Endota Melbourne

by Glenn Reynolds

Day Spa Review

Networks to success

I must admit, I’ve enjoyed reading about the success of Endota as a brand. It’s a good story of two enterprising women, having a go and it looks like they are succeeding. Franchise operations are appearing all over the country, in urban, regional and rural areas, even in the middle of a department store. I was a little sceptical, however of how it all came together on the ground, so to speak, or on the table, as it happens. Taking a cafe example, I was wondering whether the experience would be more like Starbucks coffee than Pellegrini espresso.

More than you think
Descending the stairs that take you below Flinders Lane, I was greeted on cue by the reception staff. Entering Endota is a little misleading, however. An understated and compact entrance is really just the beginning. Take a wander through Endota Melbourne and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what’s around the corners. I was lead along the first section of corridor past what I thought was the two treatment rooms, to await my therapist at the lounge area. Muted earth tones provided a quiet space to rest. My therapist, Kozue lead me down a further corridor, with more treatment rooms, around a corner to more treatment rooms to my final destination. It was an unexpected unfurling of Endota, offering more than I had imagined.

First thing to notice in the therapy room was the stylish almost meditative ambience, the darkness punctuated with flickering tea-light candles, a feature lamp. Music was pretty traditional spa style, albeit what I might term indigenous world atmosphere, with didgeridoo, piano and ambient sound. Mostly, I didn’t notice the music, so that was probably a good thing. It just blended into the relaxing atmosphere and completed the arrangement. Endota spas are being styled on a fusion of indigenous and contemporary sources. I noticed the use of warm neutral colour schemes with splashes of green, skin products that have place or organic origins, and finally, names of treatments echoing a strong connection to the land.

Quality of Spa Experience
After changing into a comfy robe, and easing myself into a nourishing footbath, Kozue performed a brilliant scrub and massage of my feet and lower legs, using an organic Mimosa and Ginseng body polish. This was followed by a moisturising with mint and desert lime foot cream. I was then invited to the table for an hour long massage, (Swedish in style) that thoroughly worked through all of my muscle tension and left me limp and relaxed. Kozue was very attentive and massaged each muscle group thoroughly, using flowing strokes and transitions to move through each section without making a break of contact. After a quick bathroom stop, I was once again on the table for an hour facial treatment that left my face feeling refreshed and cool. There was a noticeable cleansing and glow afterwards. I was suitably impressed with the Endota Organic range of skincare on offer. Kozue used an Aloe and Jojoba face scrub, Kakadu Plum Clay face mask with an Avocado and Grass Lily skin ‘drink.’ Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, easily meeting my goals of relaxation and refreshment.

Unique Features
Although not unique, Endota Melbourne’s inner city location is almost second to none. It’s right in the heart of Melbourne, alongside many hotels, restaurants, parks, galleries and the Yarra River. It’s well within walking distance of most of the great landmarks in the city.
The other unique feature is Endota’s own organic range of skincare products. Although a tray of products was offered for purchase, Kozue was not pushy and left me to make my own mind up. It was a suitably professional end to a great session. There’s nothing worse than an anxiety provoking pushy sales effort at the end of a relaxing spa experience.

Endota Melbourne is a great spa tucked away beneath Flinders Lane in the CBD, alongside some great places to eat and drink, not to mention the gathering of art galleries to stimulate the visual senses after a spa session.

Therapy:
Billabong Footbath (15min @ $25), Relaxation Massage (1hr @ $90) and Organic Endota Facial (45min @ $80)

Pros:
Great location, attentive professional staff, wonderful ambience

Cons:
Not really.

Facilities: 4/5
Product: 5/5
Therapy: 4/5
Friendliness 4/5

Total: 17/20 “Understated but great spa nestled under thriving cbd.”

Have you been to Endota Melbourne? What did you think?

Info
Endota Melbourne
Lower ground floor, 69 – 71 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Tel: 03 9650 7171
Email: melbourne@endota.com.au
Web: www.endota.com.au

Wallet Rating: $$$

Opening Hours
Monday 10am – 7pm
Tuesday 10am – 7pm
Wednesday 10am – 8pm
Thursday 10am – 8pm
Friday 10am – 7pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 10pm – 5pm

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*Please Note: This treatment was provided to us at no cost by Endota Melbourne for the purposes of review. Although complimentary, this is no way affected the outcome of the review. Our policy is to inform readers of any services provided free of charge.

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