There are many reasons why the coming months could be the perfect time to pamper yourself or enjoy the experience with someone special and make it a shared occasion.
You might like to be treated for Mothers’ Day (start dropping hints to the family in the month beforehand!) or simply want to take some time out to rejuvenate the body and soul after the rigors of a long, hot summer. Whatever the reason, think about the types of treatments you’re most in need of and then choose where you want to be spoilt.
Most spas will offer a range of massage and facial options, traditional and holistic therapies, or foot and hand treatments – with some even incorporating hair salons and in-house dining. You’ll also find an array of half and full-day packages, as well as the ability to customise your own experience.
So, where can you find some of the best places to indulge? We’ve done some of the research for you and have come up with a variety of city locations and price points to choose from:
- The Day Spa at the Langham. Located in the CBD, this high-end underground sanctuary incorporates a 20-metre indoor pool (complete with twinkling sky!) and is known for its facial treatments.
- Sol Spa. Found on the ground floor of the garden-enclosed Botanica restaurant in Vaucluse, this spa allows you to take advantage of the lush surroundings while enjoying treatment packages, complemented by delicious food.
- Gillian Adams Salon and Spa. Based inside a former bank building in leafy Turramurra, the spa boasts a roman-style pool, hair salon, in-house chef and a signature Vichy shower treatment among a host of other fabulous offerings.
- Endota Spa at the Four Seasons. Nestled in the CBD and featuring a range of treatment rooms, you can also use the steam room, outdoor pool and jacuzzi for additional body replenishment.
- Park Hyatt Spa. Located in the Rocks precinct with views of Sydney Harbour, this spa offers a range of relaxing treatments and packages which allow you to utilise the hotel’s facilities – including a sauna, rooftop pool and terrace.
- Crown Spa. This venue is (not surprisingly) decadent, but also calm and tranquil – offering a suite of treatments amid the accompanying vitality spa, steam room, private lounge area and 25-metre heated pool.
- Sensu Spa. Positioned in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, this spa incorporates treatments and therapies based on Japanese traditions, including a float experience. They also have a sister spa, the Sakura Lounge, offering a range of natural therapy healing packages.
- Mansion Hotel and Spa. Located in a 19th century country estate at Werribee Park, this exclusive property dedicated to pampering includes a Turkish Hamman chamber and pool house to enhance your experience.
- The Lyall Spa. Situated in the urban centre of St Kilda and spread over three levels, this hotel-based spa offers a range of therapeutic and prescriptive treatments, as well as advice and programs for improved lifestyle.
- Botanica Day Spa. Well placed in the lush enclave of the InterContinental Melbourne the Rialto, this in-house retreat includes rooms for face and body treatments, as well as a range of beauty services and wellness packages.
- Stephanie’s Spa Retreat. The Sofitel’s city-based spa provides a full suite of beauty, massage and facial treatments, as well as a customised steam temple which offers mud therapy, warm steam and tropical rain showers in addition to purpose-built spa therapy rooms.
- Aquarius. This central destination incorporates a broad range of spa and beauty services with the benefit of a fully equipped health club that includes a gym, pool, sauna and steam room, as well as personal training services.
- Sakura Day Spa. Located in the inner-city suburb of Teneriffe, therapists offer treatments inspired by traditional Asian techniques and modern Australian lifestyles, including a special seaweed wrap.
- Skin Spirit. Situated in the suburban surrounds of Tarragindi, this boutique spa provides an extensive list of signature spa treatment options, including maternity and wellness packages.
- Dome Spa. Based within the Marriott Hotel, you can indulge and relax at these impressively appointed rooms and choose how you want to unwind – taking full advantage of the complimentary use of the hotel, pool and sauna.
- Sui Massage and Spa. Located in the CBD and spread over two floors including a yoga studio, this Japanese-inspired sanctuary delivers a range of body, facial and beauty treatments.
- Canberra Day Spa. Conveniently found in the heart of the CBD, this established spa has a loyal clientele and offers many of the treatments you would expect, including paraffin and exfoliating scrubs.
- Geranium House Day Spa. A short 20-minute country drive from the CBD and set amid established and expansive gardens, this destination spa offers a variety of packages, aromatherapy massage, facials, light therapy, and hydrotherapy treatments.
- Hale Spa. Situated in the internal ground floor of the Brassey Hotel in Barton, this luxurious day spa offers face and body treatments, making use of its wet-room facilities, including a plunge pool, infra-red sauna and steam room.
- Jinddi Ecospa. Nestled among the Australian National Gardens, this peaceful day spa allows you to reconnect with the natural world with centuries-old Indigenous healing rituals that utilise the power of native ingredients.