Looking for Melbourne’s stellar spa retreats? As luck would have it, they’re tucked inside some of the city’s top hotels, so you can relax and recharge in five-star luxury. Book a visit to these indulgent stays for the ultimate buff and breakfast.
The Langham, Melbourne
Melbourne hotel royalty The Langham puts on a show as soon as you walk into the marble lobby where you’ll find mosaic accents, crystal chandeliers and tinkling fountains – and the onsite Chuan Spa is every bit as decadent.
Decked out in floral silk walls and bamboo floors, the tranquil space offers modern treatments built on the foundations of traditional Chinese medicine to restore the body’s energy and balance.
Using aromatic oils and lotions developed with a master perfumer, signature rituals include the two-and-a-half hour Tao of Detox, which combines a whole-body exfoliation with a detoxifying algae wrap, soothing massage and plumping oxygenating facial.
Post-spa, relaxation continues at the adjoining ninth-floor swimming pool and jacuzzi where views across the Yarra River stretch to the ornate façade of Flinders Street Station.
Park Hyatt Melbourne
At the Park Hyatt’s dazzling ninth-floor wellness complex, day spa guests are encouraged to drift between the steam room, sauna, jacuzzi and infinity-edged indoor swimming pool before embarking on a treatment.
Can’t decide between a facial, massage or body scrub? The 120-minute Total Body Wellness package will take care of indecision with a Himalayan and Dead Sea salt foot scrub, a mini-facial and a massage that involves sweet orange and lavender oil.
Despite being situated on the CBD’s northern doorstep, this neo-classical hotel is a tranquil escape, balancing exuberant design (see the majestic columns and Roman-style mosaics of the indoor heated swimming pool) with five-star service. Whether you’re in the hands of the spa’s consummate professionals or the confident team of waiters in Radii restaurant and bar, it’s a place that fully commits to the art of indulgence.
InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
Botanica Wellness Spa and Clinic proves there’s more to bustling Collins Street than mergers and acquisitions. Tucked behind a heritage-listed neo-gothic façade in the heart of the business district, the luxury day spa at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto promises a smorgasbord of wellness treatments to nourish, restore and pamper.
Your journey starts with herbal tea in the cosy lounge before you’re ushered into a softly lit treatment room. You can choose from a range of medi-spa facials using LED lights and Dermapen skin needling but if you’re after body treatments, opt for the all-over hydration of a Body Nectar Nourishing Wrap using coconut- and frangipani-infused monoi oil, or the ultimate relaxation of a hot-stone massage.
Extend your stay in one of the hotel’s 253 elegantly appointed rooms to enjoy other luxurious experiences that include floating in the heated rooftop pool with skyscraper views or stargazing beneath the glass atrium at the hotel’s Bluestone Lounge Bar.
Crown Towers Melbourne
Rising 39 floors above Southbank, Crown Towers is a glittering jewel with a day spa that provides a soothing antidote to the buzz of the city outside.
Chandeliers, herringbone floors and subtle gold and turquoise accents set the scene for personalised treatments. Facials use La Prairie products (the Pure Gold Radiance Immersion will leave your skin glowing), while massages harness the Ayurvedic principles of Subtle Energies body oils.
Each treatment of an hour or more comes with access to the Aqua Suite, where you can while away another hour drifting between the steam room, vitality spa and Swiss shower. A splash in the lake-sized indoor swimming pool – a two-tiered extravaganza with fountains and cabanas – is also a must.
Going for the full Crown Hotel immersion? The hotel’s generously sized rooms and suites provide a welcome retreat, while the waterfront precinct’s array of acclaimed restaurants – Nobu, Rockpool, The Atlantic – makes for an effortless night out.
The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne
It’s no surprise that the glossiest new hotel in town has a dreamy day spa. Hovering 64 levels above the city’s rejuvenated West End, the Ritz-Carlton has dedicated an entire floor to the pursuit of wellness. Here the infinity pool is a standout attraction but you won’t regret being lured into one of the treatment rooms for a pamper session, or to a vitality pool where you’ll be left to float in bliss.
Visiting with your special someone? The dedicated couple’s suite offers an aromatic bath filled with rose petals and signature rose otto treatment oil, along with Champagne and artisan chocolates.
Sufficiently pampered? Ascend to level 80 where the Sky Lobby is your gateway to the award-winning restaurant Atria. The mod-Oz menu showcases native ingredients such as wallaby and finger lime. Or step back in time in candlelit bar Cameo, where “antique” cocktails are made with rare and aged spirits.