Kangaroo Island in Emu Bay might sound like something out of a whimsical adventure novel, but we promise that this place is 100% real. Real doesn’t mean it can’t be a little bit magical though, and this boutique wellness sanctuary certainly delivers on that front. With a strong focus on detox, Kangaroo Island Health Retreat is a rejuvenation resort in South Australia offering all-inclusive, incredibly effective cleansing programmes in a stunning, isolated location. CompareRetreats.com checks in to check out the facilities.
Located 16 kilometres off the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, Kangaroo Island is the third largest island off the coast of Australia. Situated in Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island Health Retreat is approximately 15km from the mainland and is accessible by ferry or air, with 30-minute flights between Adelaide and Kingscote, and a 45-minute ferry from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw.
The accommodation at Kangaroo Island is minimal yet homely. With a maximum of six guests, the retreat is genuinely exclusive and complements the natural peace of the striking landscape surrounding. The interior décor has a country cottage vibe, and each of the ocean view studios is enveloped by the Australian countryside and overlooks Emu Bay.
Healthy eating is an integral part of the detox experience at the retreat. The detox programme is designed to ‘arm guests with the knowledge and tools to heal’. Subsequently, nutrition-focused cooking lessons play a pivotal role in the daily programme, with a focus on nourishing meals that eliminate body toxins, aid weight loss, boost energy, and improve general vitality. Each dish is created from organic ingredients that have been selected for their high nutritional value. Increasing daily water intake is part of the package, and guests are required to record their water intake to encourage healthy hydration habits.
Based on the principles of empowerment, education and healing, the ‘Dynamic Detox’ programme at Kangaroo Island (which is the retreat’s signature package) gives guests the tools for lifelong health transformation. Specifically designed for busy people who want exceptional results in minimal time, this all-inclusive package helps guests make holistic lifestyle changes so they can achieve optimal health to the cellular level.
Individually tailored for people aged 18 to 60 years, the five-day programme begins with a comprehensive health assessment then proceeds with a thorough body detoxification. After three nights of cleansing, whole food meals are introduced along with holistic exercise activities. As well as diet guidance, the Dynamic Detox programme includes yoga lessons, Pilates classes, nutrition lectures, massage treatments, daily sauna sessions and guided nature walks (sweat-inducing trekking through wild bushland).
Expect to feel…inspired to kick your unhealthy lifestyle habits to the curb. If you’ve been needing an escape—literally, emotionally—there aren’t many places on earth where you can truly get away from life and reset in real isolation.
Kangaroo Island Health Retreat | Kangaroo Island Health Retreat (KIHR), 227 Bates Rd, Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, 5223 | +61 8 8553 5374