They say that if you can teach a man to fish, he’ll never go hungry, which is much the motto Golden Door Health Resort adopts in its approach to wellness. Offering all-inclusive health and wellness programmes that have been developed to motivate change and give guests tools for lasting results once their retreat stay is finished. With a comprehensive education programme to compliment packages that focus on health and relaxation, Golden Door Health Resort is one of Australia’s best purpose-built destination health resorts.
Located in the beautiful Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Golden Door overlooks the Brokenback Mountain Range. With scenic views of a neighbouring vineyard, the retreat is situated two and a half hours from Sydney Airport and 60 minutes from Newcastle Airport.
Featuring 74 stylish villas, Golden Door’s luxurious accommodation has been mindfully built to showcase the picturesque natural surroundings. Split into three room types with one, two and three-bedroom options, each villa features floor-to-ceiling windows, king-size beds, sunken bathtubs, private verandahs and five-star amenities. Styled with contemporary furnishings and décor, each space is distinctly modern, albeit a tad stark.
Serving up nutritious, wholesome meals, the food at Golden Door reflects the health-driven focus of the rest of the retreat. With a ‘back-to-basics’ approach to eating, the kitchen philosophy revolves around moderation and concentrates on three simple principles: wholefoods, sensible portions, and well-spaced meal times. Designed to give the body a rest from red meat, alcohol, caffeine, sugar and saturated fat, dishes are largely vegetarian, although white meat and fish options are available.
Designed to boost energy and vitality, each meal is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients. Noteworthy dishes include the green smoothie bowl, the chicken and vegetable moussaka bake, the quinoa tabbouleh, and the ocean trout rice paper rolls. The retreat’s liquid menu is equally appetising and includes hearty soups, cleansing juices, nourishing smoothies, and aromatic herbal teas.
Golden Door describes itself as ‘a place to balance the mind and body to create a healthier, happier, more motivated lifestyle’ so that guests can achieve lifelong wellness. Its treatment programme reflects this ethos and there are four retreat packages to choose from: ‘Lifestyle Weekend’ (2 nights); ‘Motivate for Change’ (3 nights); ‘Optimal Wellness’ (5 nights); and ‘Health Enhancement’ (7 nights). They also offer an annual ‘Reflect and Refresh New Year Programme’ (10 days) for those that want to kick-start their health in the new year.
Each package includes daily group fitness activities, mind-body classes, spa treatments, health education seminars, and healthy meals. Golden Door also hosts an array of speciality retreats led by visiting health experts including a men’s wellness retreat and a mother-daughter wellbeing getaway.
Expect to feel… like you have a fresh new lease on life. Thanks to their excellent educational workshops, this retreat is ideal for those searching for the tools to continue a healthy lifestyle and wellness transformation beyond the retreat.