Spas in the Stars
Spas in the Stars
Tina Mathieson first fell in love with the region when walking the Milford Track with her husband over 16 years ago. “We were hooked! We purchased land, built a home on a lifestyle block and have never looked back,” she says. Today Mathieson runs Caci’s picturesque clinic. The Remarkables from the clinic’s dramatic backdrop. With an array of appearance medicine treatments and facials customised to individual skin types, Caci caters to both local residents and visitors.
Try: A bespoke Sonophoresis facial. Your therapist will concoct a custom cocktail of formulas to address your skin’s needs and the non-invasive device uses soundwaves to deliver active ingredients for immediate results. Caci Queenstown, Remarkables Park Town Centre, Hawthorne Drive, Frankton, (03) 409 0666,
Onsen Hot Pools
Whether you want to end an action-packed day or pampering session the perfect way, no Queenstown getaway is complete without a soak in one of Onsen’s Japanese-inspired cedar hot pools. Perched above the Shotover Canyon, the pools take relaxation to the next level. Pure natural water fills and refreshes each of the hot tubs.
Try: Opt for The Onsen by Lantern Light ($108 for two adults). You’ll be surrounded by Japanese lanterns and, on a clear night, a sky full of stars. Onsen Hot Pools, 160 Arthurs Point Rd, Arthurs Point, Queenstown, ( 03 ) 442 5707, onsen.co.nz.
For those looking for a familiar, trusted spa that’ll cater to all those holiday beauty needs, make a beeline for this contemporary spot.
Looking for some waxing, nail work or an efficacious facial? Visit the quaint yet contemporary Spring Queenstown, an offshoot of Auckland’s award-winning East Day Spa. Step inside the bright, cheery space to be greeted by friendly staff. You’ll find just what you need on the treatment menu: the clinical facials use leading cosmeceutical brand Environ, and there’s even a Jet Lag Remedy – banish swollen limbs quickly – and a Trail Blazer treatment, perfect for post-tramping aches and pains.
Try: The Margaret Dabbs Supreme Manicure ($95 for 60 minutes) will ensure your nails look the part for your Queenstown getaway. Pick from a fabulous array of nail colours – from wearable nudes to vibrant corals – and experience this indulgent manicure that uses the full range of the renowned Margaret Dabbs collections. The treatment concludes with a relaxing hand-and-arm massage. Spring Queenstown, cnr Earl St & Church Ln, Queenstown, (03) 409 0077, springspa.com.
Sofitel’s So Spa takes a unique approach to pampering. With treatments inspired by dining menus – pick from starters, mains or desserts – you can build your personalised pampering session. Combine one of each for a serious day of relaxation and indulgence or opt for one treatment if you’re short on time. So Spa offers quality local and international products and treatments. Indulge in a Greenstone massage, which uses warmed greenstone to melt away tension, or be whisked away to Japan with a Hanakasumi massage.
Try: The Manuka Honey Facial ($135 for 60 minutes) uses an antioxidant-rich ingredient that boosts skin hydration, repairs damaged skin and will leave you with a radiant complexion. Sofitel So Spa, 8 Duke St, Queenstown, (03) 450 0045, sofitel-queenstown.com.
The Spa at Millbrook
There’s something cathartic about taking to Queenstown’s lake-fringed roads, and the 20-minute drive to Millbrook Resort sets the scene for what’s to come.
our destination, it’s easy to see why The Spa at Millbrook has acquired impressive accolades over the years – the spa won the 2016 Luxury Spa Hotel award and was named New Zealand’s Best Resort Spa at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2016. Nestled away in a tranquil corner of the resort’s sprawling 200-or-so hectares, the award-winning spa boasts a handful of treatment rooms and a spa menu that features everything from luxury manicures to indulgent pampering packages. There’s even a menu that caters for men – think full body massages. The Spa at Millbrook also offers a complimentary shuttle service from Queenstown and Arrowtown.
Try: With an extensive treatment menu, the best place to start is the Signature massage ($140 for 60 minutes). Your therapist will talk you through the treatment which will be customised to meet your concerns, and a number of extras can be added onto the massage. The pampering experience doesn’t finish when your massage concludes: a fruit platter and a glass of champagne is the perfect ending. The Spa at Millbrook, Malaghans Rd, Arrowtown, (03) 441 7017, Millbrook.co.nz.
Slip into an infinity pool with a spectacular view, then indulge in a blissful spa treatment.
A seven-minute drive from Queenstown, Matakauri Spa is perched on the edge of jaw-dropping Lake Wakatipu. It features two treatment rooms designed to make unwinding an other-worldly experience. From full body massages to targeted facials, each treatment can be customised for your skin type. The only problem with Matakauri is falling head over heels in love with the place and then finding the willpower you need to depart and return to reality.
Try: We can vouch for the Matakauri facial ($185), and facial and back massage ($185 for 60 minutes). Suitable for all skin types, the facial uses homegrown skincare from Evolu. Add on a massage – you can talk to your therapist about whether relaxation or remedial is your focus – to take the experience to the next level. Matakauri Spa, Farrycroft Row, 569 Glenorchy Rd, (03) 441