Australia boasts endless opportunities for luxury wellness escapes, with the added advantage of opposing seasons (winter wonderland escapes when you’re struggling in the stifling heat, and sunny summer getaways to beat the dreary cold). If you’re planning a trip down under, you’ll want to do your research, taking in the very best that Australian healthy holiday hospitality has to offer. These are just some of our favourite luxury wellness retreats in Australia…
If your perfect wellness escape takes place with endless white sandy beaches in sight, you’ll find your haven in the Whitsunday Islands. A seven-night retreat Qualia seamlessly balances a focus on health and wellness with the little luxuries that make this a true holiday (think a bottle of champagne on arrival, chauffeur service around the island, and dinner by candlelight). Access to the resort’s gym, spa, tennis court and sauna at your leisure throughout your stay will keep your wellness goals on track, as will the nutritional, seasonal cuisine on offer.
Signature experiences start from $5,500 | Book now with Compare Retreats
For a more individualised approach to wellness, opt for a stay on Kangaroo Island. The tailored Dynamic Detox programmes run for seven days, and consist of an intensive, four-night detox followed by three days of whole food nutrition and cooking lessons. The programmes are designed to help combat a variety of health issues, ranging from stress and depression to high blood pressure and hormonal imbalances. Dynamic Detox retreats are suitable for those aged between 18 and 59.
Dynamic Detoxes start from US$1,604 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Situated in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, the Golden Door Health Retreat property offers a whole host of daily health workshops and seminars to keep guests focused on their wellness goals. Optimal Wellness programmes, which run for five nights, are inclusive of luxury accommodation, all meals and snacks, and two spa treatments. Those looking to treat themselves just that little bit more can indulge and choose additional services from the aptly-named wellness menu.
5-Night Optimal Wellness retreats start from US$2,717 | Book now on Compare Retreats
In search of your own private sanctuary? Access to a luxurious spa through your own private courtyard leads you down the rabbit hole and into your very own Garden of Eden at Samadhi Health & Wellness Retreat. Self-Discovery Retreats, which run for between three and five days, include guided meditation sessions, daily mental wellness coaching, a de-stressing massage and hydrotherapy treatment, plus the option to take part in yoga and guided nature walks in the areas surrounding the property.
Prices start from US$1,260 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Reawaken your senses and inner fitness enthusiast at the Living Valley Health Retreat. On the Sunshine Coast, the retreat facility offers seven day Healthy Holiday programmes which are inclusive of accommodation, massages and facials, Pilates, morning stretches, group fitness exercises and the choice of a guided hike or bush walk, to name just a few. It also includes cooking demonstrations, to help you continue your journey back to optimal health going once your retreat is complete.
Prices start from US$1,200 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Nestled on a quiet corner of one of Australia’s most pristine landscapes, The Byron at Byron makes for the ultimate long weekend wellness getaway. Its Relax & Retreat package offers guests the chance to do just that – with four nights accommodation in a luxurious Deluxe Spa Suite, daily breakfast and yoga practice. The resort’s gentle approach to wellness is also inclusive of a private meditation session and 90-minute massage, as well as a $150 spa voucher, to use at your leisure. Packages are priced per pair, so if you’re looking to treat someone you love, look no further.
Prices for a one-night retreats start from US$316 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Solo travel brings with it obvious benefits, and one of those is the chance to meet and connect with our like-minded people. Group retreats at Byron Bay Detox are based from the Tallow Beachfront Retreat property, and the dynamic retreats support just that. Retreats are inclusive of six nights accommodation, daily yoga and infrared sauna sessions, and detoxifying juices, broths and teas. Programmes start and end with a consultation with a naturopath, and include two colonic hydrotherapy treatments.
Prices start from US$2,200 | Book now on Compare Retreats
There seems to be a growing appreciation for self-care in today’s world, though many people still confine this to a Sunday morning activity. Taking it seriously can often mean taking time out of your daily life to focus on yourself. The De-Stress Retreat at Miamo Wellness allows guests to relax, recharge and reflect on both past and present. Four-night retreats are inclusive of all meals and accommodation, as well as access to workshops and seminars throughout your stay and up to three months online support once your retreat is complete.
Prices start from US$3,182 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Gwinganna is a luxury lifestyle retreat that focuses on providing its guests with all the creature comforts they could envisage while taking the time to focus on health, wellness and general wellbeing. The five-night, Optimal Wellbeing retreat is inclusive of accommodation, a massage, facial and $100 spa credit, for those looking for an air of added luxury. Packages also include the provision of healthy meals and snacks, a complimentary cooking class and wellness consultation, and access to seminars and workshops taking place during your stay.
Prices start from US$1,255 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Gaia Retreat & Spa
In the quiet reaches of the Byron Bay area, Gaia Retreat & Spa offers its guests the opportunity to retreat in style. Its Refresh retreat package includes a five-night stay in luxury accommodation, plus the provision of nutritionally balanced meals and snacks throughout your residence. The focus on rest and relaxation is palpable here – a complimentary massage and body polish are among the inclusions, as are daily yoga sessions, a wellness consultation and the choice of either a naturopath or Traditional Chinese Medicine consultation.
Prices start from US$916 | Book now on Compare Retreats