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Top 10 luxury hotel spas in Australia

Travelling all the way to Australia can be a big undertaking, especially if you’re coming from the other side of the world. If you think that you’ll need some time to recover from the inevitable jetlag, you might want to consider some downtime to restore your sense of health & wellbeing at one of the many luxury spas around the country. To help with your planning, we’ve selected the top 10 hotel spas in Australia where you can rest, relax and rejuvenate. Healing Waters Spa at Silky Oaks Lodge, Port Douglas, QLD Nothing says renewal and relaxation more than a spot surrounded by lush vegetation and a flowing river, such as what you’ll find at the Healing Waters Spa at Silky Oaks Lodge. Inspired by ancient pearls of wisdom that celebrate nature’s life-giving forces, Healing Waters Spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments that include facials, massages, signature rituals, and Vichy therapies. Their 2-hour Silky Oaks Relaxation Ritual starts with the signature massage that rebalances energy and relieves physical tensions. This is followed by a radiance facial, exfoliation, and mask for revitalising end to the session. Silky Oaks Lodge Spa qualia at qualia, Hamilton Island, QLD Luxury at qualia doesn’t only come from its exquisite luxury accommodation, but also from its array of superb services. Among the most lauded of its offerings is the gorgeous onsite spa. Boasting a range of signature ceremonies, Spa qualia promises endless days of bliss and rejuvenation. Try the White Haven ceremony, a 3-hour treatment that includes exfoliation with mineral sea salt, a mud wrap of kelp and crushed pearl, and a soothing massage using their custom Whitehaven aromatherapy oil. Follow it up with a marine facial for that supple and youthful glow, or perhaps some yoga and meditation. qualia Southern Spa at Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, SA You’ll find more than award-winning accommodation and dining at Southern Ocean Lodge. This is also the ultimate destination in South Australia for rest and relaxation. The Southern Spa revitalises your body and mind from the moment you step in. Indulge in their signature spa treatment, such as A Touch of SOL, a pampering 2-hour treatment for couples. This holistic therapy includes a mint back exfoliation, steam, and a full body massage and facial using a blend of relaxing frangipani, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, and clary sage essential oils. Southern Ocean Lodge Spa Kinara at Longitude 131, Uluru, NT What better way to relax than at Spa Kinara at Longitude 131, located in the spiritual heart of Australia. Here, in the midst of the Australian Outback, you’ll enjoy a range of spa treatments and therapeutic rituals that blend ancient bush medicine and native beauty products. Try The Dreaming, the ultimate spa experience for weary world travellers. Practised by Aboriginal Australians for thousands of years, this deeply healing signature ceremony takes you through an exfoliation and body mud wrap, Kodo massage, scalp massage, facial, and hand and foot treatments using extracts of lilly pilly, Tasmanian bull kelp, pepper berry, and wild rosella. Longitude 131° Salus Spa at Lake House, Daylesford, VIC Nestled amongst lush gardens and surrounded by waterfall-fed streams, Salus Spa at Lake House makes full use of the region’s healing mineral spring waters. Salus Spa offers nine treatment rooms and hot mineral water tubs overlooking the peaceful lake. Try a blissful Elemis facial treatment which incorporates medical grade actives to achieve genuine therapeutic benefits. Also, don’t miss out on their signature hydro storm shower which combines vertical Vichy, steam, colour therapy, and aromatherapy. Lake House Bouddi Spa at Pretty Beach House, Central Coast, NSW At the heart of Bouddi National Park is Pretty Beach House, a luxurious and ultra-private boutique hotel that is just 90 minutes north of Sydney. It is here you’ll find Bouddi Spa, a haven for guests to escape and unwind after enjoying a day of bushwalking, kayaking, wildlife encounters, and scenic flights. Get into a deep state of relaxation with the Ancient Gubbera Stone Therapy. Using hand-carved crystal stones from the Northern region of Western Australia integrated with the KODO massage, this therapy tones and rebalances the body’s energy flow and calms the mind. Pretty Beach House Halcyon Spa at Halcyon House, Byron Bay, NSW With beautifully appointed treatment rooms, a serene relaxation area, a distinctive dome-shaped steam room, and gorgeous Pacific Ocean backdrop, it’s no wonder Halcyon House’s spa is the perfect destination for a spa getaway. Choose from an array of soothing treatment rituals and refreshing facial therapies, like the Halcyon Signature Radiance Facial and the 90-minute sigh-inducing Purifying Body Boost. Utilising the power of nature with the iconic Australian Sodashi products, Halcyon Spa delivers not only inner bliss but mind and body healing. Halcyon House Jackalope Spa at Jackalope Hotel, Mornington Peninsula, VIC Within the award-winning Jackalope Hotel, set against the natural beauty of the Mornington Peninsula, is Jackalope Spa. This indulgent spa offers massages, wellness packages, manicures, pedicures, and facials. Try their signature relaxation massage which uses an oil-based treatment developed to soothe, recharge, and rejuvenate your mind and body. For the ultimate pampering, Jackalope Spa offers the Wine Body Treat. This heavenly 2-hour therapy comprises of a pinot grape foot immersion, pinot grape skin body scrub, rain shower, relaxation massage, and full-body moisturizer. Jackalope Hotel Hayman Spa at InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, The Whitsundays, QLD There are plenty of things to love at the reimagined InterContinental Hayman Island Resort in the Whitsundays, and the Hayman Spa is definitely one of them. There are 11 exquisite treatment rooms, soothing massages, detoxifying clay wraps, clarifying facials, a plunge pool, and a sauna — certainly everything that you could ever ask of a spa getaway. Glow from within with a 90-minute Island Gemstone Therapy which uses the ancient healing powers of stones and crystals. InterContinental Hayman Island Resort Spa Anise at Spicers Peak Lodge, Scenic Rim, QLD Unwind in the most sumptuous way at Spa Anise at Spicers Peak Lodge. After exploring the beautiful Scenic Rim via an eco-walk or 4WD tour, book a massage, facial, or treatment to restore and rejuvenate. Elevate your experience with the Ultimate Body Ritual which starts with a full-body wrap to detox, transitioning to a deeply relaxing body massage from head to toe. End this 3-hr indulgence with a soothing facial that features advanced actives and pure botanicals to deliver intense results. Spicers Peak Lodge So on your next adventure to the land down under, be sure to make time for some rest & relaxation. The only difficult thing will be to decide which of these beautiful spa retreats to choose from. Mat Lewis is Co-Founder & CEO of View Retreats. View Retreats is a boutique travel agency featuring handpicked, luxury accommodation across Australia & New Zealand. 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Mat Lewis

