Think about luxury. The image of kicking back at a day spa while wearing a silky robe and having all the time in the world to enjoy yourself most likely comes to mind. That luxurious scenario is more achievable than you think. This guide here is for spas — whatever your budget, skin type, or favourite massage style, there's a luxurious spa treatment for you right near the CBD. Thank us after you've found your inner peace.
ONSEN MA, CBD
Onsen Ma in the CBD is probably the city's most well-known day spa — and with good reason. The traditional Japanese onsen-style bathhouse offers hour-long bathing sessions that require you to be completely naked. They also offer private onsen rooms and shiatsu massage if you're willing to splash out for a little something extra.
PAR CLUB HEALTH AND DAY SPA AT THE PARK HYATT, EAST MELBOURNE
The Park Hyatt is all about luxury and its day spa is no different. It offers classic treatments like the Turkish salt scrub (exfoliation and thermal mineral shower), ginger renewal (oil massage and pressure point scalp massage) and lavender dreaming (lavender oil massage and scalp acupressure massage).
WERRIBEE MANSION SPA, WERRIBEE
A trip to the Werribee Mansion Spa will redefine your definition of luxury. Firstly, it's in a mansion that will make you feel like Marie Antoinette. Secondly, the day spa offers some incredible massage packages, such as Waves of Relaxation, a rhythmic massage designed to leave you feeling supremely relaxed.
CHUAN SPA AT THE LANGHAM, SOUTHBANK
The best part about The Langham's Chuan Spa is that, when you book in for a treatment, you also get access to its bathing facilities. That includes the sauna, steam room and this stunning saltwater pool and outdoor deck with views over the city, the Yarra and Flinders Street Station. If it's your first time to the spa, you can get 30 percent off your first package. Go all out with a body scrub, massage, facial and a post-treatment nap on the deck for $209 ($219 on weekends).
SAKURA LOUNGE, CBD
Sakura Lounge is a Japanese-style day spa (sans onsen) on Warburton Lane. They offer some excellent value all-day packages, with Japanese style massage, foot treatments and facials rolled out one after the other until you're in touch with your inner zen. With tea and sweets served throughout, and sushi and champagne as optional inclusions, you'll finish up at Sakura feeling more relaxed than you ever have. Go for the 2.5-hour Japanese Princess package, which is quite well-priced at $177.
MISS FOX, CBD
Miss Fox is one of Melbourne's most luxurious spa experiences, so a trip here will cost you a pretty penny. Its ultimate package includes a foot bath and scrub, body polish, body mask, scalp massage, full bath, body massage, touch facial, spa pedicure, full make up, a blow dry and a Champagne lunch. It's a full-day ordeal and will cost a cool $1050. Maybe save this one for when you win Tattslotto.
BOTANICA DAY SPA, CBD
The Botanica Day Spa on Collins Street has a range of packages for whatever mood you're in. It's specific too – the spa has a special invigoration package for when you've just jumped off a long-haul flight. The quiet surroundings will no doubt do more for your mood than any muscle melting massage ever could.
SKIN DAY SPA, ST KILDA
Skin Day Spa on Chapel Street is exactly what you want from a day spa: clean, minimalist and ultra-relaxing. Skin offers a huge range of spa and beauty treatments (lash and brow tints, waxing, facials and spray tanning), but we recommend the one-hour hot stone massage ($150).
THE LYALL HOTEL, SOUTH YARRA
The Lyall Hotel in South Yarra is a fancy hotel with an equally fancy spa. Indulge in a vanilla body wrap, a hot stone massage or a facial. Or, if you want to go all out, sign up for the DIY rassoul — either alone or with your partner, you'll cover yourself in Moroccan mud and exfoliate, rinse and hydrate. Add in a steam session to drag out the whole thing.
NATSKIN, NORTH RINGWOOD
Hidden out in Ringwood, Natskin is one of Melbourne's best kept secrets. The warm and welcoming spa offers a huge range of treatments. Tailor your experience or go for one of their packages, which range from your standard anti-stress massage to more advanced treatments like the hydradvance or the medi peel, customised to suit sensitive skin.