When I think ‘day spa’, I think fluffy towels, soft glow candles and an Enya soundtrack playing in the background. Generally, it’s a chick-only zone that only the bravest and most strung out male visitors would dare enter between a particularly gruelling business trip itinerary.
So when I ‘drag’ my male companion along to Six Star Spa for a couples treatment – and he exhales an impressed sigh of relief at the black, sleek and understated decor, I know I’ve brought him to the right place.
Stunning black tiling, luxe gilted finishes and installations, moody lighting and lush dark upholstery ensure that from the waiting room to the treatment room, the ambiance remains grown up, elegant and luxuriously unisex. It’s chic and stylish, yet welcomingly so. Masculinity and femininity co-exist in a perfect balance of weight and texture, ensuring that both men and women feel equally at home in this decadent and easy space.
We were led into a gorgeously lit and darkened space, like a midnight fantasy of sleek tiles and sensuous textures to get our feet bathed side by side, using the most aromatic and nourishing salts and ingredients. What a fabulous touch – there is something about having your feet washed that is both humbling and serene, creating the perfect segue from the stresses of the outside world into the escapism of the oriental-inspired, regal haven.
We are left make our way to the adjacent his’n’hers massage tables and then our wonderful therapists enter, quiet as geishas, and an hour and a half long massage begins. I get lost in a swirl of delicious music, soothing strokes and fragrant aromatherapy aromas. Allegedly, my boyfriend spends that time thinking about work. The minutes drift away to other worlds and a relaxation unlike any other drops right in – for both of us.
Within a timeless gasp, the massage is over (where did that 90 minutes go?) and we are left to limber up the muscles further in the treatment room’s private sauna. It is the perfect way to ensure that the massages limbic effects are everlasting. We are left to steam it up, anywhere between 10-40 minutes, calling in the second segment of the treatment with the eventual tinkle of a small bell. Our ‘geishas’ saunter back in and our faces recieve the same treatment as our bodies – intuitive strokes, exceptional products and the warm mental after-glow of being pampered. We finish the experience with a refreshing drink (herbal tea for me, water with lemon for him) to ease us back into our day.
So here’s three big reasons why I – and my man – found the experience exceptional and different from other day-spas:
1. The decor – moody, masculine, ambient, sensual, elegant and grown up. A man will feel like a king, a woman like a priestess.
2. The location – central, yet tucked away in a quite gorgeous street in Pyrmont with plenty of parking. A limousine pick up and drop off service is also available. Yep, you read right.
3. The afterglow – relaxation and rejuvenation time, alone or with your significant other is an important part of modern thriving. So often men especially view massage as a functional thing. Adding an element of luxury gives a welcome dimension to the experience – and allows the treatment’s benefits to have a more holistic effect on the mind as well as the body.
Anything that is beyond routine and good for the soul will connect you back to the basics and bond you closer as a couple in todays busy world… And who’s not down for that?
To check out the treatment menu for both personal and corporate packages, check out the Six Star Spa website and mention Reviewed. By Alina B when you book to get 10% towards your treatment.
SIX STAR SPA
55 Miller St, Pyrmont
NSW 2009 Australia
+(61) 2 9660 191