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Melbourne's Most Extraordinary Spa Experiences

Treat yourself to a Japanese-style massage, a bath overlooking the city or an incredibly opulent treatment paired with bottomless champagne.
By Imogen Baker and Libby Curran
June 24, 2020
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Melbourne's Most Extraordinary Spa Experiences

Treat yourself to a Japanese-style massage, a bath overlooking the city or an incredibly opulent treatment paired with bottomless champagne.
By Imogen Baker and Libby Curran
June 24, 2020
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You work hard, you play hard and gosh you should get to relax hard, too. And what better way to do that, than with a healthy dose of luxury down at your local day spa? Kicking around in a comfy robe, being pampered like a boss and having all the time in the world to enjoy yourself, stress-free. Well, that idyllic image is an easy one to tap into, since Melbourne's home to a vast array of top-notch spa destinations. Whatever your budget, skin type, or go-to massage style, there's a luxurious spa treatment for you right near the CBD. Go get your glow on and thank us after you've found your inner peace.

Under Victoria's current COVID-19 restrictions, salons and day spas were allowed to reopen from June 1, hosting a maximum of 20 guests at a time. Certain procedural changes may be in place in an effort for venues to maintain physical distancing and ensure compliance with health regulations. Check out the DHHS' full guidelines here.

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PARK CLUB HEALTH AND DAY SPA AT THE PARK HYATT, EAST MELBOURNE

With five stars to its name, the Park Hyatt is a study in luxury and its onsite day spa is no different. This one offers a whole range of therapeutic massages and facial services, along with rejuvenating body treatments designed to blast away toxins and leave that skin in ship-shape condition. Get your glow on with the calming coconut cocoon (a dry body brush followed by a slathering of cocoa seed and coconut oil, and a cheeky foot massage), or try the coffee and kelp contour wrap ($240), aimed at hydrating and brightening sluggish skin. Treatments lasting an hour or longer will even get you complimentary access to all of the day spa's wet areas.

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LANCEMORE MANSION HOTEL SPA, WERRIBEE PARK

A trip to the stunning Lancemore Mansion Hotel Spa might just change your definition of luxury. Firstly, it's housed in a grand historic mansion that'll have you feeling like Marie Antoinette. Secondly, the day spa itself boasts an air of exclusivity, featuring gorgeous spaces, ambient sounds and a menu of primo massages and spa packages designed for maximum pampering. Find yourself easily tempted by lush sounding options like the Heavenly Decadence: a warming foot bath, one-hour full-body massage and exfoliating sugar scrub, finished with some extra down time soaking away stress in a private spa bath (package available weekdays only).

Lancemore Mansion Hotel Spa is yet to confirm its opening date.

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CHUAN SPA AT THE LANGHAM, SOUTHBANK

Book in for a treatment at The Langham's opulent Chuan Spa and you'll also score access to its raft of premium bathing facilities. That includes the sauna, steam room and this stunning saltwater pool and outdoor deck with views across the city. In fact, all guests are encouraged to partake in a muscle-loosening tri-bathing ritual before heading into their spa session. The massage menu heroes traditional Chinese techniques, and you can really dial up the luxury with add-ons like a reviving 15-minute eye treatment. There's even a Discover Chuan package aimed at beginner spa-goers, featuring a herbal salt scrub, your choice of facial and massage, and full facilities access, for $229 ($239 on weekends).

Chuan Spa at The Langham will reopen on July 1.

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SAKURA LOUNGE, CBD

The recently refreshed Sakura Lounge is a Japanese-style day spa (sans onsen) tucked away down Warburton Lane. And it's a winning option for those looking to go all out, offering an array of all-day packages that won't break the bank. Think, traditional Japanese massages, invigorating foot treatments and hydrating facials rolled out one after the other until you've well and truly found your inner zen. With tea and sweets served throughout, and sushi and champagne as optional inclusions, you'll finish up at Sakura feeling more pampered than ever. Try the 2.5-hour Decadent Detox package (foot treatment, chocolate body treatment and hot-stone massage), which clocks in at a reasonable $177.

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MISS FOX, CBD

Miss Fox has a reputation for offering one of Melbourne's most luxurious spa experiences, so a trip here will cost you a pretty penny. But as the name suggests, this 'self care sanctuary' also promises to have you feeling like your very best self. The CBD space is plush and considered, from the 1000-thread count sheets, through to the carefully chosen, soothing high-vibration music. Massages use all-natural organic essential oils and balms, selected for each body's needs, and a menu of luxurious baths features additions like coconut milk and aromatherapy infusions. Or, there's the spa's ultimate package, the Dream Within A Dream Ritual, which includes eight different treatments, a spa lunch, artisan teas and bottomless champagne, clocking in at 4.5 hours and $888.

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BOTANICA DAY SPA, CBD

A serene urban oasis within the InterContinental, Botanica Day Spa offers a range of packages to suit whatever mood your mind and body are in. Including the tension-melting Botanica De-Stress, featuring a full-body massage, aromatherapy foot massage and heavenly frangipani scalp massage. A trio we could probably all do with every now and then. You can find your groove with a selection of targeted re-balancing scrubs and wraps, or lose yourself for a few blissful hours with a multi-treatment spa journey. What's more, the calm, contemporary surroundings will do just as much for your mood as any muscle melting hot stone massage.

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SKIN DAY SPA, ST KILDA

If you're after a spa destination that's clean, minimalist and ultra-relaxing, Skin Day Spa on Chapel Street has the goods. This little sanctuary offers a hefty menu of spa and beauty treatments (we're talking lash and brow tints, waxing and spray tanning), but when some unwinding and full-body pampering is on the cards, we recommend settling into the one-hour, muscle-soothing deep tissue massage ($129). There's also LED light therapy to revive and de-stress skin, dedicated pregnancy massages and luxurious facial treatments to suit a whole range of needs. Or, for the best of both worlds, the super hydrating spa escape backends a hydrating facial with a restorative massage for your feet, hands and head.

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THE LYALL HOTEL, SOUTH YARRA

The Lyall Hotel in South Yarra is a high-end hotel with an equally fancy spa, taking a holistic approach to health and wellness. You can unwind and bliss out with a soothing massage — maybe, the Swedish-style relaxation or a therapeutic hot stone treatment — and get your skin glowing with a full-body polish or wrap. There's also a sprawling range of packages if you fancy mixing and matching your way to total rejuvenation. Or, indulge in a spot of hydrotherapy with the DIY 'Rassoul', which takes place in your own private steam room. This one involves a full-body exfoliation, a detoxifying layer of warm Moroccan mud and a rinse in the Swiss shower, topped off with a hydrating body balm.

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NATSKIN, NORTH RINGWOOD

Hidden out in Ringwood, Natskin might just be one of Melbourne's best kept wellness secrets. This warm and inviting spa oasis offers a diverse menu of treatments, from stimulating skin therapies, to stress-relieving massages. You can tailor your experience or opt for one of the many multi-treatment packages, which range from a classic massage-facial combo, to a couples' retreat offering in one of the spa's duo suites. Really earned some down-time? Book in for the 2.5-hour Rejuvenator package and escape reality with a skin-boosting exfoliation, tailored body wrap, scalp massage, hour-long body massage and fresh juice to rehydrate ($260).

Published on June 24, 2020 by Imogen Baker

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