Think about luxury. The image of kicking back at a day spa while wearing a silky robe and having all the time in the world to enjoy yourself most likely comes to mind. That luxurious scenario is more achievable than you think. This guide here is for spas — whatever your budget, skin type, or favourite massage style, there's a luxurious spa treatment for you right in the middle of the CBD. Thank us after you've found your inner peace.
THE DAY SPA AT THE LANGHAM, CBD
There are many reasons to treat yourself to a stay at The Langham. The indoor pool looks like it's from a Roman cinematic epic, and The Day Spa is no less impressive. With its motto of 'detox, renew, relax and rejuvenate', it offers the full range of luxurious treatments. And, as expected, they come at a very luxurious price. Its 60-minute Babor Spa Facial comes in at $210, while its Champagne and Gold Indulgence experience will set you back a cool $760 on weekends.
SOL SPA, VAUCLUSE
These days, a new Sydney restaurant serving up locally sourced health food, dotted with plants and millennial pink armchairs barely causes us to bat an eyelid — but the fact that The Botanica Vaucluse also has a day spa really takes these well-practiced trends to a new level. The Sol Spa, which sits adjacent to the restaurant, is up there as one of Sydney's more opulent experiences. Therapists will use aromatic oils, spices and herbs to revitalise patrons; facials and massages are accompanied by holistic treatments, plus detoxifying and antioxidant therapies. You can expect to pay $80 for a body scrub, $95–145 for a massage and $200 for a two-hour package. Or, you can go all out for the $500 five-hour experience. When you're done, pop over to the restaurant — the impressive interior better resembles a domestic greenhouse with floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto the garden in warmer weather, plus herbs, citrus trees and strawberry bushes aplenty. Most of the produce is primarily sourced from the restaurant's expansive garden and the restaurant's 65-acre farm south of Sydney in the Jamberoo Valley near Kiama.
GILLIAN ADAMS SALON & SPA, TURRAMURRA
For over 20 years, Gillian Adams has been servicing the high-end needs of the lower north shore with its unique aquamedic pool, steam room, hydrotherapy bath, treatment rooms, restaurant and a cutting edge hair and beauty salon. The classic facial, which includes a private skin consultation, will set you back $130, while at the other end of the spectrum, Gillian Adams boasts a truly luxe La Jeunesse Royale rejuvenating and anti-age package, including four microdermabrasions and a combination of three peels or skin needling treatments ($1800).
DARLING SPA, PYRMONT
As one most luxurious spas in Sydney, The Darling Spa was recently awarded the Health Club and Spa Award of Excellence by Tourism Accomodation Australia, and it's easy to see why. With 11 treatment rooms, two exclusive couples suites, a steam room, jacuzzi and fitness centre, Darling Spa has an extensive range of treatments and massages that definitely stand at the premium end of town when it comes to pricing. The basic facial costs $295 and the treatments quickly go north from there, so too does the quality.
FLEUR DE LYS, WOOLLAHRA
Located in Paddington, Fleur de Lys Medispa offers an array of luxurious packages for singles, couples or even groups, ranging from medical spa treatments to the more indulgent pampering and beauty services like its 150-minute package that includes a massage, sauna and facial ($350). Above all else, Fleur de Lys staff are experts in skin, leading the way in revitalising and rejuvenating one's complexion through the latest skin scanning technology to tailor the experience specifically to your needs. 30-minute power facials begin at $99, moving up the the $195 energising facial.
ENDOTA SPA AT THE FOUR SEASONS, CBD
With six treatment rooms and arguably the best view in Sydney, Endota Spa in Sydney's Four Seasons Hotel is every bit the indulgent luxury experience. It even has double rooms to cater for couples, friends or partners keen to relax together right in the heart of the city. The spa's massages range from soothing relaxation and remedial (50 minutes for $155) through to the two-hour couples experience ($260 per person), while its extensive array of facials cater to all types and include Endota's Dermalogica, Glycolic, HydroPeptide and Hydro-microdermabrasion treatments.
THE SPA AT THE PARK HYATT, CBD
The Spa at Sydney's Park Hyatt is an exercise in pure indulgence and is worthy of its name's simple supremacy. Treatments are tailored individually to each and every client to ensure total relaxation and restoration through their holistic approach. The Spa also boasts a fully equipped gymnasium, rooftop pool and terrace, a relaxation room and aromatherapy stream rooms. A deep tissue 30-minute massage will set you back $100, while the five-hour Australian Awakening package offers the full gamut of treatments as well as a Champagne lunch with harbour views.
KARPARTI MEDISPA, DOUBLE BAY
Located in Double Bay in Sydney's east, Karparti Medispa has, for over 20 years, offered its clientele private luxury spa experiences. Beyond the full catalogue of body treatments, spa massages and reshaping, Karaparti's signature services are its restorative and clinical rituals that are at once environmentally friendly and free from harmful chemicals. A standard 30-minute back, neck and shoulder massage comes in at $80, while the hour-long Volcanic Hot Stone Therapy Massage will cost you $185.
CHI AT THE SHANGRI-LA, CBD
Drawing inspiration from Jame Hilton's legendary Himalayan utopia 'Shangri-La', Chi specialises in authentic Asian natural healing and well-being methods to offer a unique luxury spa experience. Chi offers the full range of services, ranging from a 30-minute stop and relax facial ($85) to the three-hour restoring 'journey', which includes a whole-body exfoliation, a body wrap and a facial.
SPAQ AT QT SYDNEY, CBD
The QT is known for its decadent hotel rooms over-the-top aesthetics, and its day spa is true to that design. The one at the Market Street hotel is dark and moody and is the perfect way to escape reality for an afternoon — perhaps with a coffee and kelp scrub and body wrap ($245) or an hour-long caviar facial ($220). Continue your withdrawal from the real world with Champagne and oysters in the hotel bar afterwards.