52 Great Weekends

No 23: Greatest Spas

It’s time to ‘re-treat’ yourself with a relaxing visit to a seaside sanctuary as you make your way along one of the world’s greatest scenic journeys.

CHOOSE YOUR OWN INDULGENT ADVENTURE

Whether you’re looking for an all-inclusive weekend wellness retreat, luxurious day spa pamper package performed or an afternoon bathing in the warm mineral waters of geothermal pools, indulgence is never far away on the Great Ocean Road. 

Weekend Retreats

Revitalise Escapes – Anglesea

Enjoy a Surf Coast Escape, a two-day transformational all-inclusive retreat where wellness and nature unite. A relaxing getaway of yoga, meditation, spa treatments, mindfulness sessions, in-nature experiences and nourishing food. You’ll relax resort style in your Great Ocean Road Resort suite with all healthy nourishing meals included. This weekend retreat is the perfect balance of breathtaking destinations and rejuvenating activities that allow you to escape, explore and experience a few days of tranquillity and transformation returning home restored and relaxed.

The Summer House Retreat – Torquay

The Summer House Torquay offers an ever-changing calendar of lifestyle retreats unique to the expert facilitators that host them – from Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness, Hypnotherapy and Wellbeing and the always popular Summer House Seasonal Retreats. The extensively renovated homestead is settled on a 1/2 acre in the seaside town of Jan Juc, the start of the Great Ocean Road. It features a yoga studio, a solar heat mineral pool, meditation gardens and world-famous beaches with idyllic swimming spots within walking distance. Guests can expect unique retreats with activities to awaken the senses, healthy meals to nourish the body and downtime to relax in the decked pool or on the wrap around verandah with exquisite ocean views.

Warilda Spa by Denise Pinot – Birregurra

Hide & relax at the quiet, private and chic Warilda Farm Stay and Day Spa. As soon as you arrive the relaxation begins. The pine-lined driveway leads you to your magical boutique guest cottage complete with private waterside sundeck and an incredible view of the farm and continental breakfast. Put your robe on, change into the cozy spa slippers and forget the world exists at the onsite Day Spa Cottage. Owner, stylist and celebrity masseuse Denise Pinot offers a range of indulgent treatments that will make you feel like a VIP yourself. Then lie back and soak up the Otway country air during your unique open-air bathing experience surrounded by pine trees, farmland and nature.

Continue the indulgence at dinner. Pre-book a table at the nearby, world-famous destination restaurant of Brae – consistently named in the top 50 restaurants in the world or settle in for a night under the stars by the outdoor fire pit with a complimentary bottle of red and a self-cooked bbq (byo).

Day Spas

Saltair Day Spa – Torquay & Lorne

Discover the region’s original destination Day Spa. Nestled in the rolling hills of Torquay with distant ocean views Saltair offers world-class skincare, heavenly massages and a day spa experience so iconic it’s earned a place in the Trip Advisor ‘Hall of Fame’. Due to popularity Saltair is now located in two luxurious locations, Torquay and Lorne.

The expert therapists will take you on Saltair’s signature journey – exfoliating the body with sea salts infused with aromatic oils before cocooning it in a mineral rich clay mask as you indulge in a warm oil head massage. A shower will continue to wash your cares away before the pampering continues with a moisturizing, full body relaxation massage. A BABOR luxury facial is the perfect way to finish this true day spa experience.

Lux Spa & Wellness – Anglesea

Escape the noise of the outside world at this luxurious sanctuary located at the Great Ocean Road Resort. Take a deep breath and fill your senses with rejuvenating salt air before the relaxation begins. Choose your favourite essential oil from the Aroma Bar, enjoy the warming sensation of a hot towel compress on your feet and a heat pillow on your back while your coastal lux treatment room is being prepared for you.

The Lux Spa and Wellness signature rituals are carefully designed as a collection of the finest restorative journeys, from the healing cleansing of our Vichy steam cocoon & Geisha tub to the stress-relieving Shirodhara therapy. Each of these holistic signature rituals will engage all of your senses and restore balance to your mind, body and spirit. Combining the healing powers of sound and touch with the most potent natural ingredients the Ocean and Earth have to offer, these signature Rituals will transport you to a sanctuary of calm and comfort.

Port Fairy Day Spa

As you enter the peaceful ambience of the Port Fairy Day Spa you become the focus. The success of the results driven treatments is their holistic approach to beauty & health with the team customising bespoke spa packages to individual client needs. The indulgent treatment menu includes the detox sauna, Geisha Spa, body masks, remedial and relaxation massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and wide range of pamper packages.

Geothermal Bathing Experiences

One Spa RACV Torquay Resort

Warm up with a well-earned thermal bathing and steam session at RACV, One Spa. The award-winning heated spa bathhouse will awaken, revive and restore balance in the body as you take in the view of the championship 18-hole golf course. For 3h enjoy varying degrees of refreshment – from the heated spa pool to reduce stress and tension, the plunge pool for revitalisation, the luxurious thermal stone heated steam room to detox the body and the unique wet room of four rain showers set to temperatures of 10 to 40 degrees celsius designed to exhilarate the body. Continue the pampering with a personalised treatment from the highly trained therapists then sip champagne in your private geisha spa. Bliss.

Deep Blue Hot Springs – Warrnambool

Soak up the health restoring minerals of the earth warmed waters as you make your journey throughout this open-air bathing sanctuary. Let your mind wander as you explore the fifteen thoughtfully curated geothermal pools, delve into the sensory caves with cleansing waterfalls, bask over basalt stones and relax in the shallows of the reflection pool. Then unwind and enjoy the health benefits in the modern Salt Room before enjoying a healthy snack or drink at the Nourish Dome. You won’t want to leave, luckily you don’t have too… you can stay at the Deep Blue Resort too.

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