The place: Voted best destination spa in Australia, Ikatan Balinese Day Spa is set on an acreage just a few minutes outside of Noosa. Truly tranquil, it boasts gorgeous Balinese gardens and villa-style treatment rooms that truly embrace nature – slightly redolent of a traditional Balinese village. Set deep within the trees, their air-conditioned treatment rooms and open-air pavilions are mini paradises within a paradise. You feel deeply relaxed almost straight away.
The experience: Go all out with a Retreat Day Package, which includes yoga, meditation, meals and spa treatments. Alternatively, opt for the Kharma Rejuvenation Package which includes a coconut scrub and skin wrap followed by an hour-long Balinese massage and personalised anti-ageing facial, ending with lunch and tea in the garden, and a deluxe pedicure.
Details: 46 Grays Road, Doonan, (07) 5471 1199
The place: Located in Brookfield, 20 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD, One Wybelenna offers a range of sublime treatments such as the deluxe chocolate scrub, crystal and pearl elixir for face and body, and a Padabhyang Indian foot and leg massage. The architecturally designed space features stunning gardens, a lap pool and spa and multiple lounging areas designed to complement the subtropical climate.
The experience: The Crystal and Pearl Elixir treatment is a combined face and body therapy using extracts of precious stones and minerals to energise and firm the skin. All-over body exfoliation merges with an exquisite massage for silken smoothness. Crystals are placed on the body’s seven chakra points to restore energy levels to balance while a Pearl Noir Facial uses black pearls – said to have powerful anti-ageing effects. 120 minutes, $325.
Details: 1 Wybelenna Street, Brookfield, (07) 3878 7549
The place: A weekend spent at Gwinganna in Tallebudgera will leave you relaxed, revived and re-energised. Nestled in the lush Gold Coast hinterlands, Gwinganna offers everything from yoga to tai chi classes, naturopathic consultations to detox body wraps – even surfing lessons. Whatever you need to unwind. You may just run into Hugh Jackman there.
The experience: Why not make a week of it and try the seven-day Gwinganna detox package? You don’t have to be a health nut to appreciate the freshly prepared organic meals, spa treatments and lifestyle workshops. A thoroughly enriching mind, body and soul experience.
Details: 192 Syndicate Road, Tallebudgera, 1800 219 272
The place: All treatments take place in a truly healing environment – the heart of the Daintree Rainforest – for maximum relaxation. Feel the natural vitality of the surrounds. The treatments integrate the wisdom of ancient cultures and medicines, spirituality and healing, preserving indigenous traditions.
The experience: The Walbul-Walbul (‘Butterfly’) treatment sees you melt away with a drizzling of warm oil and a sprinkling of desert salt. Enjoy a luxurious massage and exfoliation before being cocooned in warm and nourishing mud. The treatment’s based on the caterpillar’s transition into a beautiful butterfly. Immersed in the ancient rainforest, and with the soothing sounds of the waterfall as your soundtrack, you’ll feel one with nature in no time.
Details: 3189 Mossman-Daintree Road, Daintree, (07) 4098 6100
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