Eight of the best health and wellness retreats in Victoria

Photo of One Spa pool in Torquay

Jenna Meade

Posted March 29, 2021

Treat yourself to some serious relaxation at these eight Victorian wellness wonders. 

From luxe meditation cocoons and colour therapy in sensorial caves to hammam bathing and Japanese onsens surrounded by snow, Victoria is filled with self-care sanctuaries where you can get away from it all – and get back to yourself. So switch off your phone and retreat to these eight indulgent oases for some well-deserved relaxation, rejuvenation and pampering. And, if you’re an RACV member, you’ll save at a range of wellness and pamper experiences across Victoria when you book directly through RACV Attraction Tickets.

Eight of the best health and wellness retreats in Victoria

Deep Blue Hot Springs, Warrnambool

Take a deep dive into wellness in Warrnambool. Brimming with naturally healing geothermal waters you never knew you needed, the open-air hot springs is ready to rejuvenate both body and mind. Switch off from the world and reconnect to yourself as you explore sound and colour therapy in the sensorial caves, bathe in aromatherapy pools and feel the natural massage of a rainforest shower. Your Sanctuary Pass gives you access to more than 15 pristine pools, including the hot-spring rock pools, sensory caves, hydrotherapy pools and cold plunges to cool you off afterwards. 

The Cocoon Room, Melbourne

You’ve been to a day spa for your body. But how about your mind? Enter 50 minutes of meditation and mindfulness at this indulgent inner-city hideaway. You’ll spend the first 25 minutes decompressing in The Luxe Lounge. Cosy up with a cup of tea, colour in, journal or simply be still. When the soft bell chimes, you’re swept off to your private velour chaise in the The Cocoon Room. Pop on your headphones and opt for a simple audio-guided meditation, choose to meditate to the signature in-house track or transport yourself to the great outdoors with nature sounds. An energising stretch finishes the session, leaving you ready to step back out onto the busy streets with a quieter mind. Visit thecocoonroom.com.au.

One Spa, Torquay

With the iconic Bells Beach just over the rolling green hills, it’s fitting that water treatment is top of the therapy list at One Spa at RACV Torquay Resort. As well as an extensive offering of massage, skin, facial and body therapies, there’s hammam bathing, Swiss showering, Japanese soaks and floatation packages. For the full wellness works, check out the warm hammam bathing area, with a floatation pool, spa, thermal stone room and steam room. Stick with the spoils and stay overnight at the resort. After a restful night’s snooze featuring authentic ocean sounds, you can book yourself in for a free yoga class or swim. Interested in One Spa but not visiting Torquay? Check out the other luxurious locations at Mornington Peninsula and Healesville. 

Ofuroya Japanese Bathhouse, Collingwood

Curious about public pampering? Experience the relaxing ritual of communal bathing, stepping off the bustling streets of Collingwood and into the serenity of a traditional Japanese onsen. This is the closest you’ll get to Japanese bathing without visiting the country so, yes, that includes getting naked – bathing suits are not permitted. There are separate baths and saunas for men and women, and towels, wash cloths and kimonos are supplied. Wash, soak, then steam your worries away. Complete the calmness with a shiatsu acupressure massage to rebalance your energy, then settle in with a hot drink in the tatami relaxation lounge. Visit japanesebathhouse.com.

Onsen at Mt Hotham. Image: Visit Victoria.
Hepburn Bathhouse: Image: Visit Victoria.
Deep Blue Hot Springs. Image: Facebook.

Peninsula Hot Springs, Mornington Peninsula

Your usual bath might be out of a job after this one. Get your glow back with a private bathing sanctuary session at Peninsula Hot Springs. Soak alone – or take your special someone – for an enriching 45-minute indoor or outdoor mineral bath. Take your pick between essential oils, lavender milk or Tulsi tea if you opt for indoor bathing. Sit back and sip on herbal tea as the minerals do their healing work, then let the self-love linger with geothermal bathing afterwards in the Spa Dreaming Centre. Allow three to four hours for the entire treatment. A plush robe, towel and locker hire are included. Book now.

Diamond Light Healing and Workshop Centre, Warburton

Focus on every facet of your wellbeing with an enriching journey into your soul. Located just below the O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail in Warburton, the centre focuses on unlocking blockages and reconnecting you to your heart. A sacred healing session works to cleanse and balance your chakras, meridians, auric field, and bring healing to your inner child. Or, choose a massage and energy healing session which uses Reiki, esoteric acupuncture, shiatsu massage and cupping to rebalance and cleanse. An extensive therapies list also includes Ayurvedic consultations, forensic healing and cranial sacral treatments. It’s open by appointment only, so be sure to call and book ahead. Visit thediamondlighthealingandworkshopcentre.com.au.

Hepburn Bathhouse, Hepburn Springs

Searching for some solitary spoils beyond your usual massage or facial? Immerse yourself in mineral wellness at Hepburn Bathhouse. Drawn directly from their natural source, the mineral-rich waters are ready to renew in your choice of a relaxation pool, spa or aroma steam room. Or step into a magnesium salt-therapy pool, monsoon shower, creekside pool, walk-in cool-down pool or spa couch submerged in mineral water. The Bathhouse has been treating tired bodies since 1895, so yours is in good hands. Yearning for more? Check out their steam, massage and body therapies. Visit hepburnbathhouse.com.

Onsen Retreat and Spa, Dinner Plain

Mount Hotham isn’t only primed for on-the-slopes action. It’s a picturesque place to relax, too. Admire the snow from a fresh angle as you soak outdoors under the gum trees in a traditional Japanese onsen. After taking your dip in the 38-degree onsen, go for a swim in the indoor lap pool or sink into the heated plunge spa and sauna. Or, if you’d rather settle into the serenity alone, book a 30-minute solo bath and immerse yourself in healing Mount Hotham alpine water.