Sydneysiders are no strangers to hustling. To unwind, they treat themselves to pamper sessions at luxurious city retreats. Speaking of which – the Eastern Suburbs has no shortage of spas. Whether you want an in-and-out place you can pop into or a luxe spa with allthe trimmings, we’ve got you covered. Book in and bliss out with our pick of the best massages in the Eastern Suburbs.
A Beauty Editor favourite, Venustus is – in a word – divine. Located in leafy Paddington, this serene spa offers organic, tailored treatments to heal and restore the body. Its signature massages will have you floating away on a cloud. Along with remedial and hot rock massages, the four-hand and six-hand massages (yep, that’s three therapists working on you at once) are the ultimate indulgence.
381 Oxford Street, Paddington
Make the most of your me-time by booking in a massage with the beautiful Maya. Sitting in Woollahra, her day spa is the perfect escape. After chatting about your concerns and how you’re feeling, she’ll choose an aromatic oil while you settle into a relaxing, detoxing or toning massage. Whatever you choose, you’ll walk out feeling lighter, brighter and better than before.
132 Edgecliff Road, Woollahra
Wander down a Bondi side street and you’ll come across To Wonderland, a little slice of heaven that hones in on holistic treatments. To melt away muscle tension and stiffness, sign up for the Truly, Madly Deeply deep tissue massage. If you’re detoxing, the flowing movements of the Lightness of Being lymphatic massage will work a treat. The spa offers aromatherapy, pregnancy and couples massages, too.
71 Glenayr Ave, North Bondi
This Paddington spa takes you on a trip to Morocco, with beautiful mosaics, fragrant essential oils and its main calling card: a traditional hammam. Fleur de Lys has a full range of massage treatments, from the classic aromatherapy, deep tissue, and hot stone to lymphatic drainage and our pick: the signature massage. It uses a heated cushion, gentle strokes, and Moroccan oils to send you out of this world.
2A Queen Street, Woollahra
Bondi is brimming with health and wellness centres, and locals have this one on speed-dial. The massage menu is a mix of east meets west, with relaxation, remedial, sports and hot stone massages sitting next to reflexology and cupping, a traditional Chinese therapy. Let the team know if you want to unwind, soothe store muscles, or ease stiffness and stress, and they’ll work their magic.
Level 5, 9-13 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction
The Botanica Vaucluse was one of the most hotly-anticipated openings of ’18 – and with its locally sourced fare, greenery and millennial pink chairs, it lived up the hype. Its day spa, Sol Spa, is just as gorgeous. It has a full menu of massages for those who want to relax or have every knot kneaded out. We love the Signature De-Stress Therapy Massage, a 90-minute treatment that releases tension in the shoulders, neck and scalp.
2 Laguna Street, Vaucluse
For a massage that won’t break the bank, head to Enishi, which has a location on bustling Bondi Road, and another by the beach. The Shiatsu massage is incredible for tense, tired muscles – and the signature treatment at the Japanese spa. Otherwise, the therapists are trained in Swedish, remedial, aromatherapy and hot stone. If you like, you can add a clay body wrap to your treatment.
Bondi and Bondi Beach
In Clovelly, this spa is dedicated to mums and mums-to-be in need of TLC – but you don’t have to be either to book in. The team uses pregnancy-safe products and tailored techniques to soothe any aches and pains and help you to really relax. Bliss out even more by adding hot stones, a foot and leg massage or an Indian head massage to your treatment. Go on…
Shop 2, 195 Clovelly Road, Clovelly
Over in Double Bay, this luxe spa is famous for its skincare treatments – but it does a damn good massage, too. The secret’s out! On your lunch break, duck out for the 30-minute back, neck and shoulder massage or the hand massage, which is amazing. If you have a little more time, go all out (and to cloud nine) with the volcanic hot stone massage.
17 Bay Street, Double Bay
Back in the junction, this no-frills spot specialises in Thai massage to bring balance back to the body. During the fully-clothed massage, the therapists will stretch and bend your body and use firm, rhythmic pressure to release stress and tension. If that’s not your thing, Treera also offers reflexology, aromatherapy and deep tissue massage.
54 Spring Street, Bondi Junction