Whilst most of us would really love a couple of weeks off work, totally relaxing on a fabulous holiday, the reality is that for many people a quick weekend away once in a while is the best they can manage aside from the one big trip each year. So if your rest and relaxation time is limited, it makes sense to get the most out of it when you do have a break. This is why we feel that a spa weekend is such a great idea for a getaway.
Book a couple of nights at a health retreat or resort spa and you’ll no doubt find it addictive. The difference with this kind of escape is that is it all about you, and from the moment you enter the gates of your hotel, you should start to de-stress and rejuvenate. Health retreats (or lifestyle retreats, as they sometimes prefer to be called) are a booming business, and for good reason – we are increasingly time poor, overworked and stressed – so staying somewhere dedicated to helping you to unwind and recharge your batteries makes good sense.
If you feel that a spa break is just what you need for your next weekend away, here are a few suggestions on how to plan your getaway.
Firstly, you could stay somewhere luxurious with a day spa either onsite, or very close by, so that you can enjoy the bliss of some quality R&R with some serious pampering thrown in. One way of achieving this balance is to choose a well-known spa location for your weekend away. Places that spring to mind include Daylesford and neighbouring Hepburn Springs or the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, which are all popular destinations for spa treatments with the added bonus of having plenty of luxury accommodation and great places to eat and drink.
Another idea is to spend some time at a really good hotel with a fabulous day in-house day spa. With this latter option, there are loads of boutique hotels, like Lilianfels in the Blue Mountains, and numerous swish inner city hotels, like The Observatory Hotel in Sydney to choose from. In addition, we are blessed with some real quality resort chains that offer spa facilities, including many of the Peppers Hotels.
Alternatively, you can actually commit yourself to an entire weekend (or more) of indulgence and book a spa holiday at a health retreat. This is becoming a very fashionable thing to do and retreats like Gwinganna in the Gold Coast hinterland and Gaia Retreat and Spa just a short drive from lovely Byron Bay run specific spa weekends which are primarily about indulgence – with a little bit of lifestyle education thrown in! And what could be nicer than to be fed beautifully cooked, nourishing food, spend the day being massaged, enjoying facials and trying out various holistic therapies and then to tumble into a comfy bed for a good nights sleep knowing that you can get up and do it all again the next day?!
As we said that the start of this article, organize a weekend getaway based around a spa break and you’ll want to do it again and again.