Reading a book and getting to know your community helps develop empathy and compassion, which encourages love to grow!

Sunshine Coast Libraries

Share the love at our local libraries this Valentine’s Day with a host of love-themed events and activities including sweet treats, social singing and romance writing! From 12-18 February visit any Sunshine Coast library or mobile library for a heart-shaped candy. Library Lovers’ Day is all about celebrating libraries and the valuable role they play in the community, and this year’s theme ‘share the love’ encourages members to share their love of libraries and books with the community. Grab a ticket to one or both special Library Lovers’ events: the Library Song Choir from 14-15 February, or see Australian romance author Rachael Johns and journalist Roxanne McCarty-O’Kane in conversation at Venue 114 on 16 February taking a deep dive into all things love, romance and writing. The events range from $5- $25 per person and include morning tea. Registrations are essential!

 

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