22 places to chill out, relax and pamper yourself in Melbourne

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Photo: istock

1. Norbu Urban Retreat

A great place to go for a bit of detox. The detox delight package includes a massage, facial, detox box and Norbu’s signature treatment – endermologie, said to be great for skin firming, blood flow, fluid drainage and, the magic words, treating cellulite.

The Olsen Hotel, 637 Chapel Street, South Yarra

9040 1199



2. Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens

An inner-city oasis with 38 hectares of gardens, tranquil lakes and sweeping lawns. The gardens boast 50,000 individual plants and 10,000 species from around the world.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra.


Photo: Jemimah Clegg

Photo: Jemimah Clegg

3. Milk & Honey Remedial Massage

Milk & Honey Remedial Massage offers the restorative atmosphere of a day spa with the therapeutic techniques of a remedial massage. That means muscular niggles caused by hours in front of the computer and a stressful day job or sporting injury can be ironed out and treated in a peaceful studio with all the trappings of a soothing retreat.

Level 1, 285 Victoria Street, West Melbourne

9939 6617


Milk & Honey Remedial Massage

Milk & Honey Remedial Massage owner Caroline. Photo: Supplied

4. Take your pooch to Brighton Dog Beach

Your dog might need a little downtime too.

Beach days are always fun with family, even if one is not too pleased with posing for photos.

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5. Chanoyu Natural Beauty and Spa

Be transported to the hot springs of Japan at this superb day spa in the heart of Collingwood. Combining traditional Japanese techniques with the latest technology to restore a youthful glow, Chanoya will leave you refreshed and revitalised no matter how exhausted you feel.

1st Floor, 94 Smith Street, Collingwood

1300 969 877



6. Gravity Floatation Centre

Just Let Go ? ? ? We are constantly using our muscles to fight the gravitational forces that weigh us down and cause tension. Your #gravityfloat is a chance for your body to escape the sensation of gravity, release musculoskeletal tension built up from daily life and rest in a healthy stretched posture. #gravityfloat #unlockyourpotential ?:@mitch.lawless @brazenmodels

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We are constantly using our muscles to fight the gravitational forces that weigh us down and cause tension. Gravity float is a chance for your body to escape the sensation of gravity, release musculoskeletal tension built up from daily life and rest in a healthy stretched posture.

  • Gravity Float Northcote: 559 High Street, Northcote. (03) 8394 6690
  • Gravity Float Armadale: 1227 High Street, Armadale. (03) 8525 0162
  • Website: www.gravityfloat.com.au


7. The perfect sole treatment at Indian Summer Beauty

Ivanhoe’s Indian Summer “Supreme Soles” treatment promises the “ultimate treatment for your feet”. It sounds enticing – a luxurious soak, exfoliation, paraffin infusion, foot massage and choice of nail polish.

200 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe. 9499 8180


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8. Onsen Ma

An authentic Japanese bathhouse hidden atop a host of bars on a CBD laneway. It promises to provide a chance to relax, breathe and unwind, and “to change from the fast track to the slow”. Public and private baths are available, as well as shiatsu massage.

Level 1, 12-18 Meyers Place, Melbourne

9663 8777


9. Travelling Samovar Tea House in Carlton North

A cup of tea fixes everything right? Travelling Samovar Tea House offers the best hand-picked teas, served in unique ways according to their style and origin.

412 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North, VIC 3054, Australia


Love tea ceremonies, specially in a beautiful courtyard.

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10. Masci Hair and Spa

If you feel like some pampering, you would be hard pressed to find a better place in Melbourne. Eltham’s Masci offers hair, massage and spa treatments – as well as a cafe – all set in highly luxurious and relaxing surrounds that will bring your heart rate down to a minimum. There is even a ‘For The Men’ list.

668 Main Road, Eltham

9439 1800


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11. The Karma Studio

An afternoon yoga retreat, a chance to take stock and reflect while indulging in yoga, massage and meditation. Whether you’re experienced at yoga or a complete novice, this retreat can be adapted to your capabilities to ensure everyone gets the full relaxation experience. .

