Strike the perfect detox-retox balance in Daylesford with age-old winter remedies: water and wine. Swap flannelette pyjamas for fluffy robes and slippers, soak in mineral spas, and give in to skilful pummelling and pampering at luxury day spas. Reintroduce equilibrium and rebuild winter strength with restorative wine time and winter feasts at hatted restaurants, cosy wine bars and cellar doors. Daylesford has body-and-soul winter rejuvenation covered.
Detox in day spa paradise, where naturally occurring mineral springs feed luxury tubs and scrubs.
1. Salus Spa
Retreat to the lush gardens of the Lake House for a boutique spa experience complete with hot mineral spas, massage and Hydrostorm treatments.
2. Shizuka Ryokan and Day Spa Retreat
Take it Japaneasy with massage, reflexology, facials and wraps, traditional Japanese cuisine and accommodation at this ryokan-style retreat.
3. Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa
Dive into detox at Hepburn Springs' historic bathhouse, with its mineral pools and baths, salt pool and steam rooms, and spa treatment packages.
4. The Mineral Spa
Up the ante with the infrared detox box at Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, one of the largest and most acclaimed rural day spas in the country.
5. Daylesford Day Spa
Master the art of relaxation and try the speciality hot stone treatments and pampering packages at the centrally located Daylesford Day Spa.
Redress the balance at local culinary institutions, wine bars and cellar doors.
1. Lake House
Feast on finery and treat yourself to the tasting menu with matching wines at Alla Wolf-Tasker's dining destination, the Lake House, awarded two hats in The Age Good Food Guide.
Play perfect match with wine, sake and the tasting menus at this Japanese-inspired bistro serving exquisite local produce, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.
3. Perfect Drop
Drop everything and spend quality wine time in the bar, expansive courtyard or casual fine dining room with decadent, locally sourced menu offerings.
4. Farmers Arms Hotel
Tuck into a tasting plate of local delicacies and your favourite tipple at Daylesford's oldest pub: a classic country pub with added gastronomic goodness.
5. Daylesford Cider Company
Go for a paddle or cosy up by the open log fire with a mulled cider at this cellar door and tavern serving up traditional ciders made from heritage cider apples.
Side trip: Passing Clouds
Spoil yourself with fine wine at nearby Passing Clouds, where pursuit of the perfect pinot is a serious and worthwhile quest.
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