Georgia Hopkins

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
  • Where:Tallebudgera Valley, Aus
  • Why:Health reset.
  • When:August 2016
  • Who:Solo voyage.
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Dreamtime at Gwinganna.

Days like these.

The Dreamtime Spa.

Your own private plunge pool.

Sunrise over the valley.

Early morning nature walk.

The spectacular natural beauty of Gwinganna.

Seasonal. Local. Organic. Wholefoods.

Highs & Lows

  • The setting. It would be hard to beat Gwinganna's outrageously beautiful Australian bushland surrounds, with ocean and valley views. Perfectly beautiful, quiet and calm.

  • The food. Healthy, wholesome and nutritious. Each and every meal is both interesting and delicious.

  • The spa. Stunning design and an incredible selection of treatments on offer. We recommend the Tribal Dreaming ritual.

  • Sunrise nature walks with John, resident botanist and social ecologist. An incredibly knowledgable, passionate and eccentric force on all things nature and mother earth.

  • The older accommodation, while completely fine, is a wee-bit dated. We recommend booking one of the newer villas.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Wellness destination.

  • Vibe

    City slicker types searching for a slower, healthier pace amongst spectacular Australian nature and wilderness.

  • Location

    Deep in the Australian bush - blissfully off the grid.

  • Rooms

    If budget allows, I would recommend the new Boorabee Villas, or the Moonarie Villas. Each offering specatacular ocean/valley views, your own private plunge pool, and use of your own golf buggy for the duration of your stay.

  • Music

    Played in certain spa treatments, dance classes, etc.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Australian, Tony de Leede.

  • Pool/Gym


  • Restaurant

    Yes...the S.L.O.W (Seasonal - Local - Organic - Whole) food in the restaurant here is definitely one of the highlights.

  • Bar

    Um, no. If you are lucky though, 100ml of organic wine might be served with dinner on the 2-day weekend retreat. Every other retreat is alcohol-free.

  • Minibar


  • Children

    No. Lots of older mother/daughter combos though.

  • Price

    Not cheap, but worth it (your health is an investment, right?).

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

192 Syndicate Rd, Tallebudgera, Queensland, Australia

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