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Spa by the Sea at Bannisters Hotels Mollymook

Spa by the Sea is nestled within Bannisters by the Sea, a boutique hotel located in scenic Mollymook on the NSW south coast. Bannisters by the Sea’s unique location offers peaceful blue-water views over the Pacific Ocean.

The experience

Perched clifftop with sprawling ocean views, Bannisters by the Sea is a stunning coastal retreat where guests can fall asleep to the rhythmic sound of the waves below and wake refreshed and ready to enjoy all that Bannisters has to offer.

Bannisters by the Sea is comprised of 34 luxurious rooms, suites and penthouses, each accentuated with a private balcony and spectacular ocean vistas. Sumptuous beds and bespoke details create a chic seaside escape ideal for rest and relaxation after a sublime day spa treatment.

Thoughtfully designed to offer guests a private retreat to relax and recharge, Spa by the Sea is comprised of four indoor treatment rooms and a large hammam steam room with rain shower. Making the most of Bannisters’ stunning coastal location, a semi-alfresco cabana is also offered, where guests can bask in the soothing rhythm of the waves below.

Sister hotel Bannisters Pavilion is situated just 800 metres away in the heart of Mollymook and offers another 35 luxuriously designed rooms, including two penthouses and two pet-friendly rooms. A complimentary courtesy vehicle runs between the two premises for the ease and convenience of guests.

The treatments

The treatments at Spa by the Sea provide guests with a sensory experience. Skilled therapists use the finest Eminence products to leave both body and mind relaxed and restored. Eminence provides a holistic approach to skincare and uses only the finest ingredients from Hungary, chosen specifically for their beautifying and cleansing properties.

The extensive menu has been curated to achieve a head-to-toe glow and inner wellness. Tension-releasing massages range from soothing relaxation options
to warming hot stones designed to melt away stress.

A selection of spa packages is available, including The Bannisters Signature Experience — the ultimate indulgence. Enjoy four serene hours beginning with a full-body polish before being cocooned in a therapeutic body masque. Next, you’ll bask in a warm oil scalp massage before a relaxing full-body massage. Finish with a tailored facial and a deluxe pedicure, light refreshments and a glass of bubbles.

Spa by the Sea’s range of facials is tailored to address individual needs and to leave skin looking and feeling radiant. Expert therapists will discuss your skincare requirements during a skin analysis before performing a sublime facial. Bannisters Skin Fit Facial will energise your skin, leaving it toned and exfoliated as well as moisturised. The Anti-Ageing Powerhouse Facial is rich with organic antioxidants and plant peptides to deeply hydrate and plump skin as well as boost collagen to address fine lines. Or you can go all the way with a Bannisters Signature Facial, combining a customised facial with a soothing eye treatment to minimise fine lines and reduce puffiness, a mind-melting scalp massage and a relaxing foot massage.

A manicure at Bannisters is a luxurious experience that includes exfoliation, a moisturising cocoon and a relaxing hand and arm massage to leave skin smooth and soft. Pedicures include a relaxing foot soak, exfoliation and cocoon followed by a leg and foot massage using warmed stones. Both manicures and pedicures are finished with a buff and polish of the nails, selecting from a range of classic colours.

Expectant mothers can enjoy treatments tailored to enhance their unique experience with a pre-natal massage or complete Baby Bliss package that includes a pre-natal massage, gentle tummy exfoliation and masque and an organic Skin Fit Facial.

Add on a Blissful Enhancer to any spa treatment, with 15-minute options from mind-melting warm oil scalp massages to hydrating eye rejuvenation … you can never have too much bliss!

Treat yourself to tranquillity, stillness and a time to rejuvenate your body and mind. The complete spa treatment menu can be viewed via the website.

The food

Perched high on a breathtaking sweep of the south coast headland, the award-winning Rick Stein at Bannisters restaurant combines relaxed dining, sprawling ocean views and fresh seasonal ingredients to create a truly memorable dining experience.
Incredible seafood simply prepared is the hallmark of the iconic Rick Stein restaurant. The finest locally sourced ingredients are taken from ocean to plate daily — every aspect of the dining experience is crafted with the same passion and excitement that defines Rick Stein’s cooking style.

To start, dine on freshly shucked oysters paired with a crisp glass of champagne before moving on to explore the menu of culinary delights from Rick’s travels around the globe. From Indonesian Seafood Curry to Bouillabaisse with Snapper, Blue Eye, Mussels, King Prawn and Saffron Potatoes to the decadent Eastern Rock Lobster Thermidor, the eclectic menu options are sure to please the palate. In-house sommeliers are on hand to enhance the dish further with expert wine pairing suggestions.
Casual dining is also available at the Pool Bar. Boasting one of the most enviable views in Mollymook, the Pool Bar overlooks the Pacific Ocean for endless vistas. The menu has a tempting selection of gourmet pizzas, delicious light bites and creative and classic cocktails.

Things to remember

Spa appointments fill quickly. Guests are asked to make a reservation well in advance to avoid disappointment. Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment to complete a consultation form and enjoy a relaxing herbal tea. Mobile phones must be switched off on entry to maintain the tranquil nature of the spa.

Getting there

Bannisters by the Sea’s coastal location is easily accessible by car. Enjoy a scenic drive only two-and-a-half hours from Canberra and three hours from Sydney. The area is also regularly serviced by bus. Parking is available free of charge
at the hotel.

Visit Bannisters at https://www.bannisters.com.au/

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