Bodyhaven Spa Style Boutique, Wellington NZ

by Glenn Reynolds

Day Spa Review

Location and facilities
Bodyhaven Spa Style Boutique Massage RoomGetting out on the 16th floor of the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, I was not expecting pianos. It seems that Bodyhaven shares this floor with a number of convention spaces and today it was the turn of classical grand piano salesman to entertain crowds. I found my way into the spa space nestled away with a small reception and therapy rooms. This is not grand by any means, entertaining a few guests at a time. I was greeted by Ana Maria, owner and designer of this “Spa Style Boutique”. She was at pains to point out that they name themselves a boutique deliberately, in order to avoid false expectations for clients. There are no pools, hydrotherapy paths or steam rooms here, but as I shall experience, they do have a gorgeous copper bath for bathing rituals.

I was intrigued to hear that Bodyhaven use TradeAid products, a local NZ company that deals directly with producers, passing on more profit to the farmers. They also mix their clays fresh in the spa, on the day of treatment, avoiding ‘use by’ imperatives and the need to include preservatives. Organic clay powder is mixed with aromatics (such as ginger, clove and cinnamon), and saturated with water to form the clay masques for use in treatments. Accommodating up to 5 people at a time, including couples, Bodyhaven is a petite spa ’boutique’ offering a good range of services.

Quality of Spa Experience
Led into a couples room, by my therapist, Shailja, I was invited to change and begin an aromatic massage from head to toe. The room was fresh with tones of blue and brown and east asian influences in the decorations. Shailja performed the massage flawlessly, with firm deft pressure, locating and focussing attention on spots of tension and stress. It was a very relaxing, professional therapy, moving through the routine with smooth changes.

BodyHaven Spa Style Boutique BathA light body brushing began the body wrap process, taking place in another therapy room, replete with gorgeous copper bath imported from France. This brushing was followed by a generous coating of organic clay before being wrapped in a foil blanket, further warming blankets and left in my coccoon while the clay went to work on my skin. As the clay is applied, the temperature of the skin drops quickly, feeling quite chilly. After a few moments wrapped up I started to warm up again, and Shailja performed a face and scalp massage during the wait, lulling me into an almost dreamlike state of sleep. On opening the coccoon, I emerged to enter the deep copper bath, finishing the experience with a rinse and towel off before resuming my day outside.
A refreshing herbal tea was just the tasty finish to an otherwise relaxing retreat from the cbd bustle.

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Bodyhaven Spa Style BoutiqueTreatment
Bodyhaven Ultimate Spa Package
75min $110
plus massage (or facial) 45min $65 extra

Pros
Well designed product offering, with caring staff paying attention to even the little details. Very good value for money.

Cons
Tiny spa area is challenging to navigate while maintaining a sense of calmness and relaxation.

Rating 2 for spa facilitiesRating 4 for spa productsRating 4 for spa therapiesRating 4 for proficiency

Total: 14/20 “A quiet petite boutique tucked away in the heart of the cbd. A little gem.”

Info:
Address: Bodyhaven Spa Style Boutique
147 The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand.
Tel: (64) 4 495 3255 or (64) 4 499 9500 ext 8542
Email: info@bodyhaven.co.nz
Web: www.bodyhaven.co.nz

Wallet Rating:
Dollar Rating = $$

Opening hours:
Daily from 10am

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Bob Carlin October 31, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Bodyhaven is really pretty good. I’ve been to lots of spas in a number of different countries, and this is one of the better ones. The fact that it’s small is fine. It actually makes it feel more intimate. Besides, Wellington is a small city, maybe 200,000 people. The town couldn’t support a large spa in the center of the business district. This place is fine and I enjoyed it a great deal.

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Andy Barnett September 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm

“AFTER A LONG WALK THROUGH THE CITY CENTER AND LOCAL ATTRACTIONS WE FELT WE NEEDED A BIT OF RELAXATION BEFORE OUR EVENING AGENDA. WE SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS FOR THE BODYHAVEN REVIVAL AT THIS BEAUTIFUL SPA AND RECEIVED JUST THAT—A TOTAL REVIVAL OF OUR ENERGY AND A SOOTHING EXPERIENCE FOR TIRED LEGS. WHAT AN AMAZING DISCOVERY AMONG SO MANY OTHERS IN LOVELY WELLINGTON! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!”

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