3 Of Australia's Best Wellness Retreats For When You Need A Total Reset
Whether you are overwhelmed, stressed out or are just in need of a break from your hectic routine, wellness retreats can be a great way to escape, switch off and reset the body and mind. Located in some of the most scenic locations in Australia, you can indulge in nourishing foods, endless yoga and meditation and spa treatments galore while enjoying what would probably be the most peaceful and carefree time of your life. With weekend or week-long retreat options available to suit your needs and an extensive range of activities, treatments, facilities and workshops on offer, we’ve found three of Australia’s best wellness retreats for when you need some time out and a total lifestyle overhaul (we aren’t kidding).
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Tallebudgera Valley QLD
If you are looking to disconnect from the world and improve your lifestyle this one is for you.
On the edge of the Gold Coast Hinterlands in the Tallebudgera Valley lies the exquisite Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat. With numerous awards under their belt, this retreat is renowned globally for ability to improve lifestyle habits and the overall wellbeing of its guests.
The property houses two heated swimming pools including an infinity edge lap pool, dining room, numerous relaxation areas and lounges, a three-storey spa sanctuary including a crystal steam room, wellness complex and boutique. You can customise your stay however you like with the option to participate in a range of balanced movement programs, spa therapies and wellness consultations depending on your goals.
Enjoy a gluten and dairy free cuisine during your stay made with organic ingredients from local farmers and their own onsite gardens. Their menu is specifically designed to improve digestion, reduce inflammation and assist in liver detoxification so you will leave feeling healthy and full of energy to continue your lifestyle transformation at home.
A few days at the isolated Gwinganna surrounded by stunning ocean and valley views will be the perfect place to de-stress and refresh, we just know it.
Book now at gwinganna.com
Gaia Retreat & Spa, Byron Bay NSW
As one of Australia’s most awarded boutique lifestyle pamper retreats, this one is perfect if you are looking for a balance of for rest and rejuvenation.
Established by Olivia Newton-John and partners, Gaia Retreat & Spa sits at the highest point in the Byron Shire, just 15 minutes from the centre of Byron Bay. And no matter how you wish to recharge, Gaia let’s you personalise your experience however you like.
Gaia’s facilities include an outdoor heated saltwater pool, sauna, spa, diverse fitness centre overlooking the lush Byron Bay hinterland, Samadhi yoga room, Samira lookout with spectacular views and a naturopathic clinic. Start your day out with a gentle restorative 90-minute morning yoga before diving into one of the retreat’s many activities including boxing, personal training, clay sculpture, organic cooking and gardening classes, art therapy or health and wellbeing presentations.
You can expect the freshest organic and local produce during your stay at Gaia with many of their ingredients from their own garden. Begin the day with a beautiful buffet selection before enjoying a three-course fine dining experience complete with organic wine.
The perfect incentive to refresh and get back on track.
Book now at gaiaretreat.com.au
Elysia Wellness Retreat, Hunter Valley NSW
If your looking for a retreat with an all-round health and wellness experience, look no further.
Golden Door’s wellness retreat, Elysia, offers a comprehensive daily program, where guests can tailor their day to include as many or as little activities as they like. And with nutrition, exercise and relaxation at the centre of Elysia’s Wellness Retreat’s philosophy, a few days here is bound to get you back on track to living a healthy and active life.
The site includes a beautiful restaurant and guest lounge where you can enjoy a range of delicious, healthy and organics wholefoods, a heated indoor lap pool and outdoor resort style pool, spa, steam rooms, three yoga studios, a fully equipped gymnasium, multi-sport courts, cycle studio, wellness centre, day spa, theatrette, library and boutique as well as the beautiful meditation hill where daily tai chi classes are held.
Activities at Elysia include low, medium and high intensity movement activities and sports, personal training, stretch and mobility classes, one-on-one wellbeing sessions, cooking demonstrations, mindfulness sessions and health education seminars and workshops all run by highly skilled practitioners.
So sit back and relax in your private villa with incredible views of the Hunter Valley, what more could you want?
Book now at elysiaretreat.com.au
So what are you waiting for?
*All images sourced from each retreat’s respective website