“Moving from interstate to start a new life in Melbourne, was daunting to say the least. You lose your professional confidants – hairdresser, doctor, dentist, beauty therapist, and the list goes on! How do you find a replacement therapist for your most personal of beauty treatments? I’ve definitely had my share of not so great experiences of young, inexperienced therapist who have provided awkward and at times painful treatments but when I read Annalisa’s website about how and why she does what she does; I felt myself nodding along, yes, yes, yes! And made my first booking the very next day. I’ve never looked back. 

Annalisa is a true professional in every sense of the word; from the relaxing ambience she creates from the moment you enter her rooms, to the incredibly high standard of treatments, products,  hygiene, personal warmth and rapport she has with her clients. For the past 6 years I’m lucky enough to have Annalisa not only as my beauty therapist but also a friend. I can’t recommend Annalisa enough, she is the best at what she does and I certainly wouldn’t go anywhere else.

Lauren Husain


Finding the right Beauty Therapist is like finding the right partner, hard work, painful and at times near impossible. Luckily I’ve found my soulmate, Annalisa! She is not only professional, experienced, clean (trust me, this is a must!) but friendly and welcoming. I always know that I am in good hands when I see Annalisa and always trust her beauty advice, as she only wants whats best for her clients. It’s hard to believe that you can walk away after waxing actually feeling relaxed.

Annalisa ensures that all treatments are surrounded by beautiful interiors, scented candles and that feeling of comfort. I know that this relationship will stand the test of time!

– Nicole Velucci


I have been seeing Annalisa for just over 11 years! From Spa Nirvana in Essendon to Airport West and now from her own home, where she has created a beautiful, relaxing and warm environment for her clients. She has become a friend over the years and we always have a laugh! Her passion for what she does is what I admire about her the most! As well as her dedication and professionalism, she is one of the best beauty therapists going around! I highly recommend A Petite Retreat and Annalisa, I guarantee you will keep coming back! She is the total package!

-Jackie Goulden


I’ve been a client of Annalisa’s for 8 years now and for very good reason! From waxing to massages and other pampering, I’ve always felt extremely comfortable and spoilt. All treatments and services provide a high level of professionalism whilst still maintaining a casual and comfortable environment. I always walk out feeling amazing and relaxed. Highly recommended to all!!

-Maddie Di Silva


After endless research and anticipation for getting my eyebrows feather touch tattooed, I was then referred to Annalisa, and I’m so glad i was! I’ve always suffered with minimal hair growth on my eyebrows and they were slightly fair to which I had to pencil them in everyday! After getting my eyebrows tattooed by Annalisa, I’ve never felt more confident about them! She was absolutely great during the whole treatment and made me feel very comfortable, and she has done an absolutely great job on my eyebrows! I love them! I’ve received so many compliments on the perfection of my eyebrows and I would definitely recommend Annalisa to all my family and friends!

-Rosie Sciarrone


A Petite Retreat is exactly that. Not only a relaxing place but a friendly and professional salon that offers a wide range of services. I have been seeing Annalisa for over 4 years now and I always look forward to my appointment knowing I’m going to get the royal treatment! Annalisa is a true professional, friendly and nothing is too much trouble for her. An expert in all things beauty and relaxation – thanks Annalisa for taking such great care of me all this time!

– Alarna Donovan Morris


My pregnancy massage was amazing! It made being pregnant a whole lot easier and comfortable! I could not recommend Annalisa enough, she makes you feel so welcome and comfortable during your treatments!

-Haley Keating


Once I had a wax with Annalisa (6 years ago) I knew that I would not be having a Brazilian with anyone else! I always thought that Brazilians were meant to be painful and that ingrown hairs were just part of the deal… but now I know this is not the case.

Annalisa is a waxing guru… a wax with her is painless (even a Brazilian), ingrown hairs are pretty much a thing of the past and hair growth slows down allowing longer between waxes…I couldn’t recommend her highly enough!

Kate Mangion


Annalisa has been my beauty consultant for the past 9 years and I can honestly say that she is the best!  The trust she builds with her clients from the very first appointment is instant and comforting, and should never be underestimated in this industry.

