I love hotel day spas, and let’s face it, what’s not to love?! Grand lobbies, luxurious pools, relaxing jacuzzis, fluffy robes and slippers, and that’s all before you even start the pampering. Over the last couple of months, I have tried 4 Sydney hotel day spas. That’s right, this girl enjoys a bit of pampering!
Swissotel, Sydney (Spa & Sport)
I have actually visited the spa at the Swissotel twice. I returned a second time because I had such a good experience the first time. From the time you enter Swissotel Sydney on George Street, to when you enter Spa & Sport, you will get the same friendly service and smiles. This is actually a big deal for me and I really pay attention to it when visiting a day spa. I mean, I’m there for a relaxing and stress-free experience, right? 😉
Once I had checked in to the spa by filling out the standard questionnaire (personal details, massage preference, health issues, etc), I was guided into the change rooms, presented with bath robes and slippers and shown around the facilities.
The change rooms are clean, modern and have all the essentials. I particularly like the ample lockers. I always find the lockers in day spas to be too small!
The rooftop pool is fantastic on a hot and sunny day. Surrounded by city office buildings, there are a few spectators about!
For those fitness-inclined, there is a small gym with all the standard equipment – treadmills, ellipticals, weights, etc.
My massages on both visits were very relaxing. I always request a Medium strength massage but find massages in day spas a little too soft for my liking (I suppose I am used to Physios from all my fitness injuries!) You can of course ask your therapist to adjust the pressure during your treatment.
Conveniently located, friendly service, rooftop pool.
The pool is not very fun when it rains!
InterContinental Sydney (Odyssey Health Club & Spa)
Thanks to Odyssey Health Club & Spa, I enjoyed some R&R high above the CBD. This is the view they prepared for me on the day!
The Odyssey Health Club is located on level 31 of the Intercontinental Sydney. The health club is split into two areas: gym and change rooms/pool.
The change rooms and pool are located in a separate area to the gym. If you are not a hotel guest and just visiting for the day (like myself), you will need to ask a staff member to swipe you in. The change room has lockers, showers and toilets. Other basics such as towels and hair dryers are also available for you to use.
The indoor heated pool definitely has the best view in Sydney town! Should you tire of the view (right!), there are lounges and chairs for book-reading, relaxing and snoozing!
The gym is across the hallway. I didn’t get a chance to work out in the gym, but from what I saw, it was well-equipped and much larger than your average hotel gym. They also offer classes such as pilates and yoga, as well as personal training. Pretty impressive for a hotel gym!
Massages are performed on level 9 of the hotel. If you are visiting on the day, then you will have to either leave your gym/swim gear upstairs in the change rooms and return afterwards for a shower etc, or bring all your belongings with you downstairs. I did find it a little odd that they were on separate floors. In my experience, the gym, pool and day spa are usually located together.
My wonderful massage therapist was Ivana. As a new client, I had to complete the standard treatment questionnaire, so come 15 minutes earlier than your appointment so you are relaxed and ready to be massaged on time.
I only saw two single massage rooms, so I doubt there is a ‘Couples’ room option that a lot of other day spas offer. There is a toilet, but no shower facility on level 9. If you wish to shower and change afterwards, you will need to go back upstairs to level 31.
Overall, it was a great experience at Odyssey Health Club & Spa. The staff were very friendly and the facilities were clean and well-maintained. If you are looking for a super luxurious option (eg. couples room, slippers, robes), you may want to check out some of the other five star hotels in Sydney. But seriously, nothing beats that view from the pool 😉
Pool with an amazing view, a very big gym with fitness classes.
Massage treatments on a separate floor to the change rooms.
Hilton Sydney (Alysium Spa)
The Alysium Spa is centrally located in the Hilton Sydney on George Street.
To access the Alysium Spa, I checked in with the Hilton front desk who then called someone from the Alysium Spa to pick me up from the lobby. A little odd I thought.
Once collected from the lobby, I was personally guided downstairs to the Alysium Spa. After completing standard spa forms, I was handed a towel, slippers and a bathrobe to change into and directed to the change rooms next door.
The change rooms are huge! The size of any major gym’s such as a Fitness First or Virgin Active. You can pay for a locker with a key ($2) or use an electronic code version for free. There are lots of showers, toilets, hair dryers and straighteners for you to use.
There is an underground lap pool accessible via the change rooms. I was not shown around the facilities, so I wandered around for a few minutes before a helpful gym goer showed me where it was. If swimming laps is not your thing, there is a jacuzzi next to the pool for you to relax in.
The gym is massive for a hotel gym and has loads of great equipment. I also spotted some class rooms so assume there are fitness classes run there.
Massages are performed inside the Alysium Spa. The massage was good and my therapist was very lovely. I definitely walked away relaxed. Again, probably not as firm as I would have liked, but it was no big deal for me. What I quite liked about the Alysium Spa, was the private bathroom inside the massage room. I’ve only been to a few day spas in Sydney that do this. (Cendana Spa in The Grace Hotel & Panpuri Organic Spa in Pyrmont).
The underground lap pool is great for strong swimmers. The gym is huge and has loads of great equipment. The private bathroom inside the massage room is a plus.
Strange spa check-in having to wait in the lobby upstairs. I was also not shown around the facilities (eg. where the pool was).
The Langham, Sydney (The Day Spa Sydney)
The most luxurious day spa I visited was at The Langham located in the Rocks area. Recently refurbished, it is simply gorgeous! To access The Day Spa, I entered through the hotel foyer and took the elevator underground to the sub-basement. Once those elevator doors opened, I was warmly greeted and toured around the facilities.
After a brief tour, I was bestowed a fluffy robe and slippers to change into and assigned a locker. The change rooms are beautiful (just like the rest of The Langham). Showers, lockers, toilets, hair dryers and personal items are all available for you to use.
Since I had booked an afternoon massage, I came in earlier to take advantage of the beautiful pool and jacuzzi. The pool area is just gorgeous, and feels almost cave-like. Well below street level, it’s super quiet and serene. If swimming is not your thing, there’s lounge chairs for, well, lounging! 😉
There is a small gym on the same floor. I took a quick look and it seemed to have all the basic equipment you would need for a decent workout – treadmills, ellipticals, hand weights, swiss balls, etc. I didn’t spot any fitness class rooms.
I was here for the massage and I thoroughly enjoyed it. After my swim, I quickly changed and sat in the waiting lounge for my massage therapist. I completed my spa questionnaire and enjoyed a soothing hot tea overlooking the beautiful pool. I was feeling relaxed already! The massage was good, I particularly liked how my therapist asked me what areas to work on (not all massage therapists ask this!). I also had a facial during the treatment. I felt a little bit of a sell on some of the products, but didn’t feel too pressured to buy anything I didn’t want.
High-end facilities, true day spa experience, massive pool and jacuzzi, celebrity spotting.
My favourite & other recommendations
It’s probably obvious what my favourite day spa was. It was most definitely The Langham! If I’m going to a day spa I want that full luxury experience and The Langham did not disappoint. However, it is quite pricey. So, my tip would be to check out sites like Groupon and Lime & Tonic for special day spa deals.
Other Sydney day spas that I have visited and can recommend would be the Cendana Spa in the Grace Hotel and Panpuri Spa in Pyrmont. Both amazing experiences!