Destination detox: urban retreats to get your zen on
It's time for a little TLC
With spring comes the need to detox and there's nothing more nourishing for the soul than a little weekend getaway. But if jetting off to a secluded island isn't quite on your agenda, now's your chance to start embracing the city you call home. No departure lounges or plane tickets required. We've discovered some of Australia's most tranquil urban retreats that will have you feeling refreshed and revitalised, and the best part? You barely even have to leave the city.
Bondi Yoga House
A first of its kind, this intimate yoga and wellness retreat located in Bondi Beach is the epitome of an inner city suburban escape. With the option to tailor experiences, every retreat is individual to the guest's requirements. From 6am yoga classes in the jungle like surrounds of the Bondi Yoga House gardens, to local walking tours of Bondi Beach, even organic spray tanning and spa treatments, this may just be the weekend escape you have been pining for to help you recharge post winter hibernation. With five-star accommodation options and the capacity to sleep up to ten people, the house is always vibrant (yet not too busy) with people looking to trade the fast paced Sydney lifestyle for a slow and restorative weekend by the sea.
1 Shaw Street, North Bondi, bondiyogahouse.com
A little further from the hustle and bustle of Sydney, just 45 minutes from the CBD, once you settle into the surrounds of Billabong Retreat you'll be forgiven for thinking you are millions of miles away. This eco retreat offers resort style facilities in spectacular surrounds. For those who enjoy being captivated by nature and are looking to do some soul searching, this is the place. With transformative yoga and mindful meditation on offer, Billabong has a focus on ensuring guests feel rejuvenated during and post their stay. The programs are specifically targeted to stress management, physical strength, flexibility, emotional intelligence and of course - happiness.
Top that off with a plentiful selection of locally sourced, seasonal organic wholefoods, visitors are treated to ultimate luxury from the moment they arrive. The accommodation ranges from lavish cabins overlooking the water or share dorm rooms for those who prefer to mingle, so there really is something here for everyone whether you're on your own, or with friends. For a more personalised experience, treatments including massage, facials, reiki as well as private yoga, meditation and even hypnotherapy are also on offer.
41 McClymonts Rd, Maraylya, billabongretreat.com.au
This Melbourne health and wellness sanctuary is a full immersive experience and the perfect way to escape from reality, even if only for a day. Their one-day retreat programs can be specifically tailored to pre-natal events, hen's parties and corporate functions and each package includes yoga, massage and meditation as well as optional add-ons such as naturopathy, acupuncture and nutrition consultations to get you back on track in time for summer. If it's down time you've been craving, or perhaps you just need some health and wellbeing inspo, Wellineux is your one-stop shop for a pre-summer vitality boost.
51 Brady Street, South Melbourne, wellineux.com
If you're a Brisbane local, your urban wellness haven awaits you a little further south on the Gold Coast at Gwinganna. With a motto to 'soothe your soul and inspire you to live a healthier lifestyle', you know you're in good hands here. During your stay, you will be exposed to organic living and deep relaxation as you bask in the scenic views of the Gold Coast's hinterland. Offering a two night introductory weekend stay - ideal for busy people looking to retreat for the first time- or, for those in need of a true escape, five and seven day packages are also available. With a selection of activities, tips and wellness seminars on how to live a healthier life, the stress you brought with you when you arrived will quickly become a distant memory.
Never a dull moment at Gwinganna, you can be sure to be kept entertained with a dedicated and aptly named Spa Sanctuary offering a multitude of spa treatments, as well as a lap pool and sauna. The mind body pavilion is perfect for practising your downward dog and there is also a fully equipped gym, tennis courts and even an amphitheatre on-site, so amidst all that resting you can be sure there's plenty at Gwinganna to keep you occupied during your visit.
192 Syndicate Rd, Tallebudgera Valley, gwinganna.com
Nature's Paradise Health & Eco Retreat
Whether you're a Perth local, or a weekend warrior, Nature's Paradise Health & Eco Retreat is an absolute must visit. Only a 50 minute drive from Perth's CBD, this luxury escape is worth the short distance. Guests have the ability to choose from a range of packages available to make for a relaxing holiday or a more personalised wellness retreat which you can design to suit your needs. Secluded on a hilltop overlooking the pristine national parks, Nature's Paradise certainly lives up to its name. Taking a truly holistic approach to wellbeing, among the services on offer (including mineral baths, massage, infra-red sauna and meditation), guests are encouraged to take advantage of the nutritious menu with an abundance of organic fruits and vegetables being served straight from the on-site garden allowing for optimum nourishment, energy and healing.
2621 Weir Village Rd, Mundaring, naturesparadise.com.au
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