Modern Australian



Halycon House Opens World-Class Day Spa and Boutique

  • Written by Sophie Baker


Halcyon House—the one-time surf motel turned Hamptons-style retreat on northern NSW's Cabarita Beach—announces the opening of its luxuriant day spa. Situated on site, behind the hotel's whitewashed exterior, and envisioned by architect Virginia Kerraige and interior designer Anna Spiro (who together have defined the award-winning hotel's aesthetic), the rejuvenating hideaway is open to both guests and locals.

Inside the multi-level wellness space, serenity abounds—think bookshelves filled with chic reading material and stately busts, fringed couches and Oahu wallpaper. There are a host of well-appointed treatment rooms catering to solo visitors and couples, a tranquil relaxation area complete with undercover balcony, a small courtyard to breathe deep in, and a unique, dome-shaped steam bath. (For those needing a break from, well, the break, a perfectly-curated boutique on the ground floor brings a smattering of cult-followed, hard-to-find labels into one place, be it Lucy Folk's frolicsome fine jewellery, swimwear from Matteau and Sold & Stripe, carry-everywhere staples from Heimat Atlantica or the effortless, too-cool linen wares of Muse.)

“With Halcyon Spa, I wanted to create a space that continued to take guests on Halcyon's journey with fresh new arrangements that tantilise the senses and felt unlike any other Australian day spa,” says Brisbane-based Spiro of the interiors. “The palette draws on the ocean; it's peppered with shades of blue, turquoise, pale pink, coral, beige and seafoam. I've used my bespoke textile line throughout on upholstered walls and furnishings—the result is a bolder, cooler take on a spa. Guests will be refreshed with striking arrangements of hand-selected tiles, and unexpected fabric combinations, then plunged to the ocean's depths through the richest shades of blue.”

Mauro De Riso, the General Manager of Halcyon House, is thrilled to of extended the hotel's inimitable blueprint to a spa. “We know we've got something very special happening at Halcyon House,” he says, “and it was important that our spa lived up to those exacting standards. This is a seamless extension of our offering—and we're excited to be able to offer world-class pampering to Cabarita Beach locals and guests alike.”

When it comes to the treatments themselves, almost any revivifying service is on offer here: facial, massage, body and hand-and-foot therapy, along with a menu of additional indulgences that can be added to existing treatments or mix-and-matched.

Whether it's a thermal infusing facial, using warming volcanic clay or an experiential, five-hour 'day of youth' that spans steam baths, body exfoliation, massages and a two-course lunch, each treatment has been custom-designed for Halcyon Spa, and makes use of 100% natural, chemical free products exclusively sourced from the iconic Australian skincare brand Sodashi.

 Halcyon House is known, of course, for its lush long-weekender activities—for days spent lazily reclining beside the Med-style pool, and evenings dining on crumbed prawns or fresh oysters at Paper Daisy (the coastal-chic hatted restaurant led by ex-Noma chef Ben Devlin). And like every other element of Halcyon House, its latest addition involves the industry's most discerning experts. Respected consultant Naomi Gregory's magic touch is here—her firm is behind the success of Kamalaya in Koh Samui and Yaukuve Spa Sanctuary at Kokomo Private Island in Fiji. Halcyon Spa is managed by Alessandra Viel, who worked in spas and salons across Italy and London, before taking her place at the helm of Villa Marina Capris and JK Spa at JK Place Capri on the Amalfi Coast. 

AUSTRALIAN NEWS

Why you should hire equipment for your next party or event

When it comes to planning an event and creating a particular celebratory atmosphere, the décor plays a major role in framing the mood and underscoring the importance of the occasion...

Living life without fear

When life doesn’t turn out as planned, many become paralysed with fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Life crises of all kinds are fuelled by these emotions – only by uncovering the...

Moving home is always complicated but even more challenging in Sydney

Social media is the best place to research the best removalist horror stories. Not every moving experience has been positive. In fact, lots of things can go wrong. Residential...

2019’s Unforgettable Valentine’s Day Ideas In Sydney

With New Year’s Eve and Christmas not far behind us, Valentine’s Day is sneaking up. Sure, there are the cynics who believe 14 February is just a day of corporate...

David Lennon: Five reasons to get your car loan sorted before visiting a dealership

According to David Lennon, founder of ‘You’re Welcome Finance, also known as the ‘Personal Loan Guy’, “January is considered a slow time for retail.  For this reason, it is a...

Top 5 Car Finance Tips

It’s an exciting time if you’ve decided that you’re ready to buy a car and you’re looking into car finance. It can be a little overwhelming deciding which car finance...

Local Moving Checklist

Moving locally can be a stressful process as there is a lot to organise and generally not much time to do it in. To save yourself from forgetting anything for...

A man’s guide to gifting for girls

Gifting is not always something that comes easy. To most people it is easy to give a present to a peer – if somebody is your mate and you share...

Top Tips for Becoming Wealthy Before You Hit 35

Millions and millions of people around the globe desire to become rich while still young. This is so that they will have enough time in their lives to enjoy the...

Popular articles from Modern Australian

Why you should hire equipment for your next party or eventLiving life without fearFive Trends That Will Transform Beauty Moving home is always complicated but even more challenging in SydneyWhy Chocolate Can Be Good For YouHow to Choose the Right Wedding SuitTop 5 Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures for Men in 20192019’s Unforgettable Valentine’s Day Ideas In SydneyFashion Trends to Know in 2019David Lennon:   Five reasons to get your car loan sorted before visiting a dealership5 Sleep-Friendly Bedroom Tips for Career WomenTop 5 Car Finance TipsAustralian Bathroom Design Trends for the Upcoming Season6 Signs it’s Time to Consider Laser Tattoo RemovalLocal Moving Checklist