Wellness

Zen Out At 9 Of Victoria’s Best Wellness Retreats

By Claudia Trotter
19th Sep 2019

If you’re sick of the monotonous routine of city life, why not treat yourself to a stay at one of Victoria’s wellness retreats? Whether you’re after a country stay, a dip in the spa or an aromatic traditional Japanese massage, there’s a place for everybody. Grab your girlfriends, your partner or take your dear old self to a retreat on your next day off and your rejuvenated mind will be thanking us for days.

Here are 9 of Victoria's best wellness retreats.

Samadhi

Segregating you from modern-day stresses and encouraging you to find peace within, Samadhi’s oriental styling, Feng Shui design and Buddha statues (taken from the Forbidden City in China, no less) will transport you to another dimension. A testament to its Eastern philosophy roots, Samadhi champions mindfulness and meditation as the path forward, presented in a range of formats unknown to the modern-day city slicker: such as reiki, sound healing, art therapy and guided visualisations. Here you can focus on overcoming burnout, chronic fatigue, detoxification, reconnecting with your inner essence and even healing intimate relation-ships—retreats are completely tailored to you. The best part? As it caters to single groups at a time, the attention you need (and deserve) is saved for you and you only.

Shizuka Ryokan

This quiet, minimalist Japanese inn is located in country Victoria and provides a perfect slice of Kyoto. The dial is turned back to Zen as soon as you walk through the rice paper sliding doors, with a traditional layout of tatami floors and no technology so guests can leave feeling totally relaxed and revived. The highlight of the retreat is without a doubt the organically produced dinners which include an array of Japanese cuisines like seared scallops with yuzu and soy and a cup of green tea to flush out all those nasty toxins. Why not indulge in a Geisha facial, Shizuka’s signature treatment that uses a range of natural ingredients and incorporates an aromatic massage of the neck, shoulders and scalp? I’m in. 

Salus Spa At Lake House

Think waterfall fed streams, award-winning food and bubbling mineral water baths. Lake House in Daylesford combines boutique hotel, award-winning restaurant and spa in one of Victoria’s most magnificent settings. Guests can relax in a private treehouse room with views of the lush forest and the sounds of geese flying through the mountainous air. The retreat features seven treatment rooms so whether you’re after a facial or a massage, the team at Sallus have got you covered. To finish, dine in the Hamptons style dining room before retiring to your suite for your beauty sleep.

Mansion Hotel And Spa At Werribee Park

In Melbourne’s Western suburbs lies a grand Italian style mansion which boasts neatly trimmed grass and a modern European dining room which features Joseph’s Restaurant and Bar. Just 30 minutes from the CBD, guests can enjoy luxurious hotel rooms and the attention of expert spa therapists who offer a plethora of body treatments including hand and foot rituals and steam therapy. Upon arrival, you will be immersed within a cosmopolitan oasis of grandeur and tranquillity as you waltz your way through 10 acres of lush formal English gardens. The Mansion Hotel is also available for your next work conference, function or could even be the location for your special day you tie the knot. 

Peninsula Hot Springs

For those who love a day in the water, the Mornington Peninsula has got a treat in store for you. With 25 pools set amongst lush greenery, this award-winning wellness retreat is the ultimate day spa destination for couples, besties or even a solo trip to unwind and escape from the bustling business of Melbourne. Just 90 minutes from the city, there’s a range of experiences on offer including bathing in the Hilltop Pool which has 360-degree views, detoxifying body clay rituals and a delicious selection of nourishing foods. So if you love to get wet, book your stay at the hot springs ASAP rocky.  

Hepburn Bathhouse And Spa

This historical mineral spa retreat has been around since 1895, yet has since been revamped into a modern bathhouse in the town of Hepburn Springs near Daylesford; its signature treatment is mineral bathing, featuring two social spaces and a private bath delivering a rejuvenating blend of pure Celtic sea, Himalayan and Epsom salts to repair the whole body. The retreat allows guests to stay in beautifully chic designed villas with each one including a gas log fire, double spa bath and shower and quality beds. The best part is you wake up in the idyllic location on the banks of the Mineral Springs Reserve within strolling distance to all the cafes, restaurants and bars needed to complete your stay. 

OnTrack Retreat

If you’re looking to reset your diet, lose some of that winter fat and improve your overall fitness, then OnTrack coastal retreat in Torquay is the place for you. This beautiful Victorian complex is located on the headland and is host to comfortable rooms designed for both long and short stays, a lap pool and outdoor pool as well as a fully equipped gym. The program is suited for all shapes, sizes and ages and accommodates for all health complications with one goal in mind- to ensure you leave feeling the best version of yourself. Guests will transform from couch potatoes into fitness-savvy individuals enjoying fresh and nutritious meals prepared daily by the chefs and educational workshops to help you sustain this lifestyle even after you leave the retreat. What are you waiting for? Get OnTrack now. 

Healthy Hens

Imagine a wellness retreat specifically for hens parties, where you can enjoy a relaxing weekend indulging in delicious food and drinks, without feeling guilty. The team at Healthy Hens have done just that; they offer an alternative to the usual night-out-on-the-town hen's party in the city. The bride to be can choose between Lorne, the Mornington Peninsula or Melbourne, where she and her besties indulge in anything from yoga, learning to surf to DIY arts and crafts. In terms of food, there’s raw dessert cooking workshops, cold-pressed juices and delicious Insta-worthy picnics that can be set up on the beach to enjoy. There’s no need to feel guilty after big nights out anymore- Healthy Hens has got you covered for a nutritious, active and memorable girls retreat to celebrate the big engagement. 

Abide Wellness Retreat

Nestled in Victoria’s Yarra Ranges is your perfect escape when in need of a break from your busy working life or a change of scene. Abide Wellness Retreat is a sanctuary surrounded by over 100 acres of stunning gardens, mountainous streams and walking trails within the Great Dividing Range. It offers a vast range of natural treatments dedicated to improving your health and giving you the tools to maintain a prosperous lifestyle when you return to your day-to-day schedule. Guests can stay in beautifully furnished rooms with private ensuites, engage in gardening workshops and book in for a range of treatments to help lose weight, destress and recharge your batteries.

Speaking of regional Victoria, did you know there are huge sand dunes just over two hours away from Melbourne?

Image credit: Alex Bertha | Unsplash

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