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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Six of Auckland's Most Extraordinary Spa Experiences

Treat yourself to a full-body scrub, a coconut milk bath or a healing treatment involving volcanic stones.
By Stephen Heard
May 24, 2020
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By Stephen Heard
May 24, 2020
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Whether you're looking to find stillness and balance in trying times, enter a deep state of relaxation, or simply become smoother, Auckland has plenty of indulgent day spa experiences to get your body in ship-shape condition. At these six spots you can bathe in coconut milk on a cliff, have healing ritual vibrations pulsed through your body, or jump between a herbal steam room and ice bath. You're worth it.

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EAST DAY SPA

East Day Spa and its sibling outfit Spring have been recognised as the best boutique beauty retreats in Asia and Oceania. One of New Zealand's largest premiere luxury day spas, East Day Spa Auckland includes 12 treatment rooms, a spacious relaxation area, steam room with vichy shower, group manicure and pedicure room, and brow bar. East's signature massage uses therapeutic aromatherapy oils to revive, relax or support so you can find stillness and balance. Also on the menu: an immune system-boosting body scrub with a complementary shot of turmeric, hot stone massages, warm foot baths and scrubs, non-invasive LED therapy, and Thai abdominal treatments to rid your body of stress, tension and negative emotions.

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CHUAN SPA

Nothing has been overlooked in the pampering department at Cordis Auckland's Chuan Spa. After slinking into a plush robe and entering the tranquil wellness centre, you'll be whisked away to your own private treatment room. Here, you'll be given the choice of five essential oils; some are said to promote the feeling of joy, while others radiate energy. Treatments range from 30-minute massages to herbal salt scrubs, and three-hour whole body pampering experiences. Whatever your choice, each treatment concludes with snacks, rejuvenating juice and herbal tea to bring everything full circle. The rest of the time at Chuan Spa is yours to marinate in the rooftop pool and jacuzzi. We also recommend the complimentary tri-bathing ritual, an invigorating experience that involves jumping between a herbal steam room, sauna and ice bath.

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THE SPA

Five-star hotel Park Hyatt Auckland offers a top-notch day spa for guests. Appropriately titled The Spa, the boutique offers a range of packages in seven treatment rooms. The signature glacial clay experience offers a scrub, body wrap and scalp treatment that has been made using native clay and mānuka oil. Soothing minerals feature throughout the menu; another full-body ritual sees a ring of Australian clay positioned on the back and then filled with hot oil to release spinal tension. Further treatments include a 3.5-hour package including a facial, massage, body polish and pedicure, and a 2.5 hour ritual that includes an aromatherapy full-body massage. Spa guests choosing packages or treatments that last more than 90 minutes also have access to the hotel's dedicated hydrotherapy room, which features two heated spa pools, a Himalayan salt sauna and steam room. Also on site is a 25-metre infinity pool with views across the Waitematā Harbour. Give yourself at least an hour before your treatment to make the most of the facilities.

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SOFITEL SPA

Sofitel Auckland reopened to the public last October following a multimillion-dollar makeover. The luxurious Parisian theme is carried through into Sofitel Spa with exclusive use of French skincare range Biologique Recherche. The package menu offers a huge collection of skin-boosting experiences and revitalising treatments to nourish the body and soul. Innovative offerings include an experimental stone treatment using greenstone to massage the body, a Swedish-style massage to improve circulation and reduce swelling, and a full-body exfoliation and massage using scents of cherry blossom. All treatments include access to the hotel's wellness facilities, including the lap pool and fitness centre. Make time to relax after your treatment with complimentary snacks and herbal tea.

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BERSANTAI DAY SPA

Located at Castaways Resort overlooking the rugged west coast at Karioitahi Beach, Bersantai Day Spa is an ideal destination to recharge your batteries. The day spa offers a range of massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Guests are invited to maximise the experience with a soak in one of the outdoor stone baths before their treatment. The hour-long coconut milk experience invites solo (or couple) visitors to bathe in a blend of essential oils and coconut milk — something which is said to promote healthy sleep. Further, you can settle in for an hour-long full-body relaxation massage, or a vanilla and coffee bean treatment, which is said to repair damage caused from environmental and sun exposure. With accomodation onsite, this spot is ideal for a relaxing overnight getaway.

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FORME SPA

With 11 day spas from Auckland to Queenstown, Forme is one of the biggest wellness operations in the country. It's best-known for its skin rejuvenating facials and massages, although visitors can also keep on top of beauty maintenance with waxing, tinting, manicures and pedicures. Highlights of the treatment menu include the stress relief massage combining aromatherapy with sweeping Swedish strokes, and the alternative that sees warm heated stones rubbed all over the body to promote balance. For aching niggles and tight muscles, there is a deep-tissue massage, while a Thai-inspired treatment incorporates Eastern stretching techniques for energy flow and harmony.

Top image: The Spa at Park Hyatt Auckland.

Published on May 24, 2020 by Stephen Heard

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