Aurora Spa Retreat, St Kilda

by Glenn Reynolds

Day Spa Review

Aurora Spa Retreat

Location and facilities
Leaving a crisp, bright winter day behind, I moved through the dark foyer of the chic boutique hotel and up the stairs to Aurora Spa Retreat. Cascading water down the front window of the spa greets the visitor as a refreshing sight and a great way to put you in the right frame of mind for a spa session. I was invited upstairs to the lounge area which was spacious and relaxing, and as it was early in the week it’s a great time to spa. Sun splashed tiles and huge mirrors gave a great feel of space in the changerooms, and after changing into a robe, bathers and slippers I returned to the lounge to relax, sipping superb hderbal tea and basking in the warmth of the sun.

Aurora Spa Retreat Hallway

Aurora Spa Retreat Relaxation Lounge

Quality of Spa Experience
I was led to the steam rooms, to find myself approaching a therapy table that you might find in a standard room, covered in towels ready for my treatment. It was a new experience for me, having a body exfoliation and facial treatment within a steam room, but once lying down on the bench, I forgot where I was and drifted off into a relaxed stupor. The warm, moist environment, along with the combination of luscious products poured and sprinkled over my body, a therapist with very fluid technique, I was taken through the various elements of the spa visit without a pause. I was initially invited to relax by breathing in some spicy aromas with a small ritual, signalling the start of the session and time to switch off. At once viscous and cool, the oil applied was worked into the skin with great dexterity by my therapist. This was followed by a delicate sprinking of dry salt flakes, used to gently exfoliate my body with a sensational scratchy application. Then the skin was gently washed and moisturised. It was a great combination of products and treatments, very relaxing and cleansing at the same time.

Next was the facial application along with a scalp massage. The products were well suited to my skin, and went on very lusciously. At each stage my therapist worked her magic with dexterity and fluid continuity. I was held in my relaxed state by a very conscious attention to detail, whether in the movements and transitions of the therapy, or the products and the small details provided to accompany the experience. As a bloke, I didn’t have to wrestle with a tiny disposable g-string, as shorts were provided. I happened to be using my own bathers, so I was provided a small bag to contain them while I went to the lounge to relax before getting dressed. These elements make the session flow so much better, allowing you to take full advantage of the relaxing ambience.

It was a very integrated, flowing session, moving between phases without disruption. Each of the parts involved various sensory experiences, from the initial quietening phases taking in spicy aromas, to luscious liquids flowing over limbs, a light sprinking of salt followed by scrubbing massage, and finally a moisturise, the session was extremely good. My therapist was superb, working in the hot steamy environment with complete professionalism. I learned that they are only able to perform a couple of these treatments in a day, and I can understand why.

I was given some advice on skincare after the session, without any pressure to buy products. I moved into my day refreshed, invigorated and thoroughly restored.

Relaxation Massage at Aurora Spa Retreat

Treatment
Signature Kitya Karnu
1hr; $185

Choose from:
Detox – detoxifying lemon myrtle salts with green clay
and reviving body oils.
Bliss – relaxing lavender salts with white clay and calming body oils.

Pros
Wellness focus of therapists and products, incorporating spa experiences in lifestyle of client. Great spa therapies.

Cons
None

18/20 “A well-developed boutique spa experience focussing on wellbeing of clients”

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Type of spa: Day Spa

Skincare Brands Available:
Aurora Spa Rituals
Kirsten Florian (for facial treatments)

Info
Address: The Prince Hotel, 2 Acland St, St Kilda
Tel: 03 9536 1130
Web: aurorasparetreat.com.au

Wallet Rating:

Opening Hours:
Sunday and Monday 10 am to 6 pm
Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 8 pm
Saturday 9 am until 6 pm

Parking is available at the car park on Level 1, Entry Jacksons Street for purchases and gift pick up

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

Aurora Spa Retreat

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