Press pause and treat yourself to chill.
Life is good. Life is great. There are festivals to attend, shows to watch, friends to see and plenty of food to eat. But then again, life can be pretty stressful and not only is life in the city fast-paced, city living can be draining. And bad for your pores too. (Featured image: @loganstonefilms)
So, when your days start dragging on, or you notice your skin is losing its glow, then it’s time to press pause and take some time out for yourself. You could go for some rest and relaxation at home, but why not hand yourself over to a professional and get pampered?
Melbourne’s got a number of day spas where massages, face scrubs and body treatments will leave you feeling soft, rejuvenated and questioning why you didn’t treat yourself sooner.
1. Miss Fox, CBD
When it comes to self-care, the crew at Miss Fox don’t do half measures, which might be part of the reason why they have been crowned the world’s Best Beauty Salon at the World Spa Awards in 2018 and 2019. While the price point of Miss Fox’s day spa experiences is up there among the more expensive in the city, you’ll be feeling like a star after indulging in their holistic treatments.
From healing facials and body treatments that use 100% certified organic essential oils, organic balms, oils, natural clays to plush robes, 1000-thread-count sheets and specially-curated high vibration sounds aimed to soothe and relax, there really is no substitute for quality. And that’s exactly what you’ll get when stepping into Miss Fox.
For a complete spa experience, select from one of Miss Fox’s Awaken Rituals or customise your own sensorial spa journey with their help.
You Can Find Miss Fox at 285 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
2. Holism Retreat, Malvern East
Every day spa package at Hotel Chadstone’s Holism Retreat includes access to the Level 12 rooftop guest pool, which we think is a phenomenal addition to a day of pampering. But before you rise to those heights, Holism Retreat will look after your body and soul.
The Reset Ritual includes the 60-minute Balinese-inspired Holism massage that combines muscle tension release and deep relaxation techniques before moving onto the 60-minute Wellness Warrior facial with varying options for sensitive and congested skin.
At Holism Retreat, you can also find yoga classes as well as a Light Lounge to really complement your day of relaxation.
You can find Holism Retreat at Hotel Chadstone, Malvern East
3. Sense of Self, Collingwood
At Sense of Self in Collingwood, everybody is welcome. The converted brick warehouse space is light-filled and airy, decorated with an abundance of greenery to help convey tranquility and fitted out with a bathhouse complete with a large mineral bath (39℃), Finnish sauna (80℃), pail shower and, now, a cold plunge as well.
Two-hour bookings will see you rejuvenate your senses but to really make the most of your time at Sense of Self, you should definitely book into one of their massage options with add-on treatments. They won’t try and sell you on any of this thanks to their no BS approach to self-care, but their massage therapists are second-to-none. The Heavy Hand remedial massage will leave you feeling light as a feather.
You can find Sense of Self at 30-32 Easey St, Collingwood
4. Ofuroya, the Japanese Bath House, Collingwood
With tradition comes knowledge and since opening more than 20 years ago, Collingwood’s Ofuroya has been a place of rest and relaxation for many Melburnians. Sticking to tradition, which dates back over a thousand years in Japan, both men and women (separated) are invited to strip down to nothing (tradition) and wash their own bodies before stepping into the bath (heated to 40-41 degrees) to relax away all their pains and worries.
There is also a sauna in both the male and female areas as well as a tatami room where guests can spend time conversing after their bath. Add on a shiatsu massage to complete the ritual.
You can find Ofuroya at 59 Cromwell Street, Collingwood
5. Park Club Health And Day Spa, Park Hyatt
The onsite day spa at Melbourne’s Park Hyatt hotel has been a favourite for Melburnians and travellers alike. For good reason to. There’s a plethora of massage options as well as facial and body treatments that will relieve tension and restore your energy levels. Combine them for a truly sensational experience.
Whenever you book into one of the wellness treatments (one hour or longer) you also get access to all Park Club Health & Day Spa wet areas including a 25-meter indoor pool, spa and state-of-the-art fitness equipment.
You can find Park Club at 1 Parliament Square, Melbourne