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Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa review, Seventeen Seventy, Queensland: Weekend Away

Posted (08-Sep-2015)


Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa, Seventeen Seventy, QLD


Seventeen Seventy is a small, laid-back town six hours drive north of Brisbane, in the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Its pristine beaches and relaxed vibe are reminiscent of Byron Bay, minus the crowds.

While still relatively undiscovered by southerners, international backpackers have long known of its charm through word of mouth and come here to learn to ride on the gentle surfing waves, access the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef and see migrating Humpback Whales, pods of dolphins, the resident Dugong colony and sea turtles.


Set in 9000 square-metres of lush landscaped gardens, a sparkling lagoon pool and tropical island forms the heart of the property, which feels reminiscent of the chic tropical resorts you'd find in Noosa or Palm Cove. At night the pool and surrounds are lit by lantern light, while an eye-catching blue Kombi, branded with the hotel logo sits parked out front. Onsite is the excellent French-inspired Plantation Bar and Restaurant, with its retro palm wallpaper feature wall and bi-fold windows looking out over the pool. Chef Ross Howell heads up Plantation, while his affable wife Helen Johnson is in charge of food and beverage. There's also a day spa using Li'tya products. Lagoons offers the only full service, 4.5 star self-contained holiday accommodation in the sleepy township. It adjuncts the Sir Joseph Banks Conservation Park and, while you can't actually see it, a secluded surf beach is a short stroll (or barefoot jog for surfers) away.


The spacious airy studios and (one and two bedroom) apartments are decked out in smart tropical decor with a white backdrop and bright turquoise and yellow hues. My one-bedroom spa apartment features a king size bed, fully equipped kitchenette, laundry, spacious lounge area and Biology toiletries. An outdoor terrace with spa bath overlooks the lagoon pool (others have courtyard gardens) and is a terrific spot to soak up some sunshine and the resort's casual vibe. In cooler months the apartments with spa baths are the pick but, in summer, be sure to opt for a swim out apartment, with direct access to the fantastic lagoon pool.


The onsite Plantation Restaurant led by Ross Howell and wife Helen Johnson, who formerly ran eateries in Brisbane including Pippin Took, Grand Orbit and Dish Bar and Bistro, is so good you'll be reluctant to go elsewhere. The menu is seasonally driven and dishes like the corned lamb rump with fondant potatoes, pea puree and sugar snaps reveal Ross' classic French training. Don't miss Ross' thin apple tart with vanilla bean ice cream and calvados anglaise for dessert.


Catch the town's famed sunset from the Tree Bar at the 1770 Beach Hotel – the first store to open in the town, in 1973, join a fun LARC tour to the Lighthouse at Bustard Head and experience sand boarding or join Mel Thomson from Vitality Fitness for yoga on the beach. The best coffee can be found at the super friendly Getaway Garden Cafe at Agnes Water.


Chef Ross Howell's fabulous French-inspired Plantation Restaurant.


The unheated pool means it's way too cold to take a dip in winter.


Lagoons is a stylish addition to Seventeen Seventy. The staff are super friendly and attentive, the food is excellent and it's a terrific base for exploring the Southern Great Barrier Reef and experiencing some of the best long board waves north of Byron. I'd return in a heartbeat.


Studio rooms at Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa start at $230 a night, including breakfast. Phone (07) 4902 1600, see lagoons1770.com.au.

The writer was a guest of Southern Great Barrier Reef Tourism.

Original Article: Traveller.com.au

Bespoke full-service resort in the heart of Seventeen Seventy

Posted (16-Mar-2015)

Between Bundaberg and Gladstone, the Southern Great Barrier Reef destination of Seventeen Seventy will celebrate the opening of Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa on April 1st 2015, the region's first full-service holiday resort.

Set amongst 9000 square-metres of beautifully landscaped vegetation, an extensive lagoon pool and tropical island form the resort's centrepiece. Serviced by a world-class restaurant, with the tranquillity and rejuvenation of the Anjea Day Spa close to hand and a comprehensive suite of first-class boutique conference, wedding and event facilities, Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa is stylish by design, comfortable and welcoming by nature.

