Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By Sue Wal­lace

It’s no won­der those in need of a lit­tle pam­per­ing of­ten fly from in­ter­state to Mel­bourne’s Lyall Spa for in­dul­gent treat­ments. The award-win­ning spa, lo­cated at the Lyall Ho­tel in leafy South Yarra, of­fers a va­ri­ety of top-shelf mas­sages and ex­otic spa ‘rit­u­als’ that leave you feel­ing re­freshed and re­newed. The Lyall Sig­na­ture Spa Rit­ual, which in­cludes a So­dashi Pre­scrip­tive Mas­sage and Pure Ra­di­ance Fa­cial is two hours of sheer bliss. Mag­i­cal hands knead away any knots and tight spots us­ing un­scented, vi­ta­min-rich oils to bal­ance, en­er­gise, soothe and rein­vig­o­rate your skin.

The mas­sage is fol­lowed by a re­lax­ing Pure Ra­di­ance fa­cial com­plete with warm com­presses to soften and brighten skin, a gen­tle rhyth­mic mas­sage and a nur­tur­ing mask with rich her­bal ex­tracts to re­store hy­dra­tion lev­els. Af­ter two hours of pam­per­ing you feel ready to take on the world. The spa also uses Skeyn­dor prod­ucts, a well-es­tab­lished Span­ish cos­metic range that com­bines sci­ence with lux­ury, as well as So­dashi, a chem­i­cal-free Aus­tralian brand.

An­other favoured rit­ual here is the Ara­bian Oud Re­newal Ther­apy, which fea­tures a head-to-toe ex­pe­ri­ence, help­ing with mus­cu­lar ten­sion, and skin ra­di­ance. It’s de­signed to calm and soothe the ner­vous sys­tem, in­vok­ing a deep sense of in­ner strength and clar­ity. The spa has eight treat­ment rooms in­clud­ing two ham­mam-style steam rooms. The ho­tel is also a rest­ful haven where you can en­joy a glass of bub­bles at the Cham­pagne Bar to cel­e­brate that sense of well­be­ing.

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