IT DOESN’T get much better than Casa Di Natura at Mapleton. The all-natural day spa is a perfect example of making the most of natural assets – it is set on three hectares and surrounded by bushland, rainforest and its own waterfall.
Director Sue Broughton has owned the property for about eight years. She knocked down what was a holiday house and turned into the day spa.
“I’ve been a massage therapist off and on for 35 years. I had just finished working on construction full-time and we wanted to live here,” Ms Broughton said.
“This was an investment initially but eventually we thought why not set up aday spa how we want it?”
“This results in a much deeper and more concentrated sweat, generally around three times as much as that experienced in a traditional sauna,” Ms Broughton said.
Casa Di Natura is also home to one of two public places in Australia with a magnesium pool.
“Two forms of magnesium are found in the Magna Pool water: magnesium chloride is derived from the ocean and magnesium hydroxide is gentle on sensitive skin and other problem skin conditions.
“Magnesium works like a magnet on your skin, helping to detoxify impurities and toxins and to reduce pore size, ultimately leaving your skin feeling soft, radiant and smooth,” Ms Broughton said.
She said it was the only natural spa that she was aware of – from the hot tub down to the food they bring in.
The spa is also a source of employment and opportunity for others.
Ms Broughton has up to 10 women working for her and the next door neighbours have opened up a bed and breakfast for anyone wanting to stay in the area and enjoy the spa.
A client is also setting up a baking company to host high teas at the spa.
Ms Broughton is in negotiations with a Maleny café to stock their food at the spa.
Written by Warren Lynam for the Sunshine Coast Daily on 12th November 2013.