When a spa is on the menu.
Spending a few days nourishing your body and soul through restorative yoga asanas and immersing yourself among 20 acres of native bushland nestled into the hills of the Royal National Park could be the perfect way to shut out the noise of your daily routine.
Set against the sparkling Indian Ocean in the middle of Margaret River wine country, a stay in one of the beachfront villas at Injidup Spa Retreat is all about enjoying the great outdoors in luxury. Each of the 10 adults-only villas comes with a private plunge pool and is mere steps from the secluded Injidup Beach, which means watching the sunset, drink in hand, each evening. The on-site day spa, offers an extensive repertoire of massages and treatments, including a 90-minute Restore Spa Journey for couples featuring a hydrotherapy spa, relaxation massage and champagne, fruit and chocolates. Yallingup, WA.
A stay at Happy Buddha Retreats in the Blue Mountains will leave you with a whole new understanding of the word mindful. The retreat uses drumming circles, sharing circles, and meditation talks to teach you how to better get out of your head and into the present. Yoga classes and self-guided walks, including a stroll to a nearby waterfall, are of course on offer here too. As are homemade meals, each beginning with chef Khanh explaining her delicious creations in detail – an act that does wonders for mindful eating.
Head to South Australia's rugged Kangaroo Island (known as Australia's Galapagos) for a complete lifestyle reboot. Kangaroo Island Health Retreat's five day Dynamic Detox program isn't for the faint of heart: only six people at a time with reasonable fitness can undergo the program at the haven overlooking Emu Bay on the island's north coast. Daily activities include beach and country walks of up to 10 kilometres (six miles), while meals include soups and fruit platters.
Unwind near Margaret River.
6. Billabong Retreat, Maralyla, NSW.