Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat took two years of planning and is constantly evolving. The organic health retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland provides the opportunity to cleanse your body and empower yourself by assessing and discovering solutions to improve the quality of life.
"Gwinganna" means "lookout" and the name was given to the land by the Kombumerri Aborigines. On 160 hectares, the retreat is on a plateau with ocean and valley views. It's like a small village with dining and relaxation areas, pools, gymnasium, spa and small store.
Guests are given solutions on how to live a healthier life, manage modern-day stress, recharge, try new activities and learn more about themselves. Not just a holiday retreat, Gwinganna encourages overhauling life and replacing things such as coffee, alcohol and chocolate with healthy meals, relaxation and spa treatments. There are no televisions or newspapers. There is tai chi, meditation, yoga and organic cooking classes. Guests can replicate everything they have learnt at Gwinganna on their return home.
Two styles of accommodation are on offer. Heritage houses have been taken to Gwinganna piece by piece from various locations. The original Queenslanders have large lounge areas, bedrooms opening to wide verandahs shaded by trees and have ensuite or bathroom, air-conditioning and fans.
Orchard suites have soaring ceilings, natural stone bathrooms, timber floors and spacious verandas. Built from Australian reclaimed timbers, the suites are nestled in the property's orchard. The suites have the wonderful names of Valencia, Mulberry, Olive, Macadamia and Lychee. Choose the one which suites you best they come in deluxe studio with ensuite and verandah and sitting area, or two-bedroom suite with ensuite and shared relaxation lounge and verandah.
Outside there are birds and wildlife and inside are piles of comfortable pillows, doonas and pure cotton bedding.
Gwinganna's dining room extends to an outdoor deck with infinity pool and jacuzzi. It's the place to dine, read by the pool or relax under the shady trees. An indoor lounge with open fireplace is welcoming on cool days. An outdoor fireplace and amphitheatre is the venue for presentations and musical experiences.
The two-level gymnasium and personal training centre have kinesis and Pilates training and there are consultation rooms for evaluations and prescribed therapies. The indoor group fitness centre has sprung timber floors and a great sound system. There is a separate air-conditioned cycling studio.
The open-air Mind Body pavilion has an overhanging roof offering an alternative venue for indoor/outdoor classes with shelter from the elements. A yoga deck at the top of Mt Gwinganna gives views from Moreton Bay to Coolangatta. All rainfall is collected off the roofs and the buildings are made from recycled timber.
Australian actor Hugh Jackman was so impressed with his stay at Gwinganna that he and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, have now become investors in the retreat. Whenever his busy filming schedule allows, Hugh chooses to spend a week at Gwinganna to relax.