The Ten Best Day Spas in Melbourne

Treat yourself to a Japanese-style massage, a bath overlooking the city or an incredibly opulent treatment paired with bottomless champagne at Melbourne's best day spas.
Imogen Baker, Andrew Zuccala and Libby Curran
Published on May 21, 2024

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 one of the best spas in Melbourne? Spend your day of self-care 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 is home to a vast array of top-notch spa destinations (often in some of Melbourne's best hotels). 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 at one of the best day spas in Melbourne.


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a group of people relaxing in the bathhouse at Sense of Self in Collingwood, pretty much the best spa in Melbourne

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Housed in a stunningly converted Collingwood warehouseSense of Self is flipping the script on the usual wellness concept, instead delivering a "no BS" offering centred on inclusivity, connection and restoration. The soaring, light-filled space takes its cues from the bathhouses of Europe, Africa and Japan, with an abundance of greenery designed to soothe and uplift. A massage and mindfulness studio upstairs offers various relaxation and remedial treatments, like the extra deep The Fix massage (from $170 for 60 minutes). Or, you can settle in and get acquainted with the range of bathhouse facilities, including a Finnish sauna, a 39-degree mineral bath and a cold plunge pool. Entry to one of the best spas in Melbourne gets you full use of all these elements, with weekday prices starting from $65 for two hours.


Pool and Spa at the park Hyatt Hotel - home to one of the best spas in Melbourne.


With five stars to its name, the Park Hyatt is a study in luxury and its onsite Melbourne 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 revitalising wattleseed body polish (a wattleseed and walnut exfoliating scrub designed to brighten, soften and renew the skin, $195), or try the purifying lemon myrtle clay body wrap ($280), that begins with a foot cleanse and exfoliation and is aimed at detoxifying your skin and body. Spa treatments lasting an hour or longer will even get you complimentary valet parking and access to all the wet areas in this luxury Melbourne spa.


The luxury indoor pool and relaxation space at LANCEMORE MANSION HOTEL SPA, WERRIBEE PARK - one of the best days spas near Melbourne

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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 Sparkling Indulgence ($295): a full body exfoliation followed by a 30-minute neck back and shoulder massage as well as a 30-minute replenishing facial. Conclude your Melbourne spa treatment with a cheeky glass of bubbly in its luxe lounge.


A woman swimming in the pool at The Langham - home to one of the best spas in Melbourne


Book in for a treatment at the opulent Chuan Spa in The Langham and you'll also score access to its premium bathing facilities. That includes this stunning saltwater pool and outdoor deck with views across the city. The massage menu heroes traditional Chinese techniques, while multi-treatment options combine things like mineralising salt exfoliations, plumping facials and mud masks. You can even take their online quiz to determine which of their five core elements you resonate most with, which can then be applied to your Chuan treatment. These treatments, the views across the city and the bathing facilities all combine to make this just about the best spa in Melbourne.


Someone receiving a massage at Sakura Lounge - one of the best spas in Melbourne.


Sakura Lounge is a Japanese-style day spa (sans onsen) tucked away down Warburton Lane. And the Melbourne spa is 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 $200.


A woman relaxing in a large circular natural hot pool outside at Alba Thermal Pools - the best spa in Melbourne.


If you like the idea of rounding out a wine-filled Mornington Peninsula getaway with some pampering, you'll have to add this luxe spa and thermal springs destination to your coastal itinerary. Fingal's Alba Thermal Springs & Spa is the latest addition to Melbourne's spa scene, opening in September 2022. Expect new and sleek amenities throughout their modern facility. Along with its series of 22 geothermal springs and pools, Alba's offering a premium spa experience, with an impressive menu of treatments and therapies to suit all needs. Drop by for a hydration massage or invigorating facial before or after a soak, or set aside a few hours to indulge in one of the top-to-toe spa packages.


The treatment room at botanica day spa - one of the best best spas in Melbourne


A serene urban oasis within the InterContinental, Botanica Day Spa offers a variety of packages to suit whatever mood your mind and body are in. That includes the tension-melting Botanica De-Stress ($250), 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 skin and beauty therapies or lose yourself for a few blissful hours with a multi-treatment Melbourne spa journey. What's more, the calm, contemporary surroundings will do just as much for your mood as any muscle-melting hot stone massage.


Endota Spas in Melbourne - some of the best in the city

Endota Spa


Endota Spa sites are located all over Australia and New Zealand — with over 20 sites in Melbourne alone. And even though it is a huge chain, it's surprising to see how quality is not lost. Yeah, you won't find pools, saunas and other luxe day spa facilities at any of these spots, but they do a whole host of treatments at fairly affordable prices. Get around some of its facials, massages or more luxe treatments without breaking the bank. Just prepare for the spa therapist to lightly spruik Endota's own wellness products at the end of your treatment (which are actually pretty good, to be honest).


The reception at SKIN DAY SPA, ST KILDA - one of the best day spas in melbourne


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 relaxation massage ($149). 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. The whole host of premium treatments helps make it one of the best spas in Melbourne.


A woman receiving a body scrub treatment at NATSKIN, NORTH RINGWOOD - one of the best spas in Melbourne


Hidden out in North Ringwood, Natskin might just be one of Melbourne's best kept wellness secrets. This warm and inviting Melbourne 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, that 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 ($310).


Top image: Alba Thermal Springs & Spa courtesy of Visit Victoria

Published on May 21, 2024 by Imogen Baker
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