As Australia starts to return to a new sense of normal after Covid lockdowns, there’s nowhere we’d rather be than a jacuzzi tub in the middle of nowhere.
With Nine Perfect Strangers rekindling our need for a weekend of R&R, it’s time to dust off your travel bags and prepare your inner zen for a weekend of mindfulness and relaxation.
Wellness retreats appear to be the go-to theme for a weekend away. In fact, a recent study conducted by Omnipoll, on behalf of Norwegian Cruise Line, revealed that 90 per cent of Australians believe taking a holiday is an important contributor to their sense of mental wellbeing.
And ahead of the international borders reopening after 18 months, it’s no surprise that Aussies are longing for a care-free holiday, with the chance to rest and unwind after an uncertain year and a half.
But the question is: where too? Here is our list of blissful Aussie wellness retreats perfect for a weekend or day trip of relaxation.
Hale Spa at Brassey Hotel, Canberra, ACT
Nothing quite says relaxation like a day at the spa. From full body treatments to a dip in the plunge pool, Canberra’s Hale Spa at Brassey Hotel is sure to tick all your wellness boxes.
Build your own custom-made spa packages that are crafted to your needs and are sure to leave you feeling well rested. Nothing like a day well-spent with a friend or loved one.
Sit back and relax in the one-of-a-kind Scandi-style lounge with the fireplace gorgeous view of a landscaped courtyard and water feature as you wait for a customised treatment, crafted to your needs.
2 hour spa packages start from $260.
Soma Retreat, Byron Bay, NSW
Surrounded by acres of rainforest with endless walking trails, be sure to unwind in the fresh, open air and unique architecture of this magical Airbnb.
And of course, the iconic yoga dome, gorgeous pool and cosy fire pit is available during your stay. So kick back and relax with 10 guest bedrooms, yes you heard correctly, 10!
Prices start from $6,000 per night. Minimum 4 night stay.
spaQ, Sydney, NSW
In the heart of Sydney, the spaQ curates packages that are designed to ease guests through their wellbeing journey.
From Hamman steam rooms to energising body wraps, each treatment is designed to ensure your body and mind align and your inner and outer beauty shine.
Treat yourself to a specially curated series of harmonious treatments, all beginning with a euphoria-inducing footbath ritual. Looking for a fresh glow? Looks like you’ve found it!
Prices start from $295 for 120 mins treatment.
Spicers Sangoma Retreat, Blue Mountains, NSW
With gorgeous views and stunning suites, relax and unwind in the all-inclusive wellness retreat, tucked away in the Blue Mountains.
Feel a home away from home with a locally sourced menu, and plenty of activities to lift your spirits, from guided meditation to hiking tours.
Unwind at the Star Anise spa, offering something a little different in their extensive spa menu. Each treatment embodies the essence of the Australian bushland and the artistry, through restorative massage techniques, leaving you feeling rejuvenated.
Luxury spa day trips begin at $275.
Silky Oaks Lodge, Mossman, Queensland
Silky Oaks Lodge on-site Healing Waters Spa is set among the rainforest gardens, offering a unique relaxation experience. You can choose to stay overnight or visit for the day and a spot of lunch.
Inspired by ancient beliefs that celebrate the water in Mossman River as a renewing and life-giving force, treat yourself to a detoxifying mineral wrap or sacred stone therapy to unwind and feel the benefits of the earth's ingredients.
Nightly rates start at $480. 2 night minimum stay.
Peninsula Hot Springs, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Unwind in the natural Peninsula Hot Springs. Whether you visit for the day with a picnic or spend a night under the stars, you’ll be sure to feel renewed after a soak in the spring baths.
Bathe like you never had before! Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience with moonlit bathing under the starry evening sky. Take a browse through the variety of packages, for a fun-filled day trip or a well-needed weekend stay.
Bathing bookings start from $30 an hour for 1 adult.
4 Day Yoga & Wellness Glamping Adventure, departing from Perth
Go all out with the glamping adventure of a lifetime!
Escape for 4 days with rest and retreat activities such as stand-up paddle-boarding yoga, sound meditation and Cape to Cape Track with a local healer, just to name a few.
Spoil yourself with a getaway that truly refreshes and rejuvenates as you experience the Margaret River and its beautiful surroundings.
The 4 day trip is priced at $1450.
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