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Four luxe post-lockdown experiences for those in need of a little something something

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A few weeks ago (or was it a couple of months? Time didn’t really exist in lockdown) we published a guide for how to treat yo’ self by ordering local goodies online.

Well, now that we’ve said see ya later to lockdown, it’s time for a little pampering IRL—and what better way to do that than by supporting businesses who had to put their livelihoods on pause during lockdown?

New hair who dis

We all know that getting a hair appointment right now is like trying to get a reservation for two at Onzieme on a Saturday night (ha!), but have you considered the benefits of a quick blowout?

A handful of salons across Canberra offer a blow-dry menu that serves up a little slice of relaxation with a big dose of wow—and won’t be as difficult to book into.

Check out Moe & Co in Marketplace Gungahlin, Saloon or Billy & Vince in the city, and Moe & Co in South.Point Tuggeranong.

Spa-rk something new

Call me a child of the 90s, but in my opinion, nothing says treat yourself like a spa. While this is on the bougie end of the pampering scale, Canberra has a range of spa offerings to suit most budgets and tastes.

If your dream spa vibe is Korean bathhouse minimalism, book in at Adytum Sanctum in Braddon. If you’d love to experience a massage surrounded by the lush greenery of the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Jindii Eco Spa is your haven.

Or, if luxurious Scandinavian elegance is calling your name, Hale Spa in Barton is for you. Want something with a little more oomph? Artisan Aesthetic Clinics‘ three Canberra locations offer a range of medi-facials to target specific skin concerns.

Note: Some spas may be limiting their treatment options due to public health restrictions. 

Get grounded

Feel like you came out of lockdown worse than when you went in?

While it’s worth remembering that humans in lockdown aren’t supposed to behave like tulip bulbs—planted in winter only to burst out of nine weeks of isolation looking fresh, colourful and ready for spring—we do understand that ‘frazzled’ may be an understatement for your post-lockdown headspace.

If this is you, why not look into some single-session meditation classes or short workshops? It’s zen in small, manageable doses.

Check out Flourish Yoga, InSync Yoga and Sri Chinmoy Centre to get started.

Raise your spirits—literally and figuratively

If your idea of post-lockdown luxury involves other people, then a DIY bar crawl is the perfect way to spice up an evening.

It’s at this point that while the term ‘bar crawl’ comes with some raucous connotations, we more mean this like a ‘structured night out while abiding by all COVID safe rules’.

First: choose a theme. May we suggest (in light of current travel restrictions) Around The World? Then, plot out an evening sampling some of Canberra’s finest cocktails—we promise there’s plenty to work with.

Perhaps you could start in Cuba (Highball Express) with a Mojito before heading to New York City (Blackbird) for an Old Fashioned before grabbing a Negroni in Italy (Amici) and ending the night in LA (88mph) with a neon-coloured Blue Lagoon?

Feature image: Adytum Sanctum by Lean Timms

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