Simply Lush recently completed a random survey among frequent travellers and health spa patrons regarding the best spas in all of Australia, per state. The following are the front-runners:
1. Spa Chakra (Queensland) Spa Chakra, located within the Hayman Island Resort in Queensland, is widely regarded as the best spa in Australia by its many patrons. Its recent awards seem to support this contention. The authoritative Conde Nast Traveller magazine bestowed on Spa Chakra its prestigious “Best Hotel Spa, Australia and South Pacific” award in 2006. The Hayman Island Resort which houses Spa Chakra has gained its share of awards as well, including a selection as one of the “500 Best Hotels in the World” by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2004 and 2005 and inclusion among the “Top Pacific Resorts-Reader’s Choice Awards” by Conde Nast Traveller in 2004.
Spa Chakra offers pampering services and wellness-oriented treatments and counselling. The pampering treatments include 90-minute specialty facials using the Guerlain Methode, a stress-relieving Hayman Hot Rock body treatment and special sessions at Spa Chakra’s hydrotherapy tubs which are equipped with 144 heated air jets and 20 individually controlled hydro-jets each.
2. Spa Chakra, Sydney (NSW) The Spa Chakra in Sydney is located within the BLUE hotel, a member of the Taj hotel chain. Like the Spa Chakra in Queensland, the Sydney Spa Chakra offers customized spa and wellness services. The two-story facility houses eleven treatment rooms as well as two wet rooms. Its relaxation lounge overlooks Sydney Harbour and the Royal Botanical Gardens, a view which further enhances the experience of quiet reflection and rejuvenation. A floor-to-ceiling water wall also adds to the atmosphere.
There is complimentary valet parking at the spa entrance for every guest as well as a private suite and a foot-bath lounge. The spa treatment begins with a Self Assessment Questionnaire about your lifestyle that will help determine how the spa can best serve your needs. They offer the same wellness treatments as the Spa Chakra in Queensland.
3. Aurora Spa Retreat, Melbourne (Victoria) The Aurora Spa Retreat is billed as the largest and most comprehensive urban spa retreat in Australia. Frequent visitors also consider it to be the most calming and ideal for rest and rejuvenation. The spa has individual thermal water therapies, soothing skin care and body care treatments as well as wellness retreats for a full-day, a weekend or an entire week.
The Aurora Spa Retreat is located at the rooftop of the award-winning Prince hotel in the heart of St. Kilda, Melbourne’s premier tourist area The view of the picturesque Port Phillip Bay is spectacular. It’s also a short walk from there to Melbourne’s finest entertainment and dining venues. Aside from the spa, the hotel also offers airport shuttle, baby-sitting, currency exchange, dry-cleaning and laundry services as well as several restaurants, a nightclub, fitness center, jogging track, medical service and swimming pool. They also have access and facilities for the disabled.
4. Face 2000 Skin and Body Health Day Spa, Brisbane (QLD) Face 2000 Skin & Beauty Health Day Spa is located at the western suburbs of Brisbane. It offers traditional treatments such as the Thai Massage, Kahuna Water Massage, Kahuna Hot Stone Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and others. The women who have responded to the Lush.com survey raved about the spa’s Bridal Package which covers three hours of sheer indulgence in body and facial treatments, including a relaxing massage, a facial for healthy glowing skin and a pedicure for beautiful feet. They also offer special for couples, company get-togethers and a group of friends.