With the end of the year rushing in and those stress levels creeping ever upwards, you're probably more than due for a spot of pampering. In which case, it might be time to get acquainted with Vaucluse's blissed-out wellness destination, Sol Spa.
This little oasis is sister and neighbour to farm-to-table restaurant The Botanica Vaucluse, and it shares the same philosophies around wellness, nature and health. Both the restaurant and the spa opened earlier this year, but the spa is now in full swing.
There's a broad menu of treatments on offer, from body scrubs, signature massages and facials, to traditional holistic therapies like the Shirodhara relaxation treatment, where warm oil is gently poured on the third eye. Dialling up the lushness levels, Sol Spa even makes its own organic, almond-based aromatherapy oils, designed to heal and detoxify.
If a full-body session is on the cards, you'll find a range of two-hour packages promising complete indulgence, including one combining a dry body brush, hydrating coconut scrub, steam shower, full-body massage, pressure point facial massage and scalp massage. Of course this doesn't come cheap — the two-hour packages cost upwards for $200.
But, if money isn't an issue, you can round out the experience in the spa's courtyard feasting on an exclusive Sol Spa bento box designed by The Botanica Executive Chef Perry Hill. Treat that newly pampered bod to some seasonal, organic fare, like crisp fried Red Gate Farm quail with kale and sunflower seeds, roast heirloom carrots teamed with hummus, blood lime and macadamia nuts, and pickled globe artichoke and chickpea fritters.
The Botanica and Sol Spa are actually part of Mark Moran Vaucluse, a luxury $115 million aged care facility on Old South Head Road. Not that it's anything like a traditional retirement village — the place is fancy and, in any case, the restaurant and spa have their own entrances.
Find Sol Spa at The Botanica Vaucluse, 2 Laguna Street, Vaucluse.