New South Wales

9 Spa retreats in NSW for a reinvigorating weekend away

Are you interested in Turkish baths, essential oils or maybe crystal healing? You're sure to find a treatment to suit you from our top picks of spa retreats in NSW.

Sydney is renowned for its natural beauty, and most of its residents take full advantage by maintaining an active lifestyle. But between all those coastal walks, Pilates classes, and al fresco happy hour drinks, there’s not much room in the weekly schedule for relaxation.

That’s where the art of the weekend getaway comes in! After a long week of work and social commitments, sometimes you just need a weekend away from hectic city life in order to detox and relax in a more tranquil environment.

Thankfully Sydneysiders have plentiful options when it comes to spa weekend getaways, all just a short drive or flight away from the big smoke. From mountains to valleys to the coast, here are eight of the best spa retreats in New South Wales – all set amongst some seriously stunning natural landscapes.

Soak in healing energy at this Byron Bay resort

Starting at the northern reaches of New South Wales, Byron Bay is renowned for its healing energy and makes for an ideal setting for a rejuvenating weekend away – say, at The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa.

Set amongst 45 acres of subtropical rainforest, it’s easy to forget that this luxury resort is actually located in one of Australia’s most iconic beach towns as you stroll down boardwalks surrounded by the jungle. Rooms and suites are all equipped with a kitchen and two enclosed balconies.

Signature spa experience

Book yourself in for the Rainforest Couple’s Retreat. Set in a private setting in the middle of the rainforest, it includes a foot soak, Jindilli lime blossom body scrub, and a 90-minute massage with their signature aromatherapy blend – all for two.

Of course, there’s a plethora to see and do around Byron when you’re not getting pampered. Tallow Beach is just a 10-minute walk through the rainforest from the resort, and the Byron Bay town centre is a quick shuttle ride away. Further afield, the Byron Hinterland beckons with its waterfalls, scenic vistas, and quirky towns like Mullumbimby and Bangalow.

The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa

Top rated
Byron Bay, 5.1 km to Byron Bay Lighthouse
9.2 Excellent (1059 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
Hotel CTA

Ocean views from your Port Stephens hotel


Further down the coast, Port Stephens is just a few hours’ drive from Sydney and is home to The Anchorage Port Stephens, a Hamptons-style waterfront boutique resort that recently underwent a million-dollar renovation in 2017.

With all rooms featuring balconies with 180-degree ocean views as well as a full-service spa on-site, a stay at The Anchorage is like living in the lap of luxury. During your stay, be sure to dine at one of the resort’s restaurants and sample some of the local and regional seafood on the menu, like the Port Stephens Oyster Tempura.

Rejuvenate your skin

Spa Lucca at The Anchorage offers a unique Body Polish, Wrap, & Spa Jet Capsule Experience. During this treatment, you relax in a Vichy capsule and enjoy the high-speed alternating water jets while indulging in a face and scalp massage.

There’s plenty to do nearby around Port Stephens, such as stand-up paddle boarding or whale watching in Nelson Bay, sand boarding at the Stockton sand dunes, and hiking up Tomaree Mountain for panoramic views up and down the coast.

Keen on an alternative Port Stephens hotel experience?

New South Wales

6 Port Stephens accommodations

Anchorage Port Stephens

Top rated
8.8 Excellent (1425 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.3 / 10
Hotel CTA

A Hamptons-inspired spa retreat on NSW Central Coast


Clocking in at about an hour’s drive north of Sydney, Bells at Killcare is a luxurious boutique hotel and spa sanctuary with a Hamptons-inspired design. This Central Coast retreat makes for a fantastic getaway of all sorts, whether it’s romance, a city escape, or pampering you seek.

Its cottages are set amongst the lush gardens and are tastefully furnished with ample blue-and-white striped linens, carpets, and cushions – a nod to the Hamptons. Bells at Killcare is also home to a multi award-winning Italian restaurant and bar, making it a foodie destination of sorts. Their wine list, in particular, has been named “Best Regional Wine List” on more than one occasion.

Crystal energy

No matter your reason for visiting, be sure to visit the day spa and indulge in the special Gubbera Rocks massage, which incorporates magical hand carved crystal stones sourced from Western Australia to help balance the body’s energy flow.

If you’re itching for some time on the sand, there are beaches and walking tracks galore in nearby Bouddi National Park. Plus, Sydney’s Palm Beach is just a 20-minute ferry ride away. Otherwise, the hotel offers sailing, surfing, and croquet for all guests.

Bells at Killcare

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (451 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9 / 10
Hotel CTA

A dose of luxury at this Blue Mountains spa retreat

If mountains appeal to you more than the beach, then Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa might be the luxurious weekend escape you’re looking for.

