Indulge in an urban unwind
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.