Guests and visitors can come to Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa to relax and play in comfort in the casual village-like ambience of Seventeen Seventy. Lagoons adjuncts the Sir Joseph Banks Conservation Park and a pristine, secluded surf beach is just a short stroll away. It is the perfect base from which to explore the natural wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef and lush hinterland, and celebrate life with friends and family.

Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa General Manager Simon Della Santa says, "I fell in love with the Southern Great Barrier Reef in the early 1990s working with P&O on Heron Island, and discovered Seventeen Seventy. It struck me then that this would be a fantastic location for a full service resort and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to return. Now the region can boast a full service 4.5 star resort, with all the services you would expect in Palm Cove or Port Douglas without the worry of crocs, stingers and the insufferable humidity; here we enjoy the cooling sea breezes and safer waters."

‘To enjoy a 4.5 star resort experience on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa is only a short six hour drive from Brisbane making it very appealing compared to a two day road tour or flights into Far North Queensland’.

"Our guests and the locals will love the quality of dining and events we're bringing to the region, as will all the local producers we've been getting to know. Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa is fast becoming part of the village scene. This coastal community and its visitors will enjoy a much wider range of services than they've had before – Lagoons has everything you need to get the most from your time-out in this magnificent environment."

Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa is the only holiday accommodation in the township with a day spa and full service, self-contained apartments where guests can stay, eat and play in the naturally luxurious surrounds. Elegantly designed for comfort in the tropics, Lagoons features 112 beautifully modern one and two bedroom suites and executive studios with a choice of balconies, spa baths, patios, outdoor dining

spaces and private courtyards, offering views over the beautiful lagoon-style swimming pool or coastal hinterland surrounds.

The world-class Plantation Bar & Restaurant and lively island bar – as well as the onsite conferences and events – all enjoy the same level of professional, personalised catering of the highest quality, created onsite by a team led by Ross

Howell, whose stellar career now sees his world-class skills utilised as Culinary Director of the Resort’s dining.

Ross' wife Helen Johnson is the resort's Food, Beverage and Events Director, and guarantees a particularly high level of hospitality at Lagoons. "We run the food and beverage at Lagoons as a family," said Ross, "and hope our guests who come looking for a special Queensland beach holiday will experience true family hospitality in this incredible natural environment."

Anjea Day Spa, the first resort day spa in the region, will have you escape to a tranquil place where wellness is nurtured and your inner self is harmonised. Anjea Day Spa is a place where caring is personalized and life is celebrated. From the moment you enter the sanctuary you will feel a wave of calm wash over you. At Anjea you will be suspended in pure tranquillity, where muscle tension and the mind’s concerns simply melt away leaving you to emerge refreshed, balanced and energized.

Guests can stay a night at Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa on a romantic getaway or a few weeks on family holiday, and host any kind of function or wedding in the beautiful resort atmosphere. Dip into the endless lagoon pool from the swim out apartment sundeck and enjoy a drink at the island bar. Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa is the perfect beachside paradise to relax and enjoy life for a complete holiday experience.

French-inspired cuisine for any occasion

Plantation Bar & Restaurant at Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa serves the region's best cuisine, overlooking the lagoon swimming pool, in a warm, family environment for resort and local guests seeking an outstanding dining experience. Plantation is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days per week, and is ideal for all occasions; an intimate dinner for two, a few cocktails and small plates with friends, to a long lunch with family and friends or an exclusive catered party.

With a range of spacious seating for over 70 patrons and delicious group packages for 10 or more guests, Plantation is ideal for big celebrations and events in a very special location. A great-value way to sample Ross's cuisine is the daily three-course lunch or dinner package for $55 per person. Take advantage of this opening offer when you make a booking.

For a more relaxed alternative to Plantation, you can swim across to Plantation Poolside, where you can see the chefs in action, using the outdoor kitchen to feature their BBQ skills and deliver a plethora of casual grills and delectable bar snacks.

