When it’s cold outside and your back is giving you grief (probably because you are huddling next to a heater most of the day) there is nothing more relieving than a trip to a day spa for a massage. A spa is the perfect place to unwind, warm up and get pampered. During my staycation at Sheraton Melbourne I made sure I booked in for some R&R at The Spa. Did the massage treatment deliver what I needed? Read on to find out.
Sheraton Melbourne is a new hotel situated at the Paris end of Little Collins street in Melbourne’s CBD. Entry to the hotel is accessed through an inconspicuous facade where concierge awaits you. A gorgeous light installation captures your eye at the internal stairwell, where you can ascend to the lobby on the first floor, as well as their restaurant, Little Collins Kitchen.
The Spa sits on Level 3, where you will also find the hotel’s Terrace Bar, indoor heated swimming pool and fitness centre. You can discover more about the hotel and my experience staying there in this review.
Reception & Change Rooms
The Spa has a unique set-up in the way of reception and waiting areas. When you exit the lifts on Level 3 you pass some comfortable booth seating and a small retail display for The Spa. This area is actually the waiting area so you need to walk to the spa a short corridor away to check-in, and if instructed you go back to the waiting area until your treatment is ready. You also return here after the treatment is completed.
While the space itself is clean, bright and the seating extremely comfortable, it still feels quite strange to be sitting literally outside the elevator doors. It feels a bit like a temporary space (which it may be, I’m not sure) and not as cosy as you would hope when preparing for your treatment.
The Spa does not have designated change rooms as all treatment rooms include a shower, a storage cupboard for your belongings and a robe to change into. There is also a vanity decked out with essential grooming tools to use after your treatment.
The treatment menu at The Spa offers a range of expectant essentials (facials, waxing, mani/pedi’s) and some lavish signature treatments. With my back giving me so much anguish over the last few weeks I opted for a classic 60-minute massage.
Where east meets west, the profound effect of rhythmic bodywork which incorporates a mixture of oriental acupressure and western technique with Polynesian style flowing strokes. This massage brings the body to the next level of relaxation. A total balance for mind, body and soul.
After taking a seat in the waiting area to fill out my admission form, I was escorted to my treatment room where I changed into a robe and slippers. The room was beautifully scented, the lights were dim and an air of relaxation came over me as soon as I entered. After changing I took a seat next to the massage table, as instructed. This is where the foot cleansing ritual takes place and it’s the perfect way to ease into a spa treatment. After soaking my feet in a bowl of warm water the therapist cleanses them, dries them and applies foot lotion. I wish every spa included this with their treatments because it really does make a difference to getting into relax mode.
I then moved to the massage bed where I lay face down. The bed was deliciously warm and just what I needed on a cold winter’s day. The poor massage therapist could instantly feel all the knots and tension in my back. It’s always a little difficult for me to sit still at first but she was gentle as a feather and checked that the pressure was ok throughout the treatment. It didn’t take long before the warmth of the oil and her calming movements helped me to relax. By the end of the massage my back was looser and my neck & shoulder pain had eased dramatically. I felt like I could stand-up straight (something I hadn’t been able to do for weeks, without yelping in pain).
After the treatment I redressed and moved back to the waiting area where I was presented with a fresh glass of water and some shortbread. It’s the ultimate post-massage treat because somehow I always feel a little extra exhausted after such a relaxing experience. It was those sweet treats that left me with a lasting impression that my time at The Spa was well spent.
Massage treatments start at AUS $85 for 30 minutes. The Spa at Sheraton Melbourne is located at Level 3, 27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.
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