10 Trentham Street, Sandringham

9502 1044 or 0419 500 594


Yoga. Photo: Denis Raev

Yoga. Photo: Denis Raev

12. Serotonin: Eatery, Exercise + Education

Serotonin provides a sanctuary to escape from our fast-paced lives. As optimal health requires a holistic approach, Serotonin integrates both a nourishing Eatery with an Exercise centre.

52 Madden Grove, Burnley VIC 3121


NEW SUMMER MENU: DECONSTRUCTED SUSHI ??? On a bed of brown rice + quinoa, fresh raw rainbow veg!! ?? Open tomorrow 8am – 3pm (Closed Dec 25 – Jan 13th!!) P.S still looking for that perfect Christmas present!? We have $50 + $100 Christmas Vouchers!! ??? @alityedin

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13. Missy Lui – Japanese Pedicure

A Japanese pedicure is a brilliant way to give your feet a bit of pampering, especially if you spend a lot of the week on your feet working hard. The aim of a Japanese pedicure is to leave your nails healthier, rather than smothering them in toxic varnishes. It’s guaranteed to leave you feeling relaxed and revived, and your nails buffed and shiny. They will continue to shimmer for weeks.

Shop 1, 1161 High Street, Armadale.

9077 9252

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photo: istock thinkstock

14. Ease Back

A relaxing and beneficial massage to treat injuries or niggles, or just for a bit of relaxation. Lie down and listen to soothing music while your masseuse works on any niggles or just lulls you to the brink of sleep with an hour of blissful massage. All in the convenience of your local area.

286 Manningham Road, Lower Templestowe

9850 4044


Norbu Urban Retreat

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15. Mankind

Even if you’re used to primping and preening, there’s a tendency to let beards grow and other things go, as you bundle up for winter. Enter Mankind, which offers a range of treatments and packages for the maintenance of the discerning man, whether he needs a little touch-up or some major TLC.

127 Toorak Road, South Yarra

9042 4722

Always trust a man with scissors on his neck. Photo: Supplied

Always trust a man with scissors on his neck. Photo: Supplied


16. Elwood Beach Yoga


introducing our newest member to the team; Blanche! @blanchejohanna who will be teaching a regular Yin class on a Sunday at 530pm at the Linden studio? Come after a long Sunday and take some time to yourself to release and relax! What better way to start a new week? ?

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17. Aurora Spa Retreat

Aurora Spa’s signature treatment is touted as a deeply relaxing total body experience that helps to clear and revive energy centres while exfoliating and nourishing the skin. The kitya karnu steam treatment is the perfect way to revitalise your mind and body after a long week.

2 Acland Street, St Kilda

9536 1130


A relaxing experience. Photo: Supplied

A relaxing experience. Photo: Supplied

18. Pure relaxation at Fitzroy Shiatsu

Level 1, 263 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. 9416 0630


A Japanese therapy that restores the body’s energy or “ki” balance, using massage, acu-needling and other traditional techniques.





19. Meditate at Aqualink Box Hill

Surrey Drive, Box Hill 9898 2099


Take your mind off the stresses of the day with relaxing and fulfilling meditation.

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Photo: istock

20. Take a sunset walk at St Kilda beach

Thanks to @nehachougule_01 for this cool shot!

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21. Pampering at Cosmic Beauty in Elsternwick

Get yourself a fresh summer glow with a full body exfoliation, mud mask and hydrating moisturiser application. The all-natural products will remove impurities and clean out your pores, leaving you with nourished, healthy skin.

209 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick. 9533 0765


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Photo: istock

22. Relax with an Ella Bache signature facial

Ella Bache prides itself on personalised skincare solutions. If you decide to have a signature facial, a skin therapist will create a treatment specific to your needs using a range of Ella Bache products, which are rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants.

Shop 161, Westfield Doncaster,

619 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

Ph: 9042 5056. ellabache.com.au

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Image: Supplied


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