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Sydney’s Best Day Spas & Wellness Experiences for Busy Mums

Indulge and Unwind: Sydney’s Best Day Spas and Bathhouses

From Day Spas to Bathhouses and everything in between

From day-care to dry-cleaning, school pick-ups to sports, birthdays and BBQs, we know first-hand how hard it is for busy mums to carve out time for self-care. Fortunately, we’re blessed with a plethora of pampering options – from local bathhouses where you can steam or soak to opulent five-star retreats in the heart of the city. Whilst indulging in some of these experiences might be a special occasion treat, there are also options to ensure you can enjoy wellness all-year round – find this and more in our guide to the best Day Spas and Wellness Experiences that Sydney has to offer. So treat your mum – or yourself – this Mother’s Day to some much-needed time out and relaxation.

Nature’s Energy Glebe Bathhouse, image courtesy of Nature’s Energy

🧘 Nature’s Energy – Balmain, Glebe, Newtown

An Inner West stalwart for over 20 years, Nature’s Energy boasts a swag of Day Spa awards (including Australia’s Best Day Spa 2023), but for locals in the know, their bathhouse offering is just the ticket for a quick day or after-work relaxation session. With steam room, hot spa and traditional Finnish sauna available at all three Nature’s Energy locations, plus infra-red sauna, cool bath and ice-bath offered at select venues, it’s no surprise their affordable multi-visit passes are such a hit. Fortunately, most day spa packages typically include bathhouse sessions so you can properly unwind those tense muscles before a massage or facial. And with spa day packages designed for two – The Escape for Two includes a bathhouse session and massage – treating yourself, mum, a bestie or your significant other is now even easier. Tip: the recently renovated Glebe bathhouse is popular with groups and can get busy – because, let’s be fair, bathhouse visits are a lot more fun if you’re going with your besties. So, if you’re going solo or want a quieter experience, check when making your booking if any large groups are scheduled for the same time.

Location: 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney
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Woman soaking in tub at Sofitel Darling Harbour, image courtesy of Sofitel Darling Harbour

🧘 Sofitel Spa at Sofitel Sydney, Darling Harbour

French elegance meets Sydney chic at the Sofitel Spa in Darling Harbour – where, if you’re lucky enough, you might find yourself soaking in a treatment room bath with floor to ceiling windows overlooking buzzy Darling Harbour. This two-level spa space, styled in a soothing palette of sandstone and marble hues, offers treatments ranging from exfoliating scrubs, body wraps and massages to bespoke rejuvenation facials involving a skin analysis and biologic ingredients. But if you want to go all out, Sofitel Spa’s wellness ‘journeys’ are just what your stressed-out body and mind are calling for. The 5-hour Autumn Wellness includes the quaternity of spa treatments (think body polish, wrap, massage and facial), a decadent lunch, valet parking and access to Sofitel’s outdoor infinity pool and fitness rooms. Bliss. There are also packages for couples, groups and brides-to-be and more. Go on – you know you want to.

Location: 12 Darling Drive 2000 Sydney, Australia

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Chi treatment room, image courtesy of The Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

🧘 CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, The Rocks

Traditional Asian healing guides the wellness offering at CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel – with ‘chi’ or “Qi” meaning the universal life force that governs wellbeing in Chinese philosophy. Perched above the bustling streets of Sydney, this spa sanctuary boasts an extensive list of services – from oil-based massages and body treatments including mud wraps and scrubs, anti-ageing and detoxifying facials, plus more targeted offerings such as microdermabrasion and LED light therapy. But for those really looking to indulge, the wellness ‘retreats’ – anywhere from 90 minutes of bliss to 3 hours of indulgent escape – are just what the self-care doctor ordered. These often involve a combination of treatments followed by a nourishing lunch at The Shangri-La’s Altitude restaurant – famed for its sweeping Sydney Harbour views as much as its cuisine – to round off your day of pampering.

Location: 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney
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City Cave floatation chamber, image courtesy of City Cave

🧘 City Cave, various locations

Looking for that illusive quiet time? An hour to yourself where the noise of the world literally fades away? At City Cave, an hour in one of their float chambers may give you just that, and more. Picture this: you lying in almost complete darkness, a soft ambient soundscape or utter silence surrounding you, as you float in water calibrated to your body temperature with 400kg of Epsom salt keeping you buoyant and relaxing your tired muscles. According to City Cave, a few minutes in a float chamber and guests are typically transported into a deep state of theta relaxation – a meditative state which helps heal the body and reduces stress and anxiety. Add in an infra-red sauna session, a massage and you’re set for the week ahead. Keen just to try the float chamber? There are

Location: Various
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Crown Spa, image courtesy of The Crown Hotel Sydney

🧘 Crown Spa at Crown Towers Sydney, Barangaroo

Located within Crown Towers Sydney – home to Encore by Michelin-starred chef Clare Smith, Nobu and local chef Alessandro Pavone’s A’Mare – Crown Spa, like its luxurious hotel residence, is the epitome of indulgence in Sydney’s waterfront business district. Step into this opulent retreat and you’ll be greeted by a relaxing but sophisticated palette of dove-grey hued marbled against accents of mauve and gold. Decor-aside, the spa services don’t disappoint either. Choose from La Prairie facials, detoxifying wraps and body scrubs, hour long massages for one or two guests, and wellness ‘journeys’. These lengthier packages involve several treatments and often target particular areas of concerns, from quartz and hot sand therapy for rheumatic issues to programs targeting sleep and de-stressing muscles. There’s also complimentary use of their Aqua Retreat – vitality spa, steam room, sauna and swiss shower – for treatments over an hour in length.

