Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in the beautiful hinterland of Queensland offers a complete health and wellness destination for guests to step away from their busy lives and re-focus on their health.
Set high on a plateau on over 200 hectares with views across the valley and ocean, it has the largest land space of any retreat in Australasia. Gwinganna is Ecotourism certified with specialty staff including a botanist and two organic gardeners who present sessions for guests each week.
With easy access from Gold Coast airport, this haven of wellness is ideal for shorter stays for busy people or those wanting to try a retreat for the first time, while the five- and seven-day packages provide the greatest results.
The Gwinganna Detox program over seven nights has become well known for its transformative impact and was the subject of a ground breaking study in 2016 led by Professor Marc Cohen and RMIT University. The results confirm the validity of a retreat experience in maintaining optimum wellness and as a means to address lifestyle imbalances and actively prevent disease.
The research found that a seven-night retreat resulted in substantial improvements in everything from weight to blood pressure to psychological health, and this was also sustained six weeks after the retreat stay.
Gwinganna has become known for its extensive range of innovative wellness programs winning multiple awards. Packages are fully inclusive of accommodation, all organic meals, a diverse range of activities, key wellness seminars and selected spa and wellness therapies. Guests can choose from a variety of accommodation style and the most premium accommodation options.
Facilities at Gwinganna include two infinity edge heated swimming pools heated for use in winter, indoor training studios, a spacious pavilion, gymnasium, a wellness centre and the stunning Spa Sanctuary, the largest spa in the southern hemisphere. The spa has 33 treatment rooms and the menu offers unique options exclusive to Gwinganna, equine therapies working with our horses and a variety of wellness and stress management options. Four new spa options are being released this spring.
The food at Gwinganna is a highlight of any stay and centres around seasonal, local, organic wholefoods with much of the produce harvested daily from the extensive onsite gardens. Gluten-free and dairy-free, the aim is to help support and improve digestion and liver detoxification, reduce inflammation, improve gut bacteria and balance blood sugar levels. Ingredients focus on low human intervention (LHI) where the food has undergone minimal or no changes from its place in nature to create an ideal balance between macro and micronutrients.
Each afternoon the focus is on rest where guests can choose what they wish to do. This is time to slow down, to relax and help restore adrenal balance. The Spa Sanctuary offers an extensive range of spa therapies with emotional, wellness, physical and stress management therapies also available.
The retreat is non smoking and a mobile free zone in all public spaces. Longer stays are caffeine and alcohol-free. Complimentary transfers are available at set times from Gold Coast airport on arrival and departure days and the retreat is just 30 minutes from Gold Coast airport.
To help guests extend their retreat experience or try a taste of Gwinganna, Wellness at Home is a unique package now available in print and online. Covering four pillars of wellness, it gives guests the chance to learn from 17 wellness experts with a range of interviews, articles, practical activities and meditations either before or after their visit.