I'm a freelance writer and artist living in Melbourne. I enjoy exploring new places and sharing them with you. Join me on my next adventure! Heart my articles, leave a comment, and subscribe! You can catch up with me at www.CodenameSIC.com.
Giving the gift of love usually equates to exchanging cards, candy, and tokens of one's affection and there is no better day to celebrate one's love for another then on the 14th of February. Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for the romantic at heart. Florists, restaurants, and jewellers everywhere, will contribute their services to many couples' perfect romantic settings.
Set the mood at Sakura Lounge
This auspicious day of romance is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century. Though the legend of Valentine is murky at best, all versions of the origins of Valentine's Day surround the idea of a sympathetic, heroic, and romantic historic figure, which appeals to the masses to this day. Due to this perception of St. Valentine, he became one of the most popular saints in England and France and today Valentine's Day is celebrated throughout the world.
Instead of the typical Valentine's Day gift, why not buck the trend and take your loved one, whether they are a lover, parent, sibling or best friend, for a progressive natural healing experience? "Take a classic Melbourne Laneway, add an urban warehouse shell and fuse it with a stylish Japanese inspired interior," and you'll find yourself at Sakura Lounge and Spa, a Japanese oasis in the heart of Melbourne's CBD and the dream of the owner and operator, Jason.
A perfect retreat for couples
Sakura Lounge is a "fusion of the finest Japanese and Western therapies [which allows them to] specialize in the Japanese art of healing." Jason specially designed Sakura Lounge and Spa to "wash away the day and take you [and your loved one] on a journey towards inner peace, relaxation and rejuvenation". So forget the traditional Valentine's Day gift ideas and give your special Valentine a dynamic, wholesome, therapeutic experience you both so richly deserve.
How can you go wrong with a "gift of massage and therapies that have been practiced for centuries to restore balance, harmony and [help you] maintain optimum heath?" Nothing says "I love and appreciate you" more than a day at the spa that will help you to "unblock the stresses of the day."
The ultimate Valentine's Day for couples at Sakura Lounge
Sakura Lounge is great for couples with their two dual rooms. What could make the experience even better for lovebirds? How about their two new Jacuzzi Bath and Massage Packages?
Try a Jacuzzi Bath and Massage Package
Who says you can't indulge yourself for Valentine's Day? Maybe you just want to enjoy a soothing experience with a small group of friends? Not a problem. Why not get together with your two closest friends for Valentine's Day and take advantage of Sakura Lounge's Kyoto Room, which is equipped to accommodate three people to enjoy a "Japanese Shiatsu or other oil massages together in a tranquil Japanese themed environment!" Just make your request when you call to make a booking.
Enjoy a shiatsu or massage at Sakura Lounge
As a matter of fact, organise a day of pampering with a group of up to six of your friends and enjoy one of Sakura Lounge's Luxury Spa rooms and packages. Everyone needs to de-stress and relax but the therapist at Sakura Lounge and Spa can also assist with alleviating migraines, sciatica, chronic aches and pains, insomnia, chronic fatigue, back pain, arthritis, painful ministration, as well as, neck and shoulder pain. Some of Sakura Lounge and Spa's therapists are "qualified to give health fund rebates through their remedial massage or shiatsu qualification." Just mention you would like to use your health insurance at the time of your booking.
The more the merrier at Sakura Lounge
Sakura Lounge hopes to make your Valentine's Day even more special with their Japanese Princess Package, including a complimentary upgrade to a deluxe SPA Facial. Jason notes that they have "reformulated [their] SPA facials with a new range of high performance serums supplied by an Australian company, NC-24. We have 3 SPA facials: a collagen, skin brightening (Vit C), and anti-aging. All come with an application of the corresponding serum under the masque."
Enjoy a facial at Sakura Lounge
Imagine the serene environment you and your loved one will enjoy at Sakura Lounge. Your Japanese Princess Package journey will begin with a 60 minute body treatment that includes a full body exfoliation and body wrap. You can chose from a luxurious Sakura Blossom, Lemongrass or Honey and Cocoa treatments. Your therapist will assist you in choosing which is best for your skin type and condition. Whilst you are cocooned in your body wrap, enjoy a harmonising scalp massage.
Enjoy your tea and sweets in style
After a deluxe rainwater shower, take some time to relax with some complimentary Japanese sweets and tea in the Sakura Lounge relaxation room. Next, you will receive a 45 minute full body relaxation or aromatherapy massage and to top off your exquisite experience, enjoy your upgraded 45 minute facial treatment!
Though Sakura Lounge and Spa is highlighting the Japanese Princess Package, they do offer other couples packages worth exploring. For instance, enjoy one of their exclusive couples Jacuzzi SPA packages. The Couples SPA Escape is a 3 hour Japanese bathing and massage ritual. Share a jacuzzi together to revitalise and relax you and your Valentine with "Japanese Onsen bath salts aimed to dissolve muscle tension and clear the mind." Afterward, enjoy some tea and sweets as you unwind with a "30 minute foot scrub and massage enjoying the scents and softening properties of [Sakura Lounge's] organic desert lime foot scrub and peppermint balm. You can choose from a 60 minute shiatsu massage or facial treatment. Now you are ready for a 30 minute head shiatsu massage to complete your amazing time together.
Private room at Sakura Lounge
The Couples Onsen & Shiatsu Ritual is 2 hours and begins with a luxurious soak in a 2 person Jacuzzi. Filled with Japanese Onsen mineral salts, this couples ritual is designed to soothe and calm your spirit while relaxing your tired muscles." Next, enjoy a relaxing Japanese tea and sweets break before enjoying a 60 minute rejuvenating Japanese Shiatsu massage treatment.
Valentine's Day packages for couples
With all SPA packages at Sakura Lounge and Spa, you have the option to extend your spa day by bringing your own wine or enjoying some Sakura sparkling wine or champagne, and don't forget to order some sushi, provided by a local restaurant. So why not book in for a couples package today and spoil your loved one by making them feel like a Japanese princess or prince for Valentine's Day.
This year Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday so make your plans for your pampering package at Sakura Lounge and Spa now. Purchase a gift voucher with your free upgrade today and present it to your loved ones on Valentine's Day. This way you can both decide when your day of luxury will be.
A 30 minute foot scrub and massage is what you need!
Looking to the future, Jason is very excited to announce that he has expedited his "plans to open a new SPA in 2016!" He went on to say, "I am planning to move more into the wellness area with Floatation Sensory Deprivation Therapy [at our new location]." Floatation Sensory Deprivation Therapy allows you to float in Epson salt saturated water. After many years of research into the benefits of Floatation Therapy, studies have shown improvement in deep muscular relaxation, accelerated healing of injuries, allows for complete physical and mental de-stressing, rejuvenates energy levels, and enhances creativity. This is definitely something to look forward to.
Note: At the time of publication, Sakura Lounge and Spa is booked out for their Valentine's Day Japanese Princess Package special but you can still enjoy this package. Purchase a voucher and enjoy the Japanese Princess Package with a free facial upgrade that includes their premium algae masque up to one year from date of purchase.