Location: Level 6, Crown Towers Sydney, 1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
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The Spa at QT Hotel Sydney, image courtesy of the QT Hotel Sydney

🧘 SpaQ at QT Sydney, Sydney

Looking for a spa experience that’s as quirky as it is indulgent? The SpaQ at QT Sydney lives up to its mantra of championing individuality with a spa menu thoughtfully designed with Sydney’s gals and guys in mind. Want to spa with your BFFs or BMFs but all have different treatment requirements – no problem, massages and facials are easily customised for each guest’s needs. Going solo, are pregnant or want to take your significant other? Too easy. From hot stone massages to detoxifying body wraps, each treatment is as unique as you are – and with an eclectic array of amenities including a Hammam-inspired steam room and an outdoor relaxation deck, SpaQ is just the place to unwind in style. Fancy high tea with your spa experience? Check out our review of QT’s high tea by Adriano Zumbo here.

Location: 49 Market Street, Sydney
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🧘 Xtra Club, Bondi

Xtra Clubs aren’t your typical bathhouse – this newcomer to the Sydney wellness scene want to shake up the sauna, ice and steam experience making it accessible for everyone. Whilst they don’t offer massages or facial treatments, for about the price of a typical reformer pilates session you can get unlimited off-peak access to their traditional Finnish sauna, steam room, infra-red sauna and ice-bath. And boasting the Southern Hemisphere’s largest communal sauna, it’s even easier to get some down time with a friend or your mum. Clubs are planned for Surry Hills and Manly locations so we think it won’t be long before we see an Xtra Club in the inner west soon.

Location: 434 Oxford St Mall, Bondi Junction
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The Darling Spa treatment room, image courtesy of The Darling Spa

🧘 The Darling Spa at The Star, Pyrmont

Fancy a round of baccarat with your body wrap? High above the high rollers of The Star complex, The Darling Spa offers a calming sanctuary of soothing neutral hues, low-lighting and candles – a world away from the glitz of the casino and entertainment precinct below. Step into this opulent retreat and indulge in a range of bespoke treatments tailored to your individual needs – from an extensive menu of facial treatments designed with skincare from BABOR and Byron Bay’s Retreatment Botanics by Olivia Newtown-John, alongside hot-stone massages, expectant mum treatments, day-spa packages and even ‘spa date’ offerings specially for two. Significant male others don’t miss out either – with a dedicated men’s facial and revival package. Plus there’s free parking for spa guests – or hop on the light rail for car-free day out.

Location: 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont
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Endota Day Spa Yarra Valley, image courtesy of Endota Day Spa

🧘 Endota Spa, locations across Australia 

With multiple locations across Sydney (and globally), Endota Spa is a household name when it comes to day spa experiences. At any of their beautifully appointed locations, you’ll find a slew of treatment options and services so comprehensive you’ll leave feeling – if not looking – like a new you. As a dedicated day spa provider, you’ll find all the usual treatments – like body massages, facials and immersive package options – as well as specific beauty treatments like clinical peels, laser rejuvenation, manicures and pedicures, tanning, waxes and tints not offered by the hotel-based spas. So whether you’re in need of a deep tissue massage to soothe fatigued muscles or a nourishing facial to revive tired skin, the expert therapists at Endota Spa have you covered. Plus, with a range of pampering packages designed to cater to every need, you can customize your experience to perfection including options for groups, couples, and expectant mums.

Location: Various – inner west: Rozelle. Inner city and city: Broadway, Martin Place, The Rocks.
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Roof top pool at the Park Hyatt Sydney, image courtesy of the Park Hyatt Sydney

🧘 The Spa at Park Hyatt Sydney, The Rocks

Want to feel like a rockstar all year round? Frequented by visiting celebs thanks to its million-dollar views of the Opera House and vibrant Sydney Harbour, The Park Hyatt’s The Spa offers all the accoutrements to be expected of a five-star wellness clinic – think holistic treatments, soothing lounges, sauna, steam room, and access to a roof top pool. Plus, with the launch of their new Spa Membership, you can enjoy discounted five-star pampering whenever you want with complimentary valet parking thrown in too. Mother’s Day gift idea anyone? (hint hint). With treatments inspired by Australian ingredients – think iKou botanics infused with Aussie wildflowers and essences – to La Mer facials, and single’s and couple’s packages (some with champers and high tea included), this is one day spa experience that will leave you feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to take on the world. Rockstar attitude optional.

Location: 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks Sydney



Capella indoor pool, image courtesy of Capella Hotel Sydney

🧘  Auriga Spa, Capella Sydney, Sydney

Fancy your day spa experience with a side of history thrown in? Previously only accessible to guests of the 5-star Capella Hotel, Auriga Spa is now open to the public and housed within the baroque Department of Education building, a visit to this heritage-listed location is like a trip through Alice’s looking glass, where old-world meets modern, and artworks and installations abound. Spa-wise, Auriga draws on the cycles of the moon and celestial rhythms for inspiration – think treatments called New Moon and Full Moon which energise or relax, depending which phase your body and mind are in. According to Auriga, the new moon is when the moon is at its darkest – so a time for introspection and new beginnings – whilst the full moon is when it’s at its peak, so restoring balance is key. There are also body wraps and peels, nourishing facials and treatments tailored to expectant mums. Plus for an extra fee, you get a to take a dip in Capella’s 20-metre heated indoor pool where the Department of Education’s informal Art Gallery used to reside.

Location: 24 Loftus St, Sydney
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🌟 Do you have a fave day spa that we haven’t covered? Leave a comment below and let us know – we love hearing about venues you personally recommend that we can share with our community.

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