Tasmania: Well-being and Spa
Top Destination for 2009
Not only has Tasmania’s location in the Southern Ocean preserved its rare unspoiled beauty, but much of its ancient glaciation formed mountains and lakes that are pristine to this day. The rains that fall on Tasmania, the rivers that tumble through its valleys and the oceans that brush its shores are still pure and are exactly as nature intended. In the Tasmanian environment therefore, it is not surprising that recent years have seen the growth of a small, but vibrant, spa and wellness industry. Spas and wellness centres started in Tasmania when natural treatments, using native plants such as myrtle, boronia, lavender, leatherwood honey and seaweed became popular. Nowadays there are a growing number of specialist spa retreats and day spas opening for business that offer genuine Tasmanian treatments. Some Tasmanian luxury hotels and resorts have begun to add spa treatments to their standard packages. One such is the Cradle Mountain Lodge, on the northern edge of the St Clair National Park, where for an additional £130 you can book a spa package in addition to your accommodation. This includes a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, an initial spa consultation to determine the best treatment for you and two spa treatments (combined up to a maximum of 2 hours). Tasmania has wonderful, if limited, opportunities for a spa holiday.