Ten of the best spas in Australia
Relax, retreat and rejuvenate at some of Australia's best spa retreats and day spas. Some are dedicated spas, or part of a health or wellness retreat, while other luxury spas can be found in five star resorts and hotels.
Authenticity Health & Wellness Retreat (SA)
The Authenticity Health & Wellness Retreat, offers a range of programs in a classic Mediterranean setting near Port Elliott on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Their Rest & Rejuvenate program is one of their most popular.
Château Élan at The Vintage (NSW)
Château Élan at The Vintage, a new five-star golf and spa resort in the Hunter Valley wine region just two hours north of Sydney, opened in February 2010. The $30m development has been co-conceived by the group behind the prestige Château Élan brand in Atlanta, Georgia. A luxury retreat for up to 200 guests, the resort comprises a new ‘Destination Spa’, a collection of super-luxury spa suites and a series of private lifestyle villas. It sits amongst the celebrated fairways of The Vintage – the Greg Norman-designed golf course that is home to the NSW Open. The resort’s elevated position provides views over sublime vales and vines. The Château Élan Destination Spa is equipped with 19 specialist rooms, it is also one of the largest and promises treatments that are available nowhere else in the country. www.thevintage.com.au
Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa (QLD)
Another destination spa within a lodge is in the ancient tropical rainforest of the Daintree. At Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa succumb to the pleasures of Aboriginal inspired massages and spa therapies in the world renowned spa. This boutique eco-lodge, situated amongst the world's oldest living rainforest in tropical North Queensland, reinforces the impression of being at one with nature, while still providing all the necessary creature comforts you would expect from a luxury resort.
Gaia Retreat (NSW)
Indulge the senses at Gaia Retreat in the Byron Bay hinterland. Inspired by the healing culture of the Byron Bay region and its abundant and fresh local organic produce, Gaia Retreat & Spa is a unique retreat with heart.
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat (QLD)
Set in the Gold Coast Hinterland with ocean and valley views, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat aims to help people live a healthier life through innovative wellness programs, specialty spa treatments and superb organic cuisine. Boasting the largest spa in the southern hemisphere, Gwinganna’s spa sanctuary includes 33 custom-designed and themed treatment rooms which overlook a native spa garden. Gwinganna programs last from two to seven days and include a choice of accommodation in heritage houses, orchard suites or two new luxurious signature villas. The signature villas are cantilevered over a billabong, were built from reclaimed timbers and feature soaring ceilings, chic black bathrooms and a private steam room. www.gwinganna.com
Palm Cove (QLD)
Pure indulgence awaits along ‘spa street’ in tropical Palm Cove, just 20 minutes north of Cairns, which is home to a number of day spas. At the Sea Temple Resort and Spa; unwind with a banana body wrap or warm mapi mud cocoon just metres from swaying palm trees, turquoise waters and stunning views of the Coral Sea. The Sebel Reef House and Spa offers luxurious pampering experiences based on ancient Aboriginal techniques and medicines or immerse yourself in a new level of relaxation at Angsana Resort and Spa with daily yoga sessions. www.seatemple.com.au I www.reefhouse.com.au I www.angsana.com
Peppers Springs Retreat & Spa (VIC)
Peppers Springs Retreat & Spa, in an historic Art Deco hotel surrounded by peaceful gardens and bush, is set in the village of Hepburn Springs in the heart of the Macedon Ranges in Victoria. Tucked away in the gardens of the retreat, the spa houses a relaxation room, three open air mineral water plunge pools, two saunas, a steam room and 11 treatment rooms.
The Byron at Byron (NSW)
Set within a stunning 45 acre rainforest, The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa provides an atmosphere of lush tranquillity and the opportunity to completely relax and rejuvenate.
Indulge in spa treatments, daily yoga or simply relax on the wide open verandas. Set beneath the canopy of a lush 30 hectare rainforest, the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa is only 5 minutes south of the Byron Bay township and a short stroll to Tallow Beach. The spacious luxury accommodation comprises 92 one bedroom air conditioned suites with each suite designed to capture the essence of being nestled amongst the sub tropical rainforest.
The Lake House (VIC)
For a luxurious indulgence for couples, Salus Day Spa at Victoria’s Lake House, is an oasis of tranquility with an incredible range of hydrotherapy pampering options available. All in a romantic country lakeside setting with six acres of manicured gardens, waterfalls and streams. www.lakehouse.com.au
Waldheim Alpine Spa (TAS)
The Waldheim Alpine Spa at Cradle Mountain Lodge is a luxury spa and treatment centre, encircled by rainforest at the edge of The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Soak up views of an ancient landscape from your spa suite as you indulge in the many luxurious face and body treatments on offer. There are four therapy rooms including double treatment rooms for couples. The Waldheim Alpine Spa uses completely natural Australian and Tasmanian-made skin care, body care and spa products. They also have a dedicated therapeutic retreat known as The Sanctuary where you can ease away the aches of a day’s bushwalking or travelling in the steam room, sauna, hot-tub and plunge pool. www.cradlemountainlodge.com.au