Qantas - - Qstyle - KATE PHILLIPS

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.

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