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Spa Guide | The Spa @ The Darling

December 8, 2011
Bathing beauty: the luxe tub in the Couple's Suite at The Spa @ The Darling

I’ve been desperate to check out the brand new spa at the beautiful boutique hotel The Darling. Recently, I had a sneak peek and it did exceed my very high beauty editor expectations.

Firstly, it’s very dark and very sensual. No sunlit white rooms with naff cane lounges here. This spa is cavernous, dark and oh so soothing in a sexy, New York kind of way. The dim lighting calms the fizz of stress as soon as you step through the door. Who needs a spa treatment when you can just hang in the relaxation lounge? It’s like a stylish, urban wine bar with chaise lounges to frolic on, organic fruit platters to nibble on and herbal teas to sip.

Relax darling: the hip & heavenly Relaxation Lounge at The Spa @ The Darling

The treatment menu is über cool and über expensive. It combines Eastern and Western treatment styles to restore physical and mental wellbeing as well as give impressive skincare results. The menu offers fifteen-minute beauty quick fixes for frazzled city dwellers and spa extravaganzas that last for hours, for the less time-poor. Interestingly, it’s the only spa in Sydney offering the Australian indigenous range LI’TYA. The dreamtime culture inspired treatments combine the natural LI’TYA range with indigenous ceremonies and massage technique {which is apparently a little like Kahuna}.

The most common question men ask me {in relation to being a beauty editor of course} is where can they book to have a special occasion treatment with their wife/girlfriend/mistress. Now I know just where to send them. The Spa @ The Darling has a very impressive couples suite with delicious decor, two treatment tables and a gigantic bathtub. You can even upgrade to VIP and travel to The Spa in a chauffeured limo.

Double trouble: the luxurious Couple's Suite at The Spa @ The Darling

At The Spa you can pick from a range of exceptional facials using Intraceuticals, Kerstin Florian or Sundari. You can also indulge in an invigorating body polish in the Hammam, which is a Turkish bathhouse, or relax with a right royal massage with two skilled therapists. You can even pop in for a quick, non-toxic manicure or spray tan. So what’s it going to be?

Beauty Hunter Top 5 Treatments

Here’s my edit of the top treatments on offer at The Spa @ The Darling…

THE MASSAGE: The Darling Signature: Enchanted Royalty, $300 (60mins) For those pampered princesses who think they’re Royalty, this is the ultimate massage with two therapists in sync combining Swedish, Balinese and Deep Tissue techniques.

THE SCRUB: Amrit Hammam Body Polish, $180 (75mins) This authentic Turkish treatment is absolutely mind-blowing. Scrubbed from head to toe with salts and oils in your very own wet and warm Hammam {Turkish bathhouse}. The skilled therapist uses an amazing technique to create frothy bubbles to cleanse you all over, even your hair. You’ll never feel more rejuvenated or clean. Not to be missed.

Scrub a Dub Dub: The Hammam chamber for body polishes at The Spa @ The Darling

THE FACIAL: My pick for the facial here is the Intraceuticals facials where pressured oxygen is used to deliver heavenly, hydrating serums to the deeper layers of skin. You’ll see an immediate radiance and plumpness to your skin after these facials. Try the Age-Defying Infusion, $240 {75mins} to firm up your skin and really help soften those fine lines. All facials begin with a soothing Hot Towels Foot Massage Ritual.

THE EXPERIENCE: Lowanna, $180 {75mins} I’ve actually booked in to have one of these in a couple of weeks because I’m so intrigued to try an Australian indigenous treatment using the natural LI’TYA range. This treatment begins with traditional smudging ceremony to banish negative energies then comes a Mirri Nourishing Facial, a Miji Jina Foot Ritual and a Miji Polama Hand Ritual.

THE COUPLES SUITE: Two’s Company, $1,140 {4 hours} For the bride and groom you can’t beat this experience. Starts off with an energetic Amrit Hammam Body Polish then you are escorted to your Couple’s Suite for a Deluxe Four Hands Abhyanga massage side by side. The therapists head off while you then dive into the giant bath together for the Aromatic Bath Ritual then enjoy champagne and a light lunch. Finally, lie side by side for an Age-Defying Infusion facial by Intraceuticals to get you gorgeous and glowing together.

  • decd

    Ooooh the tub!

    • You could just go to this spa for THAT tub!