Queenstown is home to a cluster of sensational spas. While the day away with our guide to Queenstown’s most unique spa experiences.
After a day at the adventure capital of New Zealand a trip to any of these spas in Queenstown will nourish your mind, body and soul.
Amidst the majestic beauty of majestic mountains and sparkling rivers indulge in the ultimate spa experiences, handpicked by Signature Luxury Travel & Style.
Best for: Unrivalled bliss
Onsen takes Japanese bathing traditions and transforms them in a quintessentially Queenstown setting. Set high on a cliffside overlooking the Shotover River, the establishment features a range of cedar-lined hot pools, heated to 38.5 degrees so you can use them snow or shine, day or night. Each comes with a retractable roof to instantly transform your setting from indoors to outdoors – as well as new alfresco mineral pools, rich in magnesium.
Don’t miss: Put aside three hours for ‘The Ultimate Relaxation Experience’, which unites a soak followed by a face or body spa treatment of your choice.
Best for: Mountain-weary limbs
When you’ve finished the Milford Sound trek make a beeline for Body Sanctum. Here the massage list includes a Mountain Menu during hiking season. The ‘Road to Recovery’ package is a favourite, uniting a foot soak, exfoliation and lower leg massage, to ease your aches. The group also operates Vault Spa at Eichardt’s Private Hotel. Their service include mobile massages which means treatments can come to you.
Don’t miss: The ‘Peace and Quiet’ package includes a full body massage followed by a manuka honey facial, guaranteed to add a glow to your skin.
Best for: A golden glow
After a day on the slopes at Coronet Peak, slide into the spa at nearby Nugget Point Hotel for pampering with views of the Shotover River. Arrive early to make the most of the aqua facilities. These include a saltwater pool, marbled bath, steam room, sauna, hot tubs and mosaic rain showers. Then bliss out during the ‘Rivers of Gold’ treatment, including an exfoliation, body wrap, massage and facial.
Don’t miss: After your treatment, head to the hotel’s Kanuka Kitchen to refuel on nutritious bites like jackfruit bao buns or miso-glazed tofu steak.
Best for: Over-the-top pampering
The facility at Millbrook Resort is regularly voted Queenstown’s best resort spa. It has one of the most comprehensive (not to mention indulgent) treatment menus you’ll come across. Check in here for a facial (there’s one involving collagen and quartz), body wrap or massage. Then add on a manicure and pedicure and other luxe beauty procedures.
Don’t miss: The five-hour ‘True Luxury’ deserves its name, uniting a bath soak, body wrap, facial, mani or pedi and platter of refreshments before you depart.
This article first appeared in the Signature Luxury Travel & Style Ultimate Guide to Queenstown ebook. To download the latest issue click here.
Lead image: Spa days don’t get much better than those spent soaking at Onsen Hot Pools