Zen on the house: Qantas is one of just a handful of airlines to operate a spa for top tier passengers.
Here I am surrounded by walls of cascading greenery in a dimly lit room. Soothing music plays through a speaker, and the scent of aromatherapy oils wafts across the room.
Where am I? I could easily be in a remote rainforest retreat, but I’m actually at Melbourne Airport, enjoying a blissful pre-flight massage at the Qantas First Lounge Spa.
With stunning decor and award-winning treatments, the world-class Qantas First Spa should be on the bucket list of any traveller. We've put together this article to provide an overview of the Spa, and to give you the lowdown on how you can book a treatment.
Who manages the Spa?
The Qantas First Lounge Spa is managed by the Australian skincare and day spa company La Gaia, who manufactures a high-end range of Australian botanicals skincare products.
You'll find La Gaia products in Qantas business and first-class amenity kits, as well as in Qantas lounges in Australia and abroad.
Additionally, La Gaia operates spa retreats in some of Australia's top boutique destination resorts. Locations include Saffire Tasmania and Elements at Byron.
Location of the Qantas First Lounge Spa
There are just two Qantas first spas in operation. The spas are located within the Qantas First Class Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne. These superb spaces are considered by many to be amongst the top airport lounges in the world.
In both locations, you'll find the spa nestled away discreetly at the back of the Qantas First Class Lounge, behind unmarked doors. And with no signage or advertising, without prior knowledge, uninitiated travellers wouldn’t really know the spa is there.
How to get into the Qantas First Lounge Spa
Anyone with access to the Qantas First Class Lounge is eligible to book in for a spa treatment. This includes:
- Passengers travelling in Qantas first class
- Passengers travelling on oneworld partners and Emirates first class
- Qantas Frequent Flyer members who hold a Platinum or higher membership tier
- Those holding oneworld Emerald membership or Emirates Platinum Skywards status
- Eligible guests, including anyone with a Qantas First Lounge pass
If you’re a lower tier Qantas Frequent Flyer member interested in trying out the Spa, your best bet is to book a first-class flight using Qantas Frequent Flyer points.
Booking an appointment at the Qantas First Spa
Being eligible for the Qantas First Lounge Spa doesn't necessarily guarantee you a spa treatment.
Understandably, Qantas first-class and invite only-Chairman's Lounge passengers get first dibs on treatments at the Qantas First Spa. They'll receive a call from a dedicated host the day before their flight with an offer to pre-book an appointment prior to the flight.
All other travellers need to try their luck by booking in on a ‘first come, first served' basis at the Qantas First Class Lounge front desk. The front desk will make a booking for you if a slot is available, so it's important to inquire as soon as you arrive.
The tricky part is that Qantas doesn't publish the spa's opening hours, and as you can imagine, free treatment slots are hot property.
Our expert tip? Arrive early if you can, this will maximise your chances of securing a 20 minute treatment slot. If you're really keen, we'd suggest booking a longer transit to enjoy the Qantas First Lounge and (hopefully) some pamper time.
The Qantas First Spa treatment options
There are four blissful treatments available, and each treatment is a 20-minute treatment duration. On my most recent visit, I sampled the ‘Dream Aligner' hot stone massage. As an incredibly relaxing treatment, it didn't disappoint.
Be sure to arrive to your treatment 10 minutes early to avoid missing out on your valuable pamper time. It's also worth nothing that spa guests must be over 18 years of age.
Once it's time for your spa appointment, you'll head through the discreet doors to the spa reception. If it's your first time visiting the Qantas First Lounge Spa, you’ll need to allow a few minutes to fill out some paperwork.
However, if you’ve previously enjoyed a treatment at one of the two facilities, your information will already be on file.
Once your therapist is ready for you, you'll be taken to your private treatment room. We particularly love the Sydney Qantas First Spa treatment rooms, where floor-to-ceiling greenery makes for a truly tranquil oasis.
Not to worry, the Melbourne treatment rooms are special, too, particularly for aviation enthusiasts. While there are no living walls of greenery, you'll have the option of enjoying tarmac views while you receive your treatment.
All spacious treatment rooms feature sinks and wardrobes to stow your personal items. Select Sydney treatment rooms also feature showers.
Once you're settled in, your therapist will carry out the treatment, and you'll enjoy your 20 minutes of blissful relaxation. You can then head onwards to your destination, refreshed and rejuvenated.
The Qantas First Class Lounge is considered one of the best lounges in the world, and the spa, operated by La Gaia Unedited, really offers the ultimate dose of pre-flight indulgence. While appointments are on the short side at 20 minutes duration, the treatments are of a very high standard and are extremely relaxing – just long enough to calm any pre-flight nerves!
If you're keen to try a treatment and don't hold the required status for entry, consider booking an Emirates or oneworld airline first-class flight departing from Melbourne or Sydney using Qantas Frequent Flyer points.
Unless you're awaiting a flight on Qantas First Class or are a Chairman's Lounge member, the key is to arrive early and head straight to the desk to enquire about a spa treatment.
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