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Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas is located next to Noosa National Park in a beautiful, secluded location and doesn’t come with an eye-watering price tag. Our family of two adults and one teen have stayed at this hotel many times over the years. It is one of our favourite Noosa accommodation options, even though it is not one of the on hotels on Hastings Street. On this visit we stayed in a two bedroom apartment which included a master bedroom with a king size bed and a second bedroom with two single beds. The extra space in a two bedroom apartment is very welcome, particularly if you’re travelling with an older child who needs more space.

We stayed in a one bedroom apartment when our son was younger which was good too. However, a one bedroom would probably be a bit of a squeeze now he’s so much bigger. The apartments have been given a refresh by Peppers with new decor that is more modern and upmarket compared to when the resort was an Outrigger. Unlike most self contained accommodation, the rooms at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas are serviced daily. It is a real treat to return after a day spent out exploring to find your apartment beautifully made up.

Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas room
New decor and art work
Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas room
Second bedroom
Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas kitchen

Balconies are generous and vary in shape and size depending on which apartment you get. So do the apartment configurations with variations in outlook, location and kitchen size. The resort is made up of different blocks of rooms which extend up the hill towards the rear of the resort. If you are further up the hill, you will have a slightly longer walk down to Hastings Street and a steeper climb back to your room. However, the blocks further up the hill tend to be quieter as they’re away from reception and View Restaurant.

Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas balcony
Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas
One of the accommodation blocks

We didn’t use the 25m lap pool or the palm-fringed resort pool, both of which are heated in winter, but other guests were enjoying them while we were at the hotel. Stephanie’s Ocean Spa is also available onsite if you feel like a treat. Hotel guests receive a $20 discount voucher for spa treatments. We didn’t use the spa on this visit but we have in the past and it was very good.

Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas pool
Resort pool
Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas pool
Lap pool (you’ll find this in the Sunrise Block)

Breakfast is served in View Restaurant and has a strong focus on local produce and an extensive selection of hot dishes. I opted for house made beans and chorizo sausage with grilled tomato and mushrooms and it was exceptionally good. Poached and scrambled eggs are available on the buffet. Omlettes are made to order and cost an extra $5. Fruit toast packed with apricots and sultanas and a bowl of fruit salad was a hit too. If you have dietary requirements such as vegan or gluten free, there are plenty of labelled choices on the buffet or you can ask the chef for more information. 

Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas breakfast
Breakfast pastries
Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas breakfast
Fruit salad & pineapple yoghurt

We also dropped into View Restaurant for dinner one night. Kids under 12 eat free which makes it popular with families and larger groups. The lunch special, which includes a main dish, dessert and a glass of wine, is a steal at $25. Celebrity chef Matt Golinski has come on board as a consultant chef since Peppers took over and created a new produce driven menu with a focus on local suppliers and seasonal produce.

Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas View Restaurant
Entree featuring lemon myrtle prawns, with avocado, Green Valley finger lime and roasted macadamias
Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas View Restaurant
Pecan crusted Rhodavale pork sirloin
Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas View Restaurant
Grilled Bendele Farm spatchcock with white beans and pork and fennel sausage

Hastings Street and Noosa’s famous beach can be reached via an easy 500 metre stroll along an attractive boardwalk or you can hitch a ride on the complimentary buggy service. If you want a lift up the hill on the way back, call the number listed at the pick up point at the bottom of the hill. However, if you are after a relaxing few nights away, there is little need to leave the resort.

Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas
Stroll along the boardwalk to Hastings Street

Disclosure: The writer travelled as a guest of Tourism Noosa. She has also visited this resort many times as a paying guest.

If you’re after some things to see and do in Noosa, you could go dolphin spotting, cruise the Noosa Everglades in a vintage wooden speedboat or on a kayaking trip, get fit with some healthy Noosa activities, go on a Kanu Kapers Everglades Tour, a Noosa helicopter tour, or a dolphin spotting adventure with Noosa Oceanrider. Find out all you need to know with The Ultimate Guide to Noosa.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.