Ballarat home to Australia’s best luxury day spa

A Ballarat day spa has been crowned Australia’s best of the best – not once, not twice but three times.

Ballarat’s Sanctuary Day Spa snapped up three awards at the annual World Luxury Spa Awards in Russia on July 6:

  • Best Luxury Day Spa (Australia)
  • Best Luxury Hotel Spa (Australia)
  • Best Luxury Spa Retreat (Australia & Oceania)

Established in 2010, the World Luxury Spa Awards is an established global organisation providing luxury spas with recognition for their world-class facilities and service excellence.

Each year during a four-week period, more than 250,000 international travelers vote to select the award winners.


Ballarat’s Sanctuary Day Spa’s brand new purpose-built facility is located within the serene gardens of Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre.

It features six luxury treatment rooms (including two dual suites), private bathing, a floating pedicure lounge, The Sanctuary with a sauna and heated hydrotherapy pool, plus a relaxation lounge complete with an open fireplace.

“To be recognised amongst the world’s best is an absolute honour,” day spa director Sarah Emmanuel said.

“When I took over the business nearly 10 years ago, I had a dream to create something spectacular, drawing inspiration from the many resort spas I had worked in around Australia.”

“I would not be where I am today without the support of Bentley Property Group and their belief in the importance of spa. I would also like to thank my incredible team of therapists and our amazing clients for their support. I am absolutely honoured to receive these awards and it feels pretty great to put Ballarat on the world map for luxury spa.”