The Sanctuary offers signature treatments in a breathtaking location in the heart of Hobart, Tasmania. Guests will learn to embrace simple luxuries through our wide array of relaxing treatments.

Our interview

Originally published on 22 January 2020.

Located at the base of the Alceme building is The Sanctuary at Alceme, home to total bliss.

We spoke with Alice, the owner of this gorgeous space, about what makes this day spa so special.

The Sanctuary is 100% organic and natural. Everything they sell and use is Australian and where possible Tasmanian. They are also a Sodashi spa partner, a luxurious and organic brand where you have to be chosen to be a partner – well done Alice!

Clients can expect to come through the doors and truly ‘switch off’. Treatments on offer include facials, spa packages, beauty treatments, manicures/pedicures and massages.

Alice has really created a true sanctuary here with every detail thoughtfully placed. A highlight is the relaxation room for your post-treatment time with local tea and chocolate from nearby small businesses. 

Alice credits her passion for an organic and natural approach to beauty from her time working in a luxury day spa in Western Australia, where she also trained in beauty and massage.

“It was probably the hardest thing about leaving WA, was actually leaving that spa. I’m still really good friends with them and they are just pioneers in our industry. I learned a lot from them.”

Alice tells us that she always knew that she wanted to go down the day spa path opposed to the beauty industry. She prefers to spend three hours with someone to get them to truly relax rather than have clients come in and out for quick treatments.

“I get so in the zone when I give a massage. It’s so relaxing for them, that I’m relaxed. It is very fulfilling. I love it.”

The most popular treatment for clients is the Sanctuary Escape, a whole 2 hours of pure bliss, including an aromatherapy massage followed by a Sodashi pure radiance facial.

There is a big emphasis on self-care at The Sanctuary.

“What we see commonly is someone coming in with a physical complaint, it is usually what has driven them to arrive here. It is not until they truly come in and switch off that they can acknowledge the power of just taking some time for themselves.”

“The power of giving yourself that time means you can actually give yourself a hundred percent to friends, family and work that you are actually going to perform better. You are filling your cup back up,” says Alice.

Carve some time out for yourself.