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Top spa retreats around Australia


Let us take you on a tour of beauty around Australia this Valentine’s Day.

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Whether you fancy a cut and polish or want to reset in a luxe retreat admist Balinese gardens, we’ve found a spa to suit.

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Must-visit spa retreats in Victoria, Australia

Want to escape the city buzz or relax in exclusive inner city getaways? There’s plenty to experience in Victoria.



Spa de Marrakech

The place: A traditional Moroccan bathhouse in Victoria’s picturesque Yarra Valley. There’s a steam temple, and treatments include colour therapy sessions, aromatherapy massage, radiant facials and exquisite dining. At the centre, you’ll find a Roman bathhouse where guests can relax in hot mineral spring water. It’s the perfect setting for a girls’ getaway, romantic couples retreat or solo R ’n’ R.

The experience: After your aromatherapy massage or facial, indulge your tastebuds with a Moroccan feast comprising tagines, pastries, harira soup and Persian love cakes prepared by the in-house chef.

Details: 14 Mountain Crescent, Montrose, (03) 9737 0413

Lavanya Day Spa

The place: Whether you spend an hour or half a day at Lavanya Day Spa, your experience is sure to be second to none. Nestled inside the award-winning Captains Retreat B&B, Lavanya will have you feeling deeply relaxed the moment you walk through their door. With a penchant for premium quality and local ingredients, the treatments are good for the body, soul and planet.

The experience: Indulge with their signature Paprika Power facial and full body massage and escape for two hours into a haze. Paprika stimulates the natural circulation in the skin, working to detoxify, oxygenate and rejuvenate.

Details: 2 Ferguson St, Williamstown, (03) 9681 9587


Peninsula Hot Springs

The place: Soak up the tranquil bushland surrounds and fresh air at Peninsula Hot Springs, Australia’s first natural geo-thermal springs. There are 20 different bathing experiences with both a social bathhouse area and secluded private area for chill-out time. Add on a luxurious treatment – from facials and salt scrubs to hot stone treatments and body wraps – inspired by traditional Aboriginal ingredients and techniques. You’ll quickly edge your way closer to inner zen.

The experience: The hour-long Mala Mapi treatment begins with an aromatic oil massage and desert salt exfoliation followed by a warm silky and mineral-rich Mapi mud mask and de-stressing scalp massage.

Details: Springs Lane, Fingal, (03) 5950 8777

Norbu Urban Retreat at The Olsen Hotel

The place: In the award-winning Olsen Hotel, Norbu Urban Retreat is a holistic wellness centre that integrates luxuriant treatments with an extensive range of health and wellness options. All treatments are designed to boost circulation, increase oxygenation to optimise organ function and remove toxins.

The experience: Try the signature Berry Refined Firming Peel by Eminence. The exfoliation aids greater penetration and absorption of the actives, with a yummy fruit cocktail of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries infusing the skin with antioxidants to tighten tissue. After one exfoliating treatment, your expression lines appear relaxed, skin is glowing, texture is smoother and skin is plumped.

Details: Mezzanine, The Olsen, 637 Chapel Street, South Yarra, (03) 9040 1199


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Australian spa retreats in New South Wales


From resorts and spas, to lifestyle and beauty retreats, find an escape at one of these top locations in New South Wales, Australia.


Nature’s Energy

The place: Everything is based on earthy elements at Nature’s Energy in Sydney’s Balmain. The spa baths are surrounded by dark cobbled stones, creating an experience akin to being in a secluded rainforest. Just leave the kids at home.

The experience: Book yourself in for an indulgent massage with hydrating, sweet-smelling products such as shea butter and coconut, sunflower and jojoba oil. Your skin feels amazing after! They also perform massages tailored to expectant mothers and sports professionals.

Details: 312 Darling Street, Balmain, (02) 9555 5533

Pañpuri Organic Spa

The place: Pañpuri Organic Spa combines traditional Indonesian and Cambodian influences with a truly modern feel. Walk in from the street, entering through wooden, black-lacquered doors into a peaceful haven. Everything is organic, from the welcome tea and bathrobes to the cotton buds and slippers. Sharon Stone and Richard Gere are regular clients at Pañpuri in Bali and Spain, so you’re in good company.

The experience: The Mali Moonlight Massage, which is a combination of traditional Thai massage, aromatherapy, reiki and acupressure techniques. The perfect antidote to those tiresome back knots. A dip in the hydrotherapy bath and steam room are also a must.

