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Melbourne’s Best Health Retreats For When You Can’t Leave The City

Melbourne's best health retreats and day spas offer a super-charged way to relax and recharge, when a short break isn't possible.

Need a break but don’t have time to escape the city? You can still recharge, rest and relax right outside your office building and in the centre of Melbourne’s CBD.

These luxury spas are dedicated to drowning out the traffic and making the murmuring crowds melt away. For the time poor, consider a full body massage as your answer to the power nap, or double down with a detoxing body wrap and repairing facial to undo the damage of a painful morning.

Whether you stay an hour or a day, these luxe Melbourne CBD spas are the next best thing to a weekend away.

Body Freedom Urban Spa and Clinic

One of the comfortable treatment rooms at Body Freedom Urban Spa and Clinic. Photo: Supplied

Favoured by the likes of Megan Gale and Bec Judd, Body Freedom is no ordinary spa. Housed in a three storey 1850s refurbished hosiery mill, the spa sits somewhere between urban health retreat and functional clinic, with sound-proof rooms that feel like a luxury boutique hotel.

Super effective facials are customised to incorporate retinol, oxygen or alginate treatments, or to target redness, male, or teenage skin. Massage veers from remedial to a full body relaxation, with coffee and sea kelp scrub, or a mud wrap experience, incorporating a mini facial and rain shower.

The Men’s Retreat package includes a back scrub, botanical facial, massage and foot scrub ($195),  while the Urban Retreat kicks off with a glass of champagne, wild thyme footbath, dry body brushing, hot oil aromatherapy massage, body wrap and mini facial ($230).

392 Clarendon St, South Melbourne

Crown Spa

The level of luxury at Crown Spa at Crown Melbourne is unsurpassed. Post major renovation in 2012, the spa now includes 12 treatment rooms, a dedicated hair and beauty salon, male and female relaxation rooms and an aqua retreat which has a hammam steam room, rain shower and vitality pool. Crown Spa’s range of treatments includes body wraps, facials and massages using products from La Prairie, Phytomer and luxury men’s range Hommage. For those looking to splurge a little, the customised Crown Spa ultimate package ($850pp) sets you up in a private deluxe suite for six hours, for a pure radiance facial, massage, mani, pedi, hair wash and blow dry, plus spa cuisine to keep you sustained and complimentary valet parking.

Crown Melbourne, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

Chuan Spa

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A treatment at Chuan Spa, The Langham. Photo: Supplied

Chuan Spa at The Langham Melbourne operates as a safe space for tranquillity and quiet contemplation, with treatment options helpfully separated via duration times. Kick off your spa treatment with a complimentary Tri-bathing Ritual (a combination of saltwater jacuzzi, sauna and snail shower. For the the full retreat experience, opt for the Restore and Renew treatment ($459). Spanning 180 minutes, it includes a body buffing salt scrub, hair and scalp treatment, facial, eyebrow shape and lash tint, plus more.

The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank

Botanica Day Spa

Botanica Day Spa InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto

Botanica Day Spa at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto. Photo: Botanica/Facebook

Set in the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, Botanica Day Spa offers a world-class spa experience complete with day-long packages incorporate champagne and gourmet dining options. For a healthy approach, The Beauty Chef superfood skincare supplements will launch in the spa in September.

For now, escape with the Royal Botanica Signature Spa Ritual ($586) and pop your phone on flight mode during the dry body exfoliation, body nectar nourishing wrap, full body massage and an Elemis facial.

For tired couples looking to escape the city life, their Couples Retreat is currently on special ($460 for two) and includes an Elemis taster facial, a back, shoulder and foot massage and light refreshments.

InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, 495 Collins St , Melbourne

Sensu Spa

Located on Bourke St, you can literally float away at Sensu Spa. The spa has two flotation therapy tanks on site and one of their most popular packages is Float Away – a 60 minute float and 60 minute massage of your choice ($150).

Sensu Spa also has an Executive Break spa package that includes a foot treatment, shiatsu massage, float, light lunch and a signature Babor facial ($370). They use a range of Barbor products for their facial treatments and offer a variety of massages as well as a Reiki Treatment ($95).

570 Bourke St, Melbourne

Orchid Day Spa

The Vichy-style shower at Orchid Day Spa, Melbourne.

The Vichy-style shower at Orchid Day Spa, Melbourne. Photo: Supplied

The modern interiors of Orchid Day Spa are designed for total comfort and relaxation, while the treatments are outcome-focused.

A consultation process will help guide you through the choice of cosmeceutical grade facials and peels. The MEDI-Peel is done in five sessions ($450) and uses Epicure Cosmeceutiucals. Body treatments include body shaping and firming and deep cleansing body scrubs, while beauty services span the usual gamat of eyebrow feathering, manicure and pedicures and men’s and women’s waxing.

For those too busy to even leave the office, Orchid Day Spa offers Corporate massage and will come to you and your staff for 15 to 20 minute massages.

62 Hardware Lane, Melbourne

Endota Spa

Endota Spa has two Melbourne CBD locations offering a variety of facial treatments including Dermalogica, Glycolic, HydroPeptide and Hydro-microdermabrasion.

Their power program facials are designed to add radiance, replenish or restore skin over a program of three targeted treatments (starting from $510), while the jet lag relief package rolls together relaxation massage, body exfoliation and a foot bath to eradicate airline-induced kinks.

Indulge in a massage for down time, or double down with one of their manicure and pedicure, tinting and waxing services, uses the Endota Spa product range.

Lower Level, 69-71 Flinders Lane, Melbourne and St James Square, Shop 5/555 Bourke St Melbourne

(Lead image: Crown Spa’s Male Vitality Pool. Photo: Supplied)

Published 19 August, 2017