Mention ‘health retreat’ to most people and they’d run the other way.
There’s a misconception most health retreats have strict regimes of healthy food, no coffee or alcohol, and wake up calls before sunrise.
But there’s a new breed of health havens offering relaxation, and an escape from the every-day without the restrictions.
They deliver well-being and a relaxed holiday setting, where you can use the time to take a break from your regular lifestyle, catch up on sleep and chill out.
The Golden Door in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales is one such retreat.
Unlike its sister company in Queensland, the Golden Door in NSW gives you the choice to simply unwind and take a break from society. All without the pressures of being involved in a list of relentless activities on an itinerary you must stick to.
Instead, you can spend the day by the pool, and enjoy a spa treatment or two at the Elysia Day Spa.
There’s still no alcohol or coffee at the Golden Door, but there’s also no noise, no children, and the decisions to be made are limited, unlike real life. The pool, or a spa treatment? Dinner in the room or at the restaurant? And every hour there is an activity if you want to engage, meet people and learn something new. You choose your holiday and your journey.