When you’re constantly being bombarded with health fads and super foods that promise the world – from chia seeds and goji berries to rejuvenating night creams with miracle botanical extracts – it’s hard not to be a little cynical about the “wellbeing” industry.
But when two of the things you love most in the world – golf and Pinot – come together to form the most ridiculous health fad you’ve ever heard of, one has to swallow their pride, take a long hard look at themselves and admit defeat.
Winding along the rugged north east coast of Tasmania is one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses, Barnbougle Lost Farm. The stunning sister to Barnbougle’s The Dunes, the 20-hole course at Lost Farm is ranked number two in the country by The GOLF Course Guide, second only to its older, wiser sibling.
What The Dunes doesn’t have, however, is the Lost Farm’s Barnbougle Spa.
Sitting on top of the limestone cliffs that contour the weathered coast, the Lost Farm’s Barnbougle Spa is the epitome of indulgence – a sanctuary for weary golfers desperate for a day off of swilling pale ale and swinging golf sticks – a place where even the most cynical guest can “refresh, reflect and renew the mind, body and soul.”
The usual treatments apply – facials, massages, body wraps, manis, pedis – but what really sets this place apart is its relationship with Pinot.
Leave your pessimism at the door and lose yourself to the outlandishness of Barnbougle Spa’s Vinotherapy Renew treatment. A Pinophile’s dream come true, the 180 minute indulgence, inspired by similar beauty practices in France’s Bordeaux region, is the best $430 you’ll ever be embarrassed to spend.
Touted as an “anti-ageing” treatment it begins with a tranquil bathe in an antioxidant rich, Tasmanian vinotherapy-infused bath – a spa bath filled with steaming hot spring water and a fair slosh of, you guessed it, Tasmanian Pinot!
After a good red soak – and before you start drinking your bath water – you’ll be treated to a Jojoba Bead Body Polish, which claims to oxygenate and hydrate your tired golf-stick-calloused skin.
The experience is then topped off by a luxurious Thermal Face Lift, a warm, wonderful, tingling mask which is said to “maximise the penetration of essential vitamins and minerals” into your skin, while also “enhancing its natural elasticity and radiance,” – why not?
Following your treatment you’ll be encouraged to lay back and let the Pinot do its job, inside and out, while you indulge in a glass of the good stuff looking over the turbulent Bass Strait from the lofty heights of Zen.
Your spa therapist might try and tell you that using wine on the skin is extremely hydrating, exfoliating and moisturising for the body – but if you’re honest with yourself – they had you at Pinot!