Olivia Newton John, one of Australia's most loved entertainers, invited Getaway
to visit her retreat. Gaia the spirit of Mother Earth is in subtropical hinterland near Bangalow, not far from Byron Bay.
Gaia Retreat & Spa is all about choice you decide if you want to be active and energetic, tranquil and serene, or something in between. The main aim is to give you time to relax, refocus and rebalance your wellbeing.
The retreat is set in green hills and valleys, and everyone there is committed to imparting wellness with gracious hospitality.
Accommodation is contemporary and elegant, with rooms inspiring beauty, calmness and balance. Décor is in earth tones that encourage peace and serenity, as well as complimenting local flora and fauna.
Layana Rooms are in the gardens and the indoor/outdoor deck in seclusion and privacy. King and twin share rooms are available.
Sura Terraces are a little more spacious. They overlook the gardens, have a large outdoor deck and offer king or twin-share sleeping.
Acala Suites are modern, self-contained apartments at one of the highest points of the property. They have one bedroom, lounge, kitchenette and double bathroom. The large outdoor deck has a spa and there are magnificent views wherever you are.
All have ensuite, air conditioning, ceiling fans and some come in adjoining pairs.
The pure heart of Gaia is the Amala Day Spa. It offers escape from stress by pampering with a wide range of nurturing and revitalising treatments. Highly trained therapists apply holistic treatments, hot rocks massage, deep tissue and Shiatsu massage, Hawaiian body work, reflexology, body wraps, polishes, facials and general beauty care.
Kukura is ancient Sanskrit and is a Samoan style longhouse. It is the main meeting place for guests with a reception area, dining room, relaxation lounges and a spacious deck.
Gaia's menu is carefully chosen by the resort chef. Fresh organic produce from the property's gardens and local suppliers. Orchards, plantations and farms of the Northern Rivers yield some of the finest food there is. Vegans and those with special dietary needs are catered for.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in Kukura House or Tevana Deck. Healthy refreshments and snacks are available throughout the day in Kukura House.
Byron Bay on the New South Wales north coast.
Gaia Retreat & Spa three-night packages start at $995 per person. Bookings for more than four nights attract an additional night free of charge. Accommodation, all meals, massage, morning and afternoon activity, use of facilities and airport transfers are included.
Virgin Blue has one-way flights to Ballina with limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at May 11, 2006 and are subject to change.
One-way fare from;
- Sydney, $79
- Melbourne, $159
- Adelaide, $179
- Hobart, $195
- Cairns, $259
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.
For further information
Gaia Retreat & Spa
933 Fernleigh Road
Brooklet NSW 2479
Ph: (02) 6687 1216
Fax: (02) 6687 1310