Only 90 minutes from Melbourne is an oasis where steaming thermal pools are scattered among a savannah of Australian bushland. The Peninsula Hot Springs, Victoria’s first natural hot springs and day spa, offer more than 20 bathing experiences including a Turkish steam bath (Hamam), Hydrojet pool, reflexology walk and a hilltop mineral pool with 360 degree views of the region. For a truly tranquil experience, visit the Spa Dreaming Centre where you can choose from a menu of treatments.
Believed to calm the kokoro (a person’s spirit or heart), the tradition of Japanese public bathing can be traced back to the 8th century Nara period. While it can be awkward to strip off in public, the revitalising effects of the heated mineral water outweigh the embarrassment. There are public and private baths available at Onsen Ma, as well as a menu of Japanese massages and spa packages created to cleanse and refresh the body and spirit.
The word Shakti symbolises the feminine principal of divine energy, and Shakti Massage in Daylesford embodies that meaning. The boutique studio caters to the needs of individuals with a focused list of therapies promoting rejuvenation. Think remedial massages and relaxation treatments tailored to alleviate stress and improve well-being. Shakti’s menu also includes a pre-natal massage for mothers-to-be.