"Simply said, my prime focus is to exceed guest expectation," says Ross. "For me, the journey incorporates creating not only fresh, delicious food but also a memorable

experience that ignites a buzz and intention to return. At Plantations, we aim to keep our concept fresh and exciting while exploring some of Australia’s most beautiful,

natural, produce, prepared to retain its texture, purity of flavour and balance, in other words ‘food for modern Australians'".

Ross and Helen's long and successful restaurant careers saw the talented couple running a series of award-winning venues while collecting an impressive array of industry accolades. Ross and Helen's earlier restaurants in Brisbane included the Australian Gold Plate award-winning Pippin Took, Grand Orbit, and Dish Bar & Bistro.

Ross's driving force is his zeal for producing the best contemporary food consistently, with a true sense of hospitality and professionalism. Through the 1990’s Ross achieved accolades such as winning the Queensland Chef of Chefs competition, and being awarded the Academie Culinaire de France trophy for Young Australian Chef. Ross also won the Global Chef Challenge for the Pacific Rim in 2010 and was placed third for the world; and represented Australia at Bocuse D'or World Cuisine in Lyon, France; and won a host of medals at the International Culinary Olympics.

Ross is a member of the Academie Culinaire de France, reflecting his professional foundation in classical French cooking, which took seed at the age of 15, when he commenced his chef’s apprenticeship at the Crest International Hotel in Brisbane, learning his skill in classical French cooking that remains a foundation of his craft today.

The Plantation menus feature a colourful, exciting combination of seasonal ingredients in dishes such as haloumi, zucchini and corn fritters with tomato sugo and aioli; grilled knackwurst with kipfler and green onion salad and mustard mayo; and ham hock rillette with apple jelly, petit Waldorf salad and toasted baguette.

It's the main dishes where Ross' passion for classic French cooking comes to the fore, with choices including an eye fillet of beef with potato dauphinoise, chestnut mushrooms and cep cream; and corned lamb rump with fondant potatoes, pea puree and sugar snaps; or for dessert a thin apple tart with vanilla bean ice cream and calvados anglaise.

The Southern Great Barrier Reef's year round sunshine and ample rain creates long growing seasons for a wide range of the freshest fruits and vegetables, and some of Australia's best grass-fed meats. Serving innovative food for modern Australians, multi-award-winning chef Ross' cuisine is produce-driven and handcrafted, sourced locally wherever possible.

"I love the opportunity to be able to create dishes for so many occasions," says Ross, "whether it's a formal event or just a few small plates at the bar, the quality is the same, and it's from the same kitchen team. Some dishes we create from scratch, others are our modern interpretation of a classic, and we always aim for consistently high quality in everything we do. So it's as much the professional discipline as the passion for food that keeps our standards high and our guests happy."

As Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa, Food, Beverage and Events Director, Helen Johnson has the true commitment to quality guest service that comes from a deep regard for her work. Helen has received many awards and accolades, indicating a commitment to providing quality customer service, and ensuring her guests' event or holiday at Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa exceeds their expectations.

The Plantation wine list is a carefully selected pour of leading Australian, New Zealand and European labels, combining elegant sparkling and still wines from Tasmania such as 42 Degrees South and Frogmore Creek; Thorne Clarke and Brothers in Arms for the depth of classic South Australian reds, to fashionably dry sherry, rich fortified’s and Louis Roederer champagne, perfectly selected for the warm climate and Ross' flavoursome cuisine. The wine list also features a Chef's Selection of some of Australia and New Zealand's most coveted prestige red wines, such as Quartz Reef and Cullen’s, to really mark a special occasion.

Helen says, "The flatware on which we serve, is fine bone china from Italy. We use Plumm glassware which is Australian-designed and European-made, and is the first wine style-specific Australian glassware brand using such high quality crystal."

