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Indulgent spas in Sydney to pamper yourself

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When you need a moment to treat yourself and relax, rejuvenating at an indulgent spa is the perfect way to get you back on track feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Whether you’re looking for a massage or a full day treating yourself to a blissful session, book that therapy session for your body and soul and treat yo’self. We look at 5 amazing spas in or near the Sydney CBD to relax in.

Why is it important to take a break?

Today’s world is a hyper-connected, always-on mode of living. It’s not always sustainable and it’s easy to feel a sense of near-constant stress and anxiety that can affect you both mentally and physically. Taking time to relax is essential for overall health maintenance.

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Chi, the spa

Located on the second floor of the very posh Shangri-La Hotel in The Rocks, this uber-decadent spa is something to behold. Drawing inspiration from the Chinese theory around the five elements (metal, water, wood, fire and earth), the interiors are all dim lighting and warm, soothing tones of bronze and brown. And we haven’t even gotten to the treatment room. Here, products from luxe Australian natural beauty brand Sodashi are used alongside healing methods inspired by the traditional wellbeing practices found in many Asian cultures. Our pick: the Chakra Healing Massage, which incorporates healing crystals and guided meditation to realign the body’s seven main chakras. Say om.

Address: Level 2, 176 Cumberland street,
The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000

Balmain Bath House

Hidden behind the Nature’s Energy store on Darling Street, the Bath House is larger than you would expect and the facilities – though more basic than some of the five-star hotel spas – are clean, in good working order and wonderfully fragrant. The staff are welcoming, knowledgeable and kind, and there are all the perks of a pricier spa: fluffy robes, secure lockers, hair dryers, slippers and herbal tea on tap. Plus, they offer the soaking-focused experience of the Bath House. Using the bathing facilities alone costs $31 per person for 30 minutes, but with access to a hot spa, cold pool, (intense) steam room, sauna and showers, it’s well worth a simmer.

Fleur De Lys, Woollahra

Located in Paddington, Fleur de Lys Medispa offers an array of luxurious packages for singles, couples or even groups, ranging from medical spa treatments to the more indulgent pampering and beauty services like its 150-minute package that includes a massage, sauna and facial ($350). Above all else, Fleur de Lys staff are experts in skin, leading the way in revitalizing and rejuvenating one's complexion through the latest skin scanning technology to tailor the experience specifically to your needs. 30-minute power facials begin at $99, moving up the $195 energizing facial.

Address: 2A Queen St, Woollahra NSW 2025

The Day Spa by Chuan

Situated just a stone’s throw away from Sydney’s CBD and nestled in the peaceful surrounds of Sydney’s The Rock precinct, The Langham Hotel houses one of Sydney’s most beautiful spas, The Day Spa by Chuan. Located underneath the famed hotel, it combines traditional spa offerings such as facials and massage but you can also customise your treatment to include a combination of the above for the ultimate indulgence. The Full-Body Facial is also a must-try—three hours in duration, it features a full body exfoliation, massage and a bespoke facial to ensure you feel relaxed and refreshed from head to toe. Don’t forget your swimsuit so you can take a dip in the 20m indoor heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi pre- or post-treatment.   

Address: 89-113 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000

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The Darling Spa

This is a plush, hushed environment designed to get you feeling relaxed before you’ve even checked in at reception. You’ll be guided through the low-lit, maze-like halls to your treatment room, which is warm to the point of complete relaxation without slumber. You could get a sports-level massage, but this is less a place for working out tired muscles and more somewhere to tune out. There's a tea room where you can rehydrate post-massage, have a piece of fruit and come slowly back to earth before you have to leave the sanctum and return to Pyrmont’s work-a-day pulse.

Address: The Darling, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW 2009

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The Spa at Park Hyatt

Surrounded by the heritage of The Rocks, even the view is calming at the Park Hyatt’s spa offering. Equipped with aromatherapy steam rooms, a premium gymnasium and nail salon, The Spa at the Park Hyatt leaves little to be desired when it comes to complete indulgence. For a pamper, go for the decadent Caviar Dream package — combining the hydrating, firming Caviar Facial with a rejuvenating body scrub, wrap and full-body massage—which promises relaxation and restoration in spades. Top it off with a lash tint and brow wax, and you’ll leave with a total complexion refresh.

Address: 7 Hickson Rd, The Rocks NSW 2000

Monica Limanto