Balmain Bath House has to be the best bang for buck when it comes to sweating it out and scrubbing up. The staff are welcoming, knowledgeable and kind and they have all the perks of a pricier spa: fluffy robes, secure lockers, hair dryers, slippers and herbal tea on tap. Using the Bath House alone costs $24 per person for 30 minutes. On Time Out’s visit, one of the most popular treatments was the Turkish Body Scrub (15 minutes, $32). The full-body exfoliation uses a seasonal body wash – zesty in spring and nourishing in autumn – and leaves you with skin as soft as a baby’s.
This is the place to go if you want to play kings and queens for a day. Not just for hotel guests, the spa and fitness facilities can be used by anyone who fancies indulging in a casual afternoon swim, steam and sauna at $45 per person. The wow-factor here is the 20-metre indoor pool. It has a dark, twinkling night sky overhead. The Day Spa’s signature treatment is the Babor Facial (60 minutes, $190). The Spa also offers an extensive range of relaxation massages; our favourite is the Perfect Gold Massage ($175-$200), which leaves every inch of your body covered in cream containing 24c-gold particles.
Style is paramount at SpaQ. You only have to peek into the Sweeney Todd-like barbershop to understand that the look of this establishment is part of its charm. Gentlemen can book in for a hot-towel treatment from a hipster hair groomer (dressed by MJ Bale, no less) and leave feeling as clean and invigorated as Patrick Bateman after his infamous morning routine. One of the most popular experiences for gents is the Mr Bond treatment (40-minutes, $80), which includes a wet shave, eyebrow and beard taming, and a massage from your very own Bond Girl.
If you’re in the market for an absurdly luxurious experience – even if only for a few hours of real-life denial – visit Sol Spa. You've come here to pamper, and they will provide the herbal-infused, revitalising, soul-nourishing goods. Head to the opulent private treatment room, clambered aboard the heated massage table and move through a series of dry body brushing, a full-body exfoliation and re-hydration, followed by a head to toe massage. This treatment combo leaves you as relaxed and rejuvenated as a lazy summer holiday without the sunburn
Things don’t come cheap here, but if you’ve got the beans make ’em count and treat yourself to a Hot Stone Massage (60 minutes, $190). The spa uses Australian-produced granite, which retains the heat for longer. Dip into the spa’s hammam, too.
Situated behind the Art Deco facade of an old bank, the Gillian Adams Salon has been primping ladies on the upper north shore for over 20 years. Head in for the Vichy shower treatment (50 minutes, $180) and the in-house chef will whip you up a free lunch.
Hands down, this spa has the best views in town. Finish up an afternoon on the rooftop – there’s a pool and whirlpool overlooking the harbour, and you can get an Australian clay and hot oil massage (90 minutes, $230) to release muscle tension.