Spa season

Why winter is the best time for a wellness weekend

Think soaking in a geisha tub, floating in a warm vitality pool, and lounging in a thermal stone steam room sounds good? Then make a beeline for these two must-visit RACV Resorts in Victoria.

When was the last time you took your skin on a holiday? Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies, yet during winter many of us are guilty of neglecting it at the very time it needs some extra TLC.

For the ultimate restorative break that will not only rejuvenate your skin but also renew your outlook, a wellness weekend in coastal Victoria may just be the very best investment you can make in yourself this winter.

Couple enjoying the Hammam Bathing at One Spa, RACV Cape Schanck Resort

Hammam Bathing at One Spa, RACV Cape Schanck Resort

From going on invigorating coastal walks, to dining on light seafood lunches and sleeping in luxury bedding with pillows hand-selected from a pillow menu, a break at RACV’s Torquay or Cape Schanck Resorts is a clever way to treat yourself during winter.

Just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the new look RACV Cape Schanck Resort is top choice for lovers of food, wine and spa experiences. A hub for winemaking, coffee culture and fine dining, the Mornington Peninsula is also a spa destination on the rise, with the resort’s One Spa upping the ante by offering deluxe treatments in a state-of-the-art setting.

Also a little over an hour’s drive from Victoria’s capital, the RACV Torquay Resort is a top-rated, five-star favourite with guests choosing to return year after year. With rooms and suites boasting plush soft furnishings, exceptional in-room facilities and sweeping ocean views, you’d be hard pressed to find a better space to bunk down in the name of winter wellness.

Couple enjoying the relaxation pool at the Moroccan-inspired Hammam bathing area at RACV Cape Schanck Resort
Woman in a black bathing suit enjoying the Moroccan-inspired Hammam bathing area at RACV Cape Schanck Resort
Moroccan-inspired Hammam bathing area with woman in the background at RACV Cape Schanck Resort

Ready. Set. Relax.

Apart from relaxing in luxury suites, admiring stunning coastal views, and eating fresh fare prepared by lauded chefs, scheduling some spa time is of the utmost importance during a winter break, especially when considering what One Spa has to offer.

As One Spa Manager at both resorts, Kirsty Vardis knows a thing or two about planning the ultimate wellness weekend away, whether you’re travelling solo, with a partner, as a family unit or with a group of friends.   

Kirsty believes that RACV Cape Schanck Resort’s Moroccan-inspired Hammam bathing area is what sets it apart from the rest. Featuring a heavily salted relaxation pool, vitality pool, thermal stone room, steam room and experience showers, this unique area of the facility has relaxation written all over it.    

“Without a doubt, our Hammam bathing facility is the perfect addition to any treatment to extend your spa experience. Plus it’s a great way to escape the cold winter weather by relaxing in the warm hydrotherapy pools and aromatherapy steam room,” says Kirsty.

Over at the RACV Torquay Resort, Kirsty advises visitors to make the most of their treatment by lingering in the Spa Relaxation Lounge. “Before or after your treatment, there’s nothing better than relaxing in your warm, comforting robe, watching the world go by with a glass of herbal tea in the relaxation lounge.”

Spa Relaxation Lounge with wooden floors, walls and ceilings at One Spa, RACV Torquay Resort
Woman bathing in relaxation pool at One Spa, RACV Torquay Resort
Couple in bath robes relaxing on deck chairs at One Spa, RACV Torquay Resort

Relaxation at One Spa, RACV Torquay Resort

Nothing beats that dewy, soft look and tranquil feeling that comes with having a beauty treatment. But replicating this feeling once you’re back home can be tough. So how can guests extend their post-treatment glow throughout winter?  

“The Comfort Zone Hydramemory Mask is my must-have product during winter because it delivers immediate, intensive hydration. If you need a pick-me-up for really parched skin, you can even leave this mask on overnight with an application of the Comfort Zone Renight Moisturiser over the top,” explains Kirsty.

Apart from applying hydration masks, planning wellness getaways and scheduling regular treatment sessions throughout the season, what is Kirsty’s top winter skincare tip?

“Keep hydrated! We tend to not drink as much water during the cooler months of the year so begin each day with a cup of hot water with lemon. The vitamin C in the lemon will also help to stimulate collagen production leading to smooth healthy skin,” says Kirsty.

So forget saving all your holidays up for summer – winter is arguably the most important time to schedule some leave and take off somewhere to boost your wellbeing.

Brunette woman in swimming pool at RACV Cape Schanck Resort

Swimming pool at RACV Cape Schanck Resort