Set in a gorgeous garden with views of the Jamison Valley, Lilianfels makes for an ideal base for exploring the Blue Mountains region. It’s also a destination in its own right, particularly for foodies, with its multi-award winning restaurants and bars serving local produce and wines.

The ultimate splurge

Book yourself the Outer Beauty Inner Health Retreat, a four-hour treatment with a laundry list of services which include a hot bath, Turkish body scrub, organic moor mud wrap, aroma massage, personalised facial, and volcanic foot therapy.

For something a little more active, you can make use of the resort’s tennis courts, venture into town to explore Katoomba, check out the Three Sisters, or go for a hike in the Blue Mountains.

Lilianfels Blue Mountains and Spa - Blue Mountains

Top rated
Katoomba, 0.8 km to Scenic World
8.7 Excellent (1962 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.2 / 10
Hotel CTA

A Blue Mountains hotel offering a unique spa experience


Situated in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, this Crowne Plaza hotel is a cosy spot in the valley of the Hawkesbury River. Whether you’re looking to get amongst nature, unwind with some spa treatments, or partake in various physical activities, the Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley has something for everyone.

A different take on the spa experience

The on-site Villa Thialgo has a unique offering they’ve coined “social spa-ing”. These are group spa treatments that include the use of the steam room, hydrotherapy spa, and pool, plus a facial, scalp massage, and buffet breakfast for everyone in the group.

As for activities, all guests have the resort tennis courts and neighbouring golf courses at their disposal. There’s also heaps to do nearby the hotel, including go-karting, white water rafting, and a treetop adventure ropes court. Or for something less adrenaline-fueled, there are wineries, distilleries, fruit farms, and the Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler – a historic riverboat that makes for a great day out.

Explore more of the Blue Mountains:

New South Wales

Blue Mountains Hotels

Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley

8.3 Very good (1545 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.6 / 10
Hotel CTA

A luxurious NSW spa retreat set in nature

The Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is, in their words, “an ultra-luxury conservation-based resort occupying just 1% of a 7000-acre nature reserve in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.”

This resort is comprised of several luxurious villas, all of which contain a double-sided fireplace, a private swimming pool, and thoughtful touches like a set of binoculars for spotting wildlife in the valley. The three-bedroom villa serves as a self-contained lodge and includes private butler service.

An integral part of the One&Only experience

The Rebalance package includes chakra balancing with massage, essential oils, healing crystals, and energy work, a 5.5-hour treatment in total.

When you’re not revelling in ultra-luxury, you’ll have plenty of activities to keep your occupied with horse riding, archery, and hiking are all accessible from the property. Additionally, the resort runs conservation excursions in the Blue Mountains in an effort to protect Wolgan Valley and its wildlife. Conservation activities may include tree planting, wildlife surveys, water quality testing, and habitat assessments.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Top rated
9.5 Excellent (307 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
Hotel CTA

Eco-friendly luxury at this Kangaroo Valley spa retreat


Two hours south of Sydney you’ll find Crystal Creek Meadows, an eco-friendly luxury accommodation option in Kangaroo Valley. On offer are four private cottages set amongst picturesque gardens and orchards, all with a fireplace, kitchen, and private garden. Wildlife spotting is practically a guarantee at this property, with wombats and kangaroos often making their way through the grounds.

In-room relaxation

The Crystal Aromatherapy Massage is a full body massage with the resort’s own blend of 100% natural essential oils – their signature treatment.

Free bikes are available for guest use, which can be used to explore the property or ride into Kangaroo Valley village. Other activities here include fruit picking, nature walks, and private in-room yoga sessions. Or for the ultimate adventure, you can hire their MG convertible car and have yourself a little road trip around Kangaroo Valley.

Crystal Creek Meadows

Top rated
9.1 Excellent (48 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.3 / 10
Hotel CTA

Rural escape on NSW South Coast

Comprised of five boutique suites set on a working farm amidst the rolling hills, Mt Hay Retreat makes for a truly unique and exclusive rural escape in the South Coast region.

All suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows that let in a generous amount of natural light, a private garden, and a private deck with interrupted views of the property and surrounding countryside. The pièce de résistance, though, is the outdoor bathtub – the perfect way to relax and soak up the stunning vistas.

While there isn’t an onsite spa on the property, guests do have the option of adding an in-suite massage to their accommodation package. There’s also an indoor heated pool and spa, giant chess set, and a “sky scraping” swing for guests to enjoy.

There are attractions galore near Mt Hay Retreat, starting with the village of Berry, a must-visit especially for foodies with a penchant for exceptional wine and local produce. If you time your visit for the first Sunday of the month, the Berry County Fair will be on. Otherwise, there are wineries, beaches, and waterfalls galore around the South Coast, which are best enjoyed on a scenic drive.

Mt Hay Retreat

9.2 Excellent (31 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
Hotel CTA

Feature image courtesy of Impact Photography / Fotolia