Three of a Kind
ZEN SPA, THE STANLEY HOTEL, PORT MORESBY, PNG
You don’t need to travel beyond Papua New Guinea to sample some of the world’s most exotic and rejuvenating treatments. The team of exceptionally trained therapists at the Zen Spa inside one of Port Moresby’s newest hotels offers Chinese, Balinese and Thai massages, as well as foot and hot-stone massage, facials, scrubs, cupping, acupuncture and more. If you choose a VIP room massage, you can also take a dip in the hotel’s chic 40-metre lap pool apres-massage, followed by a chilled beverage as you laze on a deck chair. A true paradise for tired bodies.
Treat yourself to the 60-minute Balinese massage. It may well be the best PGK168 you spend all year.
The Stanley Hotel, Third Floor, Sir John Guise Drive, Waigani, Port Moresby. Tel. +675 3028888, see zenspastanley.com.
THE DAY SPA BY CHUAN, THE LANGHAM, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
First thing’s first: the pool at the Langham is outstanding. With faux stars set into the darkened roof twinkling on the low-lit lap pool and jacuzzi below, it’s like swimming in heaven, so make sure you leave time for a pre-treatment plunge and session in the steam room. Once you’re done luxuriating, a menu full of healing holistic therapies awaits. In the massage realm there’s aromatherapy, relaxation, stress relief, stone therapy and more.
The 90-minute Chuan stone-therapy massage (PGK562) uses hot and cold stones to balance yin and yang energies, increasing circulation and boosting your immune system. It’s perfection when combined with the Chuan herbal salt scrub where warm oil, salt, mint and ginger combine to make your skin and body feel brand new.
The Langham, sub-basement level, 89–113 Kent Street, Sydney. Tel. +61 (2) 9248 5250, see langhamhotels.com.
LEMBAH SPA, UBUD, BALI
It’s the views of Ubud’s lush jungle that first grab your attention in this dreamy nest, situated in a thatched-roof bungalow surrounded by palm trees. But it’s the flower petal baths, steam room, plunge pool and excellent range of treatments that will keep you here for hours on end. Merging Western science with ancient Balinese healing traditions, Lembah offers a decadent array of foot reflexology, hair cream baths, body scrubs and masks, facials and, of course, fantastic massages.
The Four Hands Harmony massage involves two therapists giving you a traditional Balinese rub down for 60 minutes, kneading you into a semi-liquid state. Or, for the ultimate indulgence, book in for a 180-minute spa package including a scrub, essential oil massage, yoghurt body moisturiser, aromatic bath and facial.
Lembah Spa, Jln. Lanyahan, Br Nagi, Ubud. Tel. +62 361 971 777, see lembahspa.com.
Lembah, Bali … the spa has a decadent array of treatments (above and left).