Like most things at the James Street precinct, Kailo is incredibly chic. A terracotta-hued tiled desk framed in foliage greets guests as they arrive at the spa within The Calile. Sheer curtains soften the enveloping windows in the treatment rooms. And there’s a feeling of Zen in the air.

But while relaxation is part of the appeal, results are the real reason that people book an appointment. The medispa offers a range of treatments for the face and body that target both internal and external factors.

The team invited me in to experience the new Hero14 Peptide facial and a bespoke massage using Biologique Recherche’s products and techniques (it’s the only spa in Australia that offers body treatments from the French brand). Who was I to say no to 180 minutes of (hopefully) transformative bliss?

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The body treatment intrigued me. The spa menu describes the Biologique Recherche Bespoke Massage as a unique treatment that aims to “detoxify, reshape and tone the body, restoring balance, smoothness and firmness”. I’m a sucker for anything that promises to tone and sculpt my body (even temporarily) without me having to put on lycra. You can choose between 60-, 90- and 120-minute durations depending on how much of the body you’re looking to cover. I decided to focus on legs.

The therapist essentially mummified me, wrapping my legs with bandages soaked in a Biologique Recherche serum. The treatment then involves a version of lymphatic massage to stimulate and “improve contours”. I walked away feeling “lighter” – I’d flown to Brisbane a few days earlier and the fluid retention/humidity had me feeling puffy. This is the type of treatment you want to book before an event to make the most of the results.

A brief interlude between treatments included a cup of herbal tea while wrapped in a robe.

A second softly spoken therapist guided me into a darkened room for the Hero14 Peptide facial. The 90-minute treatment uses Kailo’s own product range. We briefly chatted about my skin concerns (dehydration and hormonal breakouts) and she got to work. Full disclosure, I zoned out for most of the treatment (a tribute to the relaxation element of the spa). But when I came to, my skin was glowy and plump.

I experienced some skin purging following the treatment due to the active ingredients. I pared back my at-home routine as my skin worked its way through the cycle. Ultimately I noticed more visible hydration in my face, even after a return flight to Sydney.

Being a medispa, Kailo also offers vitamin therapy IV infusions and cosmetic procedures, including platelet-rich plasma skin needling (sometimes called a “vampire facial”) if you’re looking for something that goes more than skin-deep.