Oz hotel spas worth planning your holiday around
After the year we’ve had, it feels like we all deserve a relaxing getaway – and nothing says relaxation like a spa holiday. Switching off is more than just having someone pummel some knots out of your back (although that’s a great first step) – it’s also about finding a place that lets you escape the everyday and press pause on the daily grind.
That’s why we’ve rounded up the best spa spots from around Oz that offer a little something extra beyond soothing décor and a killer massage menu 💆♀️
We’d classify a stay at this spot as pretty much the ULTIMATE in spa getaways. With luxury villas and a “wellness in the wilderness” vibe, you can expect days to involve everything from melting in a steam room or a simple soak in your in-room spa, all with the backdrop of that rugged surrounding valley. The on-site spa also has a range of signature treatments like the two-and-a-half-hour Radiance experience, which includes a blissful full-body massage and thermal infusing mask. Feeling energised? Get going with something more hands-on at the 2,800 acre property, like a Conservation Activity excursion which includes everything from testing water quality to tree planting.
Hepburn Spa Retreat, VIC
There are more than a few highlights you can’t miss at Hepburn Spa Retreat, from luxurious full body treatments to a fab location just five minutes from the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve. Each of the 10 picturesque rooms have enormous, marble spa tubs (did somebody say LUXE?!), big balconies and come kitted out with a full kitchen so you can whip up your own feast on your own time. Want to explore the surrounds? Tackle a nature walk at the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens or, if you feel like venturing out, take a drive to nearby Daylesford for an indulgent wine tour.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little more unique, this laid-back retreat gives you the opportunity to stay in ‘bayans’ or treehouses in the lush canopy of the Daintree Rainforest. The on-site Daintree Wellness spa makes use of ancient wisdom and natural healing to rejuvenate guests, using products from wild-harvested native botanicals. Activities here work on a slower clock so don’t be afraid to forget time altogether: take a dip in the private waterfall, play a giant game of naughts and crosses in the lodge, grab a bite at Julaymba restaurant or immerse yourself in the hotel pool, no watch necessary!
The on-site wellness centre for this boutique hotel in the heart of Perth’s CBD COMO Shambhala Urban Escape is alllll about the expert holistic treatments, which mix both Eastern and Western medicinal practices. Its central location is a pretty great drawcard (it’s less than 10-minutes’ walk to Elizabeth Quay) but with four gourmet restaurants on-site and a room of such plush proportions, who would ever want to leave?
Elements of Byron, NSW
Looking to relax and recharge? Elements of Byron can heal virtually anything that ails you with their five-day packages. With everything from morning beachfront yoga, true bliss in the Osprey Spa or a float tank to melt your troubles away on-site, you’ll feel a million miles away from a care in the world after just a couple of hours here.
Saffire Freycinet, TAS
Set in the beautiful Freycinet National Park, stunning Saffire Freycinet regularly scoops up various awards. Why? One reason is its world-class day spa – Spa Saffire – which offers amazing therapies like heated stone massages, facials and treatments with Payot products. Suites have views out over the rugged mountain range of The Hazards as they loom over clear blue waters and white sandy beaches. If the spa doesn’t get you, the immersion in such pristine surrounds will.
A historic building at the base of Mount Lofty in the Cleland Conservation Park, Mount Lofty House has heritage charm all wrapped up. A stay in the luxe Piccadilly Wing with a mega four-poster king bed is where your relaxation begins but a trip to The Gate Keepers Day Spa could tip it over the edge. Bespoke experiences are on offer (you can’t get more luxurious than personalised rejuvenation!) but we can’t go past the Piccadilly Escape, a two-hour treatment that will have you massaged and softened from head (yep, even your scalp) to toe.
Perched on the edge of Mindil Beach, this light and breezy property has plenty of places to dive straight into tranquility. A float around the hotel pool is an option or a soak in the outdoor bath attached to your private treatment room at the on-site spa is another. Seeking total indulgence? Try the Double Chocolate Decadence Spa Package – a three-hour experience with chocolate body scrub, collagen milk bath, chocolate body butter hydration and facial massage. Yummy.
Hotel Realm, ACT
When your hotel has bagged a bunch of awards, you know you’re onto a winner. Mudd the Spa has a menu like no other, best expressed in its signature package: a stunning combo of natural salt exfoliation, vichy shower, massage, facial, mani-pedi and canapes, across just over five blissful hours. Elsewhere in the expertly designed hotel just minutes from the city centre is a gym, wellness centre, hair salon and Pilates studio. Too much choice? Take your time deciding over the on-site Buvette High Tea, served with Piper-Heidsieck Champagne. You’ll be a new person in no time!
Harmony Hill claims to free guests from stress in six days, carefully catering for just one individual and one couple at a time, all within the surrounds of the beautiful Tasmanian wilderness. Now that’s indulgent. Long beach walks are a must while staying here; the Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area and North West Bay are super close. If venturing out on foot seems all too tiring, book a massage or a chakra healing. You won’t even recognise yourself after a visit!
Heads up! Due to COVID-19, government restrictions are in constant review and travel guidelines may change. We strongly recommend that all travellers seek further information about destinations and attractions before scheduling trips or making bookings, take extra care and follow all rules.