Sofitel Spa Director Cecilia Ferreyra and Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour General Manager, Greg Brady

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is set to open a luxury spa in January 2023 that will take a holistic approach to wellness.

Spanning two levels, overlooking Darling Harbour, Sofitel Spa will offer bespoke treatments and experiences that target the body, mind and soul.

Sofitel Spa’s Director of Spa and Wellness, Cecilia Ferreyra, said that the spa aims to satisfy each guest’s unique interpretation of wellness and self-care.

“We are here to take the time to connect with our guests and identify what self-care means for them, so we can assist in crafting an experience that aligns with those needs,” she told HM.

“For some, self-care means a morning of invigorating exercise and an intensely detoxifying body wrap. For other guests, self-care may mean a flute of champagne followed by an aromatherapy massage next to their loved one in a beautiful Spa suite.

“I think this is what guests are expecting from a luxury spa, the acknowledgment that self-care is a personal concept, which can vary over time for the same individual depending on where they are in their personal wellness journeys. Our guests are unique and so is the experience we aim to deliver.”

In the wake of the pandemic, the spa will recognise the importance of mental wellbeing with a focus on meditative practices.

“One of our wellness pillars is indeed centred around the concept of Rest, of stillness of the mind, and introspection,” said Ferreyra.

“From guided meditations whispered to guests on sound cancelling headphones, to beautiful mandalas inspired by the season, we encourage guests to truly reflect on the importance of this element to their wellbeing.”

The spa will offer Wellness Journeys that centre around exercise, seasonal spa treatments, “simple yet indulgent” refreshments by Chef Sam Moore – served at the relaxation lounge and Spa terrace – and finishing with rest and introspection.

“We’re embracing the seasons by introducing unique sensory elements across the Spa that honour the natural rhythm of our bodies,” said Ferreyra.

Urban wellness retreat

The spa will feature seven spacious treatment rooms – including two suites – an infrared sauna, relaxation deck and meditation zone.

Designed by award-winning firm, Pike Withers, with a calming palette of soft timbers, sandstone, and marble finishes, and Australian made furnishings, Sofitel Spa promises to be a serene and soulful space.

Sofitel’s French heritage is reflected in the use of concentrated products from luxury French beauty brand Biologique Recherche, while emerging Australian brand Waterlily will be used for aromatherapy purposes.  

In March, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour Owner, Dr Jerry Schwartz, announced investment in an “urban wellness retreat” at the hotel. This included a partnership with US fit-tech company Peloton to introduce Peloton bikes to its gym space and for in-room use.

General Manager, Greg Brady, stressed the importance of incorporating wellbeing across all touchpoints at a luxury level.

“We recognise the need for a hotel such as ours to have a complete wellness offering, particularly post pandemic and at a time when people are much more attuned to keeping well,” he said.

“Not only has travel changed as a result of the global pandemic but so too have the expectations of our customers. Offering a 360-degree experience that includes consideration around mind, body and soul is the future of hospitality and our goal is to be a leader in wellness travel in Sydney.”