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
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 & Rejuvenate', The Day Spa offers the full range of premium, luxurious treatments. Its 60-minute Babor Spa Facial comes in at $190, while its Champagne and Gold Indulgence experience will set you back a cool $700.
Described as one of the finest and most luxurious spas in Sydney, The Darling Spa on the second level of The Star casino 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, 2 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 $200 and the treatments quickly go north from there, so too does the quality.
FLEUR DE LYS
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 75-minute 'Beauty Lab' (it'll set you back $399). 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. Thirty minute power facials begin at $99, moving up the the $160 'Re-Hydrator Facial'.
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 (30 minutes for $65) through to the 2-hour 'Couples Indulgence' experience ($275pp), while their extensive array of facials cater to all types and include Endota's popular Dermalogica, Glycolic, HydroPeptide and Hydro-microdermabrasion treatments.
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 or gentleman's thermal mineral salt exfoliation will set you back $90, while the 5 hour 'Australian Awakening' package offers the full gamut of treatments as well as a champagne lunch with harbour views.
Located in the gorgeous harbourside suburb of Double Bay in Sydney's East, Karparti Medispa has, for over twenty years, offered its clientele nothing but the very best in 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.
Drawing inspiration from Jame Hilton's legendary Himalayan utopia 'Shangri-La', CHI , in Sydney's Shangri-La Hotel, 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 phenomenal 90-minute 'Executive Jet Lag Recovery' ($260), featuring its balancing ritual, massage and hydrating facial.
Sydney's leafy Paddington and its iconic Oxford St have played host to some of the finest shopping, dining and pampering over the past few decades, and one of the stayers is Venustus: a consciously nurtured space with a keen emphasis on compassionate healing and energy cleansing. Venustus is all about healing, restoration, revitalisation and clarity, applying a diverse range of international techniques specifically tailored to every customer's needs and desires. Facials begin at $135, while Venustus' signature Four Hand Massage clocks in at $175.
GILLIAN ADAMS: SALON & SPA
For over twenty 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 'Le Classic' facial, including a private skin consultation, will set you back $130, while at the other end of the spectrum, Gillian Adams boasts its extraordinary 'La Jeunesse Royale' rejuvenating and anti-age package, including four Micro-Dermabrasions and a combination of three Transformation peels or DaVinci skin needling treatments ($1800).