As fabulous as Auckland life is, a little me-time is always a welcomed addition to our busy schedules. When a bath bomb and a DIY face mask won’t quite cut it, put yourself into the healing hands of Auckland’s best spa therapists for a little TLC.
Whether a full day pampering is in order, or perhaps a quick glam-on-the-go treatment, we’ve picked out Auckland’s best day spas for that much-needed pick-me-up.
Slip on a fluffy robe, slide on some slippers and prepare to thoroughly indulge—here is where to find the best day spas in Auckland.
Bersantai Day Spa
Take your mind body and soul on a journey—literally—and get out of the city for a touch of TLC at Bersantai Spa at Castaways resort. Located on a cliff top above Karioitahi beach, this spa takes the crown for Auckland’s best day spa location. Take in the serene sights and sounds of the natural landscape as you soak outdoor in a decadent Balinese coconut milk bath. Head on inside to experience more pampering in the form of massages, facials and mani-pedis. Our top pick is the Bernsatai Bersantai Exotic Vanilla & Coffee Bean Massage—a detoxifying ritual that will have your skin looking, feeling, and smelling like a dream.
There are plenty of reasons to love inner city hotspot hotel SO/ Auckland. The in-house SO/ SPA is right at the very top of that list. In keeping with the glamorously quirky persona of the hotel, SO/ SPA has lined up an out-of-this-world range of unique spa treatments. We’re talking custom facials, Himalayan salt detoxes, right through to ancient Tibetian sound-healing rituals. If you fancy—quite literally—melting away muscle aches, their Experiential Volcanic Stone Treatment (using real lava flow) is just the ticket. For something a little out of the ordinary and a lot opulent, try the ‘Journey of Two Rivers’ massage. Here you’ll experience a Hawaiian-inspired synchronised massage at the healing hands of not one but two expert therapists. Finish your pampering with a dip in the pool, a sweat in the Finnish sauna and it’s safe to say you’ve treated yourself to one of Auckland's best day spa experiences.
Ikoi Day Spa
If an authentic Japanese wellness ritual tickles your fancy, then schedule an Enzyme Spa at Takapuna’s Ikoi Day Spa, pronto. This signature service will see you immersed in a dry bath of natural botanicals and enzymes (sourced all the way from Hokkaido, nonetheless), as specialist masseuses carefully rub the goodness into you. The end result? A deep heating that leaves both your self and your skin feeling supple and energised. Polish off your visit with a facial or a self-heating mineral mud wrap, and you’ll walk out feeling fresh as a daisy—or rather, a sakura blossom.
East Day Spa
Take yourself on an exotic escape without even leaving Auckland at SkyCity’s East Day Spa. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of Auckland city, walk your way into this candle-lit oasis, and experience Auckland city’s answer to an East Asian getaway. Here you can get into a plush robe, sip on divine detox tea, and slide into a state of bliss at the healing hands of East’s talented team. Their award-winning treatments will treat every inch of your being to a touch of Zen. We’re talking everything from traditional Chinese reflexology, right through to a Balinese bacial (yes, that’s a facial for your back). The pampering treatments don’t stop there. There’s detoxifying body wraps, award-winning massages, facials galore, as well as soothing aromatherapy baths to soak your stress away in.
No list of Auckland’s best day spas would be complete without mention of Herne Bay favourite, Equipoise. With 22 years of preening and pampering under their belt, it’s safe to say the day spa nothing short of an iconic beauty institution. From top to toe, the talented team can take care of all your beautifying needs like lashes, brows, tanning, waxing, and mani-pedis. For something a little more on the indulgent side, opt for a state-of-the-art tailored facial or massage. If one treatment leaves you wanting more, then go all-out with their spa packages for hours upon hours of bliss. It is called a day spa, after all.
Say goodbye to stress and hello to a world of relaxation at Ponsonby Road’s very own day spa, Ayurveda. Leave feeling rejuvenated as ancient healing powers and gentle massaging transform your body and mind. Allow your soul to unwind as you indulge in healing practises and treatments. Choose from massage, facials and whole body rituals to rejuvenate and recharge. Wanna feel on top of cloud nine? Book yourself in for a whole lot of relaxation.
The ultimate in luxury day spa experiences is yours to indulge in at Chuan Spa. As the renowned spa of the Cordis hotel, expect utter opulence from the moment you set a spa slipper-dressed foot inside. Flickering candle-light, exotic flora and fauna and opulent oriental décor make the for the perfect backdrop in which to enjoy Chuan’s contemporary oriental treatments. Massages, facials, body wraps and scrubs are all on offer here, as well as sumptuous multi-treatment packages. Of course, no visit is complete without thoroughly indulging in the spa’s wellness facilities. With a rooftop pool and jacuzzi, saunas, a herbal steam room and an ice experience, it’d be utterly rude not stay and indulge a little longer.
Impossibly beautiful boutiques and a pampering menu to match await glamour-seeking gals and guys at Forme Spa. Blush details, velvet furnishings and splashes of gold decor make for the perfect space to treat your body (and your eyes) to a little TLC. From massages to microderms to manicures, Forme has treatments for ladies, lads, couples and mummies-to-be. Not to be missed are Forme’s divine facials—of which they have plenty of options for every skin need. Detox facials, skin peels, light therapy right through to the A-lister’s favourite oxygen facials—you name it, Forme does it. Better yet, there are 11 spas dotted around the city, meaning you’re never more a stone’s throw away from one of Auckland’s best day spas.
So | Spa
Relaxation and water-side dwellings go hand-in-hand. That’s a fact. There’s no better place to experience this fabulous pairing first hand than at Sofitel’s So | SPA in Auckland’s viaduct. Here you can enjoy some of Auckland’s best facials, massages and wellness rituals as well as a post-treatment dip in their luxurious 20-meter pool that overlooks a glistening, yacht-dotted harbour. Our treatment picks include the greenstone massage (think hot-stone massage with a luxe, local spin) and a Healing Manuka Honey Facial that’s infused with antioxidants. Round off your pamper-session with a trip to the spa’s steam room and sauna—champagne flute in hand—for a luxurious cherry on top of a decadent spa visit.
Inner-city pampering doesn’t come much better than The Pullman Spa. A long list of massages makes this spa one of Auckland’s best day spas for all your stretching, aching and tension-releasing needs. There’s Swedish, couples, greenstone, aromatherapy, reflexology, sodashi, volcanic stone, hot herbal lavender massages—just to name a few. Make sure to yourself a couple of good hours to enjoy their chic facilities during your visit. A post-treatment visit to the heated swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms will keep you aligned and balanced, so you can bounce right back into city life.
Salt Cave Halotherapy
We all know salt works wonders for our food. Lesser known, however, is salt’s holistic healing powers. Here to introduce us to that is Auckland's first ever salt spa: the Salt Cave Halotherapy & Wellness Centre. Taking centre-stage at this wellness mecca is its namesake salt cave—a dimly-lit room entirely surrounded by natural, pink Himalayan rock salt walls. Here you can bask in the pink glow, bathe in the salt particles and breathe any toxins right out of your system. It’s safe to say that not only is this salt sanctuary one of Auckland’s best (and most ‘grammable) day spas, it’s also one of Auckland’s most unique.
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