 The care and pride she takes during treatments is evident at each appointment and I always feel comfortable asking for her opinion/recommendation on beauty options.

 She has extremely loyal clients – I’ve recommended Annalisa to my sisters and close friends and their feedback is always positive.

 Thanks so much for everything!

Laura Keating


I suffered for years with unsightly, painful (and embarrassing) ingrown hairs. Thankfully my sister recommended that I make a waxing appointment with Annalisa, and I’m pleased to say that I’m still a client 7 years down the track. Annalisa has been the only person to provide me with visible, positive results – I’m thankful that I stopped having to worry about ingrown hairs within months of visiting her.

The personalised, considerate approach that Annalisa takes with each client is a genuine reflection of her caring personality and her passion for her craft. You are guaranteed to feel comfortable when undertaking a treatment with Annalisa, and can trust that her advice is based on extensive knowledge and experience. Make an appointment to meet Annalisa – your skin will thank you!

– Abbey Gordon


I experienced the Winter Warmer Special which was a complete sensory journey. The retreat itself immediately relaxes you with dim lighting, soft music, essential oils and candles. The massage itself was amazing as Annalisa uses hot stones throughout. The highlight for me was the scrub over my back and the warm towels. The stones on my feet and the facial massage were heavenly. I definitely would recommend this treatment and Annalisa’s retreat and won’t wait too long to visit again

-Christina Brannigan


I have been a client of Annalisa’s for the passed 4 years.  I have had multiple treatments and waxes done and wouldn’t go anywhere else.

Her professionalism and expertise in product knowledge and treatments are 2nd to none.  I would have no problems recommending Annalisa and her service.

– Clelia Innamorati

I would happily recommend Annalisa to anyone who wants to be greeted with a smile, valued and completely comfortable in what can be an awkward situation, like a Brazilian wax.

I find my experience always consistent, never varied and provided with the utmost care. I find I don’t dread my appointments at all (when I normally would when attending other salons) and actually enjoy attending and having a chat!

The reappointment process is also convenient as there is no need to call and re-book. The strong customer base is a testament to the passion and commitment Annalisa has to her clients. you will not be disappointed and will quickly become a customer for life…like me!

– Natalia Lozinski

Annalisa you are amazing !!! Your treatments would make anyone forget about the stress of life and last night it did for me ! … that hour made me feel so refreshed and replenished!
Thank you for your professionalism and the serenity of your gorgeous treatment room !!! Xxxx and the coconut tea is amazing. THANK YOU!!

-Rosie Conforto


Annalisa provides a highly professional service and has looked after me for many years. I look forward to the treatments and Annalisa’s skilled and caring approach. FABULOUS!

– Victoria San Gil

Annalisa’s Tension Tamer massage is the best. I walked in sore and achy and walked out a new person. It was the best massage I’ve had in a long time. Thanks again Annalisa, you are the best. Can’t wait for the next one!

– Helen Senjov


Annalisa is very professional in her work and provides fantastic customer service. It is always a wonderful experience.​

-Beverly McGivern


Today I experienced pure relaxation and indulgence @apetiteretreat . Even though I’ve known Annalisa for 30 years (and all we wanted to do was chat and laugh) it was pure professionalism in a perfectly calm and serene environment . Thanks so much Annalisa I loved every single minute of my treatment and I’m so proud of you!!​

Maryanne Buschel


Annalisa has been my waxing guru and beauty consultant for 14 years now. I have always been made to feel comfortable and relaxed whether l am having a treatment or being waxed. I also recently had my eyebrows feather touch tattooed by Annalisa. She is amazing. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough, she knows it ALL and l wouldn’t go anywhere else……Thank you for everything Annalisa​.

-Nada Bojinovic


Annalisa’s attention to detail is immaculate. A high end day spa feel at an affordable price. Her knowledge on skin care and her many years in the industry certainty doesn’t go unnoticed! A Petite Retreat is something everyone should enjoy! Well done Annalisa.

-Paige McKnight​


Cosy, comfortable environment. Excellent customer service with a smile and caring nature.

-Adele Stagliano