We’d give anything for endless amounts of annual leave and a never-ending savings account, but until a magic lamp sprouts a genie offering up three wishes we have to get a little bit creative. That’s where the daycation comes in.
Whether you take a day off work or schedule some time out of your regular weekend programming, no overnight hotel stays are required—but it doesn’t hurt to fluff up the pillows in your bedroom and light a candle at the end of your day’s adventures.
From relaxing spa treatments and meditation sessions to outdoor escapes and foodie trails, here are 7 of Perth’s best daycation spots for your next well-earned break.
Book an appointment at Bodhi J at The Westin and you’ll score a pool pass so you can take a dip post-treatment bliss. Start your day with a delicious buffet brekky at Garum before heading up to Bodhi J and signing yourself up for one of their spa journeys—we recommend Bodhi's Decadent Escape for ultimate relaxation. Then sashay over to the pool and order something luscious off the drinks menu as you soak in some rays.
When you’re craving a luxe pool day Crown Towers delivers with The Enclave. Hire is priced on application, but whatever the fee it’s worth it because you get to relax in your private cabana fitted with a minibar, plasma TV, comfy couch and sunbeds just a few steps from a private infinity pool. To top the whole experience off, The Enclave has its own waitstaff who will bring you just about anything you desire.
COMO Shambhala Urban Escape
If you’re after a daycation that’s good for the mind and body, COMO Shambhala Urban Escape has you covered. Start your day with a yoga class in the beautiful basement studio, then walk the dimly-lit corridor to the spa where the real magic happens. The COMO Shambhala Inside Out package kicks off with a 75 minute signature massage and ends with lunch and a cold pressed juice from COMO Shambhala’s healthful menu. Be sure to bring your latest read and keep the relaxed vibes going in the hotel lounge for as long as you desire. You’ll walk out feeling like a million bucks.
Fancy a soak in a tub with views of Elizabeth Quay? All you need to do is book yourself an appointment at the spa at The Ritz-Carlton. We'd recommend opting for the three-hour Luminance Elements Journey to make sure you're completely blissed out before you head to the outdoor heated vitality pools which are complete with massage jets. Once you're done there, hop on over to Hearth for a late lunch or high tea to finish your daycation the right way.
Rottnest Island is the obvious Perth daycation, but that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. With plenty of bays to relax in, activities to enjoy, a beautiful day spa, art gallery and the new Pinky’s Beach Club on hand when hunger strikes, the island paradise that’s just a short boat ride away has it all. Add to that the relaxed vibes that are felt immediately upon reaching land and you have the recipe for the ultimate day out.
Clear Mind Studio
With float therapy, an infrared sauna, massage, yoga and meditation all under one roof, you can easily spend the entire day at Clear Mind Studio. The perfect daycation in our eyes starts with yoga and a meditation class, followed by a relaxing float. Take a break in Clear Mind’s lush relaxation room, sip some artisan herbal tea and lap up the relaxing vibes before enjoying a hot stone massage. By now you’ll be feeling plenty relaxed and you can call it a day, but if you don’t want to leave you can opt or an infrared sauna session.
For a more active daycation hop in the car and drive 25 minutes out of the city to Perth’s Swan Valley. Whether you’re into wine, food, cheese, chocolate or just pretty scenery, the Swan Valley has it all. If it’s food and drinks you’re after, here are six delicious trails to check out—choose two of your favourites and enjoy a day filled with incredible local produce. But if you’re on the hunt for a little bit of culture, follow the Artisans of Swan itinerary.
Amaroo Retreat & Spa
While we’d always recommend staying overnight in the deluxe chalets at Amaroo Retreat & Spa, if you can’t make it happen, you can still get a good taste of the experience just by visiting the spa alone. Set on 55 acres of beautiful bushland, you’ll begin to feel zen on the drive up the hill to Mount Helena. To make the most of your daycation, book the six hour Amaroo Package which includes dry body brushing, full body exfoliation, body recovery mask, 30 minute Indian head massage and a one hour Swedish massage. You’ll break for a light lunch and then cap your experience off with a Payot facial and a deluxe mani pedi. Worth every single penny.
Want more ways to fill your day? Here are the best day trips from Perth.
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