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In­dulge in an ur­ban un­wind

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Press pause on ur­ban stress with Stel­lar’s round-up of the best city spas.

Whether you’re on a week­end away or sim­ply want to chill out closer to home, a few hours of re­lax­ation and re­ju­ve­na­tion can help you press re­set on the day-to-day and leave you feel­ing like you’ve had a proper es­cape.

MEL­BOURNE Chuan Spa, The Lang­ham Mel­bourne

Treat­ment Doc­tor Ba­bor Cos­me­ceu­ti­cal Fa­cial: Col­la­gen Booster Anti-age­ing (60 min­utes, $189) Re­garded as the spa’s most lux­u­ri­ous fa­cial, this treat­ment wipes away all signs of stress and fa­tigue by giv­ing skin a healthy dose of hy­dra­tion. As you wait for an en­zyme peel to work its magic on wrinkles, you’re treated to a heav­enly scalp and arm mas­sage that has you ques­tion­ing whether time here can get any bet­ter. It can: Ba­bor’s col­la­gen and hyaluronic treat­ment mask is ap­plied and a lengthy pres­sure-point mas­sage leaves skin look­ing youth­ful and smooth. Chuan Spa, The Lang­ham Mel­bourne and Syd­ney; lang­hamho­tels.com.

GOLD COAST Spaq, QT Gold Coast

Treat­ment Freshly Picked (60 min­utes, POA) Spaq takes the pres­sure out of lock­ing in a treat­ment you might de­cide isn’t right on the day of your ap­point­ment. “Freshly Picked” means you ar­rive and de­cide last minute what your body needs. Whether it’s a fa­cial to ad­dress skin con­cerns or a re­lax­ation mas­sage, ap­point­ments can be booked for one hour and prices re­flect your choice of treat­ment on the day. QT ho­tels boast that stay­ing there is like fall­ing down a rab­bit hole, and Spaq is no ex­cep­tion. Once in­side, ther­a­pists make it their busi­ness to have you in a bliss­ful, dream-like state from start to fin­ish. Spaq at QT Gold Coast, Port Dou­glas and Syd­ney; qtho­tel­san­dresorts.com.

SYD­NEY The Dar­ling Spa, The Star Syd­ney

Treat­ment The Dar­ling Sig­na­ture (2 hours, $320) With its hushed cor­ri­dors and dimly lit treat­ment rooms, the lux­u­ri­ous con­fines of The Dar­ling Spa are as far re­moved as you can get from the bustling casino lo­cated else­where in the ho­tel. The Dar­ling Sig­na­ture will find you ush­ered into a room for two bliss­ful hours, wherein stress will melt away cour­tesy of a back ex­fo­li­a­tion, scalp treat­ment and hot-stone mas­sage. Savour your seren­ity in the lounge post-treat­ment by sip­ping a cup of herbal tea – or a glass of cham­pagne. Spa fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a Moroc­can ham­mam cham­ber and jacuzzi. The Dar­ling Spa, The Star Syd­ney; star.com.au.

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