One of my all time favourite treats is a trip to the Peninsula Hot Springs. The setting tucked in amongst the bushland on the Mornington Peninsula is just stunning and soaking in the hot springs always leaves me feeling so relaxed and pampered.
So as a certified Peninsula Hot Springs junkie I was excited to be invited to the launch of the Hot Springs Wellness Calendar last week. The Wellness Calendar adds a whole host of new experiences at Peninsula Hot Springs including yoga, meditation, global bathing experiences, plus nutrition talks and mental health workshops.
Former Winter Olympian and all round lovely person Steph Prem has been appointed as the Peninsula Hot Springs Wellness Ambassador and she hosted the day which gave us a taste of what was in store.
We started off with an outdoor yoga class and despite the dire weather we’ve been having this November the sun managed to come out to warm us up as we rolled out our downward dogs.
After all that exertion it was time for a long lunch. Despite my many visits to the Peninsula Hot Springs I had never eaten the Spa Dreaming Centre Cafe before but was impressed by the menu of seasonal, fresh food.
Highlights included the vibrant freshly squeezed vegie and fruit juices, the house made dips with moreish bread and the roasted salmon with crispy skin on a pea and lemon risotto topped with sweet cherry tomatoes. Who doesn’t love a restaurant where you are positively encouraged to eat in your bathrobe?
Finally we got to soak in the hot springs – bliss! We were guided in a quick meditation as part of the Peninsula Hot Springs global bathing journey before moving on to the Hamman to scrub away at our skin before emerging all pink and fresh.
To finish things off we had an amazing facial using Peninsula Hot Springs new product line the organic, vegan and Australian made Synthesis range. The products smell and feel fantastic. Apparently the average female consumes about two kilos of cosmetic products a year so it is good to know this stuff is all natural and good for you. The one hour facial seemed to pass in about five minutes because it was just so divine. Always the way.
It was a truly lovely day and the new Wellness Calendar gives me a great excuse to regularly return to the Hot Springs.
Gourmet Chick was a guest of the Peninsula Hot Springs.
Details: Peninsula Hot Springs, Springs Lane, Fingal, Mornington Peninsula (Ph 03-5950-8777)
Damage: Pricey. Entry to the Peninsula Hot Springs for bathing is $35. Yoga classes are included in the bathing cost at set times. A one hour facial costs $150.
Gourmet Travel Tips
The Peninsula Hot Spring are about 90 minutes drive from Melbourne.
Make a day of it on the Mornington Peninsula (or a weekend). I recommend popping in to one of the beautiful wineries like Merricks Creek or Green Olive.
Stay at Crittenden Estate or Blue Range Estate.