Gaia Retreat & Spa
Gaia is the most peaceful place on the planet…and it provides the ultimate environment to recharge your batteries…rediscover your soul… and refocus your life. It should be an annual experience!
Surrender to the beauty and healing cultures of internationally recognized Gaia Retreat & Spa, perfectly poised on 25 acres in the breathtaking hinterland of Byron Bay, the region often referred to as the healing heartland of Australia.
Founded in 2005, Gregg Cave, Ruth Kalnin, Olivia Newton-John and Warwick Evans, affectionately known as G.R.O.W, set out as a close-knit team to realise a shared dream.
Gaia Retreat & Spa has established itself as Australia’s most renowned boutique lifestyle pamper retreats, giving guests choice and flexibility to tailor and personalise their experience. Check in any day, select an accommodation Retreat Package that suits and let Gaia take the thinking out of it.
Offering 25 beautifully appointed rooms, suites and villas set in lush subtropical gardens – time spent at Gaia is beyond the realm of the accommodation, it’s about the quintessential Gaia nurturing experience that gives guests the opportunity to realign themselves physically, spiritually and emotionally.
Gaia’s exceptional team of wellness professionals offer sage advice and a diverse range of inspiring and revitalising activities, treatments and services for guests to enjoy. It’s a unique sanctuary of heart – a place to refocus, re-balance and truly restore.
Gaia Retreat & Spa offers 25 beautifully appointed rooms, suites and villas set in lush subtropical gardens. Scattered on the hilltop, the rooms are contemporary and elegant in style, designed to inspire a feeling of calm and balance. Each room is spacious and decorated in warm earth tones. There are four different accommodation options available depending on guests’ budgets. These range from the elegant but modest Layana Rooms right through to the luxurious split level Komala Villas that feature their own private plunge pools and treatment space. The fragrant garden surrounds featuring comfy daybeds throughout are made for a very pleasant reading and relaxation time.
All rooms are extremely well presented and well appointed; most include televisions, DVD players (DVD’s, CD’s and books are able to be borrowed from the main library) and sound systems. All are stocked with bath robes, slippers and a range of Gaia and Olivia Newton-John’s new, all natural, age defying luxury skincare products Retreatment Botanics.
- Laundry and dry-cleaning service
- Airport transfers
- Safety deposit boxes
- Once-daily housekeeping service
- Gaia retreat toiletries
- Wheelchair and stroller access
Situated inside Kukura House, find a fine selection of Gaia’s own products ranging from Cookbooks to selected teas, condiments, and luxurious skincare range Retreatment Botanics to Olivia Newton John’s CD’s, books and selected homewares.
Gaia Retreat & Spa prides itself on the philosophy that food should be as delicious and visually attractive as it is healthy. The uniqueness of the award-winning Gaia cuisine is distinguished by fusing culinary passion with subtle colourful flavours, capturing the intensity of the dishes. All gourmet meals are served in Kukura House, the central meeting room lodge where everyone gathers. The day begins with a sumptuous buffet and hot breakfast, followed by a light lunch, while the evening unfolds with a luxurious three-course fine dining experience. Gourmet meals, snacks, juices and teas are all inclusive. The Gaia approach to food is hearty and healthy with in-house chefs personally choosing the freshest organic produce available from the Retreat’s organic garden as well as from several local orchards and plantations. The menu changes daily and gets customised to each individual’s preferences, desires and requirements. Vegetarian, Vegan and special dietary needs are fully catered for as requested. A selection of fine organic Australian wine is available to accompany evening dining experience.
- Head chef: Dan Trewartha
- World Luxury Restaurant Award global winner 2017, 2018, 2019
- Allergies are catered for
- Gluten free meals
Gaia’s dedicated and professional staff will assist in designing a personal, purpose-driven retreat – whether it is active and energetic, tranquil and serene, or a clever combination of both. Spa treatments are inherently nurturing with a diverse and extensive menu influenced by ancient health practices from around the world. Be pampered with luxurious natural ingredients and exquisite treatments, which are both grounding and profoundly restorative. Guests are invited to also choose from a range of daily changing activities, ranging from fitness, Tai Chi or morning Yoga, to exploring organic cooking or finding inner creativity with art classes.
