Where heaven is in the detail

110905_Venustus_074 (1)

Venustus is a Paddington institution. It’s been a fixture on the ultra-competitive, ever-changing Oxford Street for more than 20 years, so it’s obviously doing something right.

And it doesn’t take visitors long to figure out what that is: the staff at Venustus are very, very good at what they do.

Sometimes a spa needs to be about the massage not the marble, the individual not the incense, and the experience not the expense. Sometimes, heaven is in the detail.

For example, when face down on the massage bed the client stares onto, not tile, carpet or linoleum, but a carefully centred nugget of amethyst. Whether you go for new age crystals or not, it’s a nice touch that indicates you’re in a spa where they care – a lot.

Venustus is famous for its four-handed massages – and while, for the novice, a four-handed treatment can be slightly unsettling at first, you soon feel the benefits.


For the ideal experience though, leave yourself in the hands of owner Jeannie and her team. They have an extensive menu of treatments and a service they call “intuitive”, where the therapists draw up a unique plan to fit the client’s particular needs. For example, you could have a Hawaiian massage complete with ‘swooshing’ sounds, followed by hot stones, a fabulous facial with simultaneous reflexology (four hands needed) and a face mask guaranteeing a clear, fresh complexion. And all in 90 minutes or less.

You may leave the Spa staggering, much like a late Friday-night drunk, but in this case the treatments are responsible for the limb relaxation, along with a total sense of bliss.

The products they use are designed exclusively for their clients by Jeannie and her husband – the final touch in an experience that’s a world away from the corporate hotel spa experience. Spa trends may come and go, but Venustus has stayed true to what’s important. It wouldn’t be surprising to see them still serving their clients in Oxford Street for another 25 years.


By Alison Black


t: (02) 9361 4014
a: 381 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW 2021




, , , , , , , ,