Switch your phone to flight mode, because we’re halfway through 2017 and it’s time to rejuvenate for the second half. Here, our carefully chosen top three retreat and spa picks are just far enough out of the big smoke to give you that ‘from where you’d rather be’ feeling, but are all near enough to enjoy over just a 2 day weekend. So, if you’re anything like us and find yourself in need of a weekend filled with pampering and perhaps even a little soul searching, let your education begin…
For the peeps that aren’t too keen on heading too far out of Sydney (45mins), there’s Billabong Retreat in Maraylya. This eco friendly escape offers a range of retreat programs that include yoga, meditation and stress management. But if you’re also after some spa time… Billabong offers massages, facials and even reiki too! There are on-site naturopaths, hypnotherapists and kinesiologists available for private sessions. We love that all their provided meals are organic and curated with produce currently in season… show us the way to the wholefoods buffet!
Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa
Being one of the most well known Sydney escapes, at this “on the edge of the earth” resort you can expect picturesque views of the Jamison Valley, abundant wildlife and scenic attractions right at your doorstep. Unwind and be pampered at the onsite Lilianfels Day Spa – we highly recommend the exfoliation, massage, cocooning and scalp massage that is the ‘Ginger Renewal Signature Treatment’. Finish off the day by letting the fresh air and the myriad sounds of the bush saturate your senses while you enjoy their creative fine-dining cuisine with a mega view!!! #bliss
Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa
A typical day at the Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa begins with Tai Chi Qi Gong at sunrise followed by enjoying their specialty breakfast cuisine, before embarking on a day filled with health seminars, exercise classes (spin, interval, Zumba) yoga and meditation. Ticking off all the white robe and slipper boxes, Golden Door’s Spa Elysia, is a haven of relaxation and healing treatments that include face and body treatments while specialty services like access to sungardens and vichy showers, steam rooms and a 25m indoor heated lap pool are a real treat too. Keen to complete the ‘hard days work’ with a little wine tasting? Sign us up!