The Weekend Australian "Home and away" by Susan Kurosawa

The cool and chic Halcyon House, at Cabarita Beach on the NSW north coast, has opened a serene wellness spa featuring T+I’s favourite skin and body care brand Sodashi. The Halcyon Spa sanctuary has been conceived by specialist consultant Naomi Gregory, whose projects include Kamalaya in Koh Samui, Thailand; and designed by architect Virginia Kerridge with interiors by Brisbane’s Anna Spiro, whose distinctive decorating style is found throughout the 21-room seaside property.  Spiro describes the look and palette as being drawn fromthe ocean, “peppered with shades of blue, turquoise, pale pink, coral, beige and seafoam”.  There’s a relaxation lounge with covered balcony, a dome-shaped steam bath and stylishly decorated treatment rooms, including configurations for couples. Spiro has also used her bespoke textiles, which feature

prominently as upholstery and soft furnishings in guestrooms, along with decorative encaustic tiles. Australia’s Sodashi produces a wide range of 100 per cent chemical-free products; book its Samadara Ultimate Age-Defying facial (105 minutes; $285), for the ultimate in renewal or go the whole holiday hog with a Halcyon Day of Youth (five hours, $495), including head-to-toe therapies and lunch at Paper Daisy, the acclaimed inhouse restaurant.

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