SPA LUCCA THE ANCHORAGE
With its chic, nautical-themed decor and seaside locale, this Port Stephens property in NSW could just as easily be found in The Hamptons. The boutique hotel offers everything for a chilled-out getaway. Recently refurbished in elegant coastal style, the cosy guestrooms and tranquil spa ensure it’s just as worthy of a winter retreat as a summer escape. Bookend your day with yoga at sunrise and a sail as the sun sets, before an in-house whisky tasting at Hemingway’s Bar.
If you’re a seasoned spa aficionado and are looking for a new treatment to try, the Spa Jet Capsule experience—complete with a full-body scrub and wrap, vichy shower and light therapy—is for you. To begin, a jojoba-bead scrub gently sloughs away dead skin cells. This is followed by the rehydrating wrap before the capsule is closed, and a warm, high-pressure water treatment works its magic (the process is so rejuvenating that similar technology is used to grow plants in space). If that’s not enough, your therapist will complete a skin-balancing facial and scalp massage while the capsule takes care of your body. Pure bliss.
For bookings, visit anchorageportstephens.com.au
An extension of buzzed-about boutique hotel Halcyon House, located on Cabarita Beach in northern NSW, Halcyon Spa is worth a visit for the decor alone. With imported tiles and textiles carefully curated by interior designer Anna Spiro, everything from the wallpaper to the lampshades is
adorned with eclectic colours and
prints. But the aim is more than merely aesthetic: every detail has been chosen to inspire and imbue a sense of calm.
Designed to boost radiance, Halcyon’s Signature Facial uses a personalised selection of plant-based Sodashi products to suit your skin type. It begins with a double cleanse and gentle exfoliation, plus a mask and skin-plumping massage to finish. Fancy a full-body treat? The spa’s masseuse
will tailor a blend of essential oils–known for their aromatherapy benefits—to leave you relaxed from head to toe.
For bookings, visit halcyonhouse.com.au
THE DARLING SPA, SYDNEY
THE VIBE Located in Sydney’s Pyrmont within the glamorous Darling Hotel just a stone’s throw from the CBD, The Darling Spa is an ultra chic way to take time out from the daily grind. With extensive facilities—such as a Moroccan hammam and multiple treatment rooms, including two couples suites—block out an afternoon and book a traditional massage or facial. Or go all out and try the Urban Escape package, which offers a combination of indulgent treatments.
THE TREATMENT For an utterly luxurious lunch break, try the new Platinum Rare Facial that uses La Prairie’s most decadent collection to minimise the signs of ageing. Exclusive to The Darling Spa, this isn’t an ordinary facial—it’s an all-encompassing experience designed to smooth, tone and firm, and will leave you looking luminous.
For bookings, visit thestar.com.au