Georgia Hopkins

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

with Georgia Hopkins
  • Where:Tallebudgera Valley, Aus

  • Why:Health reset.

  • When:August 2016

  • Who:Solo voyage.

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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

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

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


  • Wifi

    This is a device-free zone.

  • 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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