You don’t have to travel far to get the relaxing benefits of a holiday. Instead, there’s an urban retreat in each capital city that will help you unwind – both mentally and physically.
Since overseas travel is a no-go it’s time to get out and discover the gems we have right at our fingertips, in our very own capital cities. We’re highlighting the very best health retreats and day spas Australia has to offer – from old-school spa pampering to new age holistic health havens, there’s a self-care sojourn for everyone.
A luxury health and wellbeing destination in the heart of Sydney, Soma really is an inner-city retreat. Built around four pillars: strength, studio, spa and social, Soma is an elevated health club designed to help you stay focused on your wellness goals.
The full-service wellness boutique offers a range of fitness classes including both Reformer and mat Pilates, HIIT, strength and mobility sessions, as well as yoga, barre and personal training (Rebel Wilson works out here when she’s in town). Follow your sweat session with a visit to the spa, where there’s a bevy of infrared saunas and in-house masseuses and physiotherapists to soothe your post-exercise muscular aches and pains.
Kailo Wellness Medispa
A one stop wellness shop in the centre of Brisbane located in The Calile Hotel. Home to a handful of experts including medical physicians, cosmetic aestheticians, Doctors, a health coach, nutritionist and beauty therapists with a vast variety of specialist-driven treatments.
Head here for integrative health services, cosmetic tweakments, IV vitamin therapy, and holistic healing rituals. They offer everything from manicures to a gut microbiota and immunity wellness protocol, combining traditional wellness philosophies with world-class techniques and treatments.
The Ritz Carlton Spa
A waterfront wellness hotel and spa, The Ritz Carlton offers high-end spa services with city views. Aside from their state-of-the-art fitness and yoga centre, the hotel is home to a selection of wellness services including vitality pools, relaxation lounges and saunas. Float around the heated infinity pool while looking over the Swan River and city skyline, or pamper yourself with a solution-focused facial featuring cult Biologique Recherche products.
If you choose to stay at the hotel, they have in-room wellness offerings including supplements and elixirs, a sleep therapy system, guided meditation and a digital detox service.
Located in Customs House off Flinders Lane is Maddox, a gallery-meets-gym changing the way we think about working out. It’s the health club 2.0. Positioning themselves between a HIIT-style space like Barry’s and a tranquil wellness studio, Maddox offers small group training (we’re talking six people to a class) at 30 minute sessions.
Looking at movement as medicine, there’s three spaces designed as ‘pods’; cardio, strength and mobility and each are designed to be as emotional as they are physical, with a strong focus on breathing. Local artwork adorns the walls on the interior-designed space, where you can sip on woo-woo wellness elixirs pre and post classes. They even offer weekend golf and snow sport training to perfect your swing and slide.
Gate Keeper’s Day Spa
Overlooking the Adelaide Hills from the iconic Mount Lofty House, Gate Keeper’s Day Spa is a haven for luxury face and body treatments. From botanical body exfoliation, to warming oil hair treatments, hot stone massage and facials there’s a relaxing, stress-relieving spa option for all.
Harmony Hill Health Retreat
Located just 30 minutes from Hobart in the pristine Tasmanian wilderness of Margate is the boutique wellness retreat Harmony Hill. Specialising in Ayurveda practices and work on physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Ideal for those who are stressed, burnt out, rundown, in need of a detox or have emotional blockages, the healers work to have you feeling rested, refocused and rejuvenated. Experience a mix of energy-based healing, yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic massage.