While you’d be hard pressed to find a health retreat that doesn’t centre somehow around nature (it’s a healer, after all), but in our experience, there are nature-centric some spa destinations that really stand out from the crowd. If you’re planning a spa retreat and want one centred on Mother Nature in all her glory, we’re sure any one (or all) of these, situated in three very different parts of Australia, will please…
Located: Mossman, Far North Queensland
Perhaps its the sense of being cuddled by the ancient rainforest canopy. Or maybe its the reverence with which treatments are performed at the Healing Waters Spa. Regardless, this peaceful place, which draws on the Daintree (the world’s oldest and heritage-listed rainforest) for inspiration, is a spa getaway with a restorative, spiritual focus. As well as the Vichy shower and steam room, there’s an extensive range of crystal-healing options and bodywork with a focus on energetic rebalancing. We love the Rainbow Spectrum Chakra Balance, which starts with a cleansing of your heart chakra and ends with the sound of harmonic chimes and a body massage using Sodashi oils.
Located: Margaret River, Western Australia.
Comprising 10 sleek beach-facing villas perched high above the Indian Ocean, Injidup Spa Retreat is one of WA’s best kept secrets. It’s private and personalised, just like the spa menu, which is customised to what you need on that particular day. Therapists use luxurious Sodashi products, which is appropriate given the brand is produced in WA and only includes natural ingredients sourced from the earth and sea, including extracts and essential oils of the purest and highest grade. For an utter treat, we suggest the one-hour Smoothing jojoba polish treatment, followed by the one-hour tension release massage. Teamed with the spectacular natural setting, these treatments are stress cure-alls.
Located: Bridport, Tasmania.
A windswept golf-course complex is not where you’d expect to find a day spa that also offers hypnobirthing classes and naturopath-prescribed personal wellness regimens. But the Spa at Barnbougle, which is about an hour’s drive from Launceston, prides itself on being a therapeutic retreat as much as pampering escape. It’s spectacular ocean-facing spa facility offers a range of customised treatments for singles and couples, and also features a steam room and magnesium salt spa. The property is a hot destination for golf enthusiasts too; since opening in December 2004, The Dunes course at Barnbougle has maintained its position as the number one public access course in Australia.