Qantas is refreshing the day spa at the airline's Sydney and Melbourne first class lounges with a range of new treatments based on Aurora Spa Rituals products.
Those treatments are now shorter, lasting for 20 minutes instead of the previous 30 to 50 minutes, so that many more travellers can enjoy a chance to unwind before jetting off.
Here's the new treatment menu which soft-launched over the weekend.
Bliss back massage: soothing massage with gentle relaxation techniques to balance the body.
De-stress back massage: therapeutic back massage to alleviate stress and muscle tension
Reviving neck, shoulder & scalp massage: focussed on alleviated muscle tension and rebalancing the mind
Spa foot therapy: pre-flight circulation boosting treatment for the feet, with a foot and lower leg exfoliation and message.
Spa hand therapy: hydrating treatment for the hands, including a hand and arm exfoliation and massage.
Men's purifying facial: deep cleaning facial for men to hydrate, repair and balance all skin types. Includes a hot towel treatment, tone and exfoliation, face masque, scalp massage and application of a soothing moisturiser.
Radiant spa facial: hydrating facial to brighten and nourish all skin types. Includes a deep cleanse, tone and exfoliation, face massage and application of a botanically-rich moisturiser.
Refresh & refine eye treatment: focussed treatment to brighten and refresh eyes. Includes a facial cleanse and tone, eye massage to increase circulation, eye masque and application of eye cream and moisturiser and along with a choice of a scalp massage or acupressure foot massage.
There are also two unique 'signature' treatments, one each for the Sydney and Melbourne spa.
Sydney Signature: Back exfoliation followed by application of a deep cleaning white clay masque, a relaxing foot massage and an application of a botanically rich body cream over the back.
Melbourne Signature: Soothing foot massage followed by a hand massage to treat and calm the skin, a scalp and neck massage and a hot towel compress.
Passengers booked in Qantas first class out of Sydney and Melbourne receive a phone call the day before they fly, offering their choice of treatment and session time.
For everybody else visiting the Qantas First Lounges – including Platinum-grade Qantas Frequent Flyers and travellers on Emirates and Oneworld partner airlines (including British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines) – the treatments are available on a 'first come, first blissed out' basis.
(Our advice: when you arrive at the Qantas First Lounge head straight to the spa to book any available session before settling down at the restaurant.)
New Rituals products by Aurora Spa
The Qantas First Lounge spas are now operated by Aurora Spa, with Aurora's Rituals products used in all treatments, replacing the previous Payot of Paris products.
It's an interesting change, and notable not only because Aurora is an Australian success story.
The Rituals products are more closely aligned with an 'urban spa' concept of wellness and the botanically-based products include many Australian ingredients such as wattleseed plus essential oils.
The Aurora Spa Rituals products such as handwash, hand cream, body cleanser, shampoo and conditioner are already found in the bathrooms of the Qantas Sydney and Melbourne International Business Lounges, Hong Kong and Singapore Lounges, and will be introduced to all Qantas domestic and international business lounges over the next 12 months.
Qantas says that Aurora is also developing "an exclusive bespoke product range for Qantas International First Lounges in Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles, which will be available towards the end of the year."
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