Kickstart 2023 with a luxury treatment at Australia’s best hotel spas
With December just around the corner (that went fast) and 2023 drawing nearer it might be time to plan a visit to one of Australia’s best hotel spas after the holiday to unwind, relax and rejuvenate.
Unpack for a few days and treat your body, mind and soul to a rejuvenating spa getaway, perfect to share with a loved one or a group of friends or why not travel solo for an ultimate relaxing trip?
From urban escapes to salty beach retreats, outback sanctuaries and chic wellness oasis. Lux Nomade seeks out some of Australia’s best hotel spas and here are our top picks…
Aurora Spa & Bathhouse
Australia’s award-winning Aurora Spa Group has recently opened the doors to Aurora Spa & Bathhouse’s treatment rooms and Aurora Spa Store at The Continental Sorrento, with the final element – a European-inspired ‘Bathhouse’ – planned to open in mid-December.
Inspired by the Mornington Peninsula, its spaces allow guests to pause, reset and replenish, with interiors in a warm neutral palette, featuring soft oak panelling, brass accents and sandy terracotta terrazzo tiles underfoot.
Within the elegant serenity of the Aurora treatment rooms, guests can experience evidence-based remedies, therapeutic massages, skin-health facials and body rituals. Each individualised spa treatment is delivered using Aurora Spa Group’s very own ASPAR products – formulated to bring you nature in a bottle with botanically active extracts – as well as exclusive products and specialised techniques from French skincare brand Biologique Recherche.
Adytum, is a serene holistic health and wellness retreat based in the Nation’s Capital, offering visitors a place to immerse themselves in ancient rituals of self-care and indulgence. The moniker ‘Adytum’ is derived from the ancient Greek language, meaning ‘innermost sanctuary of a temple,’ reflecting the brand’s philosophical purpose to explore the inextricable connection between self-care and wellness via physical manifestations.
A complimentary refreshments cafe and a self-care and wellness store are found within the sanctum. As well as a full-service Day Spa, a movement lounge hosting everything from Qigong and Yoga through to Sound Baths, a holistic health clinic, and a highly coveted Bathhouse that offers guests a thermotherapy experience with a hot rock sauna, mineral pool and a cold pail shower.
Gate Keeper’s Spa at Mount Lofty House estate, SA
Gate Keeper’s Day Spa, one of Australia’s best hotel spas, transforms one of Mount Lofty House Estate’s original cottages overlooking the stunning Adelaide Hills, with three tranquil treatment spaces and a private post-treatment landscaped garden.
An exclusive Jurlique approved day spa, every element and experience has been carefully crafted by professional spa therapists to deliver an enchanting wellness sojourn. A holistic menu of relaxing rituals, rejuvenating experiences and gentle beauty treatments honour the body’s individual needs, allowing guests to leave the weight of daily life behind.
The exclusive Spa Facials use premium Jurlique products formulated to harness premium dilutions of active botanicals and vitamin-rich infusions for a sensory ritual that promises visible results. Gate Keeper’s also offers a selection of massage rituals, hand and foot treatments, beauty indulgences and bespoke experiences for special occasions. All treatments are free of harsh chemicals, parabens, preservatives and aluminium with guests served a selection of organic naturopath designed herbal teas.
Hale Spa at Realm Precinct, ACT
Hale Spa is Canberra’s most luxurious day spa located within the Brassey Hotel, part of the Realm Precinct.
The day spa provides a cave-like spa pool, segregated female/male steam rooms and saunas, and a row of nine treatment rooms, including a large couples suite, lounge with fireplace and views onto an internal courtyard with water feature allow guests to relax before, during, and after treatments.
AWAY Spa at W Brisbane, QLD
Turning the heat up in Australia’s Sunshine State, W Brisbane is brimming with stellar design, contemporary flair and laidback Aussie vibes. The eclectic 5-star hotel in the heart of the city boasts 312 spacious guestrooms and suites, iconic Brisbane River views and supreme amenities to amplify any stay into an ultra-luxurious one.
