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Cenote Casa Bathhouse Is Brisbane's New Inner-City Spa Inspired by Balinese Resorts

Tucked behind Stanley Street in Woolloongabba, it has a spa, sauna, plunge pool, steam room and outdoor lounge area.
By Sarah Ward
January 28, 2020
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Cenote Casa Bathhouse Is Brisbane's New Inner-City Spa Inspired by Balinese Resorts

Tucked behind Stanley Street in Woolloongabba, it has a spa, sauna, plunge pool, steam room and outdoor lounge area.
By Sarah Ward
January 28, 2020
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Bordering the edge of the CBD, running beside the Brisbane Cricket Ground and always teeming with eastside traffic, the Woolloongabba stretch of Stanley Street is hardly considered peaceful. But step inside the roadway's newest addition and you'll find a relaxing bathhouse ready to soak away the stress of the outside world.

Nestled behind the last expanse of shops before the Pacific Motorway overpass, Cenote Casa Bathhouse takes its cues from far more exciting locations than inner-city Brisbane — think Japan's communal bathing spots and Mexico's natural caves swimming holes (called cenotes). Owner Brittany Ainsworth was inspired to open the venue after returning home from an overseas jaunt, channelling her experiences into one wellness space in the heart of Brissie.

Designed to look like a Balinese resort — complete with raw brick walls, tan tiles and plenty of greenery — Cenote Casa Bathhouse boasts all the staples. When patrons aren't getting sweaty in the sauna or essential oil-infused steam room, they can take a dip in magnesium plunge pool or heated hydrotherapy spa. And, when you're resting in-between, lounge areas await, including a sun deck right by the pool.

While Cenote Casa Bathhouse is big on facilities, it's fairly compact size-wise — and, as a result, only six people can enjoy the space at any one time. That makes it great for group bookings, if you're looking to gather the gang for a blissful day out.

Two-hour sessions run at 10am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm and 5.30pm Wednesday–Sunday by appointment, costing $45 each. That price includes herbal tea, but you can also purchase wine and champagne for $7.50 per glass.

Find Cenote Casa Bathhouse at 1/723 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba — open by appointment from Wednesday–Sunday.

Published on January 28, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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