The Weekend Series: relax to the max – treat yourself at these roadtrip-worthy day spas
Let’s just all agree that this year has been a pretty wild ride, which has probably (definitely) taken a toll on your soul and left your skin looking and feeling a little bit ordinary. The importance of carving out time for self care during times of increased stress cannot be understated – it’s not only good for your physical wellbeing but it’s imperative to keep your emotional and mental health in check. Sure, there are an abundance of day spas and salons within close proximity to your house but sometimes the very act of getting in the car and driving out of town for the day can be relaxing in itself. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some excellent day spas in Southeast Queensland and beyond so you can truly make a day (or night) of it – massages, facials, treatments, coffee, and most importantly, time to yourself – sounds pretty darn great to us!
O’Reilly’s Lost World Spa, Lamington National Park
O’Reilly’s Lost World Spa is the perfect place to find your best self. Stress will melt out of your body as soon as you set foot inside this hidden hideaway, starting with the scenic splendour and fresh mountain air enjoyed at the spa’s relaxation lounge and finishing with a detoxifying stint in the on-site steam room. The treatment rooms offer body-melting massages, hot stone therapy, skin-care treatments and Vintotherapy, which uses grapes from Canungra Valley vineyards for an anti-ageing treatment. While waiting for your treatment to begin, enjoy some down time at the spa’s infinity pool and trust us when we say, that view alone is worth the drive. Ready to escape to another world? Head here to book.
Aqua Day Spa, Noosa
The mantra here is relax, rejuvenate and revitalise, which is precisely what will happen once you slip on a robe and surrender to the luxurious experience. Aqua offers a stunning selection of treatments and sublime therapies tailored to renew yourself from the inside out. If time allows, opt for the ultimate indulgence, which is four glorious hours of pampering complete with a body scrub, nourishing body wrap, hour-long massage, hyaluronic facial and finish with either a deluxe manicure or pedicure. Be sure to take time to embrace the healing benefits of the aqua therapy pool and steam room – you’ll walk out feeling every bit the queen (or king) that you are. Take a peek at all of Aqua’s luxurious treatments here.
Spa Anise, Maryvale
Spicers Peak Lodge is an isolated mountaintop getaway spot located on 8,000 acres of World Heritage-listed national park, combining luxury accommodation, dining and relaxation amenities into one gorgeous getaway experience. Spa Anise is the on-site pampering palace that offers signature packages and treatments for couples and individuals. Purifying and remineralising body wraps, aromatherapy treatments for head, hands and feet, anti-ageing elixirs, seasonal spa facials, lymphatic drainage massages, hot-stone massages and create-your-own treatments are available. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to get away to the Sunshine Coast, Spicers Tamarind Retreat also boasts a beautiful day spa that offers the same level of luxury that you deserve. Get a look at the full assortment of options here.
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Tallebudgera Valley
A tranquil oasis nestled in the heart of the Gold Coast hinterland, Gwinganna’s spa facilities are guaranteed to help reset your inner being. Boasting an indoor-meets-outdoor 33-room spa (one of the largest in the southern hemisphere) Gwinganna features everything from elevated outdoor decks overlooking 200 hectares of native bushland, peaceful gardens, steam rooms, custom treatment rooms and more. The spa menu includes music and massage fusions, Japanese-style acupuncture and hot-stone combinations, multi-faceted massage experiences, eight kinds of facial, specialised Ayurveda aromatherapy treatments, Eastern therapies and much, much more. Take a peek here.
ikatan Day Spa, Noosa
If being one of the most awarded day spas on the Sunshine Coast isn’t enough to get your attention, then perhaps the list of treatments at ikatan Day Spa will sway you. Situated in a lush tropical setting with Balinese gardens and outdoor pavilions to wander through, patrons of ikatan immediately feel at ease upon arrival. This contentment pales in comparison to how you’ll feel upon your departure, especially after enjoying an all-inclusive day package that includes yoga and meditation classes, body treatments, massage, facials, feet and hand treatments, as well as breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, herbal tea and even a cheeky wine. We can’t travel to Bali right now – so consider this the next best thing! Jump here for the spa menu and booking details.
Ruffles Day Spa, Willlow Vale
Situated in the stunning Gold Coast Hinterland (surprisingly close to the city centre), the luxurious day spa experience at Ruffles will have you looking and feeling fab-u-lous. While all of the spa’s lush treatments are an investment in your future happiness, it’s hard to go past the three-hour winter bliss which will help you shed that winter skin and emerge from hibernation with a steam and sauna, full body relaxation massage, body polish and clay wrap, full body hydration and petite spa facial. The day spa is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. To make an appointment contact 07 5546 7411 or [email protected]
A little further south:
If you’re lucky enough to call Northern New South Wales home or are a frequent visitor to Byron Bay and beyond (when the borders are open, that is) here are a few dreamy southern day spas to put on your radar.
Gaia Retreat & Spa, Brooklet
Need to escape? Spend a day in the lush hinterland (near Newrybar and Bangalow) at one of the country’s most luxurious retreats. Gaia’s day spa offers a series of treatments and packages designed to take you on journey of unsurpassed relaxation and indulgence, leaving you glowing, refreshed and in a complete state of tranquility. If you’re looking to really hit the reset button, experience Gaia in all of its glory and book yourself in for a weekend vacay. Check out all of the details here.
Halcyon House, Cabarita
Halcyon House is a pristine beacon of coastal relaxation housed within a surf motel turned luxe beachside retreat. The sophisticated sanctuary is the perfect spot to shed the week’s woes and indulge in some much-needed TLC, with its Anna Spiro-designed day spa offering the full breadth of services, from thermal-infusing facials to massages, hand and foot therapy, steam baths, body exfoliations and more. Each treatment is conducted with all-natural chemical-free products from iconic Australian skincare brand Sodashi. It’s the ultimate pamper paradise. Check out the spa menu here.
Osprey Spa at Elements of Byron, Byron Bay
Open to both hotel guests and the public, this tranquil beachside day spa is one of Byron Bay’s premier pampering destinations. Using La Gaia botanicals, Osprey Spa has a series of tailored services to suit your every need (and want) with head-to-toe experiences to rebalance your mind, body and soul. If you’re ready to zen out, head here to take a peek inside Osprey with a virtual tour and book your spa session.