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RELAX & REVIVE: Australia’s Best Retreats

RELAX & REVIVE: Australia’s Best Retreats

‘Australia’s Best Retreats’ by Mat Lewis published in Great Health Guide (April 2016). Do you love spending time in natural surroundings? A place where you can breathe in fresh air, rejuvenate & find the balance between body & mind? Discover a few of Australia’s best retreats & plan your next relaxing break soon!
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RELAX & REVIVE: Australia’s Best Retreats

written by Mat Lewis

When you think of relaxation, you think of nature and peaceful surrounds. A place where you can breathe in fresh air, rejuvenate and find that balance between body and mind. To tame the chaos caused by the stresses of daily living.

What better way to reach that equilibrium and tranquility than by escaping to where nature rules, as it should be? Where you can be pampered from head to toe. Where you can have time to just meander on quiet trails and private beaches. To find inspiration and to renew the senses. Achieving this balance, according to some, is the key to a happier and healthier life.

Taking a holiday to promote one’s overall well-being has been recommended from time immemorial. And in a corner of the world where nature still takes centre stage, we’ve found these soothing retreats that will surely leave you not only with lasting memories but with a more positive perspective on life that shows on the glow of your skin and in the radiance of your smile.

Thalia Haven

There’s no shortage of seclusion or space at this Tasmanian getaway. Standing on the edge of the craggy coastline of Great Oyster Bay, Thalia Haven offers spectacular views and rustic yet incredibly comfortable accommodation. When you think about it, it’s the perfect getaway to relax and rejuvenate, right in the soothing embrace of nature.

More than the views, what you’ll notice right away are the striking stone cottages that make up the property. These picture-perfect buildings are nestled on a private 130 acre wooded peninsula surrounded by the crystal blue waters of the bay, making this a private haven in an already remote locale.

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Though it looks rugged on the outside, inside you’ll find the retreat is mellow and cozy. You’ll still see the ancient-stone walls around the log fireplace but now they’re warmer, more inviting. Exposed wood beams match the dark brown cabinetry and trims that run throughout the house, making it feel a lot like home, only better.

There’s not much to do here – as it was meant to be, but enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. You’ll wake up to the gentle sound of the waves as they hug the shores and the warmth of the sun as it rises over the horizon. You can even have the beach all to yourself where, if you are lucky, you can encounter the resident sea lions. At day’s end, a quiet bathe among the stars and the rising moon is definitely in order.

The Buckland Luxury

Our next restorative escape is The Buckland Luxury Retreat in Victoria. This secluded luxurious haven is located in the Buckland Valley, just a short drive from Bright, which is renowned for its natural beauty in every season. As such, this private retreat is the quintessential escape within an escape, ensuring you have a total break from everyday city living.

The Buckland is close enough for you to enjoy as much of the idyllic Buckland Valley and the nearby wineries as you wish. But then, it just might take some effort to leave being sublimely ensconced in 40 acres of rolling countryside, on a private estate with just five individual self-contained villas. It’s even harder to leave when you get a taste of the spectacular views from the large glass windows and a balcony off the bedroom.

Expect plush king-size beds with goose-down quilts and fine linen. And the ensuite, with its large shower, deep soaking tub and dramatic view, is a place where you can just forget the outside world, relax and just breathe.

Glass on Glasshouse

Whether it’s the stunning views of nature, the private mountain location, the serene ambience, or the contemporary accommodations of this luxury retreat that mesmerises you, a stay at Glass on Glasshouse, in South Eastern Queensland is an experience you will remember for a long time. With only three free-standing cottages within the expansive property and located just over an hour’s drive from Brisbane, this is the perfect romantic getaway or relaxing escape.

Each cottage has an outdoor deck with incredible sunset and landscape views that invite you to step outside and breathe in the fresh air, stretch out on a chair, or sip a refreshing drink. A reminder that at Glass on Glasshouse, you can have time to step back, put your feet up and do things at a much slower pace, something you wouldn’t normally be able to do at home.

And what’s more laid back than appreciating the greenness and vitality of nature? Whether you’re in the large living space, in your bedroom, or even in your double spa bath, you’ll always have breathtaking views of the Glasshouse Mountains and the beautiful surrounds. The views alone are enough to give you a boost when you return to the bustle of everyday living. Communing with nature has never been more easy nor this grand.

Author’s Bio
Mat Lewis is a Co-Founder and CEO of boutique accommodation website, View Retreats. Specialising in unique & luxury accommodation around Australia & New Zealand, View Retreats features a curated collection of romantic retreats, exclusive holiday homes, boutique hotels and luxury lodges in picturesque coastal, country & wilderness locations. For further information, visit our  website.

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