WORDS Joshua Brosnahan

Sudima Hotels is finally opening its doors in the city. This brand new five-star boutique hotel is located on Victoria Street amidst an array of cafés, restaurants, and bars, and is only a martini olive pip’s throw from beautiful Hagley Park and Christchurch’s CBD. Not only is the hotel a great development for Christchurch’s central city, but it also brings with it additional businesses that are setting up in the upscale site.

An exciting addition is Moss Spa, the first purpose-built spa to open since the earthquakes. Spa Manager Kirsten Yellowlees and her team are ready to introduce Christchurch to a whole new level of pampering, luxury, and relaxation.

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Moss Spa will offer four treatment rooms, with one room being a twin, available with a bath. Kirsten says this is to “really elevate the offer of a pampering service, where you can soak for a precious moment, with essential oils and candles to start off your treatment.”

“Self-care is much more accepted these days. It’s okay to look after yourself and put yourself first. It’s so beneficial to the mind and the body to just take time out, especially with busy lives. Even if it’s once a month or even once a season, taking an hour out of your day to unplug, put down the phone and recharge is essential,” Kirsten says.

Mānuka honey, geothermal mud, and Horopito are just some of the ingredients Moss Spa will be using. New Zealand brands will feature heavily. The makeup used on site is from Lauren and Louise Cosmetica, a mineral makeup with true pigments from a salon only brand founded by women. Skincare products are provided by Juvenate which are vegan, cruelty-free, sustainably and ethically produced, and Kiwi made. Australian brand Waterlily is on board also, with rich botanicals and essential oils in delicious treatments such as the Triple
Berry facial, Lime Caviar facials, and a Pink Champagne and Strawberries body treatment.

Kirsten also highlights the Bamboo Fusion Massage as a must try. It’s a relaxation technique that combines various lengths and widths of bamboo stalks to perform deep-tissue massage.

With a cosmetic specialist on site, a masseuse and more – Moss Spa is your destination in the centre of our city for much-needed luxury and self-care.

Kirsten and the team will be opening their doors officially in June but keep an eye out as they may open earlier for those in-the-know.


Joshua Brosnahan