We all need a little pampering from time-to-time. No need to explain or justify it. So without further ado, here are 5 Australian hotels with dreamy day spas and decadent dining to ensure your getaway is truly “all about you”.
In Tibetan, shangri-la means “sun and moon in heart”. In other words, a home only found in heaven. With a name like that you’d expect the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney to know their stuff when it comes to pampering — and by Buddha do they ever!
Start you day with a lazy breakfast in bed, or delicious buffet at Cafe Mix, then head to CHI, The Spa for some traditional Asian treatments such as acupressure, warm stones, deep tissue massage or yin/yang rebalancing.
After a stroll around The Rocks and some CBD shopping time, top off your day with dinner at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, Altitude, overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Like to stay in shape on your holidays, but just can’t be bothered? Well, The Langham Melbourne has personal trainers to get you motivated. Or join a themed exercise class in their uber cool fitness studio.
Of course, you might just prefer to have a lie down at their dreamy on-site Chuan Spa. Reward yourself afterwards (for at least considering a workout) with High Tea and, later, a cocktail at the chic ARIA bar and lounge.
Taking inspiration from its surroundings, Spa Saffire (pictured above) focuses on holistic care and Australian-made products, many designed exclusively for Saffire Freycinet. Situated on the stunning east coast of Tasmania, Freycinet is perhaps best known for its acclaimed Wineglass Bay. Deeply relaxing and restorative, this award-winning luxury resort has an informal, coastal feel.
Go on a journey around Tassie with your tastebuds at Palate restaurant, which showcases the very best in local produce.
At Palazzo Versace, voted Best Luxury Day Spa in Australia & Oceania at the 2014 World Luxury Spa Awards, head straight to the fabulous onsite Aurora Day Retreat for any number of botanically-inspired treatments. For the ultimate indulgence, book a full day retreat including signature steam room treatment, soothing massage, caviar facial and either a hydrating manicure or peppermint bliss pedicure, along with a snack and lunch.
At night, put your palette to the test at three award-winning restaurants, including Vanitas with its rare cellar of over 400 wines.
Children and relaxation are rarely mentioned in the same sentence, however, with more than 26 acres of fun on tap at the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, there’s plenty to keep the energiser bunnies busy while you’re busy doing nothing.
Just imagine the peace and quiet of an adults-only pool or the drool-inducing state of relaxation that a couples massage at Chahoya Spa and Salon could bring.
Meanwhile the kids batteries are wearing themselves out at the children’s water playground. At night, Brady Bunch it to their Thai Pearl restaurant for fresh fish and delicious curries.