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Australia’s Top Spa Getaways


Modern life has become so frantic that you probably take a certain level of stress for granted, but it doesn’t have to be that way!

By taking a couple of days out from the day-to-day grind at one of these five premier spas, you can help restore your wellness without even having to miss a day at work.

Find balance by reconnecting with yourself and the world around you at one of these stunning spa getaways across Australia.

1. The Reef House, Palm Cove, Queensland

The award-winning day spa at The Reef House offers relaxing and rejuvenating treatments for face and body. Just 25-minutes north of Cairns on the sandy shores of Palm Cove, the converted colonial house transports guests to a bygone era from the moment they arrive.

It's a romantic destination for couples or the perfect place to pamper yourself solo; either way the resort's premier facilities ensure you will leave relaxed.

Start your spa day with a consultation from one of the professionally trained therapists who will help you devise a treatment program tailored specifically to your needs.

Then there's not much more for you to do, other than let all your cares float away as your body is buffed, scrubbed, massaged and polished using the latest wellness techniques and deliciously scented oils, scrubs and creams.

The Waterlily products the spa uses are exclusive to spas and salons, consisting of pure, natural ingredients to ensure you look and feel your best.

A variety of treatments are available for women, men and couples, including full body massages, facials, hair treatments and health consultations that draw on ancient techniques and innovative developments in the industry. If you feel like you need a bigger break from the daily grind, they also offer life path coaching to get your goals back on track.

2. Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Tallebudgera, Queensland 

It's a mere 20-minutes' drive from the Gold Coast, but a whole other world awaits at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat. Tucked away in the Tallebudgera Valley the stunning retreat is set on 200 hectares of bushland offering stunning views of the surrounding Gold Coast hinterland.

The sprawling property offers 60 different room options and a wide range of facilities. The relaxing lounge areas extend outdoors, where you'll be greeted each day by the call of native birds.

More than a spa, Gwinganna is a lifestyle retreat, with packages from two to seven days available, encouraging you to soothe your soul by removing yourself completely from a city state-of-mind.

All food served is completely organic to promote a healthy lifestyle, and much of it is grown on-site. Gwinganna also offers various themed packages at different times of year so you can have a new experience every time you visit.

Truly get away from it all and refocus on your health and wellbeing with the wide variety of treatments on offer. A range of natural and organic skincare and aromatherapy products are used in the facials and body treatments.

Massages are also available, along with a wellness package which includes counselling, nutrition advice and a variety of other therapies.

The spa includes an amethyst crystal steam room, 33 different treatment rooms and an elevated outdoor deck with beautiful views of the gardens. You'll leave feeling like a new version of you!

3. Woodman Estate, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

The Mornington Peninsula has long been synonymous with luxurious getaways, and the Wellness Retreat at Woodman Estate is no exception. Just 1-hour outside of Melbourne, the grounds of the elegant country house are simple enchanting, with rose gardens, herbaceous borders and lawns lead down to the lake, offering guests a taste of true opulence.

Treatments available include a range of different facials, head treatments, hand and foot treatments and exfoliation. They offer a wide variety of specialty massages, including the luxurious relaxation massage, designed for realigning the flow of energy through your body, the hot stone massage for melting muscle tension and the deep tissue massage that concentrates on specific problem areas.

Other treatments available include a range of different facials, hair treatments, hand and foot treatments and exfoliation. The facial treatments all use Eminence Organics products, which are suitable for even the most sensitive skin and are specially designed to revitalise dull and lifeless skin.

For those wanting more than a day spa treatment, you can enhance your program for relaxation with the personally tailored three-, five- and seven-day revitalisation programs available. These will help you banish stress and reconnect with yourself through meditation and yoga combined with delicious healthy food and a good dose of fresh country air.

4. Niramaya Day Spa, Port Douglas, Queensland

If only all spa getaways were like Niramaya. The Day Spa is set in the middle of the native Australian rainforest in Port Douglas, allowing guests the opportunity to reconnect with nature, without the constant distractions of modern life.

The Balinese-inspired structure offers stunning views of the rainforest while you indulge in a wide variety of treatments at the hands of highly qualified and experienced therapists. Their specialty spa packages last up to six hours for a truly relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

Treatments on offer include facials, hot stone massages and scalp massages, as well as body scrubs and masks made from mineral-rich ingredients, leaving your skin soft and supple.

All products used are made from natural organic ingredients. The facial skincare range used in the treatments was devised by Dr. Rose Arentz, who has developed a set of products specially formulated to combat the effects of ageing.

To taste the sweeter side of life, opt for a chocolate and sugar scrub or realign body and mind with reiki and yoga. For those heading back into town for a special night out, make sure you look and feel radiant by taking advantage of the many beauty treatments on offer, including manicures, pedicures, waxing, hair styling and makeup application.

5. The Mineral Spa, Hepburn Springs, Victoria 

The Mineral Spa is situated in Hepburn Springs, Victoria, a blissful setting close to the natural, mineral-infused waters of the region. Balneotherapy, bathing in mineral water, has been thought of as one of the keys to good health ever since ancient times. As well as the private bathing room, the naturally lit spa offers 11 treatment rooms and a relaxation room.

One of Australia's most renowned and award-winning natural mineral spas, the Mineral Spa offers a wide range of treatments, with face and body treatments all using mineral-rich products.

One of the highlights of the spa packages on offer is the rebalancing and moisturising massage, which immerses your entire being in a nutrient-rich treatment including a facial and mud wrap. Individual consultations are available to work out which treatment options can be tailored to best suit your needs.

Alternatively, you can take advantage of the many standard treatments on offer including facials, massages and treatments for weary hands and feet. All spa packages here include a pass to the water therapy zone, where you can immerse your body in the mineral-rich water to de-stress and detoxify.

The products used include Peronia Botanica, an organic skincare range exclusive to the world's most prestigious spas, and Li'Tya, a complete range of spa products using ancient recipes and organic ingredients native to Australia. Return to real life feeling completely refreshed and looking your very best.

Spa retreats offer the perfect opportunity to reconnect with yourself and those you love in a peaceful setting away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. If you feel like a little pampering is in order to face the world again, one of these top five spa retreats could be the perfect choice for your next weekend away.

Allow yourself the chance to focus on your health and wellbeing surrounded by some of Australia's most pristine scenery – it's amazing the difference a mere two days can make!

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