The combination of Ross and Helen's creativity and technical ability along with their wealth of industry experience and expertise makes them a formidable team, dedicated to providing an unforgettable experience for their guests.

Say `I do’ in paradise

With years of experience in organising the finest and most personalised details for weddings, Ross, Helen and their team of professionals will ensure that their guests' wedding day is the most memorable day of their lives, full of wonder and enchantment for family and friends to enjoy. They will turn dreams for that special day into reality, knowing that sometimes it can be the little touches that create the biggest impact.

Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa is a unique beach-side resort to host a beautiful, bespoke wedding, in a destination location that will be a magnet for wedding guests, and provide a palette of magnificent settings for ceremonies, receptions and photography, among tropical gardens and an alluring landscaped pool.

Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa offers new studios and suites for separate or shared accommodation, and for the reception, a delightful selection of imaginative finger food or sensational cuisine served in Plantation for 100 guests, seated.

Reception packages are available from $130 per person for a minimum booking of 40 to 60 guests. Packages include the room setup with table centrepieces, a dedicated event planning manager, a floor coordinator to assist with the special day, one night complimentary spa room for the bride and groom, a delicious buffet breakfast and special guest accommodation rates (conditions apply) with the Frangipani Package.

Discover natural rejuvenation at Anjea Day Spa

Anjea Day Spa at Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa is dedicated to creating a relaxing atmosphere where the senses are awakened, the body beautified and the spirit soothed.

Indulgent treatments are provided in a boutique atmosphere by a team of highly qualified therapists who tailor appointments to each guest’s needs.

As time is valuable, this environmentally conscious day spa has designed rejuvenating treatments to provide the ultimate soothing indulgence.

Anjea Day Spa Manager Cherry Miller encourages all to "Visit Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa on the stunning Southern Great Barrier Reef, stay calm, get healthy and make time to indulge yourself’.

Anjea Day Spa offers a vast array of treatments utilising Australian native elements including lillypilly and wild rosella to restore and revitalize your skin.

The Mikiri facial at $120 for 55 minutes will produce an intensive boost for all skin types; and options for care of the body include the Anjea signature Vichy Treatment for singles or couples, and the Anjea signature massage, which begins with a gentle dry body brushing to stimulate lymph and assist skin toning followed by a full body and scalp aroma massage to produce profound relaxation and serenity.

Anjea Day Spa offers a range of specialised treatments for hands and feet, and finishing touches like waxing and tinting for a final, unmistakable glow, plus a number of spa packages that offer the peace and tranquillity of the Serenity Lounge with a complimentary refreshment tray.

Work, relax and play in the Town of 1770

Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa offers a peaceful coastal paradise as a backdrop to their fantastic conference packages for all tastes and budgets, and everything patrons need to stay recharged and rewarded. The fully enclosed conference facility has seating for over 100 people with a full suite of IT requirements, including wireless internet access throughout the complex and a business administration centre.

The resort's accommodation offers a range of executive studios, or one or two bedroom suites in four distinct styles: garden view, courtyard, pool view and swim out, all with beautiful new decor, each surrounded by the resort's landscaped gardens with access to the lagoon pool and island.

The studios and suites at Lagoons are fully self-contained, featuring one comfortable king-size bed per room, a range of fabulous amenities, and a fully equipped kitchenette and laundry. All rooms sleep up to two people plus one infant per room can be accommodated, with cots available on request; and interconnecting rooms are available for those looking for a big family holiday.

Garden view studios boast a balcony and spa bath along with views of the beautiful coastal surrounds; courtyard studios have a private courtyard and spa bath; pool

view studios features a balcony and spa bath overlooking the beautiful landscaped swimming pool; and swim out studios feature a sundeck that provides direct access into the lagoon-style pool.

Lagoons’ one bedroom suites include inside and outside dining areas, and a spacious lounge room. Garden view one bedroom suites boast a balcony and spa bath along with views of the beautiful coastal surrounds; courtyard one bedroom suites have a private courtyard and spa bath; pool view one bedroom suites feature a balcony and spa bath overlooking the lagoon-style swimming pool; and swim out one bedroom suites offer a sundeck that provides direct access into the swimming pool.

