07 September 2023
Spring is the best time to visit a plush Sydney hotel and be treated to some spa action in these five-star havens. Whether you’re at the Circular Quay end or Darling Harbour, our choice of top three spas can be reached from any point in the CBD.
Flowing over two floors and overlooking Darling Harbour, the Sofitel SPA Darling Harbour is ruled by the queen of facials, Maria, who has served celebrities and royalty in New York’s Waldorf Astoria. She specialises in facials and is an aficionado of the sought-after Biologique Recherche products.
Sofitel is the only hotel spa in NSW to carry these luxurious products, which are medical grade, unperfumed and pregnancy-safe. The Biologique Recherche Methodology is based on over 40 years of experience using raw, cold-formulated products with high concentrations of active ingredients derived from natural or biotechnological compounds; they are free from parabens and silicones.
The Spa is facial heaven. Like a restaurant, you can pop back for your favourite or try the variety of exotic treatments on the menu.
If you’re after the signature treatment, then the Biologique Recherche 90-minute facial is the signature facial for the Sofitel Spa. This is Maria’s favourite and her skilled hands will have your skin glowing with youth.
There is a berry facial offered for hydrating, nourishing and brightening. It’s a blend of berries layered with an active infusion of niacin amide, panthenol and folic acid, this refining treatment is ideal for young or congested skin.
Then there’s a shiraz facial where lashings of pure shiraz wine enriched with antioxidant resveratrol, pomegranate and fig assist in soothing fine lines and wrinkles while repairing photo- damage, oxidative stress and dehydration. This revitalising, nutrient rich facial is suitable for all skin types, especially mature.
Or perhaps you might prefer the lime caviar facial. This is a facial with three forms of vitamin C and ferulic acid with vitamin E drenched in exotic botanicals of lime caviar and Kakadu plum to visibly brighten, smooth and firm. Targets luminosity and firmness while addressing pigmentation, age spots and uneven skin tone.
For special occasions, the seasonal Wellness Journeys, from $850 include a tailor-made five-hour experience designed around the seasons. It begins with a swim in the outdoor pool and then continues with a body polish, body wrap, aromatherapy massage, facial and a healthy yet tasty seasonal lunch and a guided meditation.
Cecilia Ferreyra, launch Director of Spa & Wellness, Sofitel SPA Darling Harbour describes this temple of wellness, “Sofitel SPA Darling Harbour is not just the new home of luxury, we are the epitome of holistic wellness, providing thoughtful touchpoints at every turn within the property, and ultimately indulging guests in a unique journey experience unlike any other.
“Our half-day treatments are true journeys covering each element of wellness with the aim of guests not only feeling relaxed and rejuvenated but leaving them changed.”
The Park Hyatt offers rock-star views of Sydney Harbour. So it’s worthwhile taking a dip in the rooftop pool before your spa. The spa is discreet like this elegant hotel.
Tucked around a corner which opens into a cream and beige palette. It offers complimentary valet parking for spa guests up to three hours. The spa experience is highly personalised. You can mix and match your treatments.
The spa has also just announced a partnership with La Mer. This collaboration brings together the Hyatt’s spa’s philosophy and La Mer’s luxury and transformative skincare to offer two new exclusive facial treatments, the La Mer Hydrating Facial and the La Mer Sculpting Facial to the hotel’s spa menu.
The Spa at Park Hyatt Sydney’s philosophy revolves around the essence of the earth, sun, wind, flowers and water; these two new La Mer facial treatments complement this vision by harnessing the seas’ natural healing properties with bespoke professional treatments, delivering unsurpassed skin renewing results.
The Spa also uses the Blue Mountains iKOU products. The iKOU native clay and hot oil massage is perfect for regenerating an overworked mind and body. This offers a fusion of ancient Ayurvedic massage combined with native Australian ingredients. The unique massage begins by placing a ring of native clay on the back and hot, therapeutic oils continuously flowing to gently release spinal tension.
After spa pampering, champagne and nibbles in the dining room are a great way to connect with friends whether on a birthday or other special occasion.
The Darling Spa, at The Star Sydney in nearby Pyrmont, delivers on its promise to reconnect body, mind and soul. Along with stunning treatment rooms, the spa includes a Moroccan hammam chamber, steam room and jacuzzi.
Alongside the more familiar offerings are treatments that use the Li’tya skincare range of products that harness the power of native Australian plants and Aboriginal knowledge. Try the blissful Li’Tya Mirri facial, with lily pilly, kelp and macadamia combining to boost your skin after a long flight or late night.
Treat yourself to the Li’tya The Dreaming – three hours of decadence with body wrap, massage and facial treatment, this signature treatment i reconnects the body, mind and soul from head to toe.
The ritual includes Li’tya Miji Jina Foot, Li’tya Mala Mayi Body Wrap, Li’tya Kodo Body massage, Li’tya Paudi Head massage, Li’tya Mirri Facial and Li’tya Miji Polama hand treatment. Surrender yourself to the ultimate renewal and potency of this experience through the power of nourishing Australian native plant essential oils and extracts, cleansing earth ochres and purifying desert salts. Embracing traditional Indigenous healing techniques, these deeply therapeutic treatments work to nurture, revive and restore.