Salus in Vogue
The Luxe List of destination spas around Australia including our very own Salus Spa at Lake House.
The ethos: When in doubt, take to the waters.
Prime candidate: Water babies, foodies and locavores.
What to expect: Mineral hydrotherapy and gastronomic adventure in a stylish, storybook setting. Spread along the edge of the charming; oh so Euro Lake Daylesford. Lake House offers chic yet homely accommodation with a focus on fine local food and relaxation.
Known as Victoria’s spa country, Daylesford and sister town Hepburn Springs boast the largest number of naturally occurring mineral springs in Australia and are responsible for 85 per cent of Australia’s bottled water. Swiss Italians settled in the area after the gold rush, as it reminded them of home. There are multiple pumps around the area from which local devotees draw water to drink and bathe in, claiming its high mineral content can cure any ailment from eczema to arthritis. At Lake House’s Salus Spa the mineral water is heated and piped into deep geisha tubs in private one-person treehouses. Neck deep in effervescent mineral-rich water, you can open the shutters and admire the pretty vignette of leaves and dappled Renoiresque light.
While Lake Daylesford is a little smaller than Lake Como, the setting is magnificent. With picturesque bridges, curious geese and shimmering inlets that turn gold at sunset; it’s the perfect alternative to a coastal escape.
Enjoy the view along with the best local produce in the Lake House restaurant, which was awarded two hats by The Age Good Food Guide and celebrates hearty seasonal fare like rabbit cassoulet, forest mushrooms and local goat’s cheese.
Don’t Miss: For a special occasion or a family escape, book the Retreat, a two-bedroom private house with fireplaces, cashmere throws, deep baths, an outdoor spa and fire pit.
Added Incentive: A two night escape with daily breakfast and one night’s dinner is $448 per person.
Sigourney Cantelo. Vogue.
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