ROYAL FLUSH

Perth’s Crown Spa brings La Prairie treat­ments to Western Aus­tralia with a deca­dent flour­ish. By Remy Rip­pon.

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Perth’s Crown Spa brings La Prairie treat­ments to Western Aus­tralia with a deca­dent flour­ish.

The tow­er­ing ceil­ings at the en­trance to Perth’s Crown Tow­ers feel more suited to the lobby of a ho­tel in New York or Hong Kong than one sit­u­ated just a 20-minute cab ride from laid­back Cottes­loe Beach. The seven-me­tre void might even feel cav­ernous if it weren’t for the invit­ing sand­stone colour palette, in­tri­cate Bot­tega Veneta-in­spired bas­ket-weave ceil­ing de­tails and a col­lec­tion of per­haps the largest chan­de­liers I’ve ever seen. But would you ex­pect any­thing less from a ho­tel touted as the most ex­pen­sive to cre­ate in Aus­tralia? As far as first im­pres­sions go, this one de­liv­ers.

Just one level be­low, in what feels like a world away from the buzz of the lobby, lies Crown Spa, where the ceil­ings may be lower but the sense of grandeur and un­wa­ver­ing deca­dence is el­e­vated to new heights. Down here, panel de­tail­ing and the blue, aqua and white colour palette give the sense of be­ing aboard an ex­tremely op­u­lent cruise liner (think one a Saudi prince might own).

If you’ve tired of the tem­per­a­ture-reg­u­lated, sprawl­ing (8,800 square me­tres, to be ex­act) out­door pools that echo the nearby Swan River as they snake around the ex­te­rior of the ho­tel, then take a dive into the spa’s aqua re­treat. At the end of a lengthy hall­way, a cir­cu­lar azure pool awaits for a pre- or post-treat­ment splash. Or seek out the steam room, sauna and the hand­ful of re­lax­ation zones that hark back to old Ro­man bath­houses, a sen­ti­ment in­te­ri­ors mae­stro Blainey North kept front of mind when de­sign­ing the space.

The place is a rab­bit war­ren of treat­ment rooms struc­tured around a cen­tral axis that re­veals tran­quil dens where the sole pur­pose is acute re­lax­ation. Pre-treat­ment, guests are ush­ered into a dimly lit sit­ting room (so moody that the blue glow from an iPhone feels like a flood­light), com­plete with stream­lined leather lounges to sprawl and un­wind.

The 13 treat­ment rooms are as in­dul­gent as they are re­lax­ing, with ev­ery de­tail mas­ter­fully con­sid­ered. Like­wise, no ex­pense is spared in the treat­ments, which are courtesy of La Prairie, the gold stan­dard in skin­care.

To­day, I’m treated to the Caviar Lift fa­cial, which, as the name sug­gests, is luxe fac­tor and brawn rolled into 90 min­utes. It starts with the typ­i­cal cleanse and ex­fo­li­a­tion, but the La Prairie dif­fer­ence comes into play with a nifty mas­sage tech­nique util­is­ing heated glass globes that feel like a warm hug for the face but also prove ef­fi­cient in in­fus­ing Skin Caviar Crys­talline Con­cen­tré deep into the skin. The best part? The grand fi­nale is an ap­pli­ca­tion of the brand’s Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask, which gives you per­mis­sion to hot-foot it to your room (with­out even der­ob­ing) and re­lax­ing into a rest­ful slum­ber. If it sounds ex­ces­sive, it is.

Un­wind in Crown Spa’s steam room while elim­i­nat­ing tox­ins.

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