Dinner Plain, on Victoria's Great Alpine Road, is the only freehold village in the Australian Alps. Its population is just 580 and the little village thrives year round. It has over 200 lodges and chalets to accommodate tourists who flock there for bush walking, horse riding, mountain biking and tennis, plus all the winter sports. The local pub offers excellent meals every day of the week.
The Onsen Retreat and Spa is part of the Dinner Plains central facility. Costing $6 million, the multi-purpose venue was crafted from an innovative architectural design. Something very special there is a Japanese-inspired onsen spa, day spa, lap pool and gymnasium.
An onsen is a heated bathing facility. Extremely popular in Japan, it has been used for centuries as a therapeutic and relaxation technique. Tradition says the water must be pure and come from the earth where its healing qualities are most potent.
Dinner Plain is renowned for its natural spring water, regarded as some of Australia's best. It comes from a deep aquifer and is filtered through 60 metres of decomposed granite rock. It is used exclusively throughout the spa, ensuring visitors an invigorating and therapeutic experience.
There are five treatment rooms at Onsen Retreat and Spa, and the day spa is perfect before and after a day on the slopes.
Qualified massage and beauty therapists offer a comprehensive range of treatments. Everything from remedial massage and warm rock therapy to facials, body wraps and Reiki can be enjoyed.
The Getaway crew had an enjoyable stay at Blowhard, Hotham Heights Chalets in Hotham Village. The 10-level accommodation is virtually a resort within a resort. It has a sky bar, large spa, cinema, games room, sauna, scenic sundecks and five separate living areas. It comfortably accommodates up to 12, and three ensuite bedrooms have a spa bath. There is undercover parking.
Dinner Plain, 375kms north-east of Melbourne.
Onsen Retreat and Spa's 30 massage is $65. Signature spa treatments start at $250 for 100 minutes and Intimate Retreat Spa Ritual is $450 for four hours. It includes Japanese bath, hot stone massage, facial, foot therapy and spa cuisine.
For more information
Onsen Retreat and Spa
Big Muster Drive
Dinner Plain 3898
Ph: (03) 5150 8880
Fax: (03) 5150 8811
Hotham Heights Chalets
Ph: 1800 468 426