Details: 55 Miller Street, Pyrmont, (02) 9660 1916



Byron at Byron Resort & Spa

The place: Want total mind, body and soul regeneration? At Byron at Byron Resort & Spa, there are six luxurious treatment rooms specialising in several signature relaxation, renewal and results-focused treatments. All treatments encompass native Australian ingredients, such as macadamia nut and fragonia, for a distinctive Byron Bay feel. At the resort, there’s also reflexology, naturopathic consultations, tarot card readings, acupuncture and daily yoga classes to while away the day.

The experience: The uber-indulgent Cypress Sojourn, which is $370 for three hours of bliss, is the ultimate face and body therapy, commencing with an invigorating body brush followed by a relaxing full-body aromatic massage. You’re then treated to a Pevonia facial, manicure and pedicure, including an aromatic salt footbath and massage.

Details: 77–97 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay, (02) 6639 2110

Gaia Lifestyle Retreat

The place: Gaia was launched by Olivia Newton-John and her interior designer friend Gregg Cave in 2005. Located in the lush, emerald-green hinterland of Byron Bay, this soul-soothing hippy hangout is your much-needed weekend reprieve from deadlines, to-do lists and the stresses of work and city life. Everything at Gaia works to detox the mind and body, from the psychic readings and balancing therapies to the spa treatments and menu. Daily activities such as yoga and tai chi are also thrown into the experience. Oprah is reportedly a fan.

The experience: The treatments draw on massage and healing techniques from around the world. The most ludicrously indulgent is the Gaia Goddess (or Gaia Man) which involves four-and-a-half hours of pure luxe, including a body polish and massage, mask, scalp massage, facial, hand and foot treatment with locally made organic products. If you want to try something different, opt for the Esoteric Breast Massage. By far the most ‘hippie’ treatment on the menu, it focuses on restoring ‘nurturing honour’ to the fairer sex.

Details: 933 Fernleigh Road, Brooklet, (02) 6687 1216



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Beauty escapes around Queensland, Australia


Experience a true Balinese spa escape at these top spa retreats in Queensland, Australia.



Ikatan Balinese Day Spa

The place: Voted best destination spa in Australia, Ikatan Balinese Day Spa is set on an acreage just a few minutes outside of Noosa. Truly tranquil, it boasts gorgeous Balinese gardens and villa-style treatment rooms that truly embrace nature – slightly redolent of a traditional Balinese village. Set deep within the trees, their air-conditioned treatment rooms and open-air pavilions are mini paradises within a paradise. You feel deeply relaxed almost straight away.

The experience: Go all out with a Retreat Day Package, which includes yoga, meditation, meals and spa treatments. Alternatively, opt for the Kharma Rejuvenation Package which includes a coconut scrub and skin wrap followed by an hour-long Balinese massage and personalised anti-ageing facial, ending with lunch and tea in the garden, and a deluxe pedicure.

Details: 46 Grays Road, Doonan, (07) 5471 1199

One Wybelenna Day Spa

The place: Located in Brookfield, 20 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD, One Wybelenna offers a range of sublime treatments such as the deluxe chocolate scrub, crystal and pearl elixir for face and body, and a Padabhyang Indian foot and leg massage. The architecturally designed space features stunning gardens, a lap pool and spa and multiple lounging areas designed to complement the subtropical climate.


The experience: The Crystal and Pearl Elixir treatment is a combined face and body therapy using extracts of precious stones and minerals to energise and firm the skin. All-over body exfoliation merges with an exquisite massage for silken smoothness. Crystals are placed on the body’s seven chakra points to restore energy levels to balance while a Pearl Noir Facial uses black pearls – said to have powerful anti-ageing effects. 120 minutes, $325.

Details: 1 Wybelenna Street, Brookfield, (07) 3878 7549


Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

The place: A weekend spent at Gwinganna in Tallebudgera will leave you relaxed, revived and re-energised. Nestled in the lush Gold Coast hinterlands, Gwinganna offers everything from yoga to tai chi classes, naturopathic consultations to detox body wraps – even surfing lessons. Whatever you need to unwind. You may just run into Hugh Jackman there.

The experience: Why not make a week of it and try the seven-day Gwinganna detox package? You don’t have to be a health nut to appreciate the freshly prepared organic meals, spa treatments and lifestyle workshops. A thoroughly enriching mind, body and soul experience.

Details: 192 Syndicate Road, Tallebudgera, 1800 219 272

Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa

The place: All treatments take place in a truly healing environment – the heart of the Daintree Rainforest – for maximum relaxation. Feel the natural vitality of the surrounds. The treatments integrate the wisdom of ancient cultures and medicines, spirituality and healing, preserving indigenous traditions.

