We're not gonna lie. You can get away with a whole heap of laziness on the grooming front in winter. But alas, with bikini and boardshort season on the horizon, that time is very much over.
Now is the time to give your skin some much-needed love so you can put your best face—and body—forward. We did the (very) hard yards and tested treatments all over town to come up with eight of Brisbane’s best day spas to switch off your phone, shut out the world and get glowing again.
Fortitude Valley, Paddington and Nundah
As far as Brisbane’s best day spas go, you don’t need to head too far from the city to find a place to unwind and relax. Endota Spa has three locations across Brisbane, which offer a range of all-Australian treatments, delivered in calming and friendly eco-modern surroundings.
Ask for the: Detox package which will rid the skin of skin-dulling dead cells with it’s blissful billabong footbath, dry body mitt and West Australian clay cocoon, topped off with a lilly pilly all-body moisturiser.
The Thai Foot Spa
Step away from the hustle and bustle of James Street and into the quiet haven of The Thai Foot Spa. Enjoy a cup of green tea as you show your feet some TLC with massage techniques including Shiatsu and Asian reflexology to release tension and improve wellbeing.
Ask for the: Thai Spa Pedicure which will leave your skin soft and supple and your nails clipped, filed, shaped and painted in a shiny gloss. You’ll also get to enjoy a traditional Thai foot massage with the added benefit of Asian reflexology to help release blocked energy flow and toxins.
Dome Spa Retreat at The Marriott
Set on the 45th Floor of the Marriott Hotel, Dome Spa Retreat boasts enviable river views from the adjacent pool deck, which along with the sauna and spa, can be used by guests of the spa. Slip into a robe and slippers and enjoy a herbal tea or get a few friends together and order the champagne high tea.
Ask for the: Aromatic Body Scrub and Rain Shower which will scrub away any dead skin cells and stimulate the skin before you receive an invigorating massage from the six jets of water from the Vichy Shower raining onto your body.
Stunning new day spa One Wybelenna, nestled in lush acreage in Brookfield, is far enough away from the bustle of the CBD to provide a true spa sanctuary and holistic pamper experience. With its timber architecture and expansive gardens, it is luxury personified.
Ask for the: The Gem Foot Therapy treatment. Starting with a collagen foot soak, followed by a mineral gem elixir, a deep massage and a nourishing mask, the Gem Foot Therapy treatment will soothe away all those dry heels and have you walking on cloud nine. Or even better, enter in our competition to win an amazing luxe treatment at One Wybelenna on us!
Sakura Day Spa
A modern oriental style day, Sakura Day Spa offers guests a complete mental and physical geteway with everything from massages, hot stone therapy, body treatments, full spa packages and treatments tailored for men.
Ask for the: Hydrating Facial for a double deep cleanse, light exfoliation and de-stressing scalp and facial massage. A hydrating mask will help bring a healthy glow back to your skin.
SkinSpirit Day Spa
Nurture your soul at the award-winning Skin Spirit Day Spa at Tarragindi, which offers an escape from reality without having to head too far from home.
Ask for the: Pure Fiji Body Ritual which includes dry body brushing, Coconut Crème Scrub back exfoliation, an Island Body Massage with warm oils, essential facial and relaxing scalp massage.
Aquarius Cosmetic Image Clinics and Day Spa
A health and day spa offering services including massage, facials, physiotherapy, personal training, tanning and body exfoliation, Aquarius Cosmetic Image Clinics and Day Spa also offers cosmetic and non-cosmetic beauty treatments as part of their Medispa.
Ask for the: Aquarius Signature Body Wrap which includes a full body dry exfoliation and organic sugar blend scrub, body wrap (either hydrating and nourishing body wrap or purifying and detoxifying), thermal wrap and pressure point facial massage or scalp massage.
Stephanie’s Vintage Spa
Originally built in 1852, Stephanies Vintage Spa is a historical landmark in the Cleveland. Once the local doctor’s house, this timeless Queenslander has been lovingly restored with shabby chic interiors and a quaint provincial inspired courtyard.
Ask for the: Hot Stone Crystal Massage and unwind as you dip your foot into a rose petal foot bath and exfoliation before having you skin brushed before an massage using warm, soothing volcanic Basalt stones. Balancing Chakra crystals are then placed on your body to restore energy and balance to mind, body and soul.
Image credit: Endota Spa