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Set aside some time for self-care and feel the tension melt from your body as you’re pampered from head to toe in opulent surroundings in one of the many luxury day spas in Sydney. Whether you want an indulgent treatment in a five-star hotel spa or detoxify in a specialist salon, you’ll find a range of incredible treatments across the city.

Soak up the calm in the city

Revel in the exclusive spaces of the hotel’s guest-only Auriga Spa when you stay at Capella Sydney, one of the most recent additions to the city’s luxury hotel offering. The grand proportions of the former Department of Education sandstone building carry through to the stunning spa, with contemporary cubes inserted into the heritage space to form a series of treatment rooms, and a serene swimming pool flooded with natural light from banked skylights. Auriga’s signature two-hour New Moon Renewal and Reflection treatment features a scent journey and somatic intention setting ritual before a body polish and peel wrap, and a massage with bioenergetic oil.

Step inside QT Sydney’s SpaQ and you’ll feel like you’re a world away from the busy retail precinct in the city streets below. Spoil yourself with the Metamorphosis package, which includes around six hours of pampering, including lunch, that will leave you feeling transformed, renewed and ready to take on the world.

Surrender to the serene underground sanctuary of The Day Spa by Chuan, available to guests and visitors at The Langham, Sydney hotel in the city centre. Sense your busy mind calming as you enter the Roman-style heated pool space, and feel stress leave your body as the highly qualified team provides holistic treatments featuring luxe Babor skincare products. Go all out with the Champagne & Gold Indulgence, a 4.5-hour top-to-toe pampering experience that starts with a full-body massage, followed by a 90-minute facial, deluxe manicure and pedicure, a light lunch and a glass of champagne.

Relax down by the water

Feel like you’re on top of the world when you arrive for your treatment at the luxurious Crown Spa at the Crown Towers Sydney, which anchors one end of the Barangaroo waterfront precinct on the fringe of the city centre. Lean into La Prairie facials and Subtle Energies treatments, or indulge in a three-hour Restoration treatment, which begins with an invigorating body exfoliation and Crown’s signature marma massage before an age-defying facial leaves you feeling radiant and revitalised.

Float over to the other side of Darling Harbour to discover Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s calming Sofitel SPA Darling Harbour, which has seven spacious treatment rooms, including a suite featuring a large freestanding tub overlooking the water. Alongside bespoke facials and body therapies, the spa also offers a five-hour wellness journey adapted to the season.

Reconnect body, mind and soul at The Darling Spa at The Star Sydney in nearby Pyrmont. Linger in the spa’s Moroccan hammam chamber, steam room and Jacuzzi before blissing out with a Dihlbi facial, which features age-defying serums incorporating ancient Aboriginal knowledge of native botanicals by Australian brand Li’Tya.

Bliss out in a boutique salon

Sense a calming energy from the moment you enter the astonishing space at Venustus, a 10-minute drive east of the city centre in leafy Paddington, where owner Jeannie Bourke has laid a grid of healing crystals beneath the floor. Embrace the cocooning vibe in one of the tall egg-shaped treatment pods and surrender to a replenishing treatment using a range of luscious aromatherapy-based products.

Arrive early at Sol Spa Vaucluse, a luxe salon offering facials, massage and body treatments to nourish the mind and body in the inner-eastern suburb of Vaucluse, to relax with a cup of herbal tea and look out over the spa’s lush garden. Rejuvenate with a Native Botanical facial using Indigenous Australian botanicals, or stretch out with a five-hour Ultimate Sol Spa Signature Package that includes a nourishing meal and a glass of champagne.

Take a deep breath of salt air before stepping into an immune-boosting infrared sauna at one of several salons around the beachside suburbs in Sydney’s east. Emerge calm and detoxified after an infrared sauna at Self by The Parlour Room in Clovelly, which also offers a range of bespoke facials and indulgent body treatments, or at Slow House at Bondi Beach, which has both small and large infrared sauna rooms to soak up the heat in private or with a friend.

Go west to be pampered

Bond with your partner during an Urban Release couples ritual at the Inglis Day Spa, on the top level of The William Inglis Hotel in Warwick Farm, a 40-minute drive southwest of the city centre. Soak up the equine theme of the spectacular hotel, which celebrates Warwick Farm’s horseracing history (there’s a racecourse right next door), before sequestering in a modern spa suite and relaxing in a cabana facing the rooftop pool. Or come alone for a pampering 150-minute Crystal Healing treatment, which includes a muscle-melting hot-stone massage, rejuvenating facial and soothing head massage.