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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Five of Wellington's Most Extraordinary Spa Experiences

Treat yourself to a hot stone massage, a candle-lit coconut milk bath or a healing treatment involving lava shells.
By Stephen Heard
May 24, 2020
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By Stephen Heard
May 24, 2020
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Whether you're looking to find stillness and balance in trying times, enter a deep state of relaxation, or simply become smoother, Wellington has plenty of indulgent day spa experiences to get your body in ship-shape condition. At these five spots you can bathe in coconut milk, have healing lava shells rubbed all over your body, or sign up for an ancient Māori-Korean therapeutic treatment. You're worth it.

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EAST DAY SPA

East Day Spa and its sibling outfit Spring have been recognised as the best boutique beauty retreats in Asia and Oceania. East Day Spa Wellington opened in 2002 and has managed to maintained its reputation as one of the capital's premiere day spas. The spa's seven treatment rooms are an inviting oasis away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Lambton Quay. East's signature massage uses therapeutic aromatherapy oils to revive, relax or support so you can find stillness and balance. Also on the menu: hot stone massages, warm foot baths and scrubs, non-invasive LED therapy, and Thai abdominal treatments to rid your body of stress, tension and negative emotions.

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FORME SPA

With 11 day spas from Auckland to Queenstown, Forme is one of the biggest wellness operations in the country. It's best-known for its skin rejuvenating facials and massages, although visitors can also keep on top of beauty maintenance like waxing, tinting, manicures and pedicures. Highlights of the treatment menu include the stress relief massage combining aromatherapy with sweeping Swedish strokes, and the alternative that sees warm heated stones rubbed all over the body to promote balance. For aching niggles and tight muscles, there is a deep-tissue massage, while a Thai-inspired treatment incorporates Eastern stretching techniques for energy flow and harmony.

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BODYHAVEN SPA STYLE BOUTIQUE

Located in the heart of the city on Tory Street, Bodyhaven offers a range of massages, packages, products and grooming services for all occasions. The operation has won several awards for its services. Here, you'll find for your classic back, neck and shoulders massage, body wraps, and foot soak and scrub. The signature service will see you soak in coconut milk-infused bathwater — the copper tub is something which apparently assists with body flexibility and energy production. Bodyhaven also offers spa parties packages for birthdays, anniversaries and bridal showers, and treatments specifically designed for uptight teenagers.

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MY DAY SPA

You'll immediately feel relaxed upon entering tree-lined grounds of Brentwood Manor. A visit to the Upper Hutt heritage property's day spa includes a glass of wine and chocolates and free use of the spa pool. But it doesn't stop there. The sanctuary provides a variety of wellness services specifically designed for relaxation and wellbeing. Make a day of it and sign up for a lava shell massage, hair cream bath or cotton body wrap treatment, and then explore the grounds and tranquil gardens. Also on offer: facials, manicures and upper lip maintenance.

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HANA-AKARI

Cuba Street's Japanese-inspired day spa Hana-Akari is a place where you can pop in for a deep-tissue sports treatment, Indian head massage or vaginal steam. The latter, also known as a yoni sauna, is said to be an ancient Māori-Korean therapeutic treatment to cleanse, detoxify, tone, strengthen and heal the womb space. Holistic practises feature throughout the treatment menu; you also have the choice of an aromatherapy massage, herbal stone massage, reflexology using finger pressure and chakra-balancing reiki.

Published on May 24, 2020 by Stephen Heard

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