It's that time of the year again, when your body just needs a little reviving after a year of work. Know the feeling? Feel refreshed (mentally, physically and romantically) and treat yourselves to a stay at one of these luxurious Victorian spa retreats.
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Dreamers Spa Village
A five-acre country resort in the rugged bushland of Mount Beauty, Dreamers Spa Village (an hour's drive south of Albury and Wodonga) offers a tranquil place to escape from the rest of the world. Book one of the stand-alone Spa Chalets and be treated to mountain views (snow-capped in the winter), private spa baths and in-house spa treatments. Or, claim the penthouse for yourselves and enjoy views of your own private waterfall just outside. Either way, one thing you definitely can't miss here is the chance to relax in one of the outdoor hot tubs, with nothing around but gum trees and the sound of native birdlife in the distance.
Lake House Daylesford
A winner with luxury-loving couples, Lake House Daylesford boasts one of Australia's most beautiful spas. Overlooking Lake Daylesford and surrounded by waterfall-fed streams, the state-of-the-art Salus Spa has an extensive menu featuring premium facials, indulgent massages and specially tailored treatments. There's one experience there that you absolutely have to book. Available for single-use only, the Private Treetop Spa experience allows you to soak in a private mineral spa in a secluded treetop cabin. Heaven. Foodies will also love LHD's culinary offerings – the hotel's restaurant is run by Alla Wolf-Tasker and there are masterclasses available throughout the year. Take a drive out to this peaceful escape (90 minutes northwest of Melbourne) for old-world charm and a blissfully slow pace of life.
If you're dreaming of retreating to a spa in Bali for a little pampering, you don't have to hop on a plane for a similar experience. A 45-minute drive northeast of Melbourne takes you to the aptly named Balinese Retreat. An exclusive couples-only retreat in the lush mountains of the Dandenong Ranges, this tropical hideaway offers romantic Balinese villa accommodation and rejuvenating spa treatments in its range of purpose-built treatment spaces. In the opulent Spa de Marrakech, enjoy a traditional hammam experience, or visit the Roman Bathhouse for a steam session followed by a relaxing body scrub. There are also hot mineral springs and delicious dining experiences available, completing the spa getaway idyll.
Hepburn Spa Retreat
Comprised of just 10 sumptuous five-star villas, Hepburn Spa Retreat sits in the enchanting village of Daylesford, just over 90-minutes' drive northeast of Melbourne. Each stylish villa is decked out with all the mod-cons (including spa baths), but you'll want to spend some of your stay at the beloved Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, located opposite the retreat. A favourite with wellness-lovers since opening in 1895, the local icon is blessed with mineral-water pools and a range of hydrotherapies, plus a day spa offering reviving treatments and dips in private mineral baths. After a day of pampering, just wander over the road to your own luxe home-away-from-home. Sounds good to us!
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