Ultimate spa experiences you never knew existed in Australia.
By Ute Junker
Ready to unwind? Then you have come to the right place. Whether you find yourself in a big city or on a tropical island, Australia’s indulgent spas are known for their unusual treatments. From a massage that takes place in tropical waters to a treatment that includes didgeridoo healing, these spa sensations are guaranteed to relax and rejuvenate you.
Top spots for rest and relaxation
Moroccan Hammam Ritual, the Darling Spa, Sydney
Hands-down Sydney's sexiest spa, The Darling Spa is also the only place in town offering this Moroccan-inspired treatment that will leave you feeling cleaner than you ever have before. Stretch out on a heated black marble slab while a therapist first cleans you with Moroccan black soap then follows up with a full body exfoliation, a full body clay mask and a scalp massage. Spend some time relaxing in the Zen Lounge before concluding with a full body massage.
Spirit of Sound, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Gold Coast
As uplifting as it is deeply calming, the award-winning Spirit of Sound experience is choreographed to a bespoke selection of music featuring live drums and percussion. Exclusive to Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland, it uses a fusion of massage techniques, including Kahuna bodywork and heated Basalt stones. The 80 minute sensory experience is for both the masculine and feminine within the human body and acts like a ‘wake up’ for the cells while simultaneously soothing the nervous system, leaving you with a deep sense of calm.
Cellular Hydrating Facial, Aurora Spa, Melbourne
They take their spas seriously in Melbourne, and St Kilda’s Aurora Spa has won a devoted following for treatments that combine indulgent pampering with solid results. The Cellular Hydrating Facial is no exception. Along with cleansing, exfoliation and moisturising, the treatment includes a surprisingly soothing ice facial massage – great for circulation – as well as relaxing massages for your scalp, hands and feet.
Crystalus Massage, Chi Spa, Sydney
The Crystalus massage at Chi Spa, a sumptuous Asian-inspired retreat in Sydney’s Shangri-La Hotel, is billed as a rebalance for your body and mind, harnessing the power of Australian healing stones as well as intention setting. Tiger iron stones, a combination of tiger eye and hematite, are used in the massage which also stimulates your chakras, or energy centres, using stones such as amethyst, mookaite, red jasper and rhyolite.
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