Part 5 of 7 of Around the World in 80 Spas is here, and we’re showcasing the hottest spas in Australia and the South Pacific. From wellness lifestyle meccas to secluded huts in a Pacific paradise, here are five spas you just have to see!
Voted “Favorite Spa in South Pacific” in the SpaFinder® Wellness Readers’ Choice Awards 2012, the spa at Namale Spa & Sanctuary is set on a volcanic cliff surrounded by a lush rainforest and features a naturally inspired design infused with traditional Fijian architecture, including native palm wood, rock and palm thatch and indigenous plants. Four treatment rooms bring guests an intimate feel, and on hand is a menu of exotic services that you would expect from this luxurious boutique resort, along a secluded stretch of white sand beach.
Known for its innovative and informative wellness retreats, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat offers an adults-only, eco-conscious property on 500 acres overlooking the Tallebudgera Valley on Australia’s Gold Coast. Surrounded by bushland, native wildlife and panoramic ocean views, the resort features the 33-room Spa Sanctuary, where guests can enjoy informative holistic therapies and treatments. With programs that run the gamut from sleep to healthy eating, Gwinganna offers a wealth of wellness to all.
Nothing says “let’s get away” quite like “private island.” The luxurious Hayman Great Barrier Reef is located on 35 acres on the southwestern side of a private island resort, surrounded by the bright blue Coral Sea. The resort is a member of Leading Spas of the World and features five world-class restaurants, tropical gardens and Spa Hayman, a wellness-oriented oasis with carefully personalized treatments. Guests will enjoy beachfront massage and views of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Fitness buffs will delight in the array of classes such as Beach Boxing, Boot Camp and Fit Ball.
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Polynesian paradise is abounding at the five-star Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spas, located on Bora Bora’s largest island. Its Manea Spa is surrounded by tropical foliage amid a peaceful lily pond. The nine thatched-roof timber-paneled treatment pavilions are perched above the water on stilts and feature a traditional Tahitian design. The resort showcases views of vast turquoise seas and volcanic Mt. Otemanu, and guests can relax in one of 80 bungalow accommodations.
Are you Keeping up with the Kardashians? Well, once we saw the amazing resort the family visited in Bora Bora, we certainly were! The Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa features 122 suites and villas all located over the beautiful crystal-clear lagoon and barrier reef. Guests will enjoy a private balcony or terrace, where they can take in the panoramic views or take part in memorable water activities at the resort. The Hina Spa is set against lava boulders and lush tropical foliage, and here, guests will experience treatments infused with indigenous plants and techniques.
Photo Courtesy of Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa