THE IN­SID­ERS AUS­TRALASIAN SPAS

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - NAOMI GRE­GORY

BEST ECO: Pris­tine coast­line, spec­tac­u­lar views and treat­ments inspired by Abo­rig­i­nal Dream­time heal­ing await at eco-friendly Bay of Fires Lodge Spa on Tas­ma­nia’s north­east coast. The peat mud bath is a must and can be shared by two. The walk-in, walk­out (hik­ing) lo­ca­tion makes it a spa ex­pe­ri­ence you’ve earned; bay­of­fires.com.au.

BEST SUNSET: In­jidup Spa Re­treat is perched high atop a cliff look­ing across the In­dian Ocean in Yallingup, Western Aus­tralia. With whales to be spot­ted, an in­cred­i­ble view and the most spec­tac­u­lar sun­sets imag­in­able, the awe-in­spir­ing set­ting in the state’s south­west makes it near im­pos­si­ble to shut your eyes (even dur­ing So­dashi’s Sa­madara Ul­ti­mate AgeDe­fy­ing Fa­cial); in­jidups­pare­treat.com.au.

DE­SIGNER: Moody style meets de­signer cool with a quirky mix of in­stal­la­tion art and vintage finds: a Syd­ney so­journ is in­com­plete with­out a visit to spaQ at QT Syd­ney ho­tel in the iconic Gow­ings and State Theatre build­ings. Top tips: Mas­tery Mas­sage for show­cas­ing per­sonal skills of highly trained ther­a­pists and the straight­edged ra­zor shaves at The Bar­ber Shop for the gents; spa-q.com.au.

NAT­U­RAL: Bathing afi­ciona­dos are spoiled for choice in Vic­to­ria. The min­eral wa­ters of Hep­burn Bath­house & Spa in Hep­burn Springs have wel­comed guests since 1885 and Penin­sula Hot Springs on the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula of­fers more ther­mal pool op­tions than you can imag­ine; hep­burn­bath­house.com; penin­su­la­hot­springs.com.

FLY AWAY: Forty min­utes from Queen­stown, on New Zealand’s South Is­land, and a world away from the ev­ery­day, lies luxe Aro Ha Well­ness Re­treat. Veg­e­tar­ian cui­sine, heal­ing body­work and mind­ful­ness are com­ple­mented by eco-luxe ac­com­mo­da­tion and world-class pro­grams; aro-ha.com.

MY LO­CAL: By­ron Bay’s Gaia Re­treat of­fers di­ver­sity of treat­ments like no other, thanks to the re­gion’s pen­chant for at­tract­ing ther­a­pists spe­cial­is­ing in a broad ar­ray of well­ness meth­ods. Top tip: En­joy lunch post-treat­ment at the re­treat’s tran­quil Kukura House; ga­iare­treat.com.au.

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