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Brisbane's Most Extraordinary Spa Experiences

Treat yourself to a dip in a magnesium pool or a bath overlooking the Lamington National Park.
By Sarah Ward
July 01, 2020
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Brisbane's Most Extraordinary Spa Experiences

Treat yourself to a dip in a magnesium pool or a bath overlooking the Lamington National Park.
By Sarah Ward
July 01, 2020
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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 $95 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.

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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 session, which takes 30 minutes and includes a soak, exfoliation, mask and massage, will set you back $99 — and leave you walking on air afterwards.

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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. With the full menu back on offer from midday on Friday, July 3, take your pick of everything from a deluxe vanilla scrub ($170) and a 30-minute 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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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 — and it's bringing its full menu back from Saturday, July 4. You can duck into the infra-red sauna, get your nails done in the pedicure lounge ($50–150) or get involved in a 30-minute detox sunlight sauna ($50). 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 immersion. 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. The site is fully back in action from July 10, with casual daily entry costing $30.

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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 unlimited sips of herbal tea in the relaxation lounge afterwards.

Published on July 01, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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