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, nestled on 25 acres in the breathtaking hinterland of Byron Bay, the region known 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 is now one of Australia’s most awarded 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 23 beautifully appointed retreat style Bungalow/Villas set in lush subtropical gardens - time spent at Gaia is beyond the realm of the rooms, 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 is 15 minutes from Byron Bay, less than 30 minutes drive from Ballina Airport and approximately 60 minutes from Coolangatta Airport. The Retreat is nestled in the breathtaking Bundjalung Country hinterland of Byron Bay, perfectly poised on the highest point in the shire and set on 25 acres in the region known as the healing capital of Australia.
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 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.
Gaia Retreat & Spa offers 23 beautifully appointed retreat style Bungalows 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 four different accommodation options available depending on guests's budgets. These range from the elegant but modest Layana Room right through to the new luxurious Komala Villas that feature their own private swimming pools. The fragrant garden surrounds 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 robes, slippers and a range of Gaia’s brand new, all natural and certified organic skincare products Retreatment Organics.
- Bungalows and Villas
- Pillow menu
- Welcome gift
Gaia Retreat & Spa prides itself on the philosophy that food should be as delicious and visually attractive as it is healthy. Dine in style at the Kukura House with an emphasis on a balanced diet, while enjoying a mix of exquisite creative flavours. The day begins with a sumptuous buffet and hot breakfast, followed by a light lunch, while the evening unfolds with a three-course fine dining experience. Gourmet meals, snacks, juices and teas are all inclusive. Gaia is a true culinary experience, serving a variety of chicken, line caught Seafood and Vegetarian dishes. Vegans 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
- Allergies are catered for
- Gluten free meals
- Laundry and dry-cleaning service
- Airport transfers
- Saftey 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 certified organic skin care range Retreatment to Olivia Newton John’s CD’s, books and selected homewares.
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 multi award winning spa. 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 connect 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
- Organic products
- Fitness centre
- Steam room
Gaia Retreat & Spa's predominantly use their own certified organic skincare retreatment at the Day Spa. This beautiful range aims to nourish, restore and excite the senses for the skin, body, mind and spirit ... encouraging a healthier, more vibrant complexion. Drawing from the land - the Retreatment range blends local nutrient rich plant oils with powerful active native extracts leaving the skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. With highest integrity and purist intention they combine passion and knowledge with up to date scientific ingredient data - Natural and Certified Organic, giving the consumer the power to bring sacred ritual to modern daily life. Retreatment 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 Signature Facials have become a favourite at the Gaia Day Spa, incorporating delightful signature techniques and rituals.
- Tennis: Game, set and match on the Gaia night and day tennis court, perfect for those fresh winter days and those balmy summer nights.
- Onsite spa: The multi-award winning Gaia Day Spa is the pure heart of the Gaia Experience. With 14 treatment rooms and more than 35 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.
- Cooking lessons
- Daily morning yoga in the Zama Yoga room
- Cardio Circuit in Viha Fitness Centre
- Organic cooking classes
- Presentations on health and well-being
- Sculpture/art classes
- Qi Gong/Tai Chi
- Global Winner – Health & Wellness Cuisine – 2017
- Continent Winner – Best Luxury Spa Retreat – 2017
- Regional Winner – Best Luxury Wellness Spa – 2017
- Continent Winner – Australasia’s Leading Boutique Hotel – 2015, 2016, 2017
- World’s Best Day Spa – 2016
- Oceania’s Best Day Spa – 2016
- Winner – World’s Leading Retreat – 2016
- Continent Winner – Best Luxury Spa Hotel – 2016