THE BEST OF THE REST IN VIC­TO­RIA’S SPA COUN­TRY

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Pep­pers Springs’ in­door spa Com­bine a glam­orous 1930s art deco ho­tel, ex­cel­lent restau­rant and award-winning min­eral spa, and you have the el­e­gant es­cape that is Pep­pers Springs Re­treat & Spa. I love the in­door-out­door spa baths over­look­ing top­i­ary gar­dens and the Euro­pean basalt stone sauna. Spa vil­las or the op­u­lent 1864 Villa Parma are worth con­sid­er­ing. www.pep­pers.com.au/springs. Imag­ine a tree house for grown-ups and you get the clever idea be­hind this el­e­gant spa re­treat in the award-winning Lake House restau­rant and re­sort, with its sweep­ing stair­cases and quirky wooden bath­houses built into trees. Lush treat­ments in­cor­po­rate lo­cal min­eral salts. www.lake­house.com.au. This ryokan-style guest­house of­fers a bit of Ja­panese zen in cen­tral Vic­to­ria. www.shizuka.com.au. A bou­tique spa stu­dio that’s per­fect for those want­ing to avoid em­bar­rass­ing robe mo­ments amid strangers. Queens­berry can be booked ex­clu­sively for your use, for a range of in­dul­gent treat­ments. www.mm­net.com.au/queens­berry/ en­try.htm. Michelle Rowe

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