Spa Profile: CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Located in Sydney’s historic Rocks District, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney is one of the most glamorous destination hotels in Australia. Featuring elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, award-winning dining experiences and a full-service spa paired with panoramic views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the luxury hotel is the ultimate urban oasis in the heart of the city.
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney draws its inspiration from the legendary Shangri-La: a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. The spa menu features an array of massages and treatments based on traditional wellness practices shared by many Asian cultures, in addition to services highlighting Australian healing techniques and botanical ingredients indigenous to the region.
We chatted with Larissa Cantafio, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney’s Director of Spa, who shared details about the spa’s amenities, treatment recommendations, insider tips, and more:
Why You’ll Love It: Our guests love our calm and luxurious vibe, our professional spa treatments by expertly trained therapists, and nourishing skincare range, including ZENTS and Sodashi. We are often referred to as an urban oasis in the heart of the city. It’s a tranquil place to nurture body, mind, and soul.
Key Features: The luxurious day spa has six spa suites with aroma steam showers—three with deep infinity-edge spa tubs, and twin treatment beds for couples and friends’ treatments. Three of the suites, overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, feature infinity-edge spa tubs for relaxing soaks. Our Health Club has a fully equipped gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, whirlpool spa, sauna, and a personal trainer on request. On clear days, you can enjoy a fresh and healthy menu on the sundeck, which is the perfect spot to enjoy the sunshine.
Snacks Served: Our guests enjoy the subtle flavors of Tavalon Herbal Tea at CHI’s zen zone after their spa treatment. Within the hotel, our guests can also savor a delicious and distinctive High Tea by celebrated Executive Pastry Chef Anna Polyviou, lunch at Altitude, or drinks at Blu Bar on 36 with all of Sydney fanning out below.
Bonus: Chi guests who book a 60-minute or longer treatment can enjoy our Health Club facilities pre or post-treatment. Why not enjoy floating in our pool, a quick gym session, or bask in the sun on our deck?
Insider’s Tip: I recommend our guests arrive with enough time before their 60-minute treatment to enjoy the benefits of a 15-minute warming sauna, which helps to flush out toxins and impurities, promoting healthier skin and reducing stress.
Unique Treatment: Arabian Oud Renewal Therapy is exclusive to CHI, The Spa in Australia. This impossibly deluxe 90-minute treatment works on the face and body to provide a complete head-to-toe experience, delivering a combination of holistic and physical benefits. The rare and sacred Arabian Oud Oil is known to release stored emotions and negativity, improve spiritual well-being, along with easing muscular tension, aiding in better digestion and detoxification, and enhancing skin radiance.
Splurge Treatment: CHI is renowned for our utterly unique luxurious treatments. Wellness Retreats are extremely popular, including Arabian Oud Renewal Therapy, Journey Down Under, Couples Escape, Full Body Detox, and more.
Insider’s Favorite: It’s too hard to choose just one! I’m particularly enjoying our Journey Down Under Therapy right now, which uses the highest ethically-sourced ingredients in Australia. It’s 3 hours and 15 minutes of pure body regeneration, including a reviving scrub, nourishing wrap, relaxing massage, and rejuvenating facial.
Featured Products: Sodashi Skincare uses unadulterated natural ingredients which are ethically sourced from around the world for their powerfully regenerative and therapeutic qualities. ZENTS is a mindful aroma body care that leaves a beautiful healing imprint on the body, and also supports local and global communities, from women’s co-ops in Africa to small organic biodynamic farms.
Guests can also take home Shangri-La’s celebrated scent, which is available in everything from candles and room sprays to diffusers. The Essence of Shangri-La evokes a feeling of serenity and calm, and was inspired by the legend of Shangri-la: a land of exquisite harmony and beauty described in James Hilton's 1933 novel Lost Horizon. The scent's bottom notes of vanilla, sandal, and musk are highlighted by top notes of light bergamot and tea spiced with ginger.
[Images courtesy of Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney]
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
176 Cumberland Street
Sydney NSW 2000