Nov 27, 2015
Downtime is decidedly upscale at these top health retreats.
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend or a full detox, this health retreat in Queensland’s Gold Coast hinterland could be your cup of green tea. Accommodation ranges from Heritage Rooms to villas with ocean-view plunge pools and the organic meals are plentiful. Mornings are packed with activities while the afternoon is designated “Dreamtime”. Wind down in the 33-room Spa Sanctuary, lie by the pool or nap in your room.
Gaia Retreat & Spa
Rejuvenate and rebalance from the highest point in the Byron Shire, surrounded by rolling hills, lush forest and luxury villas, at this internationally renowned health retreat in northern New South Wales. Choose from packages to revive, renew, refresh or restore and, if you have a specific goal in mind, add a program focused on detox, weight loss, fitness or yoga.
Samadhi Health and Wellness Retreat & Spa
The sculpture garden and a feeling of sanctuary are integral to this lifestyle retreat outside Daylesford, Victoria. The popular LifeShaping program helps you to make lasting changes in your life by combining seminars and workshops with therapies, nutrition, yoga and meditation.
Kangaroo Island Health Retreat
The five-day Dynamic Detox program at this South Australian island retreat is a complete lifestyle overhaul. It’s an intimate affair with a maximum of six participants in each course, enabling an individually tailored program. You need to be reasonably fit to take part, but after a week spent at this haven by the beach you’ll be armed with the tools to take your health to the next level.
KalyaaNa Spa & Wellness Retreat
Suffering from burnout? Wondering how to meditate? Want some action while you’re blissing out? East of Western Australia’s Margaret River region, this retreat offers a range of programs that encompass yoga, spa treatments, healthy gourmet cuisine and activities such as mountain biking and bushwalking. A pre-retreat phone consultation helps to personalise the experience.
Harmony Hill Wellness & Organic Spa Retreat
Kick back in the jacuzzi on a five-day break focusing on health and relaxation in the hills south of Hobart, Tasmania. Do a yoga class, enjoy nutritious cuisine and revive in the day spa with a hot stone massage, body wrap or Ayurvedic treatment. Accommodation comprises cosy, spacious eco cottages with mountain views. The eight-night weight-loss retreat is a great way to kickstart a healthy makeover.
Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa Elysia
The Hunter Valley, New South Wales, is the perfect place to reboot. From the balcony of your suite or villa, watch kangaroos grazing as the sun sets. Focus on mind and body during a two- to seven-night stay that includes workshops and seminars on wellbeing alongside exercise and pampering at Australia’s largest day spa.
Miamo Wellness Retreats
Amid the Daintree Rainforest in Far North Queensland, a Queenslander-style villa with a private beach and tropical gardens is the setting for the four-night De-Stress Retreat. Coaches assist you to calm a racing mind, arming you with mental and physical techniques to help you focus during demanding situations. There’s a maximum of eight participants, who are encouraged to enjoy downtime with a massage or spa treatment.
Solar Springs Retreat
You can opt to do all the activities at this retreat or just enjoy the tranquility of the serene backdrop of Morton National Park in the New South Wales Southern Highlands. The retreat offers a revitalising break from the stresses of modern life and the time and space to go bushwalking, hit a ball on the tennis court or take an archery lesson. Depending on your goals, packages may include sessions with a personal trainer and consultations with a naturopath.
Bush Creek Buddha
Regardless of whether you’re a complete beginner to yoga or pulling off advanced asanas while barely raising a sweat, weekends spent at these luxury bush lodgings will have you both limber and restored. Head 100 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, Victoria, where personalised yoga classes kick off at a reasonable hour (it’s the weekend, after all), bushwalking and horseriding are optional and French-influenced cuisine is created from locally sourced produce.