Inside Capella Sydney’s exclusive wellness space


Capella Sydney has unveiled its sixth-floor spa and wellness offering under house-label Auriga Spa, exclusively for in-house guests.

The wellness retreat includes four spa treatment rooms, a 20-metre heated swimming pool and Technogym-equipped gymnasium, as well as sauna, steam facilities and experiential showers.

Here, guests can avail of a range of luxurious treatments that utilise a custom-made range of skincare products by Byron Bay brand Synthesis Organics; signature massages informed by the new and full moons that aim to increase circulation, relieve physical and emotional tension, and balance chakras; as well as ritual-based massages designed to encourage introspection and reflection.

Dianne April Dayagbil, an experienced beauty and wellness professional who has had long-running residencies at hotels in Bhutan and the Maldives, takes the lead as Auriga Spa director.

“Auriga Spa brings beautiful and sophisticated health and wellness practices to central Sydney,” said Dayagbil.

“As with all other aspects of the Capella brand, the beauty and wellness program is unique to the region in which we operate and highly personalised to the needs of our in-house guests. Experiences are, of course, relaxing and indulgent, but they’re attuned with nature, too, keeping our clients centred and grounded.”

Make Architects and interior designers Bar Studio are responsible for creating a space that is respectful of the century-old building. Restored ‘heritage lanterns’ sit above three of the treatment rooms, which utilise timbers reclaimed from the site as flooring.

The pool area – illuminated by the largest of the lanterns – features a hand-painted mural by Australian artist Max Berry – a nod to its past life as the Department of Education’s art gallery.


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