Gaia Retreat & Spa, Byron Bay
Step foot into Gaia Retreat and Spa and enter what appears to be an island paradise, secluded in the green hills of the Byron hinterland. Spread over 10 hectares, it’s hardly surprising that Gaia tops our list, given that it attracts celebrity clientele from around the world and also has a star connection (Olivia Newton-John is a co-founder). With eight retreat packages available, you can tailor the experience to your own needs or even special occasions, with some offers including mother daughter retreats, timeless beauty and pregnancy pampering. At the spa, indulge with any choice of speciality massage like aromatherapy, Ayurvedic or lymphatic drainage among others, as well as all manner of beauty treatments. You can do morning yoga overlooking the scenic views, train at the gym, and even learning organic recipes with cooking classes with the resort’s award-winning chef. The opportunities are endless here but one thing that is certain is you’ll leave feeling revived, refreshed and restored.
Location: 933 Fernleigh Rd, Brooklet NSW
Price: Packages available from $1,950
Daintree Ecolodge and Spa, Queensland
It doesn’t get better than the Daintree Ecolodge and Spa, a retreat tucked away in the incredible Daintree Rainforest. With a focus on sustainability, this retreat offers boutique accomodation with the kind of scenery that will reinvigorate your senses. Here at Daintree Ecolodge and Sa, the founders have worked out of respect and with the approval of the elders of the local Kuku Yalanji tribe, using only natural ingredients to create a healing experience in harmony with nature. There’s a number of packages on offer here but the signature treatment is the Walbul-Walbul or ‘butterfly’, which incorporates the contrasting sensations of oil and desert salts and Australian indigenous products and massage techniques to create a relaxing experience unlike any other. As well as that, you can engage with other activities that get you outdoors in the heart of nature, like river cruises, rainforest walks, and horse riding.
Location: 3189 Mossman-Daintree Road, Daintree
Price: From $944 for two guests
Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, Victoria
It’s hard to believe that a place like Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa exists, let alone has been around since 1895. Though modern in its aesthetic, this spa retreat has decades of tradition as its foundation and offers communal bathing in the mineral relation pool as well as private tubs in the spa. Rich with potassium, magnesium, silica and chloride, the mineral springs are richly therapeutic and attest to why many flock to the retreat for the ultimate relaxing indulgence. But there’s a lot you can do outside of the pools too, including outdoor walks, spa treatments and beauty therapy.
Location: Mineral Springs Reserve Road, Hepburn Springs
Price: From $55
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Queensland
For those looking to completely cleanse the system through a detox and reset, you’ll be in safe hands at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat. This customised environment is well regarded for its ability to transform the lives of guests. With an incredibly supportive staff who are always on call, you’ll be protected from any external distractions and stress in this beautifully isolated environment. Offering retreats that range from two nights to seven, there are a range of options to suit each individual’s goal upon arrival. Daily routines are based around exercise in the morning and the opportunity to “restore” in the afternoon. Food is locally sourced and organic and upon departure, you’ll be left feeling inspired and ready to make some big changes in your lifestyle.
Location: 192 Syndicate Rd, Tallebudgera Valley
Price: From $1,175
Injidup Spa Retreat, Western Australia
Aside from offering a number of packages sure to please every wellness fiend, the location of Injidup Spa Retreat can’t be topped. Located just three hours south of WA’s famed Margaret River, the spa is situated in the town of Yallingup and offers stunning vistas across the landscape. Facilities include adult-only villas which offer the perfect getaway to those looking to recharge and reconnect. There’s a gourmet breakfast hamper available upon arrival, and private plunge pools that overlook the ocean. Alongside the numerous spa treatments on offer, there’s also private yoga classes, hikes, and the views that rest right on your doorstep.
Location: 31 Cape Clairault Road, Yallingup
Price: From $680 per night.
Billabong Retreat, NSW
If you’ve always wanted to get into yoga, or simply haven’t been making enough time for your practice, consider the Billabong Retreat as your go-to destination. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more ideal setting when it comes to retreats intended to see you wind down, relax and reflect, but that’s exactly what the Billabong Retreat stands for. With the wind rustling leaves outside and the melodic sound of native birds, you’ll be feeling invigorated and refreshed in no time. There’s even a magnesium pool for added relaxation.
Location: 41 McClymonts Road, Maraylya
Price: From $300 per night.