If Western Australia is the home of pristine beaches, its capital city – dotted with high-end spas and salons - is the home of pristine skin.
Best nails: Palette Nail Stylist
A former stylist-turned-nail-whiz, Britney Lee has combined her twin loves of beauty and style in her marble and velvet Subiaco salon. While there are standard manicures available, nail art is Palette’s forte. Sip some bubbly while your consultant helps you choose a base colour and design. Cuticle oils, moisturisers, scrubs and soaks from local producer Shade dial up the pampering.
Best haircut: Tao of Hair
Don’t let the pumping hip-hop tunes and industrial decor of this hip King Street hair institution fool you – this is no style-over-substance salon. Daniel Yap and his team of snippers turn out some of the best cuts in town. Every detail of the experience has been carefully curated to maximise customer comfort, from the luxe Keune haircare products to the specially imported, near-horizontal chairs at the basins.
Best brows: Alison Jade
Brow-taming is elevated to an art form at this sleek flagship salon in Cottesloe. The in-demand technician and her team will tweeze, cut, wax, tint and bleach your brows for a look that works with your face shape and complexion. Book in advance to see Alison; senior stylists can often accommodate same-day requests.
Best body treatment: Keturah
The Keturah Vichy Refresher treatment offered at this highly awarded chain of day spas in Highgate, Nedlands and Carine Glades is the perfect way to ease the fluid retention and dry skin associated with frequent travel. It begins with the standard Keturah welcome: inhalation therapy, hot towels and a body brush. You then choose between sea salt or tropical enzymes for the body scrub before going into the Vichy shower or capsule to relax and detox. A full-body moisture treatment using Pevonia Botanica dry oil (so you’re not left feeling greasy) rounds out the experience.
Best facial: Bodhi J
With its tranquil ambience, this mecca to wellness in Highgate starts working its soothing magic as soon as you arrive. Local Sodashi products are used for treatments such as the Pure Radiance Facial, which brightens and revitalises the skin. Aromatherapy, massage, hot towels, deep cleansing, exfoliation, a hydrating mask and moisturiser all come into play during your 60 minutes of bliss.
Best spa: The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Perth
This premium spa makes the most of its location: after your massage or facial , you can absorb the city skyline and Swan River while bobbing in the heated outdoor infinity pool, or indulge in one of three 20-minute treatments from the comfort of your pool lounge. For treatments in one of the four zen rooms, choose from one of nine specialist facials or practise some serious self-care with the three-hour Luminous Elements Journey, which includes an anti-ageing facial and a full-body massage featuring rose-quartz crystals, LaGaia Unedited aromatherapy oils and lymphatic breathing.
Top image: Alison Jade
This piece was originally published in 2018 and has been updated.