The Ten Best Day Spas in Sydney

Check into a Roman-style pool or treat yourself to a massage followed by a long, long lunch at Sydney's best day spas.
Rachel Fieldhouse, Libby Curran and Ben Hansen
Published on January 25, 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 day spas in Sydney?

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 the city is home to a vast array of top-notch spa destinations — often found in some of Sydney's best hotels.

Whatever your budget, skin type, or go-to massage style, there's a luxurious Sydney 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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Crown Spa in Sydney - one of the best day spas in Sydney


Head into the huge Crown Tower in Barangaroo, bypass the lavish dining options a'Mare and Nobu, and head up the elevator to discover one of the best spas in Sydney. Whether you're looking for a facial, nail service, wellness service or a massage, you'll find it here with a heavy dose of luxury. What really elevates the Crown Spa experience is the attention to detail and the wellness journey each guest is taken on. If you're after a massage, you'll be treated to access to the sauna, 360-degree shower and spa bath. This also means you can squeeze a massage into a workday and freshen up afterwards. Your boss will be none the wiser.


The indoor pool at The Langham - home to one of the best day spa experiences sydney


There's a whole stack of reasons why you should treat yourself to a stay at The Langham. First off, the indoor pool looks like it's straight out of a Roman cinematic epic and The Day Spa is no less impressive. Embracing the motto of 'detox, renew, relax and rejuvenate', this luxe Sydney spa offers the full range of luxurious treatments, which, as expected, come at a very luxurious price. Choose from a variety of standalone facials and massages, or really settle in with a multi-treatment package — like the Velvet Experience, an all-inclusive three-hour session that includes a body exfoliation, full-body massage and tailored facial treatment. If you're keen to go all out, it's priced at $490 from Monday–Thursday (or $510 from Friday–Sunday). It's the ultimate way to enjoy one of the best spas in Sydney.


The relaxation room vaucluse spa - home to one of the best day spa experiences sydney


A plant-filled Sydney restaurant serving up locally sourced health food and dotted with millennial pink armchairs is nothing unusual — but the fact that The Botanica Vaucluse also has one of the best day spas in Sydney really takes these trends to a new level. The Sol Spa, that sits adjacent to its sister restaurant, is up there among Sydney's more opulent experiences. Therapists at the Sydney spa use aromatic oils and herbs to revitalise guests, while facials and massages are accompanied by holistic treatments, plus detoxifying and antioxidant therapies. You might re-energise that skin with a 45-minute natural mineral body scrub ($95), destress with a spot of facial acupressure ($95), or treat weary muscles to a full-body nourishing treatment ($180). For some full-blown indulgence, look no further than the menu of blissful spa packages, starting from $225. When you're done with your luxury spa experience in Sydney, pop over to the restaurant for a fab feed.


The main spa pool at Gillian Adams - the best spa in sydney


Gillian Adams services the high-end pampering needs of the lower north shore with its unique aquamedic pool, steam room, treatment rooms, restaurant, and cutting-edge hair and beauty salon. The luxury Sydney spa's classic facial — that includes a tailored skin consultation and a series of rejuvenating treatments — will set you back $170. At the other end of the spectrum, a truly luxe L'Escape Voyage package features a pool, steam and vichy shower session, aromatherapy massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, scalp ritual, blow wave and gourmet lunch, all spread out over more than seven hours ($950). Or you can simply mix and match your way to total relaxation, picking from a broad selection of bathing rituals, massages, body treatments and more. Choose your own lavish adventure at one of the best spas in Sydney.


The couples' spa treatment room at Darling Spa - one of the best day spas in Sydney.

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Boasting a raft of awards, it's not hard to see why The Darling Spa is considered one of the best spas in Sydney. Not only is it home to 11 treatment rooms, a steam room, Moroccan Hammam chamber and two opulent couples' suites, but the Pyrmont venue also offers an extensive range of therapies that prove well worth the splurge. The entry-level facial costs $220 and the treatments quickly go north from there — but so too does the quality. Treat yourself to a balancing full-body massage (from $215), or perhaps surrender to an indulgent three-hour package that includes a full-body exfoliation, body wrap, scalp massage, hand and foot treatment and facial for $600.


