Spas for Gents – Stephanies® Spa Retreat Features in GQ Magazine
“If you had a 12-month road trip planned, you’d book the car in for a service. Well, the work year is that journey and you’re the motor. So, be sure to check yourself in for a tune-up at one of the best day spas.”
Stephanies Spa Retreat, Sofitel Hotel, 249 Turbot Street
While it sounds like somewhere your mum might go for a suburban pedi, this is a new, purpose-built facility that calls to mine the opulence of Turkish Hammam.
The Opal Rasul Temple comprises skin brushing, mud wraps, a detoxifying steam bath, rain shower and hydrating masque.
Cost: $159 (one hour)
By Susan Kurosawa
Noosa’s Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort & Spa is not the easiest place to find. There are two entrances, at either end of a sprawling estate, and the three people I stop to ask for directions give me wildly different replies. I am running late for an appointment at Stephanies Ocean Spa. A serene Robin answers my frantic call and beams me in. Then it takes less than five minutes to totally relax at this 11-suite haven, which has all of the wellness world’s must-haves, from a flotation pool to Vichy showers that rinse and refresh urban-lagged clients as they lie on an acacia cedar platform bed. A Shiro-abhyanga head massage, based on Ayurvedic principles, seems the shot or massages with hot stones or herbal poultices. The Sole Suite is fun to book for mani-pedi parties and the relaxation lounge (pictured) is a lovely spot to loll, with a Berry Boost tea to hand, full of antioxidants. Spa owner Stephanie Shepherd started her career with a two-room salon and now runs four day spas in Queensland, including an award-winning retreat at Sofitel Brisbane and, in the Brisbane suburb of Cleveland, the Vintage Spa in an 1852 Queenslander with heritage features and shabby chic interiors. I have been in safe hands – my drive back to Noosa proper is a much calmer proposition. More: stephanies.com.au