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Lose Yourself: Canberra’s Luxe Day Spas

Emma Macdonald

ESCAPE THE HUSTLE AND GRIND FOR SOME HANDS-ON ME TIME AND A QUIET INDULGENCE FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

Here are some of Canberra’s most luxurious day spas. Enjoy.

Hale spa

Hale (pictured above) is a resort-style day spa and fitness centre within the 1927 heritage arches and internal ground floor halls of the Brassey Hotel in Barton.

Take a seat in the Scandi-style lounge in front of the fireplace with views onto a landscaped courtyard and water feature while you prepare for a customised facial or body treatment in one of the nine private treatment rooms. A high- end skin specialist suite will provide medical skin treatments as part of your rejuvenation ritual. Finish with a dip in the plunge pool.

Hale Spa | 10–14 Macquarie Street, Barton | 02 6273 3101 | halehealth.com.au

Soma day spa

Set within the heritage buildings of NewActon, Soma is connected by a corridor to the La Bimbi hair salon downstairs (should you decide to go the full nine yards and get a head-to-toe service).

Soma offers luxury body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures, skin care, Kaldewi dual bathtubs, waxing and tinting, and makeup, meaning you could conceivably enter looking like a wreck and emerge looking ready for the Oscars.

It stocks French luxury skincare La Biosthetique and offers a range of express treatments for the busy Canberran – all at a reasonable price.

Soma Day Spa | 12 Kendall Lane, NewActon | 02 6162 3636 | soma.net.au

Jindii ecospa

Tucked away among the ferns and trickling stream just past Rainforest Gully at the Australian National Gardens, lies a day spa that promises to bring you as close to nature as possible.

With a focus on Indigenous healing rituals and native ingredients, Jindii is an award-winning facility which promises to be gentle on the planet while it restores inner balance to clients.

Its use of mulga brushwood, herbal poultices and native essential oils promises something a little different from the standard spa menu.

Jindii Ecospa | Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton | 02 6257 8777 | jindii.com.au

Sui spa

Plonked in the middle of Northbourne Avenue within the Melbourne Building, Sui Spa is a welcome sanctuary from the hustle and bustle outside.

The space, which occupies two floors with seven rooms including a yoga studio, has been gorgeously refurbished, with a Japanese-influenced fit-out and soft lighting. It’s one of those spaces where you can feel the weight lifting off you as soon as you walk in.

It offers the full complement of spa services, including waxing and tinting, as well as running weekend yoga classes.

Sui Spa | Melbourne Building, 37 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City | 02 6181 3691 | suispacanberra.com.au

This article originally appeared in Magazine: Escape for Summer 2016/17. Find out more about Magazine here

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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald has been writing about Canberra and its people for more than 20 years, winning numerous awards for her journalism – including a Walkley or two – along the way. Canberra born and bred, she’s fiercely loyal to the city, tribally inner-north, and relieved the rest of the country is finally recognising Canberra’s cool and creative credentials.

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