Two bedroom suites at Lagoons boast indoor and outdoor dining areas and a spacious lounge room, and sleep up to five people and two infants in cots. Garden view two bedroom suites features two balconies and two spa baths along with views of the beautiful gardens; courtyard two bedroom suites have two private courtyards and two spa baths; pool view two bedroom suites feature two balconies and two spa baths overlooking the swimming pool; and swim out two bedroom suites offer two sundecks that provide direct access into the pool.

Beachside paradise

Located on the magical, sun drenched stretch of sub-tropical surf coastline north of Fraser Island and south of the Whitsundays, the Southern Great Barrier Reef boasts Queensland’s most northern surf beach and world-class reef breaks.

Seventeen Seventy is a picturesque seaside village featuring clear waters which can be swum and surfed in all year round, jellyfish free. Local attractions include exploring national parks, golf, surf lessons, kayak tours, day-charter offshore fishing and taking a ride on the LARCs to Bustard Head Lighthouse.

Whether exploring the coastal treasures, offshore islands and reefs or the mountainous hinterland, Seventeen Seventy makes a delightful base from which to enjoy the magical beauty of the region. The World Heritage-listed Southern Great Barrier Reef and her inviting coral cays lie to the east, while to the west, the wilderness of Eurimbula National Park clambers up the mountain ranges that rise above the coastal plain. North and south, national park bushland tumbles down past the dunes and into the sea.

The essentials

Bookings open now! Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa – OPENS 1

st April, 2015

Seventeen Seventy can be accessed by road, rail and air.

Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa is one hour's drive north of Bundaberg and Brisbane to Bundaberg Airport is only 45 minute's flying time.

Gladstone Airport is only 77km from Seventeen Seventy and is 1 hour flying time from Brisbane.

Transfers from both Gladstone and Bundaberg Airports can be organized by Lagoons.

Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa

Cnr Captain Cook Drive & Beaches Village Circuit

Agnes Water, Queensland


General Manager

Simon Della Santa

E simon@lagoons1770.com.au

M 0404 457 456



E bookings@lagoons1770.com.au

M 0404 457 456



Plantation Bar & Restaurant – Dining| Functions | Events | Weddings

Open 7 days – breakfast, lunch, dinner

Helen Johnson, Director - Food, Beverage and Functions

E info@plantationrestaurant.com.au


M 0409 299 442

Anjea Day Spa

Cherry Miller, Manager

E cherry@anjeadayspa.com.au


M 0418 742 198


Elaine Millar | Elaine Millar and Associates

E elaine@elainemillar.com

M 0414 258633

No tricks - 4.5 star resort will open on April 1

Posted (15-Dec-2014)

JUST a hop, skip and jump away from the Bundaberg regions lies a 4.5-star resort, Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa, which will open its doors to the public on April 1.

Lagoons 1770 general manager Simon Della Santa said he is excited to bring a full-service product to the area.

"A lot of locals believe 1770 and Agnes Waters are locked in a time capsule," Mr Della Santa said.

"I want them to know we have just landed ashore and are about to crack the capsule open."

Mr Della Santa said the resort, which boasts 112 rooms, is the closest 4.5-star service in the area.

"To get this style and service people would have to travel north to Townsville's Peppers or south to Hervey Bay's Peppers," he said.

"It's absolutely great for the whole region to have something like this on our doorstep.

"We are at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef - it's a magical part of the reef.

"We don't have the humidity, wet season, stingers or crocs here - so what better location."

The general manager said by opening a large resort it gives the region the ability to host more events now they can assist with the accommodation.

"Agnes and 1770 can have more festivals like the Blues and Roots as we can accommodate 112 rooms by three to four people per room," Mr Della Santa said.

"We tried to think outside the box for events, weekends away and weddings all in one.

"Without advertising we have already had so many wedding inquiries," Mr Della Santa added.