In 2021, opportunities to truly switch off are few and far between – and luxurious day spas are one of them. With that in mind, Broadsheet took on the (very difficult and arduous) task of visiting two of the newest day spas in town. Slow down and recharge at the city’s luxe new hotel (rooftop pool included) or at a picturesque property in the Adelaide Hills. And if you really want to splurge – and delay the return to normality – you can stay the night at either one.
Gate Keeper’s Day Spa at Mount Lofty House
The newest addition to Mount Lofty House, Gate Keeper’s Day Spa sits inside a beautifully transformed cottage – one of the property’s original buildings – and boasts plenty of old-world charm. Replacing the previous Stables Day Spa, it opened in February ahead of the official launch of six-star luxury lodge Sequoia. Space for extra spa guests has long been needed at Mount Lofty House. “We are so busy and needed to expand in order to keep up with demand,” says Alison Dubsky, spa supervisor at Gate Keeper’s. “We’ve had wonderful responses to our relocation … the space is simply beautiful, with views of [the] surrounding Mount Lofty gardens.”
If you’re an in-house guest, a bus will take you from Mount Lofty House to the spa, with a glass of sparkling on the way (although it’s a very walkable journey). Once inside the National Trust-listed cottage, you’ll be able to choose from a range of massages, facials and longer rituals, as well as tailored treatments and add-ons like a charcuterie board and wine. Jurlique, the iconic Adelaide Hills skincare brand that uses botanicals grown at its biodynamic farm in Mount Barker, has collaborated with the spa since its Stables days, and you’ll find its products in many of the treatments here.
Dubsky recommends the two-hour Signature Spa Ritual. “It involves a full-body exfoliation and hydration treatment, followed by our classic facial,” she says. “It’s an incredibly rejuvenating yet relaxing treatment for our guests to have and for our therapists to perform. I love it!”
After your spa experience, you’ll be given time to enjoy a cup of tea in the relaxation lounge, which has large windows overlooking the surrounding trees and gardens. There’s plenty to explore on the grounds of Mount Lofty House, including Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant or the bar at Arthur Waterhouse Lounge.
Eos Spa & Wellness at Eos by Skycity
Grey stone marble, brushed gold and pendant lights designed to look like clouds will greet you at Eos by Skycity’s day spa. It’s all gorgeous, but the hotel’s outdoor pool steals the show – and Eos Spa & Wellness clients have access to it (even if you aren’t a hotel guest), as well as a leisure deck and sun lounges, dry-heat sauna, wet steam room, warm spa pool and relaxation lounge. It’s easy to feel far away here, even though you’re in the heart of the city.
“I think what makes this whole precinct – and Eos – so special is that we actually do have it all. I know that sounds cliché,” Jodi Brown, Eos by Sky City general manager, tells Broadsheet. “If you’re coming for the first time, make sure you have a few hours free either before or after your treatment to make use of the beautiful facilities. I think that’s what really showcases Eos and sets us apart from other spas around the city.”
The hotel and day spa opened at the close of 2020 as part of Skycity’s new $330 million precinct. The spa menu includes a range of express services – such as scalp and foot therapies – as well as longer facials and massages, and two types of “rituals” (choose between the Indulgent Body Rituals and Distinctive Spa Rituals). The most luxurious treatment is the three-hour Enlighten ritual, a top-to-toe rejuvenation that includes an Italian-orange and jojoba body exfoliation, a hot-stone and oil massage, a facial, and a deep-conditioning scalp masque (of fragonia and bergamot). Products from Blue Mountains label Ikou are used in all of the treatments.
“[Ikou products] are just so fresh and natural, and I think that’s what we really loved about them,” says Brown. “The team here are exceptionally trained in skin consultations, so they suggest certain products that Ikou provide to ensure they’re tailoring and personalising to your needs.”