DaySpa

Nestled in the iconic beachside property Bells at Killcare, the eponymous Day Spa is a little haven of serene on the Central Coast. In keeping with the boutique resort’s crisp Hamptonsesque styling, the spa is housed in a little building off to the side of the car park. While it mostly caters to guests of Bells, it’s also open to the public and they offer a variety of packages in conjunction with the award-winning restaurant. Stepping into the warmly lit space of the spa out of the blustery winters day is a welcome relief.

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Inside, it’s all blue and white linen with tasteful coastal accents.

French doors lead out onto a patio (much more inviting on a summer’s day). On offer for purchase are a plethora of natural beauty options from the locally made Bouddi beauty range (named after nearby Bouddi National Park) to Australian cosmeceuticals Aspect and the beautiful organic Aboriginal-inspired L’itya range. There’s also Eco-Tan and the vegan non-toxic Sienna Nailpolish from Byron Bay. After a quick change into a terry robe and slippers I fill out my treatment form swiftly. I’ve booked in for the Li’Tya Kodo Melody Massage – a rhythmic sequence aimed at bringing the body back into balance and inspired by traditional techniques. My therapist Jennifer collects me from reception and leads me through to the massage room.

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My room is cocoon-like, lit with just the rosy glow from a salt lamp…

Jennifer passes three oils under my nose and I select the Detox blend – a zesty mix of native mint, lemon myrtle and juniper that I hope will kickstart my sluggish winter system. Then, face down and eyes closed I inhale the delicious aroma of burning gum leaves, paperbark and oakmoss in a Coolamon Dish – a smoking ceremony that opens the treatment. This is a micro version of the welcoming ritual they do at Bell’s sister property Pretty Beach House and it pays respects to the original owners of the land.

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The incense-like effect puts me into a sleepy reverie and I succumb to the rhythmic wave of massage…

There are circular and figure-of-eight movements done with a flat hand, which Jennifer later tells me are designed to move excess energy (like stress, depression and anxiety) away from the heart.

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I’m soothed into a delicious state of bliss, to a soundtrack of didgeridoo and tribal song…

barely registering when I roll over to treat the top side of my body. The massage concludes with a lovely facial sequence, Jennifer’s fingers butterflying over my long-clenched jaw muscles and deeply furrowed brow, expertly easing out the tension. A final scalp massage brings me back gently from a precipice of sleep and I float into the bathroom to dress. The Spa at Bells is both beautifully designed and run.

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What it lacks in size (there are just four treatment rooms) it makes up for in soul and service.

There’s a lovely atmosphere and the therapists are clearly skilled and very knowledgeable. If you’re anywhere near the Central Coast it’s the perfect pit stop – even better – make a weekend of it and check into a villa at Bells for a total respite from the city.

CONTACT:

Bells at Killcare
107 The Scenic Road Killcare Heights NSW 2257
(02) 4349 7000
https://www.bellsatkillcare.com.au

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