If your body is a temple, this is the place to honour it
Temple Day Spa is considered by many to be Adelaide's best day spa.
In fact, when I posed the question, where is the best day spa in Adelaide?, Temple Day Spa was nominated repeatedly and so I thought it time to finally find out for myself whether it really is worthy of such accolades.
The bold black exterior on Unley Road (once Aquavit Day Spa) is unmissable and makes the perfect backdrop for a pre- or post-treatment selfie. There is a small private undercover car park available for client use on Young Street, just off the busy main road, that takes the hassle out of parking.
It is immediately obvious, even at the entrance where the greetings and obligatory pre-treatment paperwork take place, that not a penny has been spared styling the spa and creating ambience. It feels luxurious yet comfortable and very now with a sleek black and white colour scheme that is seamlessly complemented and contrasted with reclaimed timber that has its own story to tell.
With formalities out of the way, the wait in the Diamond Lounge with its cosy log cabin feel is comfortable with complimentary refreshments by way of water and herbal tea on offer. Luckily, there are magazines and books to peruse because the wait on this occasion was rather long and hopefully didn't interfere with the actual treatment time.
The suggested reading material, however, may well be props because with the mood lighting maxed out, reading is a challenge. It's the perfect level of illumination though for napping and meditating and if it turns out (however unlikely) that Temple Day Spa isn't actually Adelaide's best day spa; it is without a shadow of a doubt the darkest one.
After a lengthy but relaxing wait, the treatment (in this case a hydrating facial) begins after a brief consultation regarding health history and skin care in a room that caters for two people and even features a spa bath. The professional beauty product of choice here is Germaine De Capuccini, a brand synonymous with innovation, quality, luxury, and exclusivity with a range to suit all skin types and concerns.
The facial was performed with perfection and was an extremely relaxing treatment that left my skin soothed, soft, and supple. It was pleasing and refreshing to be able to relax once again in the Diamond Lounge afterwards and to feel absolutely no sense of pressure to buy products or rebook appointments (while expert advice, home care, and follow-ups are most certainly available).
The level of customer service, attention to detail, thoroughly rehearsed treatments, and clearly well-trained therapists cannot be faulted; though this is perhaps where Temple Day Spa begins to unravel, or at least fray slightly around the edges.
From start to finish, the whole experience (because remember at Temple Day Spa it's not just a treatment) feels somewhat mechanical or routine, like it's been done a million times before and potentially lacks the charm and personality that can make the best experience a memorable one. However, if my only criticism is that it's just too good, then they must be doing something right!
While facials seem to be somewhat of a specialty, the menu is extensive with massage and other body treatments, such as scrubs, wraps, manicures, and pedicures available. There are also more specialised and unique offerings including microdermabrasion, Endermologie, a far infrared sauna, and a Vichy shower.
There's something for everyone with enticingly titled spa packages that can last for over five hours, as well as options catering especially for couples, men, and pregnant women. Of course, all of these treatments come with a price tag reflective of the quality and luxury you can expect to bask in – go on, you're worth it!
It's open six days a week (closed Sunday and public holidays) from 9 am with evening appointments available four of those days. For more information, please visit the Temple Day Spa website where you can also book treatments and purchase gift vouchers.