The Spa on Brougham would have to be one of Adelaide's most exclusive day spas and it may well be the most elusive also. There doesn't appear to be any street signage and it's hidden within another building, so to the passerby it doesn't exist and to the person with an appointment that's not particularly familiar with the area (that's me), it's a little hard to find. Once you make it inside though, you're in for a real treat.
The Spa on Brougham is situated on the first floor of the ritzy apartment complex Place on Brougham. Entry is via an intercom service at the front of the building, it's the first day spa I have been to where I have been buzzed in. This certainly creates a sense of privacy and makes it a serene environment as opposed to many other day spas that are open to the public. Often times footfall, voices, and the constant creak of an opening and closing door can disrupt an otherwise relaxing treatment.
Not so at the Spa on Brougham. With the exception of a few people chilling out in the pool (perfectly justified on a forecast 46 degree day in Adelaide, I'm actually surprised there weren't more people using the facilities), I felt like the only soul around. There is a lap pool, spa pool, steam room, and sauna available for use by residents and guests of the Place on Brougham.
Visitors to the Spa on Brougham can pay for the privilege to use the pool facilities and I'd certainly recommend doing so. Hydotherapy is an ideal way to begin a spa treatment and can lead to better results. It can relax and ready muscles to receive massage and prepare the skin's pores to better absorb ingredients that may be used during a facial or body treatment.
The Spa on Brougham offers a range of treatment options. The spa's specialty is a hot stone massage, but they also perform facials, massage, and body treatments, such as scrubs and wraps. Beauty therapy like waxing, manicures, pedicures, and spray tanning are available too. Men are catered for as well as women and there are treatments designed especially for couples.
One of the reasons I chose to visit the Spa on Brougham is because Janesce is their skincare line of choice. Janesce is a beautiful South Australian brand with an extensive product line able to cater for all skin types and conditions. It's based on the principles of naturopathy and aromatherapy and uses ingredients grown organically in the Adelaide Hills. As well as Janesce, Spa on Brougham also use Oligodermie and stock Pure Fiji.
My treatment began with a massage that was wonderfully intuitive and, with the perfect pressure applied, it helped to ease my aches and pains. An invigorating back scrub followed which was a surprise I hadn't accounted for but definitely appreciated as there are some spots a girl just can't reach to exfoliate. The grand finale was a wonderfully indulgent and aromatic facial that soothed and rehydrated, a skin saviour in the midst of one of Adelaide's worst heatwaves.
The "aah" factor was achieved with the use of hot towels throughout the treatment. It doesn't matter how hot it is outside; you can never have too many hot towels during a spa session. In fact, if I had top dollar, I would probably pay it just to have someone wipe hot towels over me.
The treatment can't be faulted, the premises are immaculate, and the facilities well-maintained. Prices vary and reflect the exclusivity of the spa and luxuriousness of the treatments without being exorbitant. For the average person, it's not something you'd do all the time, but for a special occasion the Spa on Brougham is well worth a visit. If your experience is as divine as mine, you'll stumble in off the street and float out after your treatment.
When you wander blissfully among the beautiful people on busy O'Connell Street with a face free from cosmetics complemented by greasy post-massage hair and you just don't care, you know it's been a good day at the spa. Visit the Spa on Brougham website for pricing, booking, and other information.