Let’s not beat around the bush: the daily grind is hard. It’s stressful, it’s draining, it’s exhausting.
And when you feel like it’s all too much, not only do we recommend you get away for a weekend, we implore you to visit one of these luxe spa retreats to really get that body and mind of yours rejuvenated. And, they’re all located here in Australia so you can save on flight costs and splurge on the spa treatments.
The Anchorage, Port Stephens NSW
A mere two (and a bit) hours out of Sydney, this Hamptons-style retreat will ensure stress is a distant memory in a matter of minutes. Besides the swish accommodation, picturesque waterfront, and swanky whiskey bar, it’s Spa Lucca that’s going to help relieve any tension, worry or stress. The combination of a tranquil setting paired with luxurious face and body treatments will likely have you spending the entire day there (did we mention there’s a Jacuzzi you can make use of?)
Beauty Crew recommends: The Body Polish, Wrap and Spa Jet Capsule Experience
Rejuvenate and re-energise with this unique treatment that involves a soft body exfoliation and mask using Sodashi products, some time in the Vichy capsule, and a meditative facial and scalp massage.
Woodman Estate, Mornington Peninsula VIC
What could be more therapeutic than surrounding yourself with greenery at a lakeside retreat? Think: sweeping lawns, rose gardens and perfectly-trimmed box hedges. And besides the fact that there’s an entire spa at your disposal to book in treatments as you please, you can actually invest in private, personalised programs (they run over a few days) that cover a range of classes and treatments to de-stress, rebalance, and unclutter your mind.
Beauty Crew recommends: Luxury Full Body Massage
If you can’t book in to one of the personalised program, get your butt into a bed and indulge in 90 minutes of rhythmic and relaxing massage. Paired with a blend of aromatic oils best suited to your needs, you’ll find all your worries will melt away as your therapist uses a combination of pressure points and spiralling movements.
Mount Lofty House, Adelaide Hills SA
Before you get excited about the fact that there is not one, but two onsite working vineyards at Mount Lofty House, know that the Stables Day Spa is going to be your favourite thing about this relaxation destination. The boutique day spa offers an extensive menu of luxe treatments to help you Zen out, and when you’re done you can take in a game of tennis, volleyball, badminton, croquet or bocce. Good luck leaving come Sunday evening!
Beauty Crew recommends: The Recovery Ritual
When you need to take your relaxation to an entirely new level, this combination of treatments is guaranteed to get you there. Including a hot stone massage, an express refresh facial, a scalp treatment and a foot massage, you’ll pretty much be floating back to your room.
Peppers Beach Club & Spa, Palm Cove QLD
Step into a tropical paradise with this beach-side, palm tree-lined resort that houses plush accommodation, three pools, a tennis club, and – of course – a day spa for you to unwind in. Combining the ancient therapies from the Dreamtime with modern techniques and products, you’ll have absolutely no trouble letting go and chanelling your inner sloth.
Beauty Crew recommends: The Mala Mayi
We can’t do a description more justice than the official one from the spa:
“This uniquely Australian spa ritual from LI’TYA has been lauded by the international media and acclaimed globally. Celebrate with this complete full-body rejuvenation experience. Cleanse, energise and exfoliate, then calm and revitalise the spirit cocooned in warm Mapi mud whilst you submit to a mind melting quandong head massage. Follow all this with our exquisite ‘rain therapy’ then surrender your body and soul to the rhythms of wonderful Kodo body massage.”
The Brassy Hotel, Barton ACT
Who said the ACT was only good for politics, art galleries and Questacon? Whether you’re based in Canberra and searching for some local R&R, or you’re in Sydney and are looking for a weekend getaway, the chic Brassey Hotel and its spa, the Hale Spa, is definitely a destination to look into. A modern spa featuring a cave-like spa pool, steam rooms (gender separated, FYI), infrared saunas and treatment rooms, you’ll essentially be on a one-way train to bliss town as you walk through the doors.
Beauty Crew recommends: The Advanced Hydration Facial
Hydrated skin is glowing skin, so up your natural luminosity by indulging in this nourishing facial. Featuring multi-level hyaluronic acid delivery to boost the skin’s moisture, you’ll walk out looking years younger, and feeling like you can take on anything life throws at you.
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Broome WA
Situated right on the doorstep of the clear turquoise waters and white sand of Cable Beach, you’ll have a hard time deciding if you want to kick back on the beach or make use of the resort’s endless facilities. We would obviously vote for you to plant yourself in the Chahoya Spa and get in as many L’Occitane-based treatments as you can!
Beauty Crew recommends: The Provençal Detoxifying Cure
Sorry fellas, this one’s just for the ladies. Combining an almond scrub, wrap and massage, the goal of this treatment is to rid your body of those toxins that could be leaving you feeling deflated and tired, improve lymphatic drainage and circulation, and just treat you like the goddess you are.
SKYCITY, Darwin NT
After you’ve checked in, walk straight past the blackjack table and head right up to the Lagoon Day Spa. A hidden sanctuary found amongst the hustle and bustle of the casino, it’s here where you can pamper yourself and rejuvenate your body and mind. And hey, if a post-treatment martini is in order, you just have to head to the pool afterwards.
Beauty Crew recommends: The Detoxifying Sea Mud Therapy
What better way to reinvigorate your body than with a deep exfoliation session of dry brushing, followed by being cocooned into a wrap of detoxifying and replenishing marine healing mud? All finished with a good slathering of body butter for maximum moisture.
Travelling abroad and need some international spa recommendations? Here are a few of InStyle magazine's favourite spas around the world, and make sure you read our spa guide to Hong Kong!
Do you have a favourite Australia spa getaway? Please share with us in the comments section below.
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Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.
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