A Lust for Life spa destination in the heart of Brisbane, designed for those wanting to look and feel good with a lasting inner and outer glow, W Brisbane’s AWAY Spa offers a range of fabulous treatments and facilities for ultimate rejuvenation – including Vitality Pools, Relaxation Pods, Rain Showers, His and Hers Saunas and Aromatherapy Steam Rooms. AWAY Spa and is the ideal place to rediscover your best self through a range of treatments that leave you glowing, relaxed, and mentally refreshed.
The hotel has a Get Your Glow On package featuring a 60-minute massage at AWAY Spa, a complimentary glass of bubbles, and accommodation in a luxe guest room, from $389 per night available until 31 March.
The Ritz-Carlton, Perth, WA
Inspired by the natural beauty of WA, The Ritz-Carlton, Perth is the ultimate gateway to Western Australia, with all hotel experiences deeply rooted in the story of WA. The luxurious guestrooms all feature floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping city and Swan River views.
Harnessing the natural beauty of Western Australia to establish a healing connection with nature, the riverfront spa experience at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Perth is an inspired wellness journey devoted to encouraging relaxation and reflection. Four idyllic treatment rooms, including a couple’s spa suite, are a setting for pampering rituals and bespoke treatments, using skincare from LaGaia Unedited and Biologique Recherche.
The hotel’s heated outdoor infinity pool looks out over the Swan River and city skyline and provides a stunning setting to soak in the luxury of The Ritz-Carlton service alongside the most spectacular views of Perth.
Eléme Day Spa at Byron, QLD
Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection resort, has recently unveiled their new Eléme Day Spa as the final stage of their $6 million refreshes undertaken in 2020.
The spa opened in December with a menu inspired by the healing properties of the Byron Bay region, offering personalised treatments ranging from facial therapies to private yoga and chakra healing, the perfect way to rejuvenate on holiday – whether you’re travelling solo or with a partner. Whether you’re in need of a facial, super-circulation stimulation, mammoth detoxification, skin firming, smoothing, tightening, lifting, fixing or the ultimate muscle-melting rubdown, Eléme Day Spa at Byron has got you covered.
With a philosophy immersed in nature, Eléme Day Spa, Crystalbrook Collection’s signature spa brand, offers bespoke facial and body therapies using the internationally renowned Sodashi skincare range. For massage therapies, Eléme has partnered with Byron Bay’s Cura Co. Lab to develop custom-made eco-conscious therapeutic oils.
Inspired by the healing properties of the Byron Bay region, the menu offers personalised treatments developed in consultation with leading spa expert Naomi Gregory. These range from facial therapies to private yoga and chakra healing to the ultimate Signature Rainforest Retreat, a three-hour series of treatments conducted in the heart of the Resort’s private rainforest.
The Langham, Sydney, NSW
The Day Spa by Chuan managed by The Langham Sydney serves as a popular escape for hotel guests, as well as locals who has cleverly sniffed out this hidden gem located in a lavish underground sanctuary. Open between 6am – 9pm, The Day Spa by Chuan is located in the sub-basement next to the hotel’s gym and wellness centre. With its impressive swimming pool featuring a star-studded ceiling (!) as well as a great steaming room, the spa offers a range of luxurious spa treatments.
By adopting holistic healing therapies, the highly qualified therapists use aromatherapy products as well as the signature German brand – Babor, to treat both body and mind. Naturally, a perfect day spa for ladies of leisure Chuan is also popular among couples and even brides-to-be.
See the full spa menu here
Saffire Freycinet, TAS
Saffire is among the world’s finest Luxury Lodges, located on Tasmania’s pristine east coast at the spectacular Freycinet National Park and has one of the Best Hotel Spas in Australia. Soothe the busy mind and refresh the soul with a luxurious treatment in one of Spa Saffire’s three retreat rooms overlooking the inspiring landscape and reflective pools. Luxury skincare brands you will find here include the gorgeous Swiss anti-ageing products of La Prairie and the Australian-made, natural Naturaceuticals range LaGaia. Other top names include Becca Cosmetics, Spa Ritual, St Tropez and La Biosthetique hair care.