From day spas in mansions to salons that watch over the kids while you enjoy your treatment, the west is best for when you need a rest.
It is time to treat yourself! While we know Melbourne’s west for its cultural and foodie offerings, we’ll let you in on a little secret — it’s also a top place to go when you need a little R&R. From day spas in mansions to salons with in-house day care for the kids, the west is best for when you need a rest!
Lavanya means inner beauty and grace and we couldn’t think of a more perfect name for a day spa. Treating your inner beauty is just as important as treating your outer, if not more and Lavanya Spa Retreat [4 Cox’s Garden, Williamstown] encourages you to 'shift your focus away from the stresses, demands and responsibilities of life'. Upon entering the day spa, you'll notice beautiful, organic-style decor and the sort of cosiness you would find at a luxury country retreat. While you wait for your treatment to begin, enjoy a herbal tea and complimentary footbath. Lavanya offers everything from massage treatments (pregnancy and couples options available) to facials, tanning to waxing. We recommend opting for their La La Lavanya package — a half day treatment combo including dry body brushing, a personalised body wrap, a signature facial and a customised massage — bliss!
Unwind at one of Melbourne’s grandest landmarks – the Werribee Mansion [K Road, Werribee]. If you've never tried a Turkish Hammam before and would prefer to relax in complete solidarity, the Hammam-style treatment here is the perfect place to start. It begins with a self-applied sugar scrub, followed by a detoxing cleansing mask. Relax your muscles and unwind your mind with steam therapy in a beautifully tiled Hammam Chamber. When your session is over, you'll wash your treatment off with a calming rain-style shower. For something more tailored, book in the Seasonal Body Wrap treatment. Your therapist will concoct the perfect blend of plant botanicals, essential oils and cleansing clay to cater to your skin’s needs. Your treatment will begin with exfoliation, before a mud application, followed by a relaxing scalp massage. The list of services offered at The Mansion Spa is extensive, with a great range of pamper packages available for those who want to spend the better part of their day in a state of relaxation. Following your treatment, continue the good vibes with a walk around the picturesque gardens.
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Finding it hard to find time to pamper yourselves with your little ones running around? Pampered Mummies [92 Somerville Road, Yarraville] have the solution for you. This salon, cafe, kids fun house hybrid will provide a good time for both you and the kids. Here you can enjoy getting your nails done, your hair freshened up or pampered with a well-deserved massage and facial treatment. We recommend the Feel Glam package which includes a manicure and a blow wave. Meanwhile, the kids will be well looked after under the supervision of Pampered Mummies’ friendly staff. While you unwind, they'll enjoy outdoor play equipment, taking part in fun activities or hanging out in one of the playpens. If, or when, their energy levels have depleted, taking a nap in one of the comfy cots is also an option. Once your pamper session has come to an end, you can enjoy a lovely cafe lunch or latte, while the kids continue to play or join you, with plenty of kids options on the menu.
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While salt therapy has been practiced for more than 100 years it has just recently become back into vogue in the world of health and wellbeing. It is a natural therapy that is said to relieve congestion, aid recovery, cleanse skin and support general wellbeing. The question is, what happens when you visit Salts of the Earth [4/767 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds]? You’ll have a consultation with a salt therapy therapist to begin with, who will explain how this form of remedy may help you with any conditions you disclose; they’ll then recommend a plan, tailored specifically for you. Your first session will start when you enter a salt filled room and take a seat in one of the comfortable lounge chairs. All the while, a machine called a 'halogenerator' will grind up pharmaceutical grade salt into tiny particles that become airborne; this finely milled salt then disperses into the salt room. All you have to do to reap the rewards of salt therapy is take a seat and relax!
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Nestled in the heart of Essendon you will find Angelique Day Spa [16 Napier Street, Essendon]. This local business has been in the beauty therapy game for more than 20 years so we are confident you will be in good hands. They specialise in clinical skin treatments and offer its Seasonal Facial as a part of their services, which designed to help the skin adjust between summer and winter. If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious we suggest its Aroma Stony Therapy massage package. The treatment uses aromatic spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger followed by a full body massage using warm shea butter and Balinese wrapped stones which are said to melt away tension, fatigue and stress.
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