Our Brisbane beauty guide
These are our favourite places in the Queensland capital
By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / May 18 2021
Over the last couple of years, Queensland's capital - Brisbane - has definitely earned its place as one of our favourite Australian cities to visit. Beyond its year-round pleasant weather , the sunny city is home to more than a couple of beauty destinations that are worthy of visiting, even if you're not a local. From the launch of a few new hotels that boast seriously luxurious spas (we're looking at you, The Westin Brisbane and The Calile Hotel) to beauty salons that have earned a coveted spot in our Brisbane beauty guide, these are the ultimate hotspots to book into if you're looking for somewhere that'll look after your beauty needs for the face, body and mind in Brisbane.
Up your wellness game: The Westin Brisbane
Do yourself a favour and book a weekend at The Westin Brisbane. We promise you won’t run out of things to do - you can get a HydroPeptide facial at the day spa, Zen out in the steam room, go for a dip in the pool, and even swim up to the pool bar (yep, it’s the city’s first!) for an icy drink. If you’re looking to stretch out your body, make sure you check out the hotel’s group yoga and Pilates classes, which they offer free of charge to hotel guests. If you’ve forgotten your workout gear, no sweat; the hotel offers freshly laundered activewear and trainers for hotel guests to use during their stay for just $5. “The brand’s powerful wellness philosophy has been brought to life throughout all aspects of the property - whether it’s in Australia’s first Heavenly Spa by Westin; in the WestinWORKOUT fitness studio, which offers group circuit and personal training sessions; in our signature restaurant Eden’s Table, that serves dishes sourced from ethical, sustainable and organic produce; or our slumber-inducing world-renowned Heavenly Bed,” says Brad Mercer, General Manager at The Westin Brisbane. “Our aim is to ensure guests leave feeling better than when they arrived.” We’re sold.
Refresh your cut and colour: Papas & Pace
With a slew of trophies such as Australian Hairdresser of the Year and Australian Colourist of the Year under their collective belt, you know you’re in good hands when booking in with the award-winning team at Papas & Pace. These guys seriously know their stuff when it comes to all things hair, especially if you’re looking for a hair salon that specialises in foils and balayage. Plus, their salon is located conveniently on Ann Street (in the heart of Brisbane city), so it’s perfect to pop in to post (or pre) shopping nearby.
Multitask in style: Brooklyn Beauty Bar
What do you get when you cross a sultry cocktail bar with the convenience of a beauty hotspot that specialises in nails, brows, lashes, IPL hair removal and fake tans? You get Brooklyn Beauty Bar, located in Fortitude Valley, which is just a stone’s throw from the Brisbane CBD and on the same street as one of our favourite shopping locations, James Street. We just can't fault this beauty salon that offers a host of beauty services - the concept is so genius (they've literally rolled all their services under one roof), and we think it's the perfect place to book into with a gal pal.
Relax and unwind: The Calile Hotel
We’re calling it now - The Calile Hotel is the most Instagrammable Australian hotel right now. While we’re lusting over the treatment menu at Kailo Medispa (hello, Ultraceuticals facials and body scrubs that use Australian desert salt), we’re even more keen to spend our afternoon frolicking by the pool deck, or even curling up in the library for some well-deserved me-time.
Looking for more places to relax around Australia? Here are our favourite Australian spa getaways.
Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.