Ten of the best R&R experiences

by Elisa Parry

Overdue for some ‘me time’? Looking for an indulgent gift idea for your partner? We’ve pulled together 10 of the most relaxing experiences on RedBalloon for those who need to recharge. From massages to flotation tanks or private yoga classes by the sea, it’s time to escape the daily grind and unwind.

Breakfast at Peninsula Hot Springs
VIC: Hot springs and breakfast experience

Looking for a relaxing way to spend the morning? Start your day with a gourmet a la carte breakfast followed by all-day access to the Bath House and Spa Dreaming Centre at the Peninsula Hot Springs.

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VIC: Hot springs full-day access

Not an early riser? If the breakfast option above isn’t your style, you can enjoy all-day access at the Peninsula Hot Springs without the early start. With over 50 natural mineral bathing experiences to try, you can spend a full day dipping in and out of your favourite pools at your own pace.

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NSW: Himalayan salt therapy experience for two

Looking for a new way to de-stress? There are many benefits to Himalayan salt therapy including enhanced lung capacity and strengthening your immune system. The room is also rich in negative ions to help you relax. This experience will leave you feeling very zen.

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NSW: Private yoga by the sea session in Bondi

Yoga is a great way to clear the mind and invigorate the body. Enjoy a personalised private class with an experienced teacher who can guide you through the paces. This class is perfect for all experience levels, so might be a nice way to begin your yoga journey.

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QLD: Gentle pregnancy massage, foot soak and facial

You can’t go wrong spoiling a mum-to-be with a spa treatment. She’ll feel very well looked after as she enjoys a gentle pregnancy massage, foot soak and customised facial. This is a lovely gift that will make her day!

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QLD: Swedish hot stone massage

If you’ve never experienced a Swedish massage before, you are missing out! Swedish-style massages use warm volcanic rocks to slowly warm the muscles to allow for deeper treatment without any pain or discomfort. You’ll leave feeling like a whole new person.

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WA: Relaxing flotation tank session

While they might look a bit like a space ship, we can assure you that flotation tanks are one of the most relaxing experiences out there. These magnesium salt baths are the best way to ease aches and pains as your body floats effortlessly. You’ll feel like you are suspended in the air. The pods are sound, light and stress-proof, so prepare for an hour of ultimate relaxation.

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NT: Rejuvenating mindfulness facial

This image is a mood. If you’ve been thinking about treating yourself to a facial, it’s time to lock it in. This experience also includes a face, neck, shoulder and foot massage if you needed any further incentive.

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ACT: Men’s hot towel and straight razor shave

This experience makes for a great gift as an indulgent experience like this isn’t something guys will often treat themselves to, no matter how much they enjoy it! They’ll be able to relax with a craft beer while enjoying a hot towel shave from an experienced barber.

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SA: Indulgent day spa experience

Want to give a spa gift but can’t decide on a massage or facial? With this experience, they can choose their treatment of choice at a luxurious day spa just out of Adelaide. It’s a win-win.

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