Balmain Bath House has to be the best bang for buck when it comes to sweating it out and scrubbing up. Hidden behind the Nature’s Energy store on Darling Street, the Bath House is larger than you would expect and the facilities – though more basic than some of the five-star hotel spas – are clean, in good working order and wonderfully fragrant. The staff are welcoming, knowledgeable and kind, and there are all the perks of a pricier spa: fluffy robes, secure lockers, hair dryers, slippers and herbal tea on tap. Plus, they offer the soaking-focused experience of the Bath House. Using the bathing facilities alone costs $31 per person for 30 minutes, but with access to a hot spa, cold pool, (intense) steam room, sauna and showers, it’s well worth a simmer.
It’s one of three Nature’s Energy centres in Sydney, and the Balmain locale also offers the same specialised massages (gem-stone healing, Reiki and acupuncture), spa facials, waxing and spray tanning as the other venues.