It’s been a while since Brisbane had a new spa that not only offered a world-class menu of treatments but also had a setting to rival destination spas in the more exotic nearby locations of Noosa or Byron Bay.
So the opening of One Wybelenna, in the semi-rural suburb of Brookfield, in Brisbane’s west, feels like big, deep yoga out breath… blissful.
The building is a modern mid-century dream (and has the architecture awards to prove it), with beautifully decorated scenes that seem made for Instagraming everywhere you look, no filter required.
It’s like entering the home of a super stylish and cashed-up friend, complete with sunken lounge fireplace, slate walls lined with cushion-strewn banquettes, a huge infinity pool and rich green gardens you’d love to get lost in.
It was once the home of spa director, Heather Sartain, who welcomes you with a calming voice and cup of tea that makes you instantly relax but also feel a sense of excitement and anticipation that the treatment you are about to receive will be something special.
I chose a combination body massage and facial ($275 for 2 hours) using the spa’s exclusive ayurvedic range, Subtle Energies, who supply the likes of the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong and Six Senses in the Maldives.
This is wellness and luxury combined at its very best and the mix of heady organic essential oils, ultra comforting massage table cloaked in the plumpest of white towels and the magical fingertips of my therapist soon has me floating away on a cloud of honeysuckle and plush terry cloth.
After my treatment and the world has come back into view, I’m ushered (in the spa’s toweling oversized kimono robe and slippers) to the pool where more tea awaits along with pretty birdsong from the lush tropical gardens and a fabulously lost sense of “I could be anywhere in the world right now.”
One Wybelenna is a like a mini holiday for your brain and body that only takes 30 minutes to get to in your car, and who doesn’t need a mini break right now?
One Wybelenna Day Spa
1 Wybelenna St, Brookfield
P 3878 7549 www.onewybelenna.com