- Onsite Spa: The multi-award-winning Gaia Day Spa is the pure heart of the Gaia Experience. With 14 treatment rooms and more than 50 outstanding healers and therapists, the exceptional team will nurture guests with integrity and heartfelt passion to enliven and balance their being. Gaia Day Spa is open to Day Guests as well as guests who choose the Retreat Packages.
- Tennis: Game, set and match on the Gaia night and day tennis court, perfect for those fresh winter days and balmy summer nights.
- Daily morning yoga in the new Samadhi Yoga room
- Organic cooking classes
- Organic gardening classes
- Cardio Circuit in the Viha Fitness Centre
- Sound healing
- Presentations on health and well-being
- Art classes
- Qi Gong/Tai Chi
Gaia Day Spa is the pure heart of the Gaia experience, where nurturing, exceptional healers and therapists are a testimony to the holistic ethos of the internationally renowned spa, crowned ‘World’s Best Day Spa’ five years in a row by the World Spa Awards. Drawing on this holistic wisdom, Gaia has developed unique specialised treatments, fitness and health programs, as well as alternative therapies for both men and women.
Mother Nature knows best and her wisdom is the inspiration for creating a truly enriching experience that enlivens the senses and connects with the heart. The tranquil sounds and native beauty of the lush surrounds will lull guests into a state of deep relaxation empowering them to find balance and release stress.
- Spa menu
- Men's treatment
- Natural Therapies
- Energetic Healing
- Organic products
- Yoga studio
- Fitness centre
- Steam room
Gaia Retreat & Spa's predominantly use their own skincare brand Retreatment Botanics at the Day Spa. Retreatment Botanics is a natural luxury, pure performance skincare range, inspired by Olivia Newton-John and her renowned Gaia Retreat & Spa. This luxurious, vegan and palm oil-free range unites age-defying ingredients and bioactive, powerful Australian natives with Gaia’s renowned self-nurturing spa rituals.
This beautiful range aims to nourish, restore and excite the senses for the skin, body, mind and spirit ... encouraging a healthier, more vibrant complexion. With the highest integrity and purist intention they combine passion and knowledge with up to date scientific ingredient data - Natural and Organic, giving the consumer the power to bring sacred ritual to modern daily life. Retreatment Botanics was born and developed to grow by listening to the needs of the guests, with invaluable knowledge and contributions from the highly skilled therapists. The Retreatment Botanics Signature Facials have become a favourite at the Gaia Day Spa, incorporating delightful signature techniques and rituals.
- Overall Winner – Global Hotel of the Year 2018
- World’s Best Day Spa – 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
- World’s Leading Retreat – 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
- Global Winner – Health & Wellness Cuisine – 2017, 2018, 2019
- Global Winner – Luxury Spa Restaurant – 2018, 2019
- Continent Winner – Best Luxury Spa Retreat – 2017, 2018, 2019
- Country Winner – Best Luxury Wellness Spa – 2018, 2019
- Continent Winner –Luxury Boutique Retreat – 2019
- Gold List – Best Luxury Health & wellness Retreat Australia – 2019
A comprehensive list of Gaia Retreat & Spa awards & accolades can be found here.
Gaia Retreat & Spa is 15 minutes from Byron Bay, less than 30 minutes drive from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport and approximately 60 minutes from Coolangatta Gold Coast Airport. The Retreat is nestled in the breathtaking Bundjalung Country hinterland of Byron Bay, perfectly poised on the highest point in the shire boasting magnificent views over undiluted hills and valleys of the healing heartland.
Complimentary courtesy transfers from Coolangatta Gold Cost and Ballina/Byron airport are available at set times in certain packages.
Limousine Transfers: A comfortable transfer to and from Gaia is guaranteed by Byron Bay Luxury Transfers. Transfers are available from Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport as well as Coolangatta Gold Coast Airport. Additional transfers to visit the surrounding towns of Bangalow and Byron Bay can be arranged upon request.
Helicopter Transfers: The ultimate experience…! Why not arrive at Gaia in a luxury helicopter? Transfers available from the Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport to Gaia Retreat & Spa.
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