The idea of having a little “me” time is pretty mythical for us modern mums, isn’t it? But, I’m still hoping that time will come because I never underestimate the power of a well-earned break. It’s the perfect chance to de-stress, switch off and reset.
My last break was in Sydney when I was 20 something weeks pregnant. I flew down for a bloggers lunch and the simple fact that I could fly on my own, have my own hotel room and room service, was absolute bliss!
But I’m still dreaming of that elusive getaway to a wellness retreat ALL BY MYSELF (or perhaps with a mum friend).
I remember being teased by such relaxation whenever I browsed the pages of my Business Chicks magazine. “What a perfect way to refocus and recharge,” I remember thinking as I admired the images of a woman relaxing back on a hammock with a champagne in hand. Heck, I don’t think I’ve ever needed the recharge more, not even with my first child. I’m blaming my age and that’s another story!
I asked Gordon Bayne, Head of Travel at Scoopon, if he could recommend some wellness retreats worth splurging on that didn’t require loads of travel and here’s what he came up with.
WARNING: Get ready to be taken to a VERY relaxing place, even if it may only be in your dreams. I’ll let you know when it’s time to come back to reality.
5 Luxury Wellness Retreats
Golden Door Health Retreat Elysia, Hunter Valley NSW
Hidden away in the Hunter Valley, only hours from Sydney, is the Golden Door Health Retreat Elysia. Focused on helping its guests to reconnect with the mind, body and spirit, Golden Door specialises in physical activities, mindfulness and wellbeing workshops. The retreat also incorporates ‘me time’ into its daily programs; ensuring visitors don’t feel too overwhelmed by what is on offer. No trip would be complete without a visit to Spa Elysia, Australia’s biggest day spa, complete with 26 wet and dry treatment rooms! There’s no better place in NSW to unwind.
Gaia Retreat, Byron Bay NSW
Sprawled across 25 acres of hinterland, the minute you arrive at Gaia most of your daily worries will disappear. The resort – which was co-founded by Olivia Newton John in 2005 – offers several retreat packages to suit your needs. The Revive package is hard to look past, with two nights of bliss including ninety minutes of daily yoga plus a complimentary massage. Meanwhile, if you’d rather relax with a little company, the Mother and Daughter retreat is designed for quality family time. It’s three nights of rest and recuperation, featuring massages, pedicures and of course full use of the spa facilities!
Luxe Spa on Kensington, East Perth WA
If you’re ready to get pampered in Perth, then perhaps it’s worth visiting the Luxe Spa on Kensington. This romantic day spa is situated just near the Swan River and is designed for those looking to switch off in style. Be sure to notch up some hours at the day spa. Our hot tip is the heated stone massage, the ultimate indulgence. Continue to spoil yourself by checking in to the Luxe King Jacuzzi Suite – no better way to forget your troubles then relaxing with some jacuzzi bubbles!
Authenticity Health & Wellness Retreat, Port Elliot SA
Authenticity is Adelaide’s best kept secret and now mums from around the country can discover its magic. The focus here is on healing, with Authenticity staff specialising in self-discovery and self-improvement. Authenticity tailor’s programs to each guest, so you can pick and choose which services would best suit your needs. The retreat also offers art therapy, naturopathy, yoga and lucid light therapy. If you’re after an authentic way to switch off, then this South Australian retreat is right for you.
Samadhi Health & Wellness Retreat & Spa, Daylesford VIC
One of Australia’s most well-known wellness retreats, Samadhi is a once in a lifetime getaway. Combining traditional influences with world class spa facilities, it’s the kind of retreat that will appeal to any mum. If you’re looking to take a load off, opt for the 2 night relax and rejuvenate getaway. This includes the “bliss” spa service, a two-hour pampering of the entire body! Those after a more holistic holiday should try the 2 night Totally Body Wellness Getaway. This includes the Himalayan Rejuvenation package – a crystal salt scrub plus full body massage. Where do I sign up?
How was that? Did you enjoy dreaming?
Perhaps one day it won’t be a dream and you will actually be able to visit one of these divine Australian wellness retreats. I hope I can.
Until then, at least you have this blog post embedded in your memory!
Have you ever been to a wellness retreat? What was it like?