Happiness is... a luxury day spa
We’ve rounded up seven day spas in Victoria guaranteed to help you find your happy place.
Massage, one of the most popular modern spa treatments, originated in ancient Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Egyptian cultures. Many generations later, clinical studies suggest massage therapy may lessen symptoms of depression and, on a much simpler level, there’s no doubt that a bit of pampering is great for the body and soul.
The hammam at RACV Cape Schanck Resort’s One Spa.
Miss Fox in Melbourne’s CBD.
Vichy rain shower at Cape Schanck Resort’s One Spa.
Chuan Spa, Melbourne
The place: Chuan Spa has been at The Langham, Southbank, for 13 years. “Our outdoor deck with its saltwater pool and jacuzzi overlooks the city, so twilight treatments with the city lights as a backdrop are pretty special,” says Gabrielle Winters, spa operations manager.
The vibe: Contemporary five-star meets traditional Chinese medicine.
Spa menu: Try a massage, facial or body wrap – herbal salt or detoxifying mud. Finish with a tri-bathing ritual by soaking in the jacuzzi and then relaxing in the sauna and riverstone snail shower. Couples can enjoy a ‘geisha tub’, hot stone massage, facial and lychee cocktails.
Best for: Mid-week ‘me’ time, mother-daughter time, or a day with your bestie or partner.
Signature treatment: The Chuan Harmony Massage uses head-to-toe flowing relaxation movements and therapeutic acupressure.
Miss Fox, Melbourne
The place: This boutique spa opened in Melbourne’s CBD in 2010 as a ‘self-care sanctuary’ and won the title of World’s Best Beauty Salon 2018 in the World Spa Awards. The Ruby Lounge centrepiece is a two-metre-high chandelier and treatment beds have 1000-thread-count sheets.
The vibe: “It’s New York loft and Parisian boudoir,” says owner, Victoria Fox.
Spa menu: Exfoliate with natural pink Himalayan mineral salt and have a Luxury Aromatherapy Massage with plant-based oils and organic aromatherapy blends.
Best for: A few hours’ escape from the corporate world and days when you want to feel special.
Signature treatment: Lost in the Roses sees guests relax on a bed of fresh rose petals for exfoliation with coconut sugar body polish. Step in to the silver roll-top bath and soak in coconut milk and rose petals and finish with a full body massage, champagne and strawberries.
One Spa, RACV Torquay Resort
The place: One Spa is in RACV’s Torquay Resort at the gateway to the spectacular Great Ocean Road. Since it opened in 2013, it has become a popular destination for locals, day trippers and international visitors.
The vibe: Scandi cool reflected in the earthy textures and pine-slatted decor.
Spa menu: One Spa’s philosophy is to “revive and restore balance in the body”. Choose remedial or relaxation massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, waxing, skin and body treatments. There’s a steam room and a thermal stone room - the hammam bathing experience.
Best for: Couples, a mid-week pamper, bridal parties or solo time.
Signature treatment: The two-hour Bells Beach Body Bliss package includes body exfoliation and wrap, full body massage, scalp massage and hammam bathing.
One Spa, RACV Cape Schanck Resort
The place: RACV’s Cape Schanck Resort has been redeveloped, and One Spa is a new addition. Located at the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula, the rugged coastline is a dramatic backdrop and the building’s curved design echoes the nearby landscape.
The vibe: “This is a contemporary resort and the spa reflects the nature and the coast,” says Kirsty Vardis, One Spa manager.
Spa menu: The thermal stone steam room hammam is popular. Have a customised facial, detoxing mud body therapy, or create your own spa package.
Best for: A mid-week getaway or couple time in a double treatment room.
Signature treatment: The Peninsula Pamper package includes a hydrotherapy tub soak with your partner and a 60-minute massage side by side. Then relax with chocolate strawberries and sparkling wine.
Lake House, home to Salus Spa, is set in six acres of gardens.
The Japanese-inspired Onsen Retreat and Spa at Dinner Plain.
Jacuzzi at The Langham’s Chuan Spa.