For a quick getaway, Sydney-siders usually opt for the Blue Mountains. I know that’s my go to when I want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Vast mountain views to open your mind up to and also truly let yourself unwind.
Around two hours drive from Sydney, just past Leura town centre is a place to really booked your relaxation. The Blue Mountains Sparadise – Japanese Garden and Bathhouse.
At the bathhouse you can’t help but feel zen as it brings the Japanese spirit through their service and facilities.
The bathhouse offers Japanese style tudor rooms that were once part of the bathhouse but have now been transformed for you to sleep in. It is a minimalistic room with a traditional futon bed and also a yin and yang shaped day bed for you to lounge on. The room also has a private zen garden.
The bathroom reminded me of the minimalistic unit in Japan with the bathroom tucked away in the cupboard. They provide you with a kettle and cup so you can enjoy a cup of tea after a day of soaking in the hot spas. Bath towels are supplied for you but you’ll need to bring your own toothbrush and toothpaste.
If you want a more western style room there are also cabin style rooms.
Includes in your stay is a multi-entry pass to the bathhouse on the day you check-in. This way, you’re not just limited to the three hour time limit others have when they purchase a day pass.
As well as the multi-entree pass, all stay-in guests will receive a 1-hour massage from a professional masseuse. The therapeutic massage along with aromatherapy facial will top off your zen stay.
The multiple baths allow for a variety of different temperatures to suit your liking. You also have the choice of outdoor and indoor baths to help switch things up.
The herbal steam room is also a bonus treat to detox your body and if you’re up for a drier chill out, there is a quiet resting space to have some shut eye time.
After walking through the foot bath entry one of the friendly staff will greet you with massage slippers (that you can take home – bonus!). Seperate slippers and robes are provided for you to wear from your room to the bathhouse too.
Staff will take you through the registration process and give you a bathhouse tour followed by taking you to your room to settle in. At any time during the stay the friendly staff will look after you for all your needs and give recommendations for local favourites.
The in-house Tea Room features a small Japanese menu with Japanese favourites such as eel rice and ramen. Other classics include teriyaki chicken wings, takoyaki and desserts including mochi and pana cotta.
As a tea house of course they also have a large variety of teas, lavender green tea to assist nervousness and headaches, or linden flower tea for a dry cough. My favourite is the Blue Mountain Treasure that dates back to the Oldest Chinese palace.
Besides the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains nearby with famous landmarks including the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls and Leura Cascades there is also the quaint town of Lithgow.
If you feel like eating out or not feeling like Japanese food, head out to the local restaurants iwht Secret Creek Cafe or Blue Fox Restaurant not too far away.
The Best Parts
I absolutely loved the entry foot bath and the attentive service. It continually made me keen to go back into the baths. The different temperatures and locations of the baths helped a lot as I couldn’t last longer than 5 mins in the hotter baths. The cave baths were my fave as it can only fit 2-3 people comfortably so it gave a sense of privacy. There are also water stations to make sure you stay hydrated.
Looking to warm up next winter? This is the place to be for a sense of Japanese onsen close to home. Their peak season is winter so make sure to book in advance.
It’s a very zen experience so leave your phones in the car and stay off social media for a few days. Enjoy the company you are with and a few days off the grid.