Cheese is certainly appetising but a day spa in the Hunter Valley serves as the ultimate pairing to top shelf wine.
Romantic retreats, girls’ getaways or quality family time. No matter your circumstances, the cherry on top of any Hunter Valley escape is dedicated you-time at a day spa. As an added incentive, any given day spa in the Hunter Valley is extraordinary, encircled with rolling vineyards to instantly evoke zen. From over-too-soon massages and hydrating beauty treatments to wellness programs filled with spoils for the soul, our round-up of the finest options will leave you floating.
1. Elysia Wellness Retreat
The undisputed jewel in the Hunter Valley’s self-care crown is Elysia Wellness Retreat, a magnificent property perched atop a dramatic hill and offering sweeping views of the region.
Dramatic views await at Elysia Wellness Retreat.
All-inclusive three to seven-night programs are personalised to individual goals and filled with outdoor and indoor activities, seminars and workshops with experts including nutritionists, naturopaths, psychologists and more, daily meals packed with organic goodness, lavish spa treatments (plenty more on the day spa itself later) and more.
Take time to sit and be present during your stay.
Your luxurious digs come in the shape of one, two or three-bedroom suites with balconies, king beds, wi-fi and TVs. Visitors should also note that while there’s a valley of ridiculously delicious grape crushing going on right beneath Elysia, the retreat doesn’t serve alcohol. On that note, sugar, red meat and caffeine are also no-nos.
Extend a day of relaxation by staying at a luxe suite in Elysia Wellness Retreat.
Where: 165 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin
Prices: View all wellness package options to find an experience that’s right for you with three-night packages starting from $2,430 per person.
2. Elysia Wellness Retreat’s Day Spa
Taste the luxe life without forking out for a multi-day package by dropping into Elysia Wellness Retreat’s Day Spa for a treatment. Located at the centre of the property, this day spa in the Hunter Valley welcomes day trippers and tallies up more than 50 treatments across 26 rooms, making it an ideal option for large groups. It’s grand yet tranquil, and that’s despite the waiting area welcoming a steady stream of guests.
No time for a multi-day retreat? You can still take advantage of the day spa.
Fourteen individual massage varieties, skin health consultations and facials, deeply hydrating body treatments, extravagant spa packages and grooming including spray tans are all on the menu and utilise beautiful Sodashi and Babor products throughout.
There is a selection of spa packages and treatments available to book.
The staff are utterly professional, and their skills stretch to the world of Ka Huna, which is Hawaiian massage, and Zenthai Shiatsu therapy.
Expect to leave your treatment feeling completely refreshed.
Where: 165 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin
Prices: View the full spa menu to peruse extravagant treatments with fitting price tags.
3. The Spa at Chateau Elan Hunter Valley
Set against a Greg Norman-designed golf course, The Spa at Chateau Elan Hunter Valley is an extremely chic oasis overlooking pristine scenery. The star of the show is its Hydrolounge and Deck fitted with two outdoor hot and cold mineral spas to detoxify as you sink into its charms.
A collection of 17 treatment rooms house wellness wizardry in the way of relaxation and therapeutic massages, body exfoliations including the impressive 80-minute Marine Mud Cocoon to rejuvenate tired skin and achy muscles, facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, an extensive range of packages, waxing, manis, pedis and spray tanning.
Products from Australian-made skincare leader Thalgo feature in many of the treatments and staff are endlessly attentive, on hand to whip up cheese platters and glasses of bubbles on the deck if you’re feeling peckish.
Where: Vintage Drive, Pokolbin
Prices: View the full spa menu on the website.
4. Reflections Day Spa
Lovedale’s beloved pit stop for delicious olives and tapenades, right off the Lovedale turnoff along the Hunter Expressway, is also home to a lovely day spa in the Hunter Valley. Reflections Day Spa is an ultra-serene spot dotted with several outdoor spaces to unwind.
Reflections Day Spa is an ultra-serene spot to relax and unwind.
Treatments are dreamy and expertly performed, spanning four styles of massage starting at $119 for 50-minutes, dermablading, sumptuous facials and result-driven peels, body polishes and wraps and affordable add-ons. Plus, there’s platters with cheese and fruit so you can make a full day of it.
End your treatment with a platter of cheese and fruit.
Where: Adina Vineyard & Olive Grove, 492 Lovedale Road, Lovedale.
Prices: View the full spa menu.
5. Ubika Day Spa at Rydges Resort Hunter Valley
One of the most popular accommodation spots in the region, Rydges on the centrally located Wine Country Drive has opened its own heavenly day spa in the Hunter Valley. Ubika Day Spa at Rydges Resort Hunter Valley sets you on the path to zen from the moment you step through its doors.
Visit Ubika Day Spa for a relaxing facial treatment.
