Holidays don’t have to cost an arm and six legs, especially if you’re fortunate enough to call Victoria home. This state is loaded with incredible regions that are packed with gourmet local businesses just waiting for your cash. In addition to our rich smorgasbord of food and wine regions, Victoria also has some superb spa and wellness precincts that are more than worth a few days annual leave. Trust us.
So, here are Victoria’s best day spa getaways.
We can’t write a list of the state’s best day spa getaways without including Victoria’s treat yo’self capital: Daylesford. This day spa getaway location literally has more day spas than we have wordcount for. First cab out of the ranks is Salus Spa, the famous Lake House’s very own onsite spa. They have an extensive treatment menu that includes hens packages if you want to give your bride-to-be a soft nudge towards the most luxurious weekend of your life. An added bonus at the Salus Spa is its gorgeous natural backdrop that’ll get you from 0-to-relaxed in no time at all.
Other spas to mention in Daylesford include the Daylesford Massage Spa which offers massages, facials, foot treatments, meditation and spa packages at prices that won’t break the bank.
Soma Massage offers deep tissue, remedial, oriental and Swedish massages, while Renewal Massage offers spa packages that include organic facials, foot treatments, salt scrubs, and a wine tour and massage package (um, yes pls).
You can’t have a relaxing massage without a relaxing nibble and a sip on some local gourmet food and beverages, so we recommend visiting The Belvedere Social, a Melbourne-esque cocktail bar and restaurant; and the Larder, a gourmet brunch hotspot.
And if you’ve got a few months spare (and a few hundy handy), splash out and book a room at the Lake House. The rooms are always going like hotcakes so you’ll want to get in quickly, but after your stay you’ll be wanting to get out early because that place is classy.
You don’t need to travel far to check out this next region. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Daylesford is neighbouring town, Hepburn Springs. This little spa capital is also a wealth of luxury and relaxation thanks to no less than three spas.
Most famous is the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa which offers a whole range of luxe spa packages ranging from one-day retreat packages to a three-night mineral experience. You can lounge around in the bathhouse for two hours soaking up the mineral water mix or opt for massage therapies and body treatments at the spa.
On the main road of Hepburn Springs is also The Mineral Spa where you can treat yourself to some private night bathing in their romantic mineral waters or one of their many treatments, including a mineral cocoon.
The third spa hotspot is the Omada Day Spa which has been in full swing for over fifteen years. These pros offer a tranquil environment for relaxing massages and various treatment packages including facials, aroma spas, salt glows and body wraps.
In terms of accommodation, there’s the self-contained Kudos Villas, each containing its own spa and with the option of in-house massages. And in terms of food and drink, there’s gourmet pizza at Ruben’s, brekkie classics at the Blue Bean Love Cafe and quality pub staples at the Old Hepburn Hotel.
You can also venture over to the Mornington Peninsula for the perfect spa getaway. Possibly the most well-known spa in the state is the Peninsula Hot Springs which offers every bath and spa treatment under the hot Australian sun. You can choose to simply bathe in their natural springs, take a stroll down their reflexology walk, unwind in the sauna, soak it up in their hilltop pool (with 360-degree views of the region), or indulge in some contemporary dining and spa treatments in their Spa Dreaming Centre.
If you’re after something a little more quaint then the Wellness Manor is the way to go. They offer treatments such as facials, massages, colonic irrigation, laser peels and organic body treatments. You can also opt to stay in their 6-star luxury accommodation.
If you’re after even more then there’s the Woodman Estate which combines luxe accommodation, degustation menus and wellness retreats. The Wellness Retreat includes half and full days of bathing, treatment and dining packages, spa pregnancy packages and revitalisation treatments.
To top it all off, there’s the Beauty Emporium where you can host an actual party, we sh*t you not. The Dream Girl Spa Party includes two hours of facials, foot massages and scrubs (but it only on offer to teens up to eighteens and under). For the adults, there are oxygen facials, microdermabrasion, peels, spray tans, massages, makeup application, manis and pedis, waxing, tinting and heaps more.
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