Desperate to kick those bad habits? Whether it’s the diet you just can’t stick to or the yoga class you swear you’re going to attend next time, we all sometimes need a push in the right direction.
With an integrated approach to health, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat takes guests on a journey of self-discovery and nourishing replenishment via a range of comprehensive wellness programmes. We check out the facilities for a full lifestyle overhaul:
Sitting high on a plateau with panoramic ocean and valley views, Gwinganna is situated on a 200-hectare rural property on Australia’s picturesque Gold Coast. Located in the Tallebudgera Valley, one hour from Brisbane Airport and less than 30 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport, the retreat is easy to access, yet peacefully secluded.
Gwinganna has seven accommodation types to choose from: two Boorabee Villas (open-plan design with private deck and plunge pool), Moonarie Villas (split-level villas with private deck and plunge pool), Billabong Villas (split-level villas with private steam room, outdoor deck and bath), Meditation Suites (open-plan design with private deck and meditation materials), Peel House Cottage (a restored Heritage cottage with two bedrooms, each with a queen bed and ensuite), Orchard Suites (one and two-bedroom suites with lounge areas and private patio), Heritage Houses (multi-bedroom houses with spacious living area and wrap around verandahs), and Heritage Rooms (cozy, comfortable rooms, suitable for solo travelers).
With a focus on wholesome nourishment and balanced nutrition, the food at Gwinganna is mindfully crafted to boost energy, enhance vitality and cultivate health. The retreat embraces a paddock-to-plate philosophy and all produce used in the kitchen is fresh, organic and locally-sourced. Much of the fruit, veggies and herbs are harvested from the retreat’s own organic gardens and orchard, so meals are packed with nature’s goodness. All ingredients focus on low human intervention food (LHI), where food has undergone minimal or no changes from its place in nature to create an ideal balance between macro and micronutrients.
Specifically designed to support and improve digestion and liver detoxification, reduce inflammation, improve gut bacteria and balance blood sugar levels, meals are equally healthy and tasty. Specially curated to meet individual dietary needs, many of the meals are gluten and dairy free and can be adapted to meet special requests. Gwinganna also has a recipe book filled with delicious everyday meals that guests can create at home.
With a strong wellness focus, Gwinganna offers a full spectrum of two, three, four, five, and seven-day health retreats. Inclusive of accommodation, meals, spa treatments, wellness seminars, exercise classes and holistic activities (such as Qi Gong, meditation and yoga) and access to state-of-the-art workout facilities, each package is designed to alleviate stress and improve overall health and wellbeing. Created to regulate hormones, reduce stress, and counter unhealthy lifestyle habits, each programme offers a theme, from detox to speciality areas such as nutrition, sleep and women’s health.
They also have an innovative positive ageing programme called ‘Optimum Wellbeing 50 Plus’ which teaches guests how to use movement, nutrition, emotional wellbeing and stress management to prevent degenerative disease. Gwinganna’s custom-designed spa sanctuary is exceptional and offers everything from facial and massage therapies to more holistic options such as naturopathy, live blood analysis and Traditional Chinese Medicine. It’s also worth noting that Gwinganna is a closed retreat and day visits are not available.
Expect to feel…soothed, strong and sprightly after a week of R&R in the Australian countryside.