East Day Spa, Wellington NZ

by Glenn Reynolds

Day Spa Review

Location and facilities
Wellington is the place to learn about wind chill factor. Rather than just the usual maps or panoramic signs of visual interest on the top of Mt Victoria lookout, I found a great little sign outlining research on the effects of wind on feeling colder than the air temperature. Today, the temperature was about 8 degrees, and the wind chill factor making it feel about 2 degrees. Windy Wellington is one of the most notorious regions for strong winds, not to mention having the wildest
water crossing between the North and South islands of the country.

Driving past the imposing New Zealand parliament buildings on a wet Wellington day in the middle of winter, I was looking forward to feeling the warmth of a Balinese spa retreat.

East Day SpaEast Day Spa has a fantastic location right in the heart of the governmental district of Wellington and a few minutes walk from hotels, commercial district and the waterfront. Founded in 2002 by Ina Bajaj, East is a Balinese boutique in the antipodean landscape. Although small in size, the spa makes the most of the architectural limitations. With 8 therapy rooms, including couples treatments (massage and steam room for example) they can accommodate a small number of clients with ease, even offering a lounge complete with 6 relaxation chairs and curtain screens to allow a moment of breathing out before beginning the therapy session. Quiet lighting, warm neutral wooden features, and candles provided the relaxing ambiance to enable me to wind down and prepare myself for a relaxing Winter’s Journey.

Quality of Spa Experience
I was lead from the lounge to my treatment room by Koni, my Balinese therapist. She was to perform my Hot Stone Massage. Having never had a hot stone massage before, I was intrigued to find out how efficacious it was, a little voice inside me suggesting that it was more fad than deep therapy. Koni was quietly attentive during the treatment, communicative when necessary, providing a great performance of the massage.

East Day Spa Hot Stone MassageThe stones were quite hot when first applied, feeling almost too hot, but then the heat melted into my skin and I felt the tension resolving a little. They certainly offer a deep heat that greatly warms the body. Applying the stones in gentle stroking motions around the back and shoulders, Koni never rested too long for the stones to become uncomfortable. Finally resting them on my palms and the crest of my pelvis on the lower back while they gently warmed these points for great relief of stress and tension. It was a deeply soothing treatment and sensational on a cold winter’s day.

The Winter Journey continued with an Elemis Taster Facial by Hannah. She had gained a boatload of experience working on cruise ships, providing high levels of service to very demanding customers. I found her to be very caring, attentive to detail and very professional, moving through the techniques with smoothness and dexterity. While cool, soothing and zesty, this facial finished with a masque and head & shoulders massage and a facial moisturising. While I felt a slight zing during the exfoliation and cleansing process, I still felt refreshed and cleansed afterwards. A great finish to a relaxing session.

A commitment to genuine care was evident, as both therapists provided a great therapy, even using my first name to make me feel like more than just another booking. According to current owner of East Day Spa Wellington, David, ‘genuine care’ is a deep commitment at East, one that will set their service higher than their competitors. This is a great value to promote, especially in a tight financial marketplace, that should see a lot of repeat business.
PLEASE NOTE: Renovations are about to be undertaken at East Day Spa in Wellington, and the newly renovated spa is planned for relaunch in December.

Winter Journey
Foot massage, Hot Stone Massage, Elemis Taster Facial

Great Balinese feel and warm caring therapists

Spa facilities are a little tight, no real water treatments.

Total: 15/20 “A great little Balinese retreat of relaxation in the heart of the CBD.”

Type of spa: Day Spa

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Address: Level 2, Tramways Building, 1 Thorndon Quay, Wellington Central
Tel: +64 (04) 473 3611
Web: www.eastdayspa.com

Wallet Rating:
Dollar Rating = $$

Opening hours
Monday – Sunday 9:30am – 8:00pm

Skincare brands available:
Elemis, SpaRitual, Snowberry, Forest Essentials, Bare Minerals, Moroccan Oil, Butter London

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

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Graeme Dopheide September 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Thanks for sharing the experience of hot stone massage i heard about this a lot but never had after this i am really interested for this..


Glenn Reynolds October 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Yes, Graeme, I am a convert, too! You should definitely try one. Thanks for stopping by.


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