East Day Spa Melbourne VIC

by Glenn Reynolds

Day Spa Review

She seemed nice enough. Reeta was smiling and very laid back when she met me in the relaxation lounge. After a friendly introduction to the spa by the manager, Misty, followed by some light chatter with Reeta and I found myself intuitively trusting my therapist to take me through unchartered waters. I’d been invited to be the first to try out the newly expanded  East Man menu just in time for Fathers’ Day. Give him what he really wants.

Built in the little gem
East Day Spa is housed within one of the jewels of the hotel world in Melbourne, the gorgeous architecture and design of the National Trust listed InterContinental Melbourne – The Rialto. Designed and built in the 1890s, all levels of this hotel open onto the central space, enclosed by its glass ceiling, with a wondrous sense of natural light filtering down throughout the hotel. Walking in to this place you can get a little awestruck. It’s a wonderfully inviting place. There is a warmth contained in the exposed brick structures of the hotel, contrasted with the dark leather, wood, stone and steel of the features. Moving into the Day Spa, you immediately notice the asian feel, with dark wooden furniture, red cushion accents, and buddha figures holding burning incense. Like a lot of day spas now, the decor at East Day Spa could easily satisfy male or female taste.

At present, about 30% of clients across the East Day Spa group are men. This figure is set to rise with a global increase in male attendance between 2-5% per year. Launched on 1 September, East Day Spa have released a new range of services on their East Man menu, including a wider choice massages, pedicures, manicures and a range of Elemis facials. By offering an exclusive male range of services, East hope to attract new male clients, but also offer a range of treatments that are immediately attractive to men. We’ll have to wait and see how they go. Misty suggested I go with the Samurai Package and sent me on my way with a smile…

Quality of Spa Experience
After time to change in the therapy room, Reeta started the session with an East Foot Ritual consisting of a milk and sandalwood oil soak with a sugar scrub. This was a perfect combination for a great scratchy start. Those new to the day spa would enjoy this foot scrub as a gentle introduction. We chatted a little about the spa and her growing up in Mauritius.

We moved into the Apna massage, which is a combination of Balinese and Deep Tissue Massage with some Thai stretches. In contrast to the other massages on the menu, this one is totally personalised, offering the client the choice of combinations to suit. Beginning with some wonderful Balinese moves and gentle Thai stretching, Reeta moved into some serious deep-tissue leverage, and I found myself grimacing as she moved through some of the more corrugated muscle tension in my back. It really was amazing to move through a combination routine such as this, combining gentle stroking and massage with joint rotation and flexion, alongside deeper leverage work using Reeta’s bodyweight with forearms and elbows. I was reaching peaks of discomfort, only to come through at the other end with a floating sense of relief and supple relaxation. It was a fabulous combination and Reeta looked like she had plenty in the tank if needed, to go in even harder. It was just fine for me.

The Rooibos hair and scalp massage was definitely unique. Think of it as a hot stone massage, but using hot tea instead. Applied in gentle circular pressure at various points on the scalp, the aromas of the hot tea were at once invigorating and relaxing at the same time. Reeta moved into some deep scalp massage, and I found myself falling asleep by the end of the scalp work. What a great way to finish a really enjoyable day spa combination. A hot towel removed some of the oil residue and I was on my way. I would have loved to wash the oil off, however, there are currently no showers or water therapies at East Day Spa. There are some options for expanding the spa and building water facilities in the future.

The new East Man menu is just the starting point, as men and women are equally welcome to choose from any of the services on the extensive East Day Spa menu. Although the spa is small in size, there is a couples room to enjoy with a friend or partner. East Day Spa Melbourne is part of a larger group of spas located in Wellington, Auckland and Bali. Highlights of East Day Spa Auckland include water spa therapies, East Day Spa Bali is a self-contained villa with food and wait-service available as well as the day spa therapies.

Treatment
Samurai Package:
East Foot Ritual, Apna Massage, Rooibos Hair and Scalp Massage
1hr 30min $170

Pros
Ambiant Asian feel, proficient and relaxed staff, great combination of therapies and relaxing treatment rooms

Cons
Lack of change and water facilities, lounge area is small.

Facilities: 3/5
Product: 4/5
Therapy: 4/5
Proficiency: 5/5

16/20 “fresh asian-inspired spa offering a comprehensive menu with room to expand”

Skincare Brands Available:
Elemis
Spa Ritual
Forest Essentials, exclusive to East Day Spa
iD Bare Minerals

Info
Address: InterContinental Hotel | The Rialto, 1/495 Collins St, Melbourne
Tel: 03 9620 5992
Web: East Day Spa

Wallet Rating: $$$$

Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday 11:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm

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*Please Note: This treatment was provided to us at no cost by East Day Spa 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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