BELLS AT KILLCARE
Is it conceivable to feel the soothing effects of a retreat before you even get there? Yes, if the hideaway in question is Bells at Killcare. The drive to the property, through serene coastal towns and lush Bouddi National Park, is enough to calm your senses. The boutique hotel’s 25 Hamptons-esque rooms and cottages and its refined restaurant are reasons enough to visit but the day spa is the biggest drawcard. All massages and treatments are inspired by Indigenous traditions and start with the burning of wild-harvested native flora, enveloping you in the fragrant smoke of gumleaves and paperbark. Follow up with the Kodo rhythmic body massage, which combines long, gliding, continuous movements and native aromatic oils to relieve muscle tension and stress.