Gillian Adams, Venustus and Solar Springs

Still feeling fuzzy even though we’re well into 2020? Here’s six wellness hotspots to get you looking and feeling your best, both mentally and physically.

We’re almost at the end of February so the party season and excitement of the new decade is well and truly over.

You’re back at work and trying to find a way to focus for longer than thirty minutes at a time, you’re slowly pushing your holiday eating habits to the side by embracing whatever new diet trend is going around the office and you’ve begrudgingly made your return to the gym.

But if you’re still not feeling the mental clarity of being back in your regular wellness routine, or you’re in desperate need of a kick up the bum to get back into healthy habits, or perhaps it’s a physical purge you’re craving, then a day of detox is on the cards.

It’s not all green juices and steam rooms.

Instead, modern day detoxing focuses on a holistic, gentle approach to beauty and wellness where you’ll feel refreshed and revived afterwards, both physically and mentally. Here’s six self-care spaces to get you started.

Gillian Adams

This iconic spa based in Sydney’s North Shore has been around for almost 30 years – and for good reason.

Inside the famed art deco façade off a busy highway is a hidden gem ideal for a full day of rest and relaxation, and home to a hair salon, spa, pool and steam facilities and gourmet dining. Start your day in the Aquamedic pool where oxygenated, heated water is filtered through different hydrotherapy ‘stations’ to help boost immunity and relax any aches and pains, before settling in for a head-to-toe day of treatments including a vichy shower, aromatherapy massage, facials, plus hair and nail care.

Finish with a gourmet, healthy lunch in the outdoor dining terrace before heading back to reality.

Packages start from $200, at Gillian Adams.


This Paddington-based sanctuary is loved by Beauty’s elite and local celebrities.

Founder Jeannie Bourke has created a space that’s holistic, blending ancient healing modalities like crystal and energy work and meditation with one-of-a-kind treatments such as their Six Hand Massage, where three therapist work on you at once – a truly magical experience.

Jeannie’s treatments focus more on your spiritual and mental wellbeing than spa regular treatments, you’ll leave her space feeling clear and grounded, while looking super glowy and radiant.

Packages start from $225, at Venustus.

Solar Springs

Reopening in the original location of Bundanoon, overlooking the Southern Highlands, this retreat pop-up will run until June before it’s redeveloped into a luxury hotel, offering a space for busy city dwellers to reconnect with nature though mindfulness and movement. Think: Tibetan singing bowls, yoga, hiking, art therapy and meditation with a sprinkling of therapeutic facials and massages and hydrotherapy offerings like swimming in the lush indoor heated pool, steam room and sauna. There’s even an on-site plant-based restaurant, because ‘wellness’.

Packages start from $290, at Solar Springs.

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Co-founded by Naomi Watts, and located up the road from Venustus, this wellness space is home to a luxury store featuring a range of clean and non-toxic products, as well as two treatment rooms and a sun-drenched courtyard. With outposts in New York and the Hampton’s, the chic beachy interiors of natural light, greenery and timber will instantly put you at ease.

Choose from a selection of plant-based, results-driven facials, add on some facial acupuncture, a manicure and pedicure or a brow treatment and snuggle in for a luxurious escape. Try the Onda Indulgence ($495, at Onda). Or, if a unique urban retreat experience is more you’re vibe, try their Self Care Urban Retreat, hosted by skincare powerhouse Sodashi’s founder Megan Larsen, the tailored workshop will encourage you to delve a little deeper into your wellness rituals.

Self Care Urban Retreat on Sunday March 1 ($197 per ticket, at EventBrite).


Situated in blissful Byron Bay, this ultra-contemporary space (see: minimalist concrete, ambient lighting and natural fibre textures) is a welcome surprise hidden in an industrial area and specialises in a modern approach to massage.

Offering a curated selection of signature massages including a thermodynamic basalt salt massage to boost circulation, a body brush and warm oil session for lymphatic drainage and a detoxifying clay treatment to clarify and soothe skin. There’s also site-specific options, and scalp and facial massages.

Sticks and Stones Treatment ($180, at Comma)

La Cure

If wellness is more you’re vibe than La Cure could be for you.

Having recently launched in The Sutherland Shire, this health-focused holistic hub has a range of Gwyneth Paltrow approved treatments including cryotherapy, infrared sauna, float therapy, dry needling, cupping and IV drips. But they also cater to your beauty needs with Omnilux facials, injectables and massage on the menu, too.

Anti Ageing AHA Peel and Omnilux Light Therapy ($175, at La Cure)