The experience: The Walbul-Walbul (‘Butterfly’) treatment sees you melt away with a drizzling of warm oil and a sprinkling of desert salt. Enjoy a luxurious massage and exfoliation before being cocooned in warm and nourishing mud. The treatment’s based on the caterpillar’s transition into a beautiful butterfly. Immersed in the ancient rainforest, and with the soothing sounds of the waterfall as your soundtrack, you’ll feel one with nature in no time.

Details: 3189 Mossman-Daintree Road, Daintree, (07) 4098 6100



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Lemon & Dill Chicken

Lemon & Dill Chicken Recipe
Lemon & Dill Chicken
Fresh lemon and dill create a quick Greek-inspired pan sauce for simple sautéed chicken breasts. Make it a meal: Serve with roasted broccoli and whole-wheat orzo.

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South Australian spa retreats


For secluded locations and breathtaking scenery, relax your body and soul at one of these spa retreats in South Australia.


Southern Ocean Lodge

The place: Due to its truly secluded location, perched high on a cliff top, you can only access the treatment rooms via a boardwalk through the coastal flora. Once you reach your private oasis, admire the view, rewind and relax, soaking up the sounds of waves crashing in the background.

The experience: Their Ligurian Honey and Almond Wrap features ingredients that are locally produced. The 90-minute treatment begins with a Bay of Shoals mineral salt exfoliation before you’re wrapped in a cocoon of nourishing honey and almonds. You’re then treated to a massage using essential oil sourced from around the island, and a spritz of fragrant wild rosella flower mist.

Details: Hanson Bay Road, Kingscote, (02) 9918 4355

Kangaroo Island Health Retreat

The place: Want your spa treatments served up alongside spectacular scenery, wildlife and locally produced gourmet food? Book yourself a stay at the world-renowned Kangaroo Island Health Retreat. This empowering, educating and healing experience will leave you totally refreshed by the time you return home.

The experience: One of their signature multi-day programs includes a health assessment, daily mentoring, yoga, pilates, meals and cooking classes, plus massage treatments, nutrition lectures and a post-program follow-up.

Details: 227 Bates Road, Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island, (08) 8553 5374

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Top Tasmanian spa retreats to visit

For locals and visitors alike, experience a spa retreat like no other at one of these breathtaking locations in Tasmania, Australia.

Waldheim Alpine Spa At Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

The place: The spa well and truly makes the most of its spectacular location, overlooking the Cradle Mountain and its ancient forests, snow-capped pine trees and crisp mountain streams. Drop in and ease your body after a day of bushwalking in the mountains.

The experience: There are many luxurious face and body treatments on offer, each using completely natural Tasmanian-made skincare products. Revel in treatments like Highland Healing, where your therapist will customise a 60-minute full-body massage, relieving tension in your weary legs and shoulders.

Details: 4038 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, (03) 6492 2100

Harmony Hill Wellness & Organic Spa Retreat

The place: This 42-acre bush retreat, perched high in the hills above Hobart, draws on both Eastern and Western therapies. There are three treatment rooms, a sauna and a hot tub. Their skilled therapists will assess your condition holistically, drawing on their knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine and Asian philosophies to advise you on a rebalancing treatment.  

The experience: The five-night detox retreat, including daily yoga and meditation, massages and healing treatments including reflexology.

Details: 210 Old Bernies Road, Margate, (03) 6294 8177



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Spa retreats in Western Australia


Holistic health and wellbeing experiences awaits at these top spa retreats in Western Australia.

Indijup Spa Retreat

The place: A spa retreat surrounded by national parkland, sprawling vineyards and unspoiled beaches. There are 10 luxurious villas, each with a private plunge pool overlooking a secluded beach. As well as massages, they deal in invigorating sea salt scrubs, clay body masks and detoxing baths infused with Australian native ingredients such as juniper berry, cypress and lemon myrtle.

The experience: Rather than choose a specific treatment, go in for a private consultation. The gently handed, highly skilled staff will design a treatment experience especially for you.

Details: 1 Cape Clairault Road, Yallingup, (08) 9750 1300

Kalyaana SPA & Wellness Retreat

The place: This tiny boutique sanctuary with an annexed spa for guests caps its guest list at four, creating an intimate experience amid five tranquil acres of gardens including a kitchen garden and sensory herb garden.

The experience: If you want a holistic health and wellbeing experience with delicious cuisine, extensive therapies and healing modalities, rejuvenating treatments and luxurious home comforts, this is it.  

Details: Lot 705 Maslin Street, Bridgetown, (08) 9761 1420

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