A few posts ago, I wrote about my BFF (s) coming to visit. Well, they came and it was fabulous to have them here (am trying to convince them to move to Melbourne)! In a bid to showcase Melbourne further, I organised a little trip to Daylesford/Hepburn region. I heart Daylesford. Only 90 minutes outside of Melbourne, yet it provides an environment where one can forget about the city.
Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa
The Hepburn Bathhouse has been open to the public since 1895 though, I have only been going since 1998. The Bathhouse consists of ‘traditional’ communal baths in warmed mineral water pools, with a range of hydrotherapies including spa couches (surprisingly relaxing, despite looking like a torture chamber chair), aroma steam room and salt therapy pool.
This is my first time back since its renovation in 2008 and on first entry, it’s definitely a lot swankier now. There are a couple of other changes, such as breaking up the Bathhouse into 2 separate sections: The Bathhouse (relaxation and spa pools) and The Sanctuary (all the other stuff, such as salt therapy pool, spa couches, Relaxation Deck (wasted space in my opinion)), which means it costs more to enter both sections. The change rooms are a lot more functional than previously, though they are co-educational, which takes a bit of getting use to. The aroma steam room was lovely and had a relaxing scent.
However, the renovations seemed to have diluted some of the services. For example the water in the relaxation spa just wasn’t hot enough. I love entering a hot spa where the body is forced to relax and you can only sit for ten minutes or so before it gets too hot. Also, the salt therapy pool just wasn’t salty enough! I remember it being so salty the body would float on its own and scratches would sting. This time it was rather like… beach water and not the dead sea water.
I remembered the place quite differently, funny thing about memory… Nevertheless! It was wonderful to just float around catching up with my BFF. The views from the pools and the spa couches are just soothing with beautiful trees, plants and other nature stuff.
Surprisingly, we spent a long time at the Bathhouse including feasting on some tea and scones. Wandered the shops back in Daylesford, and still made it home in time for a costume change just before the ballet…barely. But that’s a story for another day.
What are your favourite spots within Daylesford/Hepburn?