Spa Review: Sheraton at the Park, Sydney

May 7, 2007

After our hectic South African jaunt, Tamara and I needed a holiday. So we decided to spend a decadent day in a spa. I spent a good couple of hours researching our options. There are a large variety of day spas in Sydney – but not many have a swimming pool and Jacuzzi/sauna facilities attached to them. And I was after one looong relaxing day rather than a simple in-out of a treatment room. The best option, I soon discovered was to opt for a hotel which usually came with a gym and all the other health resort features.

Sheraton on the ParkIt wasn’t a good idea to book so late but I finally got us a reservation at the Sheraton on the Park (the park being Hyde Park). The staff were extremely accommodating here and they actually organised a therapist from another hotel so that Tam and I could have our treatments at the same time.

The hotel lobby is snazzy and the spa is housed high up on the 30-something floor. From reception, we were lead into the changing rooms which were secured via a combination door lock (a little bit cheap actually). The changing rooms were also not exactly dripping with opulence – they did have Molten Brown products (Big brownie points) and nice robes.

I was lead into a treatment room where I had the sea salt scrub – I was first massaged with coarse salt within an oil and then was taken back to the change room to shower. The final stage of the treatment was a luxurious coating of moisturiser. While the treatment was good, it just seemed to lack the cutting edge professionalism that I have encountered in other 5-star establishments.

Tam and I in our spa gownsMy next treatment – a 60-minute massage – took place in one of the most magnificent rooms. It had large bay windows which provided an uninterrupted view of Sydney harbour and the CBD – just looking out into the vista, I could feel my stresses melting away. The massage was outstanding – definitely one of the better ones I have had. I didn’t want it to end.

Pool at the SheratonAfter another quick shower, Tam and I relaxed by the large indoor pool (also great views) and I took a dip into the Jacuzzi (which was fantastic until my solitude was interrupted by a bouldering elderly man – I promptly got out).
We ordered sandwiches for lunch and this was served pool-side with plastic plates and cups (pretty practically, I guess). The serving was humungous and Tam and I could easily have shared the sarmi’s.

The whole day set us back just under $200 for both treatments and we came out floating and very chilled. I can’t wait for our next pampering visit.

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