Lately I've been craving a weekend getaway, a place where I can escape from the outside world to pamper and relax my mind, body & spirit and re-connect with nature. What's more perfect to tick all of these boxes than a yoga or wellness retreat!? We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful country with amazing natural landscapes and beaches and there are beautiful retreats on many of our doorsteps. This week I've researched and selected my top 6 Australian yoga and wellness retreats to share with you.
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat - QLD
Located in the hinterland of QLD's Gold Coast this lifestyle retreat combines organic living, spa, movement and relaxation with delicious organic cuisine and vital wellness seminars in a dedicated low tech environment. Gwinganna provides scenic views of the coast and surrounding valleys and a casual relaxed atmosphere. Gwinganna is Ecotourism Certified and is fully registered with Land for Wildlife, a program committed to protecting and enhancing wildlife habitat on the property and have released five rescue koalas and two echidnas onto the property as part of this program. A few of their unique features include over 16 different environmental walks across 200 hectares. Around the property, you can explore and enjoy the organic gardens which provide an abundance of herbs, greens, fruits and vegetables. The main garden is also home to the composting, worm farming and chickens.
Fully Inclusive packages start from 2 days min.
GAIA Retreat and Spa - NSW
Gaia Retreat and Spa located close to Ballina is for anyone looking for absolute luxury. Founded in 2005 by Gregg Cave, Ruth Kalnin, Olivia Newton-John and Warwick Evans, who shared a dream to create a place of heart where you own the experience – a place to refocus, rebalance and truly restore.
With a range of Retreat Package that start from a min 2 nights, they offer something for everyone including couple and honeymoon options. This retreat offers a luxury spa, a culinary restaurant with only fresh and organic produce that features a fine-dining 3 course experience for dinner, Naturopathic clinic and a fitness center with a range of activities such as meditation, tennis, cooking classes, boxing, Tai Chi and much more. A pool, spa and sauna is also available for guests.
GAIA Retreat and Spa has won numerous awards including World's Best Day Spa in the World Spa Awards for 2015 & 2016. It features the Samira Yoga Lookout, Samira – ancient Sanskrit meaning ‘wind of God and breeze’ is not only the highest point on the property, but in the Ballina Shire which offers spectacular views as far as the horizon takes you. Perfect for the most breathtaking sunrises or a relaxing spot to unwind with one of many stunning sunsets from one of their romantic daybeds.
Hidden Valley - WA
Hidden Valley Eco Lodges & Day Spa offer weekend getaway yoga, health and wellness retreats with lodges nestled amongst the Jarrah forest in Pickering Brook, WA. Each retreat includes numerous yoga classes as well as healthy organic meals designed and prepared with local produce by their chef. Offering not only a relaxing and healthy escape, Hidden Valley also includes luxury treatments in their beautiful Day Spa which is all included in the retreat package.
Samadhi - Wellness Spa & Health Retreat - VIC
Located in Daylesford, approx. a 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne, Samadhi offer a generous range of wellness retreat packages to suit absolutely anyone's needs. To cultivate a sense of peace and tranquility the retreat was built according to Feng Shui principles, purpose built to enhance your healing experience. As you enter Samadhi you are welcomed with sculptural gardens, a water feature and numerous sculptural art pieces. Offering a luxurious sense of sanctuary within the Retreat - to step inside the retreat, is to step into another world. Offering numerous Wellness activities such as yoga, meditation, Qigong, spirituality, spa therapies and much more.
Choose a weekend stay or a 3-5 days 'Wellness Retreat', or create a custom package that suits your needs.
Eden Health Retreat - QLD
Nestled in an ancient valley within Currumbin Valley known for its healing energy, Eden is a very special place. A place to nurture your mind, body and spirit and find absolute seclusion from an increasingly busy world. A place of healing and rejuvenation since 1984, it's Australia’s longest established health retreat. Their lodges are ecologically-sensitive lodges which are nestled in the rainforest with picture perfect views. One of their unique activities outside the pampering and relaxation facilities is their Australia’s longest flying fox. During your stay Eden Health Retreat encourage their guests to completely disconnect from technology and the outside world so you can refocus on yourself and your wellbeing.
Retreat packages start from a min 4 nights.
Eden Health Retreat are offering two specials: 25% off for all stays up to June 2017 and 30% off advanced booking special (if you book and pay for your stay 3 months in advance).
Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa - NSW
Located in the Hunter Valley Golden Door offer health and wellness retreats that have been developed to motivate change and give you the tools you need for lasting results. The packages include everything from informative seminars, a huge range of activities, spa indulgences, relaxation and nutritious, healthy meals. Features include their Spa Elysia and Wellness Centre offering a range of treatments and services including Zen Monk Therapy, Acupuncture, Astrology & Numerology, Holistic Coaching and much much more.
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