The Top Five Spa Resorts in Australia
For time-poor business owners, executives and stressed out parents, there's nothing better than stepping away from technology and responsibilities for a weekend. Here are five delightful and soothing spa resort experiences that you can enjoy across Australia. I've attempted to select some of the best spas in every state. Don't have the time? Then simply make some. Give yourself permission to wallow in a state of non-doing for a change – your mind body and spirit will thank you for it! A 2012 survey of 6,000 travellers conducted by Hilton Hotels and Resorts, revealed that:
Australians want treatments centred around stress reduction and relaxation. Whereas Chinese customers want a more results-oriented treatments for detoxifying the body, blood circulation and weight loss. Interestingly, despite stereotypes, it's not just women who enjoy the spa experience, with the gender split more like 50-50 for executives and business travellers.
1. Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, Daylesford, Victoria
Daylesford is Victoria's best kept secret with its quirky galleries, antique and craft shops, boutique B&Bs, olive groves, lavender farms and other delightful local attractions. The icing on the cake is the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa. Daylesford has always been the ideal weekend spot for Melbourne-local couples, singles and groups of friends.
Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa has been around since 1895 making it one of the oldest spa resorts in Australia. Although the spa has recently undergone a renovation, it's lost none of its heritage, with a communal bathing area and a contemporary day spa. There's a salt therapy pool, aroma steam room, spa couches and a large variety of therapeutic treatments like body wraps, facials and massages. It's set in amongst the tranquil backwaters of Daylesford. And it's perfect for a splurge any season of the year. A day retreat package costs $235 per person and features your choice of a Thalgo facial or 60 minute massage, along with a spa indulgence platter and a glass of wine.
2. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania.
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is nestled at the edge of the heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Claire National Park. Take a scenic 1.5 hour drive from Devonport through pine forest and fresh mountain streams. It's the ultimate weekend escape from the city. There are four different styles of accommodation with a myriad of different spa treatments and ways to indulge yourself.
3. Gaia Retreat, Byron Bay. NSW
In the tranquil hinterland and rolling hills of Byron Bay, the Gaia retreat offers full spectrum health programs to revitalise your mind, body and spirit. The Day Spa draws on traditional relaxation methods from all four corners of the globe. Celebrities like Deborah Hutton and Olivia Newton-John frequent the place.
4. Gwinganna Resort, Gold Coast. QLD
A thoroughly unique place that feels as though you're stepping directly into an enchanted fairytale. Gwinganna Resort is housed in a circular wooden building that has a stunning water curtain at the entrance. This cuts out just as people approach – so don't worry you won't get wet!
This place is the crème de la crème of relaxation resorts. There is a crystal steam room, outdoor rain shower, a lap pool and a sauna; along with activities studios and an infinity pool that overlooks the Gold Coast in the distance. Countless treatments are offered along with lush private accommodation suites too. Encircled by tropical greenery, it's possible to forget the world for days or weeks on end here.
5. Injidup Spa Retreat, Margaret River, Western Australia.
Small but incredibly special, Injidup Spa Retreat is located three hours drive south of Perth. The resort opened its doors in March 2008 and has since established itself as an immaculate relaxation destination, that will leave you wobbling like a piece of jelly afterwards. There are 10 luxurious villas and each have a private plunge pool that overlooks a secluded beach. If you prefer to just drop in, there is also a Day Spa. Known for its discreet and tranquil surroundings, the resort offers all of the therapeutic treatments that you can handle.