Inspired spaces: Designer spa sanctuaries from Brisbane to Byron Bay

There’s nothing quite as invigorating as a day (or two, or three) at a luxe day spa or wellness retreat, especially when as beautifully designed as these havens. We’ve cherry-picked three spaces that wowed us with both their superb design and indulgent offerings in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and Byron Bay.

One Wybelenna Shaun Lockyer Architecture
One Wybelenna, designed by Shaun Lockyer Architects

One Wybelenna – Brookfield

 

Tucked away on two acres of manicured gardens and surrounded by trees, One Wybelenna is a boutique health and wellness retreat loved by locals and visitors alike.

Built on the site of an iconic 1960s cottage by architect, Robin Gibson, One Wybelenna’s architectural design by Shaun Lockyer Architects gives nods to the original property while mixing in the studio’s signature 1970s Californian modernist influences with a contemporary Queensland mood.

Heavily inspired by the work of Richard Neutra, the open, breezy and elegant spa features swathes of bluestone throughout, and soaring tallowwood panelled walls offering a natural, earthy ambiance.

Rooms with floor-to-ceiling glass and clever window coverings let in just the right amount of natural light and slate accents and soft furnishings in neutral and earthy tones complement natural architectural features.

The ultimate indulgence package at One Wybelenna is the classic full day package, which begins with 30 minutes of private time in the gorgeous outdoor Magna Spa and Pool, followed by a 45-minute Rasayana Full Body Scrub, a shower, and 75-minute Blissful Marma Massage. Guests are then treated to a One Wybelenna Custom Facial, 30-minute Express Manicure and 30-minute Express Pedicure.

It’s an ultimately rejuvenating experience set in a masterpiece of modern design and architecture.

One Wybelenna

One Wybelenna spa lounge

One Wybelenna pool

The Bathhouse – Gold Coast

 

What do you get when the ladies behind one of the Gold Coast’s favourite vegan restaurants, Greenhouse decide to undertake a massive new project? A laid-back, bright and airy day spa of course, and one that’s adding to the Goldie’s reputation as one of the best places for wellness in the state.

The Bathhouse has a hip, young creative energy; a result of the team at Greenhouse nailing the conversion and interior design of the existing industrial warehouse space. They’ve managed to retain that classic Gold Coast beach house vibe that so many of us Queenslanders grew up with (albeit a whole lot more chic and cool!).

Soaring ceilings with glamorous white drapes separate rooms and a signature soft grey stone-look archway is balanced perfectly with pink pastel tin and a white deck surrounding a circular outdoor pool. Cane woven rugs sit atop the polished stone floor adding texture and contrasting natural elements, while solid timber benches with black accents give the space a refined look. Thriving plants dot each and every corner, bringing in both life, character, and colour to the charming boutique spa.

Set out like a traditional Moroccan day spa with everything under one roof, you can settle in for a day of relaxation, and use all of the Bathhouse‘s facilities, including as hydrotherapy spas, a wet steam room infused with essential oils, red cedar sauna, magnesium plunge pool and sun deck and lounging area, all at your own pace. Other packages include soak sessions combined with massages, and we recommend you hang around for lunch if you fancy – a healthy and delicious à la carte menu complemented by a full-service bar beckons you to make yourself right at home!

 

Greenhouse Bathhouse Gold Coast
Greenhouse Bathhouse Gold Coast

Greenhouse Bathhouse Gold Coast

Greenhouse Bathhouse Gold Coast

Greenhouse Bathhouse Gold Coast

Comma – Byron Bay

 

Take your time, rest and restore with a modern Australian massage experience in Byron Bay, where Australian artisans and makers are front and centre.

As soon as you walk into Comma, you’ll feel a sense of ease and begin to relax instantly. Which is precisely the effect this Zen-like space has been designed to have! Designed by Eloise Fotheringham, the cosy yet minimalist day spa encourages guests to switch off and set some time out for themselves away from their usual life pressures.

We love the softly spoken design here, with polished stone floors and walls, timber furniture, woven rugs, lounging areas with soft linen furnishings and timber floating shelves promoting a calm and back-to-nature mood. It’s total interior inspiration.

With a name that comes from our need to breathe and pause, Comma’s mission is to make you slow down and remind you of the sublime there is in stillness, promoting conscious minimalism with warm neutrals, low light, and baptism by oiled-up limbs.

One of Comma’s key philosophies is to use Australian-made materials and products from like-minded small businesses wherever possible. All of the joinery at Comma was made entirely in the Northern Rivers Region, the furniture is from Addition Studio (formerly Page Thirty Three), and handmade ceramics are placed thoughtfully throughout the spaces.

Comma has a range of unique and therapeutic signature massages that target different ailments such as muscle tension, poor circulation, dehydrated skin, stress and much more.

Comma Byron Bay
Comma Byron Bay

Comma Byron Bay

Comma Byron Bay

Comma Byron Bay

Comma Byron Bay

 

WORDS: NICHOLA DAVIES