Award-winning serenity and luxury is right at your doorstep in Ballarat

Award-winning serenity and luxury is right at your doorstep in Ballarat

Words by Alice McDonald

You had me at award-winning and luxury

For the second time in two years, Ballarat’s Sanctuary Day Spa has won the top prize at the 2021 Luxury Spa Awards all the way in Mauritius. But honestly, we’re not surprised.

Located in the stunning Mercure Ballarat gardens is Victoria’s little slice of paradise. This holistic retreat is like walking into a dream both architecturally and spiritually. Director Sarah Emmanuel wants everyone who walks through to “experience luxury,” and you certainly do from the moment you set foot in the building.

How could anyone be stressed or tense when there are six luxury treatment rooms including two dual suites, private bathing, a floating pedicure lounge, relaxation lounge with open fireplace and The Sanctuary with sauna and heated hydrotherapy pool. It’s simply heaven or in Emmanuel’s words, the Ballarat Sanctuary Day Spa will “ guide you towards a lasting sense of wellbeing through holistic healing and nurturing treatments.” I’m daydreaming just thinking about it.

With over 250,000 voters voting for their favourite luxe day spa, this has to be one for your bucket list. The amazing team of hardworking therapists are eager to be back after the 6 month hiatus that was the lockdowns combined and they pride themselves on bringing a welcoming and calming environment to everyone who comes through.

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There’s nothing better than to hear that this team of therapists are self-described as a“family.” They know all the hardships we’ve all been through in Victoria and that you deserve to be treated like royalty and most importantly, you deserve to relax.

Ballarat Sanctuary Day Spa offers both solo and couples treatments with a wide range of immersive experiences like the Couples Spa Ritual, 2 x 60 minute massages, private bathing and of course, it has to come with bubbles and strawberries. So absolutely romantic and perfect for a couple who’ve been separated by the border closures as a romantic reunion getaway.

Or even more fun, bring your closest pals and enjoy the Friends Spa Getaway with overnight accommodation at the Mercure Ballarat and full access to the sanctuary for four people. The perfect girls weekend adventure.

If you’re going to do it, why not go to Australia’s best? And while you’re at it, take a look at everything Ballarat tourism has to offer.

This award winning experience is the ultimate post-lockdown luxury. Keep in mind, this doesn’t come cheap – but it is worth every cent to experience something so divine and outrageously luxurious.

To book your experience head to the website here.