Mat Lewis is a co-founder of View Retreats and has been in the travel and hospitality industry for over two decades. He established View Retreats in 2013 in Australia as a specialist platform for luxury hotels, resorts and one-of-a-kind havens of relaxation where unforgettable travel memories are made. The online travel company now features over 5,000 properties in more than 120 countries worldwide. Mat is a self-confessed travel junkie who has lived in Asia, the UK and Europe, and currently resides in the beautiful Barossa Valley wine region in South Australia. He loves fine wines and local culinary creations that tell the story of the land. His epicurean tastes don’t get in the way of enjoying life’s simpler pleasures though, and he enjoys gardening, bush-walking, and exciting street food flavours too!

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  1. From where I’m standing it looks as if 2020 is going to be the year of the spa. This fantastic listing of Aussie spas confirms my belief that spas are just getting better and better. There’s so much intense competition around that standards are forever being pushed higher and higher. I’m looking forward to sampling some of these places.

    1. Hi Beth – I agree. The standards are getting higher and higher. And the busier our lives are becoming, the higher the need for some rest and relaxation so I think you’re right – 2020 is the year of spas and getting pampered. Do let us know about your experience when here!

  2. ‘Silky Oaks Lodge’, what a great name! Makes me think it’s a silky smooth luxury experience before even knowing anything about it. I could definitely go for their two hour treatment right about now, sounds divine!

    1. Hi Amanda. It sounds so relaxing doesn’t it! The location will already bring you lots of relaxation so imagine what it would feel like after 2 hours of pampering :)

  3. I’m in two minds about the Ultimate 3 hour body experience at Spa Anise at Spicers Peak Lodge. Last week I feel asleep during a mere 60 minutes head and shoulder massage. There’s a part of me that celebrates that I’m so relaxed that I can sleep then there’s another part of me that says that I’ve paid for the massage and that I should be staying awake for every single minute to enjoy it.

    1. Haha I totally get your point Grace – I’d always want to stay awake but it’s so difficult so usually just go with it and have an amazing sleep…

  4. Spa treatments are the one thing I’ll always splash out on for myself because they’re so good for mental and physical wellbeing. There’s nothing better than a massage or facial to pick me up. I’d love any of these hotel spas and you can’t really pick a more beautiful location than Australia, that’s my idea of bliss. I’d highly recommend aromatherapy massages. I’d quite like to try the Gubbera Stone therapy as I’ve never had KODA massage before, and I’d love to try a hydro storm shower, that sounds amazing!

    1. Absolutely Emma, massages are sooo good for your body and nurturing your soul. Great way to de-stress and letting go of anything unwanted. The treatments at Kinara Spa are incredible and use a lot of ancient techniques so definitely worth the try one day.

  5. Of all the places I’ve been to in Australia I would have to name Byron Bay as one of the most beautiful. There really is something magical about that shoreline. The thought of going to the Halcyon Spa at Halcyon House is very appealing to me.

    1. Great choice Sue! Byron is just so beautiful isn’t it. I love the hinterland – so lush and green. Halcyon House has won many awards for being a world-class hotel so a spa treatment here will be pure bliss.

  6. I definitely vote for qualia. The experience of staying there is one for the books. I enjoyed the rooms and amenities, and as expected — and also from reading a lot of reviews — the spa is quite exceptional. And because I was on a vacation I went for the 3-hour sessions, when my normal would have been an hour or so. I figured I’d take advantage of the facilities, and it was the right decision.

    1. Great to hear you had such an amazing time at qualia, Ann. Such a beautiful place to experience the Whitsundays. Amd why not go for the 3-hour long one…when in Rome, right?!

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