As 2018 begins, many of us are facing packed social calendars, a rush to complete outstanding tasks at work before the Australia long weekend and the pressing need to start your new year resolutions, somehow in between it all! Yes, it sounds like a typical January for many and throw in Sydney’s notorious traffic as you try going about this business and you can be forgiven for thinking to yourself in a private moment “I can’t wait for January to be over!” Thankfully, help is at hand for the frazzled nerves of the harbor city, with True Local putting together this handy guide to the best beauty spots of 2017 in Sydney. Have a browse through the top choices listed below and treat yourself to some well-deserved personal pampering:
41 McClymonts Road, Maraylya
Set on 12 acres of stunning natural bush just outside Maraylya on the northern edge of Sydney, Billabong Retreat is an eco-resort designed for stressed out Sydneysiders who’d like to get away from it all for a day or two. Apart from the simple yet cosy accommodation beside their namesake Billabong, Billabong Retreat also offers a number of additional mind nourishing activities including Yoga Mediation sessions, delicious organically sourced local wholefoods (included in their accommodation price) and relaxing beauty/wellness treatments. Prices begin from a very reasonable $250 per person for a single night.
“Had an awesome weekend with a lovely bunch of people in an incredibly beautiful place. Great weekend to just get away from everything and relax. The teacher Donna has so much passion, Paul who runs the retreat is an incredibly nice person and the chef Mignon made delicious vegetarian food all weekend. I will most certainly be back!” – ChrissyMar
Level 1, 84-86 Mary Street, Surry Hills
One of the best ways to calm a frantic mind and unwind in the midst of the usual festive season rush, Yoga offers multiple benefits beyond pure relaxation – including better posture, better blood flow, healthier looking skin and an overall more positive outlook on life. Conveniently located close to Central station on a quiet street in Surry Hills is Body Mind Life, a yoga studio that also offers pilates, meditation and free herbal tea to their community of likeminded students.
“I tried the 28 degree open class last night. It was fantastic! Just the right level for me and the room was lovely and warm. This studio also has a variety of classes on all day so you would never wait around too long, and location is about 5 mins walk from central station so is very handy for me. I can’t wait for my next class!” – Jess_2014p
2A Queen Street, Woollhara
Suitably located in Sydney’s ritzy eastern suburbs neighborhood of Woollhara, Fleur de Lys Medispa bills itself as “an oasis of luxurious indulgences”, upon which it delivers impeccably. Just some of these personal indulgences you can look forward to at this local institution include their Moroccan Hammam Experience (prices starting from $195), luxurious Spa Packages (prices starting from $250), 30 minute Power Facials ($99) and Fractional Laser treatments (prices starting from $399 per 60 minute session).
“Got a voucher for my birthday, a treatment called Royal Oriental Hammam. It’s was fun and fantastic treatment, have a scrub and body mask in the heat room also got mini facial and hair treatment too. I was laying down on the warm marble stone bed and run warm water trough the bed. It’s very relaxing body treatment, finish with massage only thing I have to say is I love this treatment. I definitely will go back there again. The therapist is has a great skill and very lovely” – Nikky Lancaster
155 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Considered to be one of the best hair salons in all of Sydney, Wink! Hair is the perfect place to treat yourself to an indulgent festive season pick me up, with this salon offering everything from classic haircuts, nourishing Keratase hair treatments, colour treatments and other popular beauty services such as hair extensions, make up and eyelash extensions. With a history dating back to 1994, Wink! Combines the understated luxury of their spacious interior with the ultimate in client service.
“I went to wink because my boyfriend has had Maria (younger stylist) cut his hair for a while now and he always has good things to say about the salon. So I went and had my colour done by michelle and cut by maddie this week (both seniors), very happy with both, and I’m fussy!” – Sydney Fashionista