10 Australian wellness escapes
Holiday Here This Year: Consider this selection of destinations to help you recover and recharge after the year's challenges.
GwingannaGold Coast, Queensland
Named Eco Spa of the Year at the prestigious Asia Spa Awards, this ecotourism-certified retreat combines organic living, spa, movement and relaxation with organic cuisine and wellness seminars in a low-tech environment.
Mission Beach, Queensland
Sanctuary Retreat is an affordable eco-lodge for the physically active, with 50 acres of rainforest to explore, a private beach and purpose-built yoga facilities.
Billabong RetreatMaraylya, New South Wales
Located just 45 minutes from Sydney, Billabong Retreat boasts organic whole food cuisine, an incredible nature setting and resort-style swimming pool. The eco-friendly lodge specialises in various retreats including transformative yoga, health, mindfulness and meditation.
Samadhi Health and Wellness Retreat & SpaDaylesford, Victoria
Samadhi is for those interested in an experience combining spirituality, health and wellbeing with delicious cuisine, luxurious home comforts and rejuvenating spa treatments. The popular LifeShaping program helps you make lasting changes in your life by combining seminars and workshops with therapies, nutrition, yoga and meditation.
Waldheim Alpine SpaCradle Mountain, Tasmania
The Waldheim Alpine Spa at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is designed to reflect the pristine beauty of the Tasmanian wilderness. Offering a steam room, sauna, large hot-tub and cool plunge pool, as well as a relaxation lounge, Waldheim is ideal for those seeking complete relaxation.
Prema ShantiCape Tribulation, Queensland
Situated in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest, Prema Shanti runs yoga and meditation classes seven days a week, all year round. Designed for both beginners and experienced yogis, the eco-friendly retreat also offers Indian-influenced spa treatments including facials, Indian head massages, ear candling and detox packages.
Byron Yoga Retreat CentreByron Bay, New South Wales
An easy walk from Byron Bay’s town centre and iconic beaches, the Byron Yoga Retreat Centre is an ashram-style eco-resort focusing relaxation and reflection. With rainwater tanks, compost toilets and a vegetarian menu sourced form an on-site organic garden, the retreat is suited to travellers serious about minimising their impact on the environment or strengthening their yoga practice.
Mountain Seas Lodge
Flinders Island, Tasmania
With a focus on the arts, the aptly-named Mountain Seas Retreat enables guests to make the most of the rugged Strzelecki National Park and Trousers Bay. The purpose-built Art Centre is equipped with ceramic wheels, electric and woodfired kilns, hand-building tables, as well as space for acrylic painting, watercolours and other visual mediums.
Gaia Retreat and SpaBrooklet, New South Wales
Named 2018 Global Hotel of the Year, Gaia Retreat and Spa offers individually-tailored programs for relaxation, detox, weight-loss, health, fitness and general wellbeing. Co-owned by Oliva Newton-John, the retreat prides itself on scenic beauty, natural design and a core philosophy of personal choice – you may even get to meet Olivia.
Injidup Spa RetreatYallingup, Western Australia
Situated on a secluded beach in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, Injidup features luxurious adult-only villas, each with a private plunge pool and ocean views. The stylish coastal hideaways are self-contained with the option of gourmet meals delivered each day.
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