Glow On: Discovering Wellington's Best Facials and Body Treatments

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You deserve a break! Relax and recharge with our list of the best salons and day spas around Wellington.

Words by: Zack Holmes


After a long and tiring day (or week) at work, nothing beats treating yourself to some well-deserved pampering and relaxation. And what better way to do that than by indulging in a little self-care?

Whatever you’re in the mood for, say goodbye to another one of those ‘wish it was longer’ weekends and truly escape the mundane with a session at one of Wellington’s top relaxation clinics. Choose from a wide range of services, including skin and body treatments, nail care, deep tissue massage, and even complete sensory deprivation experiences. Read on for our top picks. 

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Old Bank Arcade, 233 Lambton Quay

Partnered with DermalogicaPRO for its proven performance, Skintopia is a scientifically based skin treatment salon dedicated to ensuring the health of your body’s biggest (and most visible) organ. Every treatment plan is unique to the individual client, so you can trust that each step in the process is driven by the pursuit of the best possible outcome for you. The team at Skintopia takes a holistic approach to skincare, knowing the importance of wellbeing and lifestyle when it comes to nurturing healthy, glowing skin. Relax in their open plan treatment lounge and leave feeling your absolute best.

Buoy Salon

100 Willis Street

Buoy is an award-winning salon committed to exceptional work and passionate about the confidence of their clients. The team is dedicated to providing a stellar service which ranges from hairstyling and hair treatments to a full service spa that goes beyond the typical offering. Using medical-grade equipment and cosmeceutical products to ensure you receive the highest standard of care, their menu covers everything from neck and shoulder massages to laser therapy and appearance medicine administered by their in-house registered nurse. Start with the Complete Skin Health Check and start your journey with Buoy today.

Haylo Skin & Body

127C Park Road

Located on the corner of Park and Miramar North Roads, Haylo Skin & Body has been servicing the Miramar peninsula and surrounding area for over 25 years. The award winning salon has four treatment rooms, a spacious relaxation room and even a private spray tan room. Using only top quality professional products, everything is designed to give you the best treatment possible. Escape the stress of the city and make the trip to Haylo for a friendly and professional experience.

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Spring Spa

108 Tory Street

One of the best sanctuaries in the city, Spring Spa takes you right off the street and into their sleek and airy paradise of relaxation - you’ll wonder why you didn’t visit sooner. The open, bright space feels a world away from the blaring Tory Street traffic, and with a treatment menu that covers everything from manicures to massages, you’ll feel the stress melt away in a flash. Spring offers an innovative blend of modern technologies and traditional techniques in a rejuvenating, peaceful environment. The best of all worlds!

East Day Spa

1 Thorndon Quay

For an authentic luxury spa experience, look no further. Founded in 2002 by Ina Bajaj (also of Spring Spa fame), East Day Spa is an award-winning oasis a world away from the bustle of nearby Lambton Quay. Even non-spa goers know of its reputation as Wellington’s premier day spa, and with seven treatment rooms and a convenient location, you need no excuse to pop in for a visit. Their ethos is ‘exceeding expectations’, offering more than 70 treatments and delivering service from the heart.

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Float Well

Level 1, 65 Cuba Street

“You’ll float too” - no, it’s not Pennywise whispering to you from a storm drain. We’re talking float tanks, the epitome of stress relief and relaxation, available to you right in the heart of Wellington thanks to Float Well. Invented in 1954, float tanks utilise heavily salinated water to float your person effortlessly on the surface of the water. Add to that a temperature, light and sound controlled environment and you’ve got a recipe for one of the most effective ways to elicit your body’s natural relaxation response. All this adds up to a deeply relaxing experience that will leave you truly refreshed and ready for whatever’s next.


28 Willis Street

Leading with a fantastic luxury service is the draw, but it’s the eye-catching interior that first commands your attention as you enter Naillington’s salon in the heart of Willis Street. Launched in late 2021 by a passionate group of friends, their expert nail and beauty technicians will ensure you leave feeling your very best with every appointment. The warm space is a sanctuary to behold, a place where you can switch off and unwind for the duration of your treatment. Using only the highest quality products with a friendly yet professional level of service, you might just want to make this a regular stop on your self care journey.

Neat Wellington Places

Twenty Eight

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Place Hutt Valley Lower Hutt
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Named for their address on Cornwall Street, Twenty Eight is a modern, well lit and welcoming Lower Hutt cafe serving up interesting cabinet food, a thoughtfully crafted...


A colourful tiger cartoon painted on to a white brick wall inside Bambuchisan Wellington.
Place Wellington
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You’re in good hands at Hataitai’s very own neo-Japanese paradise.

Niche Textile Studio

Chair next to a loom.
Place Wellington
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Niche Textile Studio was set up by Christine Brimer to help share her passion with Wellingtonians - creating beautiful woven homeware with a focus on sustainability.


The beautiful entry to Squirrel cafe in Wellington.
Place Wellington
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Nestled near the corner of popular Blair Street, Squirrel offers a warm and inviting haven complemented by a menu that showcases the best of Wellington’s producers and suppliers.