Gaia Retreat & Spa, Byron
Happy Buddha Retreat
Gaia Retreat & Spa, Brooklet
Billabong Retreat, Maraylya
Lord How Island
Billabong Retreat, Maraylya
Morton National Park, Southern Highlands (Credit: Tourism Southern Highlands)
Burning the candle at both ends? Whether you're working too much or playing too hard, sometimes you just need a break away from the daily grind. And a relaxing health retreat is just the place to do it. After all, nothing screams detox like a bliss bowl and a week of downward dog.
Most retreats offer a range of packages, so you can indulge for a day or two of spa pampering or book in for a week-long rejuvenating fitness break – the choice is yours.
So whatever your end goal, be it to lower your stress levels, lose weight, detox, or simply relax and unwind, we've selected our favourite health retreats in NSW, each designed to make you look and feel lighter, brighter and infinitely better.
So get ready to relax, recharge and reinvigorate yourself at one of these next-level health havens.
A stunning boutique spa located in the beautiful, secluded setting of Lord Howe Island (a short two-hour flight from Sydney), where towering banyan trees and swaying Kentia palms reflect majestically from the rippling waters of the azure-tinted lagoon. The island’s idyllic setting is guaranteed to calm the soul, but for an extra hit of indulgence, the Arajilla Retreat really does have it all – from spa treatments to decadent feasts, to luxurious accommodation suites. But it’s the island’s picturesque surrounds that are the real draw.
Once described by David Attenborough as “so extraordinary it is almost unbelievable”, this World Heritage-listed spectacle is a hotbed of nature and wildlife, where sea turtles frolic beneath the shores and native birds, animals and insects roam freely amongst the verdant walking trails. Be at one with nature as you hike to the peak of Mount Gower, rewarding all your efforts with a soothing Ayurvedic massage in the spa on your return. Pure bliss.
Arajilla Retreat, Old Settlement Beach,, Lord Howe Island
Just 1.5 hours outside Sydney, escape to the Blue Mountains for a rejuvenating stay at the Happy Buddha Retreat. Running three retreats each week, for three days and two nights you'll connect with nature through their range of uplifting workshops and classes. Immerse yourself in yoga, meditation, drumming circles and self-guided bush walks. Don't worry about food, you can expect health-conscious vegetarian meals that taste as good as they look.
50 Railway Parade, Wentworth Falls
Just 45 minutes outside of Sydney, Billabong Retreat is a thirty-bed eco yoga sanctuary. Guests can choose from yoga, meditation, mindulness, wellness and pre-natal retreat programs that each include accommodation, all meals and program activities. For further relaxation, select from their extras and add a massage, reiki, facials, hypnotherapy or kinesiology.
41 Mcclymonts Road, Maraylya
More of a pamper session that a health retreat, but one that will leave you feeling like you're walking on air. Lilianfels' lavish country house hotel is famed in the Blue Mountains, not just for its grandiose facade, but for its luxurious spa treatments and chef-hatted restaurant. Dramatic views of Katoomba will leave you breathless, but this health haven promises more than just stunning scenery – restorative treatments including hot stone massages, personalised facials and pampering body treatments will transform you into a picture of health. During your stay, be sure to book into the Darley's award-winning eatery to add an indulgent gourmet twist to your weekend escape.
5-19 Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba NSW
The six-day retreat is the ultimate detox, and runs on set dates. Depending on your needs, it may involve raw food, a smoothies/juice fast, colonic hydrotherapy, massage and infrared sauna sessions. It’s a more intense option than the others, but it’s effective, and does wonders in clearing the mind as well as the body.
Tallows Beach Houses, 2 Alcorn Street, Suffolk Park
Located in the Southern Highlands, Solar Spring's flexible programme means that you can do as much or as little as you'd like during your stay. But with so many activities on offer – think bushwalking, cycling, tennis, archery, circuit classes or aqua aerobics – you won't want to miss out. The Morton National Park is an idyllic backdrop, so most guests don’t need much convincing to get out in the fresh air.
96 Osborn Avenue, Bundanoon
For a restorative, relaxing escape in a stunning coastal setting, The Anchorage in Port Stephens ticks every box. Located just north of Newcastle, this gorgeous boutique, surrounded by lush bushland and beautiful coastline, allows for a truly serene getaway. Check into one of their stylish suites and let the sound of the sea work its magic – you'll be spoilt with uninterrupted views of Port Stephens' golden sandy beaches – then head down to the split-level spa, where you can book in for a treatment of your choice. The 75-minute body polish, wrap and spa jet capsule experience comes highly recommended. You'll be primped and preened to perfection, and left feeling suitably recharged. After a few hours in the spa, we guarantee you'll feel de-stressed and completely revitalised. And most likely a little peckish – all that pampering is bound to work up an appetite, so make sure you save time for a visit to The Wild Herring to indulge in a delicious degustation dinner. You won't regret it.
Corlette Point Road, Corlette, Port Stephens
A celebrity favourite (we’re looking at you, Oprah!), Gaia is an award-winning retreat in the lush Byron Bay hinterland. There’s a range of two to seven-night packages available, and you can tailor your stay to focus on weight loss, detox, yoga or fitness. If you’re feeling flush, splash out on an individual suite with an outdoor hot tub and private deck.
933 Fernleigh Road, Brooklet
Spend time focusing on your mind and body with a weekend escape, a seven-night reboot or something in between. A typical day includes tai chi, hikes, nutrition talks, pampering, and plenty of downtime. The facilities are excellent, and include a heated lap pool, gym, sauna and tennis courts. As for the food, it’s proof that healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring
165 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin