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Pure Indulgence

Pure Indulgence by Julia Keady, Hoofs & Horns Magazine

For 9 years Kane and Michelle Randle have been running the luxury spa retreat Chimes, in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia - some four hours south of Perth. Kane, a former helicopter pilot and Michelle, a beauty therapist for 20 years, retreated to the region they nickname WWW (wine, whales and wildflowers) - one of WA's best-kept secrets.

Minutes from the coastal town of Denmark, they built a sprawling lodge which boasts priceless views out to the ocean and across lush green countryside. (Unlike the rest of WA, the region receives 1200mm rainfall.) The lodge comprises ten guest rooms (with two towers - the best rooms in the house), a conservatory where breakfasts are served, and an advanced salon spa complex, which features hydrotherapy, thallassotherapy, aromatherapy and massage treatments. Choose from garden suite $205, oceanview suite $255, and tower suites $285/$319.

Once there, the hard part is deciding which treatment to take first. Michelle has spent years sampling therapies all over the world, notably Bali, and has expertly produced a smorgasbord of scrubs, wraps, facials, massages, water treatments and traditional beauty services specifically named and geared towards singles, couples, girlfriends and groups.

For some, the three-hour Chocoholics Experience at $185 will be a must. On top of the chocolate mud wrap, float tank and massages, there's chocolate fondue involved. Delicious. As Chimes is synonymous with couple relaxation - there's tailor-made treatments for men including Aussie Bush Scrub ($52) and The Bloke Facial ($75). Chimes will pamper you. The Spa Recovery with Champagne Spa Lunch at $57 is proof of that. All treatments can be finished off with an $18 Vichy shower (rainwater massage) whereby you are gently caressed by water sprouting from seven shower roses.

While Chimes imports Dead Sea mud from Jordan, they pride themselves on using local and natural products including aloe vera, avocado, essential oils, nuts and broadleaf kelp - the latter is made into the Marine Wrap product - one of the salon spa's signature treatments.

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