First came the gigantic new public bar and beer garden. Then it was famed Melbourne chef Scott Pickett’s first regional fine-dining restaurant, Audrey’s, as well as the lavish late-night barlow. And what followed was an extravagant Intercontinental hotel.
The final piece of the puzzle at Conti in Sorrento, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, is Aurora Spa & Bathhouse. It is due to open at the compound in late October, run by Aurora Spa Group, which until recently had a location in St Kilda in Melbourne’s southeast.
The spectacular 1000 square meter relaxation destination will accommodate 60 people at a time. Dive into four interconnecting hydrotherapy pools, starting with what has been dubbed the Daydream Pool. Or block out the world around you in a floating magnesium room.
Large format access members get special tables at popular restaurants, tickets to exclusive events, and discounts on food, coffee, branded deals and more.
There will also be a very large Nordic-inspired wood-covered sauna; an aromatherapy hammam; “sensory” showers; and a whole suite of halotherapy, which involves breathing air containing tiny particles of salt.
Another feature is the “Glacial Mist Room”. Located at an alpine temperature, it is a refined bathhouse version of the Finnish tradition of rolling in the snow after a sauna.
Plus, expect to find eight treatment rooms where you can relax alone or with a partner, and a store with a dedicated apothecary station where you can create your own blend of bath salts.
Behind the design is Woods Bagot, who was inspired by the area’s breathtaking coastline; think soft oak, sandy terrazzo and brass furniture.
Aurora Bath & Spahouse is scheduled to open at 23 Constitution Hill Road, Sorrentoend of October.