Whether it’s a good old-fashioned drink to (temporarily) cure the blues or some well deserved wellness therapy, one need not choose between vice and virtue at Brandy Creek. Here, the idea is to have both. The most difficult question is just what to indulge in first.
On the same site as a vineyard and restaurant, the luxurious new Brandy Creek Day Spa is just an hour out of Melbourne in the rural area of Gippsland (say hey to the cows as you drive in). Outfitted with a combo of Italian furniture, Ikea and local designs, the striking new building is seriously impressive. It’s super minimalist with no fuss, but at the same time it feels like a cocoon of calm (most likely due to the heavenly imported Kashwére dressing gowns).
After tea in the relaxing arrivals lounge I sweat out those vinos in the pièce de résistance that is the vaulted Hammam-inspired steam room. A covered walkway links to the tranquil treatment wing where the therapies are both classic (body scrubs and relaxing massages) and creative (Cherry Baby Masque and custom Desensitising Facial Treatment).
The menu is extensive but there’s only 5 treatment rooms and even though it’s only my toes being pampered, I get one entirely to myself. Resisting the temptation for a magazine, I block out reality and commit to 60 minutes of mindfulness, drinking in the breathtaking views of the beautiful Baw Baw Ranges. Before I know it, my tortured soles have been magically transformed but I’m just not quite ready to get down to earth.