Akoya Day Spa, Barwon Heads

by Glenn Reynolds

Day Spa Review

PLEASE NOTE: Akoya Day Spa at Barwon Heads is no longer trading. This review has been left on the site for future reference.

A new spa is born!

Location and facilities

Akoya Day Spa at Barwon HeadsJust 8 weeks into existence, Akoya Day Spa has got a great, established environment in which to develop. It’s based within a championship golf resort, with two 18-hole golf courses, permanent housing and a hotel. Nestled near the beach and a quick drive to the sleepy town of Barwon Heads, Akoya Day Spa comprises 3 table treatment rooms (one is for couples), a gorgeous natural light-filled room dedicated to manicures and pedicures, a wet room dedicated to a floatation tank and shower, and finally an infrared sauna with colour therapy.

The floatation tank is the only one in the Geelong region, containing 280 litres of water, and 350kg of Epsom Salts! This adds a mineral therapy to your time relaxing in the tank.

Some of the professional services offered through Akoya include Physiotherapy and Osteopathy, and they are looking at offering cosmetic injections and teeth whitening very soon.

Quality of spa experience

I was welcomed with herbal tea and invited to sit on the lounge in the entry foyer in order to take in my surroundings. The decor has very clean lines, with black and white accents and views over the hotel gym and swimming pool. Led to floatation tank and given the sequence of events, I was pleasantly surprised to see that everything had been thought of, including plugging your ears while floating or using drops afterwards to ward off infection. I was given a tip to wipe the inside of the tank above my head, on entering the water, to remove any condensation that might fall on my face during my session. This proved to be an awesome tip, as I spent the whole hour without a drip on my face. It was a nice touch. Truly a relaxing experience, I found myself drifting off to sleep once or twice, and it took a little while to rowse me at the end of the session.

Moving to a massage therapy room, I felt my muscle tension disappearing without a trace as Naomi worked through the different sections of my body. A great combination of massage techniques and movement, the experience was very therapeutic. The Immortal Cream used during the massage was light on the skin, and went on very smoothly.

It’s a great idea to relax for a little while after floating and massage, as you are so relaxed your reflexes might be a little slow. It’s also very important to rehydrate afterwards, having lost quite a bit of water in the tank.

Akoya Day Spa was a great little spa experience, with a good combination of therapies on offer, and an uncluttered visual space. This is not the lavish, decadent spa of some resorts, but a quietly spoken, effective, therapy centre.

Treatment
Floatation tank and massage

Pros
Very effective spa treatments. Clean, quiet environment.

Cons
No change rooms or lockers for storage. Shared toilet facilities with hotel.
Rating 2 for spa facilities
3 Products
Rating 4 for proficiency
Rating 4 for spa therapies

Total: 13/20 “Clean spaces and effective therapies in a relaxing environment.”

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Type of Spa: Resort / Destination Spa

Info:
Address: 36 Fourteenth Rd, Barwon Heads, VIC
Tel: 0428 378 383 – Main Line
or 03 5254 1403 – Barwon Heads Resort Reception
Web: www.akoyadayspa.com
Email: bookings@akoyadayspa.com

Wallet Rating:
3 Dollars

Opening hours:
Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm
Fri 10am-7pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 11am-2pm

Note: Hours may change over the cooler months

Skincare brands available:
Immortal Cream
O Cosmetics – an Australian brand designed to work in our local weather conditions
emerginC – an International brand used in spas around the world.

*Please Note: This treatment was provided to us at no cost by Akoya 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.

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