An insider secret: The trick to a very affordable 5 star spa day

Meet Jackie. I have been friends with her since short side fringes were cool – so for quite a while!

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Jackie has been pursuing hairdressing and beauty since school and I count myself pretty damn lucky that one of my best friends has done this… It has many benefits.

For instance, I’ve learnt a lot. Like not to use shampoo if sulfate is listed as an ingredient and that you can get away with regrowth if you call it “natural ombre.”

She has also managed to make my eye lashes kind of amazing.

Lashes. From barely existent to long and lush!
Lashes – from barely existent to long and lush!

But, one of the best things so far, is her inside knowledge of the industry that she learnt from her school. Who would have known that you can go hang out at the amazing Langham spa facilities for the day?10397841_10153424606071079_1146980524888280750_n

The trick is to buy a $35 ‘in your own time’ exfoliation pack. Not only do you get the cool kit to exfoliate in the stream room, but it gives you access to their sauna, spa, pool and deck chairs. It’s such a great way to spend the day. Awesome value.

We happened to show up on “Global wellness day.” Yep something I would normally scoff at too – but scoff I did not when they let us in for free AND gave us a free scalp massage and gift pack!

The gorgeous lobby
The gorgeous lobby
The spa and outdoor area
The spa and outdoor area
The pool
The pool
Trying to get a good picture of this amazing shower thingie
Trying to get a good picture of this amazing shower thingie
I turned side on, popped the hip and gave a dashing smile - when oh shit - the shower turned on... and right into my face.
I turned side on, popped the hip and gave a dashing smile – when oh shit – the shower turned on….
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fail.
"Can you get a tan in winter?"
“Can you get a tan in winter?”
That's Flinders in the background
Flinders in the background

I hope the pictures speak for themselves. It’s such a great thing to do every now and then to relax. We were there for about 4 hours and time just flew. We left feeling refreshed and leaving the hotel felt weirdly like we just had a holiday.

We finished off with a sparkling wine by the river – which nearly sent us to sleep after the day we’d had. But it was just lovely!

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If you’ve had a big week and need to relax, are looking for a girls day out, or just bored on a weekend and looking for something different to do, I absolutely recommend heading to the Langham for a spa day!

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