Sofitel SPA Darling Harbour - one of the best day spas in Sydney.


In 2023, the Darling Harbour outpost of global hotel chain Sofitel unveiled its lavish new two-storey spa, delivering a fresh dose of relaxation high among the Sydney skyline. Joining the ranks of some of Sydney's best spas, and pairing its relaxation experiences with sweeping water views, the Sofitel SPA Darling Harbour offers an array of facilities and wellness journeys — all housed within a "quintessentially Sydney" space. Soft timbers, sandstone and marble finishes welcome guests into the latest addition to the Harbour City's wellness scene, which boasts seven roomy treatment spaces. Also on offer: a bespoke standalone bathtub with harbour views, an infrared sauna, a meditation zone and a contemplation deck sitting on level four of the hotel. This is where you really, really treat yourself in Sydney.


The spa treatment room at Nature's Energy - close to being the best spa in sydney


Nature's Energy's Balmain bathhouse is your destination for a complete head-to-toe pamper session. At this Sydney spa, you can melt into a therapeutic massage, try an alternative healing treatment and soak away your cares in a hot bath — all under one roof. And you can preface any treatment with an indulgent bathhouse experience, enjoying a 39-degree bubble spa, toxin-releasing sauna and the eucalyptus-infused heat of the steam room. Then it's onto the likes of a deep tissue massage (from $90 for 30 minutes) or a blissful spa package — like the aptly named Journey of Tranquility, which features an energising body scrub and back massage, followed by a 45-minute organic facial and calming quartz eye treatment ($350).


The treatment room for facials at karpati medispa - one of the best day spas in Sydney


Located in Double Bay in Sydney's east, Karpati Medispa has been winning over locals with its private, luxury Sydney spa experiences for more than 30 years. Beyond the full catalogue of soothing body treatments, spa massages and reshaping therapies, Karpati's signature services run to a range of restorative and clinical rituals that are both environmentally friendly and free from nasty chemicals. A classic stress-relieving, 30-minute back, neck and shoulder massage comes in at $95, while the hour-long therapeutic medical massage with personalised consultation will melt away your tension for $225. Or you might fancy whiling away a few hours with one of the treatment combos, that start at $155.


A dimly lit treatment room for massages and facials ar Spa1 at QT Hotel in Sydney. One of the best day spas in sydney


QT Sydney is known for its decadent hotel rooms and bold aesthetics, and it's safe to say its day spa is no different. The signature SpaQ within the Market Street hotel is a dark, moody oasis that's the perfect spot to escape reality for an afternoon — perhaps with an energising body peel ($195) or one of four 90-minute Femme Fatale facial treatments (from $205). At this Sydney day spa, there's a range of de-stressing massages, a swag of different facial therapies and plenty of multi-treatment packages for those wanting to really settle in for a day of relaxation. And afterward, you can continue your withdrawal from the real world with champagne and oysters in the hotel bar. Because, why not?


A woman receiving a head massage at venustus beauty - one of the best day spa experiences in sydney


Walking along Oxford Street, it's hard to miss the stunning sanctuary that is Venustus Beauty and Body Lab. The renowned Paddington spa boasts a serene, nurturing space, and a treatment menu that pulls inspiration and wellbeing techniques from across the globe. Venustus offers a hefty range of therapies, running from the likes of the personalised hour-long Intuitive Facial ($353) to a lymphatic-boosting full body massage ($444). And if you want to truly indulge, you can opt for the ultimate personalised treatment, dubbed the Sacred Priestess Healing ($888) — a two and a half hour-long session involving a highly personalised massage and facial. The Sydney spa experience also involves calling in our ancestors – the sacred wise women, healers and priestesses of the past – to help you connect with the source of goddess energy. All this positive energy helps it get on the list of best day spa experiences in Sydney.


Top image: Sofitel SPA Darling Harbour

Published on January 25, 2024 by Rachel Fieldhouse
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