The Spa at Bells at Kill­care, New South Wales

Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By Lana Bogunovich

Blend­ing the el­e­gance of The Hamp­tons with the re­laxed vibe of the Aus­tralian coast, Bells at Kill­care’s sig­na­ture day spa is a lux­u­ri­ous and com­fort­able space lo­cated in­side a two-storey, ren­o­vated barn. It has four treat­ment rooms and a range of treat­ments to en­joy in soli­tude or with a part­ner in the cou­ples room. In­spired by the nat­u­ral sur­rounds of Bouddi Na­tional Park and lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture, the spa uses hand-se­lected, pre­mium skin­care prod­ucts in­clud­ing lo­cal plant-based brand Li’tya.

The ther­a­pist wel­comes us with a tra­di­tional Abo­rig­i­nal smok­ing cer­e­mony, which sets the tone and makes the ex­pe­ri­ence all the more spe­cial. We are given a lovely foot bath and then select our per­sonal choice of na­tive oil blend be­fore com­menc­ing the sig­na­ture Kodo (mean­ing melody) mas­sage. This one-hour, full body, rhyth­mic mas­sage, fo­cuses on pres­sure points to bring the body back into bal­ance. Draw­ing on tra­di­tional Abo­rig­i­nal tech­niques, long strokes and rhyth­mic, spi­ral­ing move­ments are per­formed us­ing my choice of na­tive aroma oil, quickly send­ing me into a deep state of re­lax­ation.

A gen­tle sound brings me back into the room and af­ter I put my plush robe back on, I am of­fered a cup of tea in the re­lax­ation lounge, where I take my time, pro­long­ing my Bells’ spa ex­pe­ri­ence for just that lit­tle bit longer. bell­satkill­

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