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Sydney's Most Extraordinary Spa Experiences

Check into a Roman-style pool or treat yourself to a massage followed by a long, long lunch.
By Rachel Fieldhouse and Libby Curran
June 24, 2020
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Sydney's Most Extraordinary Spa Experiences

Check into a Roman-style pool or treat yourself to a massage followed by a long, long lunch.
By Rachel Fieldhouse and Libby Curran
June 24, 2020
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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 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, stress-free. Well, that idyllic image is an easy one to tap into, since Sydney is home to a vast array of top-notch spa destinations. 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.

Under NSW's current COVID-19 restrictions, salons and day spas have been allowed to reopen, hosting a maximum of 20 guests — or one customer per four square metres — at a time. Certain procedural changes may be in place, with operators required to have a COVID-19 plan. Check out the guidelines here.

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THE DAY SPA AT THE LANGHAM, CBD

There's a whole stack of reasons to treat yourself to a stay at The Langham. 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 one 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, priced at $470 Monday to Thursday (or $490 Friday through Sunday).

The Day Spa at The Langham is set to open July 1.

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SOL SPA, VAUCLUSE

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 a day spa really takes these trends to a new level. The Sol Spa, which sits adjacent to its sister restaurant, is up there among Sydney's more opulent experiences. Therapists use aromatic oils, spices and herbs to revitalise guests; and 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 ($90), de-stress with a spot of facial acupressure ($140), or treat weary muscles to something like the full-body magnesium therapy massage ($175). Though for some full-blown indulgence, look no further than the menu of blissful spa packages, starting from $220. When you're done, pop over to the restaurant, where the interiors resemble a greenhouse, and most of the produce is sourced from either the restaurant's expansive garden or its 65-acre Jamberoo Valley farm.

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GILLIAN ADAMS SALON & SPA, TURRAMURRA

For over 20 years, Gillian Adams has been servicing the high-end pampering needs of the lower north shore with its unique aquamedic pool, steam room, hydrotherapy bath, treatment rooms, restaurant, and cutting-edge hair and beauty salon. The spa's classic facial — which includes a private skin consultation and a series of rejuvenating treatments — will set you back $150. While at the other end of the spectrum, a truly luxe L'Escape Voyage package features a pool, steam and vichy shower session, aromatherapy massage, manicure, pedicure, scalp ritual, blow wave and gourmet lunch, spread out over more than seven hours ($850). Or, you can simply mix and match your way to total relaxation, choosing from a broad selection of bathing rituals, massages, facials and more.

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DARLING SPA, PYRMONT

Boasting a raft of awards, it's not hard to see why The Darling Spa is considered one of Sydney's most luxurious. Not only is it home to 11 treatment rooms, a steam room, Moroccan Hammam chamber and two opulent couples suites, but the Pyrmont venue offers an extensive range of therapies that prove well worth the splurge. The entry-level facial costs $225 and the treatments quickly go north from there; but so too does the quality. Treat yourself to a balancing Kodo body massage incorporating traditional techniques ($255), or perhaps surrender to an indulgent foot and hand treatment, body wrap, facial, and head and body massage with the Li'tya The Dreaming ($580) ritual package.

The Darling Spa is yet to announce its reopening date.

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ENDOTA SPA AT THE FOUR SEASONS, CBD

Featuring four treatment rooms, swanky lounge areas and arguably one of the best views in town, Endota Spa in Sydney's Four Seasons Hotel is every bit the luxury spa experience. It's even got a couple of double rooms catering for friends or partners keen to unwind together in style. The spa's massage offering runs to a range of soothing relaxation and remedial options (from 50 minutes for $165), while an extensive array of facials features everything from a new-age light therapy treatment ($205) to the restorative hydro-microdermabrasion ($180). And of course, there's a series of packages for those after a full-blown pampering session. Try the Rejuvenate experience ($320), combining a gentle body scrub with a warm oil cocoon, facial and full-body massage.

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KARPATI MEDISPA, DOUBLE BAY

Located in Double Bay in Sydney's east, Karpati Medispa has been winning over locals with its private, luxury 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 volcanic hot stone therapy Massage will melt away your tension for $255. Or, you might fancy whiling away a few hours with one of the treatment combos, like the Ultimate Package ($500): a radiance-boosting facial and LED light therapy, followed by a luxurious body softening treatment.

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CHI AT THE SHANGRI-LA, CBD

Drawing inspiration from Jame Hilton's legendary Himalayan utopia 'Shangri-La', Chi specialises in natural healing and wellness methods to offer a unique luxury spa experience. This one serves an expansive range of massages, facials and body treatments, designed to heal, soothe, or simply relax. Farewell tension with a 90-minute Signature Himalayan hot stone massage ($270–295), treat your winter body to a full exfoliation infused with native wattleseed and sandalwood ($150–165), or set aside a few hours for one of Chi's multi-treatment Wellness Retreats. The three-hour Journey Down Under experience starts from $525 and features a wattleseed scrub, pink clay body wrap and aromatherapy massage, topped off with a deep-cleansing facial.

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SPAQ AT QT SYDNEY, CBD

The QT 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 Tutti Frutti body peel ($175) or one of four 90-minute Femme Fatale facial treatments (from $170). 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. And afterwards, you can continue your withdrawal from the real world with champagne and oysters in the hotel bar.

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VENUSTUS BEAUTY AND BODY LAB, PADDINGTON

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 well-being techniques from across the globe. Venustus offers a hefty range of therapies, running from the likes of the 45-minute tailored High Performance facial ($185) to a lymphatic-boosting aroma salt body massage ($246). And if you want to truly indulge, you can opt for the ultimate personalised treatment, dubbed the Six Hand Massage ($735) — an hour-long session involving energy work with sage smudging and a sound bowl, followed by a full-body massage performed by three masseurs simultaneously.

Published on June 24, 2020 by Rachel Fieldhouse

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