Blast from the past! Two-room beauty salon to luxury spa group.

From a modest two-room beauty salon in Camp Hill, CEO and Founder Stephanie Shepherd has evolved her brand into a portfolio of highly regarded luxury spas across South East Queensland; offering spa escapes to everyone from international celebrities and corporate high flyers, to everyday Mum’s and Dad’s.

Stephanie Shepherd spent much of her childhood in the NSW outback town of Broken Hill. Inspired by her Mothers lipstick collection, Stephanie began experimenting with beauty items at a young age and reveled in the joy of creating customised mud masks for skeptical members of the family. At 16, Stephanie moved to Adelaide to complete a course in Beauty Therapy before she returned briefly to work in Broken Hill.

milestoneThe family relocated to the NSW Coast of Tweed Heads when Stephanie was 18. Determined to pursue a career in beauty therapy, the eager teenager started applying for positions in the “big smoke”, Brisbane. A typical adolescent argument with Dad saw Stephanie head north sooner than expected and, as fate would have it; within days she had secured a beauty therapist role.

The next few years saw Stephanie work in a variety of beauty industries across Queensland. At the age of just 26, with 10 years experience already under her belt, Stephanie opened her own business in Camp Hill, a modest two-room beauty therapy salon called “Stephanies Natural Beauty”.

 

milestoneA loyal and expanding base of clients saw Shepherd soon outgrow the business premise, resulting in the relocation to the up-market suburb of Bulimba.
“I had a vision and desire to combine beauty therapies with peaceful places of harmony and balance. I dreamt of creating more than a beauty therapist salon. I wanted to design spas where people could cocoon themselves from the outside world. Even if my clients were only visiting for a short time, I wanted them to feel like they had entered another world when they stepped through the doors,” says Shepherd.

milestone Stephanies Urban Spa officially opened in Bulimba in 2002, proving a popular haven for local clientele. The Urban Spa features 12 treatment rooms and specialises in maintenance beauty therapies, as well as advanced skin care and microdermabrasion.

Stephanies Spa Retreat, located on level three of Sofitel Brisbane Central opened in June 2007 and is a welcome city escape for “locals in the know”, visiting celebrities and hotel guests. The spa boasts 8 treatments rooms, including individual suites and a couple’s suite. The sensory and tranquility lounges are ideal for group bookings and are popular for hen’s evenings, pre-wedding parties and baby showers.

 

milestoneThe “Opal Rasul Temple” is undoubtedly the masterpiece of Stephanies Spa Retreat. The unique mosaic dome style cave is the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and its benefits have been enjoyed by the likes of many sports identities and musical starlets, including the talented Alicia Keys.

Opening in July 2010, Stephanies Ocean Spa was the next jewel of the crown.  Located in the heart of cosmopolitan Noosa at the new Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort & Spa. A leisurely stroll to the designer boutiques and culinary delights of Noosa’s famed Hastings Street. Spanning more than 450 square metres and boasting 11 magnificent treatment rooms including couples suites, a triple treatment suite with private floatation pool and a rain therapy vichy shower, complete with a stunning hand crafted acacia cedar shower bed.

 

milestoneCommitted to the high standards of spa, Stephanie Shepherd is an active member of the APAA (Australian Professional Aesthetician Association), the ASPA (Australian Spa Association) and the ISPA (International Spa Association).

Stephanie’s reputation as a leader in the spa industry is evident in her spa locations, from luxury international hotels, to the chic urban hub of Bulimba.

The passionate Queensland spa identity opened her fourth location in 2011, a Mountain Spa, located at Mercure Clear Mountain Lodge, Spa and Vineyard – a scenic 35 minute journey from Brisbane CBD.  The hinterland spa retreat spans approximately 180 square metres over six magnificent treatment suites; including a hydro couples suite, a grand Boudreaux VIP lounge and bath suite, a triple treatment room, a steam therapy cave, unique hydro swiss shower room and a sole therapy and manicure lounge; which can accommodate up to 7 people at one time.

 

milestoneStephanie’s signature Tranquility Lounge overlooks the resorts manicured gardens and lush treetops of the mountain below; the perfect setting to rebalance and relax with herbal tea and seasonal fruit sorbet.

