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Brisbane's Most Extraordinary Spa Experiences

Treat yourself to a meditative cocooning waterfall or a bath overlooking the Lamington National Park.
By Sarah Ward
October 21, 2019
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Brisbane's Most Extraordinary Spa Experiences

Treat yourself to a meditative cocooning waterfall or a bath overlooking the Lamington National Park.
By Sarah Ward
October 21, 2019
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There's a sensation that sweeps over you when you enter a day spa. It feels strange at first — probably because it's not something you treat yourself to that often. Your phone is out of reach, your body is encased in a soft robe, calming scents waft through your nostrils and the loudest sound you'll hear is your own content exhalations. It's called relaxation.

Thankfully, Brisbane boasts plenty of spaces for indulgent stints of tranquility — you just need to know where to look. Whatever your budget, skin type or preferred massage style, there's a place just waiting to wash all your stresses away. Thank us after you've found your inner peace.

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LOST WORLD DAY SPA AT O'REILLY'S RAINFOREST RETREAT, LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK

A day spa that shares its name with the sequel to Jurassic Park? Sign us up immediately. There are no dinosaurs stampeding across your back at O'Reilly's Lost World Day Spa, but what you'll get instead is a gorgeous, greenery-filled outlook over Lamington National Park, the McPherson Ranges and the Great Dividing Range — oh, and an infinity pool, steam room and couple's treatment suite, which includes a hand-crafted wooden tub and a private nature-inspired shower. Treatment-wise, splashing out on a vinotherapy ritual ($595) is certainly tempting. There's no drinking, sadly, but it does soaking in blends made from grapey goodness.

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AWAY SPA AT W BRISBANE, CBD

When the new W Brisbane opened back in mid-2018, Brisbanites were instantly taken by its epic façade and impressive geometric pool and wanted to book a night there straight away. But even if you don't want to shell out for a night at the riverside hotel, you can check into its luxury Away Spa for an hour or two. Located on a quiet spot on level five, the spa has six treatment suites, relaxation pods, a sauna, steam room, a pool and a bar. Prices start at $130 for a 45-minute massage and go up to $799 for a whole-day package. Edwards & Co. is also located at the spa if you want to get your hair done afterwards, too.

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THE HEALING STONE DAY SPA, SOUTH BANK

Drinking, swimming, getting a massage — they're all better when you're 21 storeys up. That's where you'll find Emporium South Bank's day spa, The Healing Stone. And yes, it's on the same level as the towering venue's sky-high bar The Terrace, if you're keen on a super-indulgent visit. Choose from your preferred type of massage (shiatsu, relaxation, oil, foot or acupoint) from $96 for 45 minutes, or opt for an hour-long hot rock ganbanyoku treatment for $60. If you combine the two, you'll also get a free beverage. It's hard to go past the infinity pool, though, which you can take a dip in if you opt for a day package, which start at $175.

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KAILO WELLNESS MEDISPA, FORTITUDE VALLEY

With resort-style cabanas and poolside dining, The Calile is a great place to sit back, relax and forget that you're smack-bang in the middle of Fortitude Valley's James Street. Of course, if you want to complete the faux-holiday experience, you'll need to make a beeline to Kailo Wellness Medispa. Wraps, massages, exfoliation, aromatherapy, facials, manicures, pedicures and cosmetic procedures are all on the menu, as is a range of quick options if you're just stopping by for a short visit rather than checking in for a staycation. An express foot massage, which takes 30 minutes, will set you back $45 — and leave you walking on air afterwards.

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DOME SPA RETREAT, CBD

The Brisbane Marriott doesn't just boast river views — it also has its very own pocket of bliss. Found on the fourth floor and serving up those scenic vantages from the pool deck, Dome Spa Retreat is an ideal inner-city escape, whether you want to spend your lunch break having an ancient Hawaiian lomi lomi massage ($170 for 60 minutes), or head in on a Saturday for the three-hour signature retreat ($460). Plus, if you're keen to chill out with your significant other, the two different couples packages ($450 / $480 with facials) also include a glass of sparkling.

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ONE WYBELENNA, BROOKFIELD

A 60s-built Brookfield home that was turned into a luxury house in the late 2000s, and then transformed into a holistic centre in 2015, One Wybelenna boasts a pool, spa and landscaped surrounds that'll make you feel you've ventured far, far beyond the city. Take your pick of everything from a deluxe vanilla scrub ($170) to an earth and sea facial ($95) to a one-hour tension-release massage ($160), or truly treat yo'self to a full ($710) or half-day ($400) package complete with a dip in the outdoor magnesium facilities.

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HEAVENLY SPA, CBD

Brisbane's only swim-up boozy watering hole is located inside The Westin on Mary Street — and, let's be honest, that's reason enough to stop by. In great news for everyone who likes relaxing massages and splashing up to the bar, you can spend some time in the pool if you book in for a treatment at the site's Heavenly Spa. A 90-minute, Swedish-style, full-body hot stone massage ($190) might be just the thing before a cool dip, or you can treat your extremities with a spa manicure and pedicure ($160). Feeling peckish as well? Add high tea to your visit for $55.

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STEPHANIE'S VINTAGE SPA, CLEVELAND

An award-wining spa located in the waterside suburb of Cleveland, Stephanie's Vintage Spa features eight treatment rooms across two very quaint Queenslanders. You can duck into the infra-red sauna, get your nails done in the pedicure lounge ($55–150) or get involved in a 40-minute 'cocooning waterfall' ($70). Fancy a longer stay, but not quite sure what you're after? Try the petite spa taster ($265), which includes a massage, facial and a rose petal foot immerse. Plus, if you can't get out to the bay, Stephanie's also has locations in Bulimba, the CBD, Noosa and Clear Mountain.

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AQUARIUS HEALTH & MEDISPA, CBD

Get a massage, treat your skin and soak in an Asian-style onsen at the super luxurious Aquarius Health & Medispa. Located on Mary Street in the CBD, we're not knocking all of the usual bits and pieces when we say that it's the latter that's worth the trip. The bathhouse comes complete with a temperature-controlled 22-metre indoor pool, male and female steam rooms, hot and cold plunge pools, and a dry Finnish sauna. Casual daily entry costs $30, and a ten-visit pass — which you'll definitely want after you've been once — will set you back $200.

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SPA Q AT QT HOTEL, GOLD COAST

We know, we know, the Gold Coast isn't Brisbane. But sometimes, you just want to pair your indulgence with a trip somewhere beachy. Just a stone's throw away from the surf and sand in Surfer's Paradise, QT Gold Coast's Spa Q will have you unwinding in no time, including in their ice and steam room. Social spa-ing — aka group bookings — is one of their specialities, so gather up four of your mates and head on down. For $195 each, you'll all get a massage, a facial and a foot treatment, plus a glass of bubbly in the relaxation lounge afterwards.

Published on October 21, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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