FEATURE || Winter Bathing Rituals

The Japanese do it, Nordics and Hungarians do it, the ancient Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Ottomans all did it, too. But in Australia we’ve been a little slower to catch on to the idea of warm bathing for the pleasure of it. 

TOP: Peninsula Hot Springs. IMAGE: supplied.  BOTTOM: Onsen Ma, Melbourne. IMAGE: Broadsheet

TOP: Peninsula Hot Springs. IMAGE: supplied. 

BOTTOM: Onsen Ma, Melbourne. IMAGE: Broadsheet

I'm someone who gets reeeeeally cold in winter, and to have access to a hot bath on the regular is a non-negotiable - even outside of winter. 

When I came back home from back-to-back tropical winter holidays last winter, it got me thinking. So I did some research... and pitched a story. 

The result? I tracked down the best places in Melbourne (or just outside town) dedicated to the art of stripping off and thawing out.

TOP: Wellness Suite at Isika, Crown Metropol. IMAGE: supplied BOTTOM: Chuan Spa at The Langham. IMAGE: supplied

TOP: Wellness Suite at Isika, Crown Metropol. IMAGE: supplied

BOTTOM: Chuan Spa at The Langham. IMAGE: supplied