There's something about trip to the spa that has a way of whisking you away from your normal life. But while going to a day spa is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle for a day, sometimes it's worth going farther afield. To truly transport yourself. That's where regional spa retreats come in.

Some of these places are prized for their mineral pools (looking at you, Hepburn Springs), others have renowned massages, while others just have comprehensive beauty treatment menus that cover every base you could imagine.

You can stay for the night at most of these places, if you're in need of a longer retreat. Those who don't are never too far from some of Victoria's best accommodation.

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Peninsula Hot Springs

Since opening in 2005, this spa retreat has been one of the best spots in Victoria for a steam and soak. Now that it's added luxury glamping to its services, it's a true escape.

140 Springs Lane, Fingal

One Spa at RACV Cape Schanck Resort

There's a dizzying array of options and treatments here. But the jewel in the crown is the Hammam bathing space area– an elegant, contemporary take on the traditional Turkish bath.

Trent Jones Dr, Cape Schanck

Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa

Indulge in a massage, try a steamer that looks like a cocoon, take a dip in the salt-therapy pool or opt for the private pure-mineral-water baths. The bathhouse taps into an underground natural spring, with waters high in iron, calcium and magnesium.

Mineral Springs Crescent, Hepburn Springs

Lake House

Though Lake House is perhaps best-known for its award-winning restaurant and luxury accommodation, its spa treatments are rapidly gaining a reputation of their own. There's a variety of traditional massages, soaks and mineral treatments; as well as more specialised options, such as treatments for expecting mums.

4 King Street, Daylesford

Mitchelton Hotel and Spa

This Hecker Guthrie-designed day spa is nearly as striking as Mitchelton's iconic tower. The treatment menu here is concise: four massages, a handful of manicures and pedicures, and a few body scrubs and wraps. Add-ons include head massages and foot soaks.

470 Mitchellstown Road, Nagambie

Jackalope Hotel

Jackalope Hotel – and its associated complex of restaurants, bars, a vineyard and a shop – is one of the most opulent spots on the Peninsula. The day spa is as luxurious as the rest. There are plenty of treatments, including a pinot grape skin body scrub – administered with Jackalope's own pinot grapes. And if you're staying in the hotel, there's a room-service spa menu of treatments that will come to you.

166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North

Lon Retreat

You'll find this stunning hotel on a rugged hilltop about 90 minutes from Melbourne. Its adjoined day spa is small – there's just three treatment rooms – but there's a full suite of options to choose from. There are deep tissue massages, group spa packages and a stack of facials and body treatments.

25 Gill Road, Point Lonsdale

The Spa Beechworth

This eco-certified, carbon-positive day spa restores balance and wellbeing to weary bodies, and uses its own natural product range made from ethically sourced, sustainable ingredients.

1st Floor, Birches Building Albert Road, Beechworth

Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel

Historic spa country and modern dining converge at this luxury hotel. At the on-site mineral spa, you can sweat out the week out in a lavender sauna or steam room, then cool off in the plunge pool.

124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs

Brandy Creek Estate

This versatile winery has a dining room modelled after Versailles, graffiti-splattered walls, an in-house Spanish restaurant (with the occasional Sri Lankan pop-up) and, in the day spa, a Turkish-inspired hammam steam room. It all works. Whether you're a guest on-site or just spending the day in Gippsland, Brandy Creek is worth a visit.

570 Buln Buln Road, Drouin East
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