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    Gaia Retreat & Spa, Australia

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    Founded in 2005, Gregg Cave, Ruth Kalnin, Olivia Newton-John and Warwick Evans, Gaia Retreat & Spa has established itself as Australia’s most renowned boutique lifestyle pamper retreat, giving you complete freedom of choice and flexibility to tailor and personalize your experience.

    Nestled in the lush, sub-tropic Byron Bay region, Gaia is an escape from the perils of new millennium living – a secluded sacred space where you can renew, refresh and restore. The 25-acre property offers 13 treatment rooms, a heated salt water swimming pool, tennis court, hot-tub spa, sauna, steam room, walking tracks and its own organic garden. From the birds in the flowering gardens to the eco-architecture and design, Gaia evokes a sense of peacefulness, tranquility and belonging..

    “Gaia is the ideal place to relax in comfort, enjoy the views and be totally pampered,” says co-founder and owner Olivia Newton-John. “You are able to choose the activities you want to take part in, maybe morning yoga or afternoon tennis, or just indulge in the spa treatments. For me, Gaia provides a spiritual environment to relax and rejuvenate.”

    Gaia Retreat & Spa provides you with a unique and private space to realign physically, spiritually and emotionally: it’s about the whole Gaia experience – the staff’s exceptional service, nurturing guidance and wisdom along with nourishing, award winning organic cuisine. The dedicated focus on tailored healing treatments in a safe and warm environment completes the story. Gaia’s dedicated and professional staff will assist you in designing your own personal, purpose driven retreat – whether it is active and energetic, tranquil and serene, or a clever combination of both.


    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 this multi award winning spa. Drawing on this holistic wisdom, Gaia has developed unique specialised treatments, fitness & health programs, as well as alternative therapies suitable to both men and women. The tranquil sounds and native beauty of the lush surrounds will lull you into a state of deep relaxation empowering you to find balance and release stress.

    Gaia Day Spa is inherently nurturing with a diverse and extensive menu influenced by ancient health practices from around the world. Pamper yourself with luxurious natural ingredients and exquisite treatments which are both grounding and profoundly restorative.


    Another highlight of the resort is its award-winning Gaia cuisine, 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. Each meal a culinary experience in itself. 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. 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 head Chef of the resort, Dan Trewartha has truly raised the bar fulfilling on an exquisite Authentic Australian Spa Cuisine Experience with his innovative style of delicious food. He makes sure that the menu changes daily and gets customised to each individual’s preferences, desires and special dietary requirements.

    The spa has been recognized with various and prestigious food awards such as,

    • Spa Traveller – ‘Best Wellness Cuisine 2015’
    • Wellness Travel Awards – ‘Best Nutrition 2015’
    • World Luxury Spa & Restaurant Award – ‘Global Winner Health & Wellness Cuisine 2017’

    Awards and Recognitions

    Gaia Awards Gaia Retreat & Spa is continuing to set bars in the world of boutique spa retreats with recent honours received from the World Travel Awards one of the most prestigious Award programs in the travel industry worldwide, regarded as the “Oscars of the Travel industry – The Wall Street Journal”, Gaia received ‘World’s Leading Retreat – 2016 & 2017’ as well as – ‘Australasia’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2015, 2016 & 2017’. Also crowned at the World Spa Awards – ‘Oceania’s Best Day Spa 2015, 2016 & 2017’ and ‘World’s Best Day Spa 2015, 2016 & 2017’.

    Overwhelmed and thrilled with these fantastic results, Gaia Retreat & Spa has been honoured by the World Luxury Spa Awards – ‘Best Luxury Spa Retreat 2017’, ‘Best Luxury Wellness Spa 2017’. Continuing with its 2017 winning streak the World Luxury Hotel Awards awarded Gaia as ‘Continent Winner – Luxury Wellness Hotel 2017’, ‘Luxury Spa Hotel 2016 & 2017’ as well as ‘Luxury Boutique Hotel 2015 & 2017’.

    This is a true reflection of honour to each of our committed health and wellness experts here at Gaia that come to work with heart each day. In the end, we couldn’t agree more to what the owner Olivia Newton-John had to say to about this amazing retreat, “Gaia is an unpretentious retreat – A place of heart to reconnect with the land and yourself – barefoot meets Armani we like to call it.”

    Courtesy: Gaia Retreat & Spa