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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
October 21, 2019
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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
October 21, 2019
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You work hard, you play hard and gosh you should 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. That luxurious image is an easy one to tap into, since Melbourne's home to a huge array of spa destinations. Whatever your budget, skin type, or favourite 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.

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

The Park Hyatt is a study in luxury and its 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 get that skin in shipshape condition. Try the Calming Coconut Cocoon (a dry body brush followed by a slathering of cocoa seed and coconut oil), or the Coffee & Kelp Contour Wrap, 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 Lancemore Mansion Hotel Spa might just redefine your definition of luxury. Firstly, it's housed in a grand, historic mansion that'll make you feel like Marie Antoinette. Secondly, the day spa itself boasts an air of exclusivity, with gorgeous spaces and a menu of primo spa packages designed for maximum pampering. Find yourself tempted by lush sounding options like the Heavenly Decadence: a foot bath, full body massage and exfoliating sugar scrub, finished with some extra down time in a private spa bath. 

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CHUAN SPA AT THE LANGHAM, SOUTHBANK

Book in for a treatment at The Langham's Chuan Spa and you'll 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. In fact, all guests are encouraged to partake in a muscle-loosening tri-bathing ritual before heading in to their spa session. The massage menu nods to traditional Chinese techniques, and you can really amp up the luxury with add-ons like a cheeky 15-minute eye treatment. There's even a first-timer's package, featuring a herbal salt scrub, facial, your choice of massage and full facilities access, for $229 ($239 on weekends).

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SAKURA LOUNGE, CBD

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 top value all-day packages. Think, Japanese style 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 relaxed than ever. Try the almost three-hour Japanese Princess package (body treatment, massage and facial), 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, it'll also have you feeling like your very best self. The space itself is plush and considered, from the 1000-thread count sheets, to the carefully chosen, soothing high-vibration music. Massages use all-natural organic essential oils, 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, which includes nine different treatments, a spa lunch and bottomless champagne, clocking in at 6.5 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 for whatever mood your mind and body are in. It's specific, too — the spa even has a special 'Recovering Traveller' package for when you've just jumped off a long-haul flight. You can find your groove with a variety of targeted re-balancing massages, 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 one offers a hefty range of spa and beauty treatments (we're talking lash and brow tints, waxing, facials and spray tanning), but if some unwinding and pampering is on the cards, we recommend settling into the one-hour hot stone massage ($150). There's also LED light therapy, dedicated pregnancy treatments and a luxurious couples' spa retreat experience.

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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. Take a load off with a soothing massage — maybe, the Swedish-style relaxation or a hot stone treatment — and get your skin glowing with a full-body scrub 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 ($80 per person, or $140 per couple).

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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 broad range of treatments, from stimulating skin therapies, to stress-relieving massages. Tailor your experience or go for one of their 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? Opt for the 2.5-hour Rejuvenator package and escape reality with an exfoliation, tailored body wrap, scalp massage, hour-long body massage and fresh juice to hydrate ($260).

Published on October 21, 2019 by Imogen Baker

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