We all de­serve a lit­tle pam­per­ing. From skin care to hair styling and even medi-spa treat­ments, Shonagh Walker re­veals the top beauty des­ti­na­tions from Syd­ney to the Gold Coast.

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Take your pick from this com­pre­hen­sive guide to the best spas and sa­lons on the East Coast and get busy re­lax­ing.

Dou­glas Pereira Clin­i­cal Skin Ther­apy

Suite 604, 60 Park St, Syd­ney NSW, 0407 443 350, Clin­i­cal­skinther­

Si­t­u­ated in the hec­tic heart of Syd­ney’s CBD, step­ping in­side this sixth-floor sanctuary feels ex­actly like I’d imag­ine rest­ing on a fluffy white cloud high in the sky would.

The sin­gle white room with a view over the lush and leafy

Hyde Park, in­vokes a sense of calm and tran­quil­lity from the mo­ment you re­cline on the treat­ment lounge.

Be­ing one room only, you know that the space and the time you fill it with be­longs only to you and your needs. Whether you re­quire hand ther­apy or dé­col­letage re­ju­ve­na­tion, sen­si­tive skin so­lu­tions or firm­ing and anti-age­ing fa­cials, Dou­glas uses his 20-plus years of knowl­edge, skills and ex­pe­ri­ence in the medi-spa busi­ness to cre­ate be­spoke treat­ments that de­liver the very best re­sults, ev­ery time.

To­gether with some of the most state-of-the-art cos­metic ma­chin­ery avail­able, Dou­glas uses his own col­lec­tion of cos­me­ceu­ti­cal skin care, de­vel­oped with Aus­tralia’s lead­ing chemists, which is a unique blend of sci­en­tific in­gre­di­ents and the purest or­ganic es­sen­tial oils. So, not only do these prod­ucts and treat­ments work, they’re a truly beau­ti­ful and holis­ti­cally sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence.


381 Ox­ford St, Padding­ton, Syd­ney NSW, (02) 9361 4014, Venus­

Af­ter al­most 30 years of treat­ing the skin of Syd­ney-siders, lo­cal and vis­it­ing celebri­ties, top-tier beauty ed­i­tors and lead­ing in­flu­encers, Venus­tus sa­lon just keeps get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter. Ex­am­ple? The newly de­vel­oped Six Hand Mas­sage, where three ther­a­pists work in ex­act uni­son to un­sure ev­ery knot, crick or nig­gle in your tense body is eased into sub­mis­sion and re­lax­ation. Or there’s the OM mas­sage, where you’re trans­ported to a bliss­ful state of re­lax­ation for 90 min­utes, be­gin­ning with a rit­ual palo anto (a sa­cred shamanic wood) burn­ing, Ti­betan chant­ing and singing bowl and var­i­ous en­ergy ther­a­pies, in­clud­ing reiki, shi­atsu, crys­tal and hot rocks mas­sage, as well as reflexology.

Never one to rest on her lau­rels, owner and cre­ator of the Venus­tus or­ganic skin and body care line, Jean­nie Bourke is con­stantly de­vel­op­ing and tri­alling new ri­tu­als, treat­ments and prod­ucts, which is the rea­son the likes of Ni­cole Kid­man have been com­ing back there since the dawn of time, well, at least since 1998 when its doors first opened.

Jo­ce­lyn Petroni

Level One, 80 Queen St, Wool­lahra NSW, (02) 9363 3662,

0416 320 986, Jo­ce­lyn­

Lauded by the likes of Mi­randa Kerr, Me­gan Gale, Jes­sica Gomes, Rachel Finch, Michelle Bridges, Eleanor Pendle­ton and Ge­orgie Gard­ner, Petroni is un­doubt­edly Syd­ney’s go-to girl for glow­ing skin, ob­scenely ridicu­lous pam­per­ing and the ul­ti­mately per­fect pedi­cure and man­i­cure (she’s the of­fi­cial nail ex­pert for Chanel in Aus­tralia, by the way).

Jo­ce­lyn fol­lows a holistic ap­proach to health and beauty, in­cor­po­rat­ing dis­ci­plines such as reiki and med­i­ta­tion into her treat­ments. I’ve been lucky enough to have sev­eral treat­ments with this di­vine lady. I’d love to tell you about them, but I fell into a bliss­ful coma-like sleep the sec­ond her hands touched my face – ev­ery sin­gle time. All I know is that my skin glows like it’s been lit from within for weeks af­ter each treat­ment, and the com­pli­ments come pour­ing in.

The Dar­ling Spa

80 Pyr­mont St, Pyr­mont, Syd­ney NSW, 1800 800 830,

Si­t­u­ated in the Dar­ling ho­tel of Syd­ney’s The Star Casino, this luxe spa fea­tures 11 treat­ment rooms, two ex­clu­sive cou­ples suites, a Mo­roc­can Ham­man cham­ber, steam room and jacuzzi. Don’t miss The Plat­inum Es­sen­tial Fa­cial, which is ex­clu­sive to the Dar­ling Spa. The 60-minute treat­ment is a top-to-toe in­dul­gence us­ing la prairie Plat­inum Rare Col­lec­tion. It’s ideal for all skin types, but es­pe­cially per­fect for brides, pre-party events, or any­one who’s af­ter firmer, more youth­ful-look­ing, ra­di­ant skin.

Raw Hair

100 Com­mon­wealth St, Surry Hills, Syd­ney NSW,

(02) 9211 4444,

Owned and run by not only the best in the hair busi­ness but the loveli­est man on earth, An­thony Nader, Raw is a de­con­structed space where some se­ri­ous ar­ti­sans of hair work their magic. At the helm is Nader, whose client list in­cludes most of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing beauty ed­i­tors and blog­gers and both in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal celebri­ties.

