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.
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.
Sheraton on the Park’s day spa – including the health club, steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi – overlooks Hyde Park, with a pool located on the rooftop. Non hotel guests can use the facilities for $60 per day and the spa has a number of relaxation massages.
Treat yourself to a chop
Get a cheap chop at one of these salons offering bargain haircuts and treatments at special times during the week.