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Grand Royal Thai Massage

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by Kate Reynolds (subscribe)
Kate is a Melbournite who now calls Sydney home. She's at her happiest when there's halloumi on the brunch menu and there's a dog to give belly rubs to. Read her work at
Published September 28th 2020
A touch of Thai tranquility in the heart of Sydney's CBD

Massage parlours aren't hard to find in Sydney. Walk ten steps in any direction and you're bound to stumble upon one. But finding a *good* massage parlour in Sydney... that's a little trickier. Luckily, hiding down a flight of stairs on Clarence St is a little hidden oasis of tranquillity.

Welcome to Grand Royal Thai Massage.

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The gorgeous zen oasis that awaits you at Grand Royal Thai massage

Wander down past 100 Clarence St and you'd almost miss it, save for a neon sign out the front. Don't be fooled by the slightly ominous-looking flight of stairs that lead down, for it you follow them, you'll be rewarded with zen water features, relaxing music and gorgeous plants everywhere. It's like a secret garden, hiding under the hustle and bustle of Sydney's CBD.

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complimentary tea on arrival

Their menu offers everything from the very affordable Relaxing Thai Massage (just $39 for 30 minutes) to Deep Remedial Oil Massages ($49 for 30 minutes) and Foot Reflexology (from $39).

Now if you're like me, and need hard pressure to tackle some serious knots in your shoulders, then the Grand Deep Muscle Oil Massage is the one for you ($39 for 30 minutes). I'm not kidding when I say that gets deep into your sore spots.

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Massages... and mints!

Of course, if you prefer something more relaxing, then the Relaxing Thai Massage is one of their more popular choices. Once you've decided what massage suits you best, you're asked to remove your shoes and given a foot soak, and a hot cup of tea.

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Don't fear the ominous looking stairs! It's worth the wander down

Their massage therapists are all highly trained and will ask you about any sore spots you'd like them to focus on.

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Relaaaaaax in the leafy oasis

While drop-ins are possible, this is fast becoming a not-so-secret spot, so bookings are recommended, which you can do via their website or over the phone.

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the massage rooms, behind these pretty curtains

So whether you need some serious massage therapy on a knotty shoulder, or simply want to enjoy a nice moment of relaxation on your lunch break, then check out Grand Royal Thai Massage.

Note: currently they are operating with COVID-safe policies. You'll be asked to sign in and have your temperature checked, and use the supplied hand sanitiser.

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Why? Escape Sydney's hustle and bustle with a massage in a serene setting
Phone: (02) 8084 8800
Where: 100 Clarence St, Sydney
Cost: from $39
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