The Best Saunas in Canberra

Emily Morris 5 October 2018 12

When it’s time to relax, unwind, and detox, what better place to go than a hot and steamy sauna?

Saunas raise the superficial temperature of the body, causing you to sweat profusely. This process helps to flush out toxins and encourages you to drink more water – which is always a good thing for staying healthy.

What’s more, the time you spend in the sauna resting is almost like a meditation, and can do wonders for your mental health.

If you’re looking for a sauna in the Canberra region, you’ve landed in the right place. After consulting our readers’ feedback, we’ve put together this list of the best local saunas. Let’s get right to it.

What Makes a Fantastic Sauna?

Not all saunas are relaxing and detoxifying. In fact, many can be uncomfortable, unclean, and overly suffocating.

Here are a few of the traits you should look for in the best saunas in Canberra.

  • Cleanliness. First and foremost, the sauna you attend must be clean. There is nothing more disgusting than an unhygienic spa experience, so make sure cleanliness is your number one priority.
  • The right temperature. Just like Goldilocks’s porridge, the sauna you attend should be not too hot and not too cold, but just right. Too hot, and you could begin to feel light-headed. Too cool, and you may not reap the many benefits of heating the body.
  • A relaxing atmosphere. There’s no point in taking time out to rest and relax if the atmosphere isn’t quite right. You don’t want anything too clinical, awkward, or careless. Instead, you want absolute relaxation – inspiring décor, music, and aromatherapy add to the spa-like atmosphere of Canberra’s best saunas.
  • Comfortable. Uneven tiles, hard edges, and other uncomfortable features can make it difficult to enjoy your sauna experience. Look for a sauna that puts their customers’ comfort first.
  • Other facilities and treatments available. While a sauna is fantastic, before and after it can be nice to indulge in other treatments and facilities. Many spas offer saunas alongside their massage therapy, plunge pools, manicure and pedicure services, and more.

Agree with our list? Do you have any traits to add?

The Top Three Saunas in Canberra According to You

After reading through our readers’ feedback, we’ve come up with this list of the top three saunas in the Canberra region.

1. Foot & Thai

A number-one pick for our readers, Foot & Thai was established in early 2008, and has since gained a loyal following.

Situated in Belconnen and Phillip, Foot & Thai is home to a number of experienced therapists that perform a range of specialist massages, including traditional Thai massage, remedial, Swedish, sports, prenatal, deep tissue, and more.

Foot & Thai offers separate saunas for men and women, and complimentary 30-minute sessions with all 45-minute or longer massages. Open from 10am to 10pm and with towels for hire, this comfortable, clean sauna is a convenient place to relax.

Here’s what one of our readers, Pommy bastard, had to say: “You get a free sauna following a (paid for) massage at “Foot and Thai”, highly recommended.”

2. The Australian Institute of Sport

If you are looking for a sauna experience designed to treat injuries and discomforts, make use of Canberra’s state-of-the-art facilities at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Alongside their offerings to elite athletes, many of the services are open to the general public, including the sauna.

One of our readers, singtingn, has used the sauna before. “The AIS has a good sauna, spa, and plunge pool,” they wrote.

3. Mudd The Spa

For the ultimate in relaxation, head to Mudd The Spa. Offering five relaxation suits for individuals or couples, treat yourself to an exciting range of body, health, and wellness treatments.

Customers of Mudd The Spa have access to the facilities at Evo Health Club, including an indoor pool, hydrotherapy spa, and fully-equipped sauna.

Your Experience with Saunas in Canberra

Have you attended a sauna in Canberra? Share your experience with us in the comments area below.

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12 Responses to The Best Saunas in Canberra
Aditya Kumar Aditya Kumar 7:21 pm 05 Aug 20

For those of you looking at Foot and Thai, it has permanently closed.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 4:03 pm 25 Aug 10

Khandalah said :

And lol being a straight female definately not looking for the gay sauna variety.. ‘not that there is anything wrong with that’ but I would feel just a tad out of place!!

Ah, that cracked me up 🙂

Khandalah Khandalah 3:45 pm 25 Aug 10

Thanks for the great leads! I think I’ll try the thai massage and get the benefit of both sauan and massage. And lol being a straight female definately not looking for the gay sauna variety.. ‘not that there is anything wrong with that’ but I would feel just a tad out of place!!

Waiting For Godot Waiting For Godot 11:12 am 25 Aug 10

Isn’t if funny how a few years ago the meaning of the word “gay” changed to homosexual. Now if you say the word “sauna” people immediately think of establishments like Ken’s at Kensington or King Steam in Sydney where men have sex. But I suppose the words “massage” and “making love” went the same way among the straights years ago.

singtingn singtingn 11:07 pm 24 Aug 10

The AIS has a good sauna, spa, and plunge pool.

embilly embilly 5:53 pm 24 Aug 10

This sauna is really nice, it’s one of the ones which is infrared so it’s really effective but you don’t over heat, if that makes sense?

VikingWizardEyes VikingWizardEyes 5:28 pm 24 Aug 10

+1 for Foot and Thai!!!

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 5:22 pm 24 Aug 10

You get a free sauna following a (paid for) massage at “Foot and Thai”, highly recommended.

threepaws threepaws 5:16 pm 24 Aug 10

Try and befriend a Finn in your neighbourhood. They are bound to have a genuine sauna in their backyard or garage.

PBO PBO 4:42 pm 24 Aug 10

Why dont you ask the patrons of the Black Mountain lookout, I am sure that they would know.

deye deye 4:36 pm 24 Aug 10

I don’t know that there is one. There is a sauna/steam room at Fitness first, but I wouldn’t call it good. At the gym at the Hyatt there are a couple of small ones, but it’s been years since I was last there so no idea what they are like now.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 4:25 pm 24 Aug 10

what are you actually after? are you after a regular garden variety sauna or are you looking more for a male only type establishment?

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