Get Set for Spa Time

LYall Hotel and Spa Melbourne Australia

Call me a dreamer but, after I found out I was going to stay at the Lyall Hotel and Spa in Melbourne, I visited their website whenever I was feeling a bit over-worked. Make that most days.

Okay, I admit it, I visited their site daily as the big moment when I would hop on a plane to Melbourne and check in to the Lyall for four nights drew nearer.

You see the Lyall Hotel and Spa isn’t just any old hotel. This year it was awarded Leading Spa Resort Australia at the  World Travel Awards, the travel industry’s answer to the Oscars. What’s more the Lyall is Melbourne’s  only privately owned and operated five star hotel.

It’s hard to decide what looks and sounds best about the Lyall.

Sometimes I’d marvel at how clean and crisp the bedding looked. Other times I’d imagine myself lying prone in a dimly lit treatment room in the spa.

Finally the big day arrived and the first thing I did, after checking in and dumping my bags in my suite, was to rush straight to the spa.

“Tell me about your skin.” Said the therapist.

Is it just me or does your heart sink a little when you hear those words?

When you’ve reached a certain age it’s hard to know where to start what with the inevitable wrinkles, dryness and blemishes.

But once you’ve stripped down to your undies and are lying prone on a bed covered in fluffy white towels while a total stranger looks down on you it’s easy to open up and tell the truth.

After pouring over the spa menu for several weeks in eager anticipation of my visit I finally chose the Sodashi revitalizing facial. I don’t visit spas much so having a facial is a real treat and I chose the Sodashi facial because their products are all natural and made in Australia.

The therapist started by washing and massaging my tired old feet and as soon as they were wrapped up in hot towels I started to feel a bit more relaxed. I’d only just arrived at the hotel but the journey was over. I was here.

For the next hour my hands, arms and back were massaged while my face was cleansed, toned and tended to with more loving care than it usually gets in a month.

Lyall Hotel and Spa Melbourne

I run a busy household with three kids, two blogs and a web design and copywriting business to take care of. Not to mention the Mucho Man of course.

So even though my trip to Melbourne was officially a business trip for a blogging conference it was more like a retreat. An escape from the usual juggling act that comes with being a mum.

I’m a type A person so doing nothing is hard for me. My usual form of relaxation involves a brisk walk along the beach although reading fiction is another favorite escape.

Basically my body and brain never stop but this facial stopped me in my tracks. At first my mind drifted around recapping my journey here, worrying about the family and planning how to make the most of my time in Melbourne.

But soon it was drifting off onto another plane where I started to think about how lovely it was to be pampered and tended to.

Then I drifted off completely. Not to sleep but to another plane of consciousness, a place where I should probably spend a lot more time.

By the end of the facial I felt so chilled out I didn’t care what state my skin was in.

Although it was looking a lot less wrinkly as blemished and feeling pleasantly smooth and hydrated. I’m sure I’m not dreaming this time.

Lyall Hotel and Spa Melbourne

You can take time out for a cup of tea before or after your treatment too

My Splendid Sponsor

I was thrilled to be sponsored by The Tailor for my trip to a blogging conference in Melbourne. The Tailor is a luxury travel company that creates and organizes Australian and African travel experiences for discerning travelers.

Thanks to the Tailor I spent four nights at The Lyall Hotel in Melbourne and toured the city. It was a most excellent adventure.

What’s your favorite way to indulge yourself?

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  1. Red Nomad OZ November 11, 2011 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Well … it’s probably been 25 years since I had a ‘real’ facial, and probably 15 since a professional massage!!! These days, for a small indulgence, I bury myself in a new book or visit a new bakery. For a BIG indulgence, I travel somewhere like Australia’s Lord Howe Island – FAAAAABULOUS!!

    So great to see Aussie products getting a good rap – but where’s the before/after pix of the facial??!!

    • Annabel Candy November 11, 2011 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Hi Red,

      Ah there are many ways to indulge ourselves. I will add Lord Howe Island to my travel bucket list:)

      Sorry no pics of me. I was too stressed before and too relaxed afterwards:)

  2. Seana Smith November 11, 2011 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Glad you enjoyed the facial and had some total chill time in Melbourne. Getting away even when it’s ‘work’ is always a holiday.

    And I’m typing this comment from ‘away’ as well, although I do have my twins with me. We’re at Harrigans Pub and Accom, about to check out, after seeing the Xmas Lights last night at the Hunter Valley Gardens.

    I’ll post on this on Monday, and feel very comfy about the tone of the post and how to thank the lovely folks who have sent us- thanks greatly to reading how you have been doing this.

    • Annabel Candy November 11, 2011 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Hi Seana,

      I love to combine work with pleasure. It’s the best way:)

      Your trip sounds fab too. Look forward to reading all about it!

  3. Cate November 12, 2011 at 5:27 am - Reply

    Hi Annabel,
    mmm…. luxury. Never pampered myself with a facial, and I don’t think I’ve had a massage since… well, in a long time… but a walk or a good book? Two of my favourite pastimes. Especially in the rain. In fact, how about a relaxing walk on a drizzly day, followed by curling up with a good book and a hot cuppa, listening to the rain as it drums gently on the roof..?
    However, I think I’m going to have to try out this Lyall Hotel one day. It sounds like you had a really great stay there.

    • Annabel Candy November 12, 2011 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      Hi Cate,

      Thanks Cate, I did have fun. I’m sure you could do all this at the Lyall. I had a few rain walks in Costa Rica. It is fun if you have a warm, dry place to go back to:)

  4. Leanne November 12, 2011 at 10:21 am - Reply

    I’m a pampering junkie – love a facial and really enjoy pedicures too! But don’t get to enjoy them as often as I’d like (like the rest of us).

    So I look to whatever daily indulgences I can get – a coffee sans children (luxury!) with a special treat, a deluxe pedicure (which includes a leg massage – heavenly) or a glass of a wonderful champagne for no special reason – delicious!

    It’s the little things as my wise mother says.

    • Annabel Candy November 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      Hi Leanne,

      Are you indeed?! Ah, your mum was a wise lady. The little things you can squeeze in every day are the most important and if we can get a bigger treat every now and then why not?!

  5. Sonia Marsh/Gutsy Living November 12, 2011 at 11:34 am - Reply

    I pamper myself every day with good skin care products, a workout and some healthy food. OK, I’m not perfect, but once in a while I get a pedicure, and I like to go out with my husband to eat some good food.

    • Annabel Candy November 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      Hi Sonia,

      Ah, that’s the secret behind your glow. Pedicures seem to be popular. I love eating out too:) I reckon we could have a lovely weekend away together!

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