Taking Time Out: Queenstown Spa and Relaxation Guide
Getting a bit tired of all the adrenalin, thrill and late night partying of Queenstown. Non stop biking, skiing and golf a bit much. Well we have been flat out (literally lying down) to bring you our top places for relaxation in the adventure capital of the world.
Whether you’re looking for a chilled-out break, or you’re looking for ways to calm the nerves after an adventurous day out, here are some of the best ways to enjoy a relaxing Queenstown experience.
As a world-class holiday resort, Queenstown’s spa offerings are up with the best. Enjoy being scrubbed, polished, massaged and manicured at a number of beautiful spa salons in and around Queenstown. Here is a few of our favourites:
Hush Spa: This is our most recommended day spa with their exclusive packages for bikers, hikers and skiers to take those aches and pains away. Hush Spa is right in the middle of town and as well as an exhaustive menu of indulgence it boasts world class make-up and hair salon services.
So Spa: So Spa has the standard range of traditional massages and beauty treatment in a fabulous environment, but even more interesting is their unique range of Maori rituals so soothe away your aches and pains. So Spa also features a traditional Hammam Steam room, cedar wood Jacuzzi and Far Infrared Sauna.
Spring Spa:Relatively new on the Queenstown scene Spring Spa is something out of the ordinary. Described as a social spa it boasts traditional relaxation, pampering and beauty treatments in a social environment that fused with an exciting modern design element.
Millbrook: The Millbrook Spa is regularly awarded New Zealand's Top Spa in a variety of awards and for good reason. Although it is a good 20 minutes from downtown Queenstown there is a free shuttle bus to get you to a five star experience offering aromatic massages, skin-booster facials, spa pools and body-wellness treatments.
Body Sanctum: Queenstown's most established beauty treatment and day spa operator provides and efficient and relaxing environment. The cater to both a strong local trade and many visitors with a smorgasbord of different massages and wellness offerings.
For the ultimate in massage, don’t leave your apartment!The Mobile Massage company offers professional massage services in the comfort of your room. There’s no better way to relax!
HOT POOLS AND SAUNAS
Hot pools, skiing, biking, and late nights go hand in hand. So, it’s no wonder there are some excellent options for spa pools in Queenstown.
All guests at Spinnaker Bay are able to enjoy our heated indoor swimming pool and sauna free of charge. The sauna is the perfect way to unwind after a day on the slopes or hiking in the mountains.
Alpine Aqualand: If you are looking to burn a few calories and put in some laps though the Alpine Aqualand community facility is equiped with a fantastic 25m-lap pool, a leisure pool and lazy river for the kids to play some rough and tumble, two waterslides, a toddler play pool and a nice big hot pool to soak away the soreness.
Onsen Pools: Soaking in a hot pool is one thing, but when you combine them with a stunning view perched over the Shotover River Canyon the experience takes on a whole new level. The private pools at Onsen Hot Pools are one of Queenstown's absolute must-dos. Grab a free shuttle from town and switch off from life in general for an hour of pure bliss.
Regarded as one of the best ways to relax and de-stress, a yoga session or two may be just what’s needed to increase the relaxation factor of your holiday. Or maybe you’re a yoga junkie in need of a fix. Whatever you’re after, there are plenty of options for yoga in Queenstown, and you’ll find regular classes at Queenstown Yoga Studio, Studio Sangha and Yoga Nadi. Lululemon also offer free weekend Yoga sessions in the middle of town.
As a full wellness centre, Yoga Nadi also offers a range of complementary wellness services. The downtown Yoga Nadi studio not only offers beautiful views over the town and lake but you’ll also find acupuncture, reiki, massage, Bowen therapy and much more.
Sometimes there’s nothing more relaxing than nature itself. Luckily for visitors to Queenstown, nature’s stunning landscapes are on tap. Whether it’s gazing at the view from your balcony with a glass of local wine, or hiking amongst the landscapes, it’s almost impossible not to be affected by what nature has on offer.It’s the kind of scenery that demands you take a quiet moment to soak it all in.
One of our favourite ways to unwind at the end of the day is to take a stroll along the lakefront of an evening. As the sun sets, the colours that play over the water and the surrounding mountains are hypnotising. So, grab a jacket and make the most of the scenery before the sun goes down.