After the devastation caused by Cyclone Debbie in March 2017, industry professionals and travellers alike rejoiced when Daydream Island facilities re-opened halfway through this year. Following an extensive redevelopment, the resort now offers 277 rooms and suites, three restaurants and three bars, revitalised pool landscape and swimming hub, and of course; a breathtaking day spa.
We spoke to Linda Widdon, Spa Manager at the brand new Elita Spa, to get a taste of the new facilities, and discover more about one of their most jaw-droppingly indulgent spa treatments – the lava shell massage – which is carried out in view of the resort’s underwater aquarium.
Tell us about the treatment
The experience is a one of a kind, involving an indulgent warm lava shell massage in your private underwater observatory, complete with a Fijian hair & scalp treatment and soothing foot treatment. Guests awaken to the incredible view of sea creatures to complete their very unique and opulent Daydream Island experience.
Tell us about the incredible spa and aquarium
Daydream Island reopened in 2019, with a new and exciting feel including an underwater observatory for guests to get a taste of the reef without leaving the resort. The original Rejuvenate Spa was severely damaged by cyclone Debbie. We have since opened Elita Day Spa – a warm boutique spa space, including a couples suite and nail station. It is a warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere. All of our therapists are highly experienced and trained.
What type of client is the Lava Shell Massage best suited to?
Lava Shell Massages are perfect for anyone who is looking for the ultimate de – stress and unwind including pregnant mammas past their first trimester. Combining deep massage moves with the heat of the Lava Shells, this treatment is designed to encourage deep relaxation of muscles allowing the body to become re-energised.
What/how do you want clients to feel after leaving their treatment?
At Elita Day Spa we custom design and tailor all of our treatments to the individual as we want them to have the best results possible. Our aim is for our clients to leave floating on a wave of blissful relaxation, being in the relaxed state of island life.
What do you think are the most important aspects of a wellness treatment in today’s exciting and ever-changing spa/retreat landscape?
Life is so busy these days with work and other commitments and we constantly have the desire to be in contact with others and spend a lot of time online. We love being on the island treating our guests, we want to show them how important it is to just stop, switch off and take the time for themselves. Reconnecting physically, in the mind, body and soul. We hope to educate our clients that we shouldn’t take our bodies for granted and massages shouldn’t be seen as a luxury and more of a necessity.