Stephanies desire for beautiful spa destinations saw her acquire a fifth luxury spa in July 2012. Formerly known as L’Plunge Home & Spa, Stephanies Vintage Spa Cleveland combines old world charm, with a touch of modern decadence and European style synonymous with Stephanies Spa brand.

Originally built in 1852, Stephanies Vintage Spa Cleveland is an historical landmark in the vibrant bayside village. Once the local doctor’s house, the timeless Queenslander dwelling has been lovingly restored with shabby chic interiors and a provincial inspired courtyard.

 

milestoneThe spa layout is deceivingly spacious, with the quaint cottage style shop front opening through to a magnificent, multi level opulent day spa spanning over two separate dwellings. Stephanies Vintage Spa will centre on Shepherd’s unique spa philosophies, adapting a new menu and various signature treatments that reflect the Stephanie brand.

Stephanie Shepherd – CEO and Founder.

Stephanie Shepherd

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Stephanie Shepherd returns from the North Pole

Stephanie ShepherdFollowing a recent visit to the North Pole, Stephanie Shepherd has launched an exciting Christmas Collection of 3 exclusive Festive Spa Packages. Created with the expert guidance of Mrs Claus and Rudolph, the packages have the official Christmas seal of approval and are available NOW across all locations. 

Mrs Claus’s personal favourite, Christmas Dreaming, includes 2 hours of laid back bliss.
The journey begins with an indulgent rose petal foot infusion followed by a full dry body brushing and coconut and vanilla body exfoliation. Rest and dream away with a relaxation massage incorporating heated back stone therapy including a relieving Indian head massage.  Christmas Dreaming 2 hours | $225 

Stephanies festive pick is the Joyeux Noël.  Tired feet are immersed into a warm rose petal foot soak, as you enjoy the soothing texture of Stephanies warm signature body oil during a 60 minute relax massage. Your journey continues with a rejuvenating high performance facial customised to your skin concerns includes nourishing hand, foot and scalp massage. Joyeux Noël 2. 5 hours | $295

Rudolph decided Spa Wonderland is top of his list. The Spa Wonderland begins with a beautiful rose petal milk foot bath, a heated stone back massage and an intensive customised facial incorporating a relieving scalp elixir. To complete this ultimate indulgence, recline back and enjoy the spas famous 90 minute signature pedicure. As a special festive treat you will also receive a Butter London polish or a pair of Soul Therapy summer thongs. Spa Wonderland 3.5 hours | $395

Following all of the Christmas Collection packages guests are invited to relax at leisure in the spa Tranquil Lounge with complimentary spa refreshments and a glass of bubbles to celebrate the festive season.

Stephanie would like to thank Mrs Claus and Rudolph for their assistance.

Book Now. Contact reservations@stephanies.com.au or call 1300 DAY SPA

Gift Cards also available. 

 

Stephanie Shepherd – The secret ingredient

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Chapter 7. 20 years and the dream continues…

Over the past 20 years Stephanie Shepherd has created a collection of the most magnificent spas in Australia. Profiled regularly in the press as a spa leader, frequented by high profile celebrities and winner of numerous spa industry awards, Stephanies childhood dream has well and truly come to life.

Committed to the high standards of spa, Stephanie Shepherd is an active member of the APAA (Australian Professional Aesthetician Association), the ASPA (Australian Spa Association) and the ISPA (International Spa Association). Stephanie’s reputation as a leader in the spa industry is evident in her spa locations, from luxury international hotels to the chic urban hub of Bulimba.

Constantly asked what her business secret is, Stephanie’s answer is refreshingly simple.

“It takes a team of people and a lots of hard work for any business to be successful, but the key ingredients for our spa success is passion and clients. The passion I have as a spa owner is a passion shared by our team and our clients – our amazing, supportive and loving clients”.

“I am extremely humbled and proud of our business, our celebrity following, award recognition and industry accomplishments, but above all I see my greatest success as the loyal clientele and life long friendships I have formed since commencing my spa journey. I am just as passionate now as I was when I opened my 2 room beauty salon 20 years ago.” Stephanie Shepherd, CEO and Founder.