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Comfort Zone at Spa at Millbrook
It's no coincidence that the Spa at Millbrook has introduced 'Comfort Zone' as the exclusive skincare used in all their day spa treatments, as it is indeed a comfort zone.
It is set in the most beautiful location I have ever had the pleasure of having a facial. Snow-capped mountains frame the vista of stone and wooden buildings around the magnificent estate.
The Spa is luxurious - without being ostentatious - and elegantly decorated. Everything there makes one feel comfortable; the soothing music, comfy robes, and scented candles.
I check out the Spa in the stunning Queenstown resort and find it's somewhat different to what you may expect...
You may expect it to be intimidating - but you'd be wrong. It is super-friendly and my facialist (below left) was so lovely. After filling out a questionnaire to assess my skin type and needs, she prescribed a hydrating Comfort Zone 'Sacred Nature' facial using natural, organic bioactives. It was absolutely amazing and my skin felt so hydrated and refreshed.
You may expect it to be only open to guests at the resort and hotel- but you'd be wrong. Millbrook is open to all the public and they welcome anyone to book at the Spa for treatments, and to eat at their four restaurants. (It's not even as expensive as you might think; we had a pizza for two which was $24.) A facial costs $130 for a full hour, which is the standard price I'm used to around Auckland.
You may expect that a facial is all you get when that's all you pay for - but you'd be wrong. People booked at the Spa get to use the gym, exercise classes, lap pool and the absolutely divine outdoor hot tubs too which are set into landscaped gardens and have towels provided and hot showers and so on.
While you have a facial, why not send your other half off to have a coffee, or play golf? It's win-win!
To book at Spa at Millbrook email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 441 7017. Open daily 9am to 8pm. Free shuttles run from Queenstown or Arrowtown to the Spa.
Words and photos Megan Robinson
29 July 2012