Think: saltwater infinity plunge pool, large private deck areas with daybed kabana, a lounge room fireplace and private treatment areas
Twelve months into its extensive refurbishment, Gaia Retreat & Spa in the Byron Bay hinterland has unveiled a two-bedroom Komala Luxe Villa overlooking the retreat’s lush landscape of undulating valleys and organic gardens. Designed for utmost indulgence and R&R, the expansive villa has a a saltwater infinity plunge pool, large private deck areas with daybed kabana, lounge room fireplace and its own private treatment areas.
Samadhi Yoga Room has also been upgraded, with a north-facing position amid sprawling rainforest. The space offers daily morning yoga, pilates sessions as well as meditation and sound healing with a truly magical vista.
It’s not difficult to see why Gaia Retreat & Spa took out the award for Best Australian Health & Wellness Resort at this year’s Gold List awards and has been crowned World’s Best Day Spa four years in a row at the World Spa Awards. Gaia also won the coveted 2018 Hotel of the Year at the World Luxury Hotel Awards – the first Australian Hotel ever do so and following in the footsteps of illustrious hotels like Armani Hotel Dubai, Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, Hotel Plaza Athénée Paris and Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi.
Gaia offers signature spa packages, relaxing and therapeutic massages, pampering, beauty, anti-ageing, detox as well as tailor made specialised treatments. In addition to these treatments the resort offers available a selection of alternative therapies, energetic healings, fitness, weight loss, health/wellbeing programs and creative activities.
The resort also serves up award-winning cuisine, much of which can be found in the resort’s new Gaia Spa Cuisine – Celebrated Recipes cookbook. All gourmet meals at Gaia 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. 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 special dietary requirements.
Take a peek at Gaia’s gorgeous new villa and yoga room below.