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The Ultimate Pamper Guide: Moss Spa

Home beauty treatments and remedies may have helped you get through lockdown, but now it’s time to seriously treat yourself. Metropol has put together the ultimate pamper guide to one of Christchurch’s newest spa sensations – Moss Spa. You’ll find the house of relaxation on the ground floor at 49 Salisbury Street in the central city.



  1. Signature seasonal spa facial: This beautiful botanical limited-edition facial will have you relaxed and revitalised at the same time. Let’s face the facts – this treatment is a flexible and fun must-do. The spa can customise the treatment and swap out certain products to suit your skin.
  2. Full body massage: Sometimes you need to de-stress and de-strain from head to toe. The only thing you have to worry about is getting to your appointment on time. Whether you’re there for 60 minutes or 90, every second will be spent in pure pampering bliss.
  3. You and me: We know you have most likely spent a lot of time over the last month or so with your partner. Take the time to celebrate or thank them in the double treatment suite. Don’t have a significant other? Treat mum, dad, siblings or even a best friend.
  4. Ultimate moss pamper: A wonderful culmination of everything Moss Spa has to offer proves you can have your cake and eat it too. Bathe away the stress of your daily life and drift into a state of total relaxation with a full body aromatic massage. Finish with a facial and your choice of a manicure or pedicure.
  5. Marine pedicure: After resting your feet up on the couch for so long during lockdown, you probably spent a lot of time staring down at your toes. Your feet will be soaked, scrubbed, massaged, your cuticles cared for and your choice of shellac or everyday polish applied. Well, this little piggy went to the spa for a pedicure.

See their website for more information about booking and pricing.

Spa-tacular!: Moss Spa review

Melinda Collins checks out the central city’s new “cocoon of calm”.



The world is whizzing past the windows of Moss Spa in the new Sudima Laneway, which is also home to the upscale 5-star Sudima Hotel and Vices & Virtues restaurant and bar, on the corner of Victoria and Salisbury Streets in the heart of the city. But you would never know it, because inside it is a cocoon of calm.

My treatment on the day started with a Spa Immersion; the beautiful relaxation bath was ready to slip into, with a bath bomb of essential oils taking it to the next level. Exquisite body washes and lotions are on hand and the attention to detail extends to a slice of orange in the glass of water next to the bath.

The stresses of a fast-paced publishing job have melted away and a knock on the door signals the next stage of the service is about to commence – the Juvenate Facial!

A treatment that has been designed to restore radiance and boost collagen renewal for smoother skin regeneration, it’s a highly concentrated and active treatment – exactly what my troubled skin needs. But this treatment proves hardworking and relaxing aren’t mutually exclusive, it is after all, still all about the pampering here… Spa Manager Kirsten shrugs off my embarrassment over my snoring (not once, but twice!), with assurances that “this is the highest compliment you can give a therapist!”


Recognising the current congestion my skin is suffering, my therapist worked in a salicylic acid treatment but not before checking that I was comfortable with using this beta hydroxy acid which can feel a little tingly as it exfoliates the skin from deep inside, penetrating the pores to unclog them.

While the products work their magic, a massage continues the pure bliss of the experience, focusing on head and feet, along with neglected areas such as arms and hands.

Next up, a menu from the neighbouring Vices & Virtues offers tempting entrée options and my selection – the Miso Eggplant (sesame baked eggplant, hummus, crispy buckwheat and chilli oil – suggests this is the place to dine. There’s nowhere I would rather spend a work day (but don’t tell my boss that!).

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