Jonny + June

104 Glen­more Rd, Padding­ton NSW, Jon­nyjune­

An alumni of An­thony Nader and Raw Hair, Si­mon Bright, creative di­rec­tor at this lush East­ern Sub­urbs sa­lon, de­scribes his ap­proach to hair­dress­ing as “holistic”. His be­lief in this is so strong that he’s even de­vel­oped his own range of or­ganic, ve­gan, botan­i­cal-based hair prod­ucts.

Many modern sa­lons to­day are uber cool, have clunky acous­tics and thump­ing beats, and see you leav­ing with great hair, but an even greater headache. There’s none of that here. With its ivy-lined walls, twin Per­sian cats grace­fully idling around, a nat­u­ral citrus scent per­me­at­ing the space and serene ambience that im­me­di­ately grounds and cen­tres your soul, this is a re­fresh­ing and wel­come step away into seren­ity plus to­tal tress suc­cess.

Spa Elysia

Golden Door, Hunter Val­ley NSW, (02) 4085 2845, Gold­en­

As part of the health and well­ness re­treat, The Golden Door, this spa ex­cels in all it does. There’s a host of heal­ing re­lax­ing and re­ju­ve­nat­ing body treat­ments, but if you re­ally want to leave with your ul­ti­mate glow­ing skin, de­vour the fa­cials menu.

Us­ing the cer­ti­fied or­ganic, Aus­tralian-made skin care Di­vine Woman/man, these treat­ments here are not to be missed.

Bath­house Newry­bar Villa and Well­ness Cen­tre + Age­less NAD+ Clinic

21 Old Pa­cific High­way, Newry­bar NSW, 0410 341 131, Bath­house­newry­, Age­less­

Pos­si­bly the new­est and the most high-tech well­ness cen­tre in the North­ern Rivers re­gion, this is a sanctuary not to be missed. Book in to the lux­ury villa and bliss out for a few days while you en­joy end­less treat­ments, or sim­ply check in as a day guest and make use of the 25m pool, Mo­saic Ham­man steam room, 12-jet Vichy shower, aqua lum­bar mas­sage spa and mi­lanese sauna, af­ter you’ve in­dulged in a fa­cial, mas­sage or one of lead­ing anti-age­ing and well­ness ex­pert, Dr Jeremy Cump­ston’s heal­ing and re­ju­ve­nat­ing treat­ments.

Cump­ston is the first doc­tor in Aus­tralia to be ad­min­is­ter­ing the rev­o­lu­tion­ary NAD+ Co-en­zyme in­fu­sion and it’s avail­able by ap­point­ment at Newry­bar Bath­house, as well as his other Age­less NAD+ clin­ics based around Syd­ney CBD and East­ern sub­urbs.

“NAD+ is a meta­bolic co-en­zyme that is an es­sen­tial com­po­nent of en­ergy pro­duc­tion (mi­to­chon­drial func­tion),” he ex­plains.

“It is also heav­ily in­volved in DNA and cell re­pair; and is es­sen­tial for main­tain­ing neu­ro­trans­mit­ter lev­els for the proper func­tion­ing of the brain. NAD+ is also a great sup­port for liver health, which is im­per­a­tive for im­mune func­tion, detox­i­fi­ca­tion and of course, glow­ing skin.”

Also ask about Dr Cump­ston’s new beauty boost treat­ment, which in­fuses hyaluronic acid, vi­tal nu­tri­ents and vi­ta­mins via hy­po­der­mic mi­cro in­jec­tions us­ing a hand-held de­vice called the beauty boost gun.

“The aim is to re­ju­ve­nate dry, fa­tigued and lined skin,” ex­plains Cump­ston.

Hal­cyon House Spa

21 Cy­press Cres­cent, Cabarita Beach NSW, (02) 6676 1444, Hal­cy­on­

Your in­ner be­ing is equally as im­por­tant as the way your skin looks when you visit this new, lux­u­ri­ous sanctuary. It em­ploys a holistic ap­proach to up­lift­ing the body, mind and spirit us­ing soul-sooth­ing body ri­tu­als to restora­tive fa­cial treat­ments, all set amongst a sea-side en­vi­ron­ment (what bet­ter way to re­lax that with the sounds of the waves crash­ing just me­tres from your spa bed?).

MX Fa­cial Room by Mar­i­onne di Can­dia

Level 2, 103 Nerang St, South­port QLD, (07) 5591 3365, Mxskin­

Renowned for hav­ing the most magic touch in the beauty busi­ness, spe­cial­ist sin care ex­pert and spa con­sul­tant Mar­i­onne de Can­dia, has part­nered with top Plas­tic Sur­geon, Dr. Luke Strad­wick to open the first of her Mx Fa­cial Rooms at his Gold Coast surgery.

The medi-sa­lon will pro­vide Mar­i­onne’s ac­claimed non-sur­gi­cal day treat­ments, us­ing her own clin­i­cally de­vel­oped cos­me­ceu­ti­cal Mx Skin­care range, as well as pre and post-surgery and medi-treat­ment care.

The sig­na­ture Mx Fa­cial is a be­spoke ser­vice and paramed­i­cal pro­ce­dure, which en­com­passes re­lax­ing mas­sage, lym­phatic drainage, acu­pres­sure and reiki. It is fin­ished with a hyaluronic mask to give in­stant re­sults.


The lux­u­ri­ous Hal­cyon House Spa at Cabarita.


The Dou­glas Pereira Clin­i­cal Skin Ther­apy room looks over lush and leafy Hyde Park.

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