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Five top Victorian spa-cations

/ 02 Aug 2018
The halfway mark for the year has come and gone which means that ‘me’ time is long overdue. August is the prime time to ditch personal responsibilities (bye kids, see ya husband, that’s a no from me boss) and invest in oneself.

Whether its in the hinterland, the alpine, the hot springs or on the coast - winter is the perfect time to pack the bathers, hit the road and find a happy space in some of regional Victoria’s most rejuvenating spa retreats.

1. Shizuka Ryokan

Traditional Japanese Inns near natural springs were once a place for Japan’s samurai warriors to rest and reflect. Today’s warrior, the hardworking Mums and Dads, corporate high flyers or second year university students will appreciate the opportunity to rest and reflect in Victoria’s spa country in Hepburn Springs. Shizuka Ryokan located only 75 minutes from Melbourne is an authentic Japanese country spa and wellness retreat that provides traditional Japanese accommodation combined with yoga, massage and meditation. It offers a range of packages, with the Wellness Package a popular choice including reflexology treatment, relaxation massage, an omakase banquet dinner and a bottle of red or white wine on arrival. Arigatou gozaimasu. 7 Lakeside Drive, Hepburn Springs

2. Deep Blue Hotel and Spa  

For seekers of purity the Deep Blue Hotel and Spa in Warrnambool hits the mark. Featuring a geothermal mineral pool, with geothermal defined as ‘relating to or produced by the internal heat of the earth’ this bath house is grounded in earthliness. Literally. Deep underground beneath the bathhouse is an ancient water source, which collects health restoring minerals, salts and heat as it makes its way through the sand dunes to arrive at the bathhouse at 45 degrees. The therapeutic benefits include improvement of blood circulation, cell oxygenation and elimination of toxins from the body.  Worm Bay Road, Warrnambool

3. The Wellness Manor

The Wellness Manor located on the Mornington Peninsula is a one stop shop for all things that are good for the soul. Whether its for a day or a weekend, guests experience something truly luxe. Treatments span four pillars of health across nutrition, exercise, detox and skin health. A range of packages are available that combine elements across the health pillars to ensure a fully comprehensive relaxation and rejuvenation experience. 1 Ross Street, Mornington

4. Woodman Estate  

Set on 50 acres of rolling pastures and lush fragrant bushland, Woodman Estate in Moorooduc, is the perfect setting for a wellness retreat. The historical country style property is an example of timeless style in a secluded setting. If there was ever an opportunity for a digital detox, this is it. The wellness retreat includes traditional massage and facial and body treatments, and the estate boasts luxury accommodation and acclaimed dining.  136 Graydens Road, Mooroduc

5. Onsen Retreat and Spa

Located on the snowfields of Mt Hotham in Dinner Plain, Onsen Retreat and Spa is Australia’s first indoor-outdoor alpine retreat and spa. Following a big day on the slopes, tired muscles and sore egos can be left behind in the Japanese-inspired outdoor onsen or indoor heated pool. The retreat also offers massages, skin care and body treatments. During winter 60 minute flow yoga classes are available as well as private classes. Big Muster Drive, Dinner Plain



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