And while treatments offer remedies to a range of issues, the day spa is especially perfect for couples looking to treat themselves given the lavish Couples’ Suite fitted with a private spa bath and three unique couples’ packages. If you’re on your lonesome, never fear.
Disconnect from the world and recharge at Ubika Day Spa Sanctuary Suite.
Treatments span body rituals featuring luxurious Vichy showers, facials with award-winning Skeyndor products, muscle-melting massages starting at $155 for 50 minutes, and a range of beauty vitals including waxing, tinting and express pedicures. There are also three men’s packages so everybody’s covered.
Take advantage of the Vichy shower at Ubika Day Spa.
Where: 430 Wine Country Drive, Lovedale
Prices: View the full spa menu on its website.
6. Spa Anise Day Spa at Spicers Vineyards Estate
Calming interiors inspired by natural elements bring the best of the outdoors into Spa Anise Day Spa. Located at the heart of one of the region’s most elegant boutique stays, Spicers Vineyards Estate, the day spa in the Hunter Valley is intimate and carries an air of exclusivity throughout its two treatments rooms and secluded courtyards. It’s a magical spot to bring a small group as you’ll have the entire space for yourselves.
Treatments utilise Brisbane-made products from Waterlily and Spaceuticals and include the standout, and extremely fitting Vino Spa Ritual which kicks off with a full body exfoliation using Champagne sorbet and is priced at $360 per person. Corrective skin treatments, massages, body wraps and affordable add-ons to indulge every limb are also available.
Book a rejuvenating treatment at Spa Anise.
Where: 555 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin
Prices: View the full spa menu.
7. Heavenly Hunter Mobile Massage & Meditation
Nailed your cellar door call sheet and desperate to hibernate already? Bring the day spa to you with the help of Heavenly Hunter Mobile Massage & Meditation. Specialising in the art of Hawaiian massage with a Bodyworks qualification under her belt, owner Amanda Drew leads a team built to fulfil your mobile pampering wishes.
Amanda Drew works wonders through the art of Hawaiian massage.
Amanda is also a Reiki Master and qualified in nutritional coaching, so services are designed to be holistic in addition to Zen-inducing. Treatments include a wide range of massages, facials, healing therapies and even astrology chart readings and prices start from $165 per person for 60 minutes of magic.
Heavenly Hunter treatments and meditation sessions are guaranteed to help you relax.
Where: They travel to accommodation within Pokolbin, Broke, Lovedale, Mount View, Rothbury, Wollombi and surroundings suburbs.
Prices: View the full treatment menu.
8. Nu Leaf Retreat
Consider Nu Leaf Retreat a blank canvas to help you craft the wellness retreat of your dreams. Located in the thick of Hunter Valley’s action on Hermitage Road, this picturesque slice of nature caters to groups between eight to 24 people looking to escape and reconnect with themselves.
Enjoy a relaxing massage by the pool at Nu Leaf Retreat.
You can BYO experts, chefs or food, therapists and coaches but Nu Leaf can also connect you with the staff you need to tailor your experience.
Ten rooms inside The Lodge feature private patios and ensuite bathrooms, plus there’s a communal lounge, undercover entertaining area with a barbecue, a Day Spa with a magnesium pool, spa and stream room and an outdoor pool. Prices start from $1950 per night if your group is no larger than 12 people.
Settle in Nu Leaf Retreat to unwind.
Where: 647 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin
Prices: Visit the website to explore options and tailor your retreat.
9. Miliya Hunter Valley
While their semi-regular wellness retreats have attracted a solid fanbase, Miliya Hunter Valley also boasts its own sophisticated day spa. Situated within one of Argentille Boutique Accommodation’s stunning buildings, the Stables, the chic build houses an assortment of lavish treatments (paired with similarly elevated price tags) and utilises a bunch of high-performance products. The focus is set on massage here however you can also book in for a facial or body scrub and there’s an infrared sauna to bask in.
If you do catch a ride on board one of Miliya’s wellness retreats, you’ll be treated to yoga, Pilates Reformer, spa treatments, three daily meals, cooking classes, workshops, accommodation at Argentille and more. Some are even specifically skewed towards a fitness discipline so make sure you check the website for up-to-date scheduling.
Where: 283 Wilderness Road, Lovedale
Prices: View the full spa menu.
10. The Wellness Farm
Another beautiful space dedicated to a scattered program of year-round wellness retreats, The Wellness Farm is set on 37 glorious acres in Broke.
Specialised practitioners set up shop over the course of a few days and run workshops and seminars while utilising the accommodation’s magnesium float pod, hot tub, sauna, Pilates Reformer machines, ice bath, fully equipped gym and general food-for-the-soul vibes.
The retreats vary in guest size depending on which practitioner is leading, so it’s best to stay across the website for upcoming dates and specific inclusions (and exclusions!).
Where: 130 Hill Street, Broke
Prices: Visit the website to explore the space and forthcoming retreats.