Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate at Eden Health Retreat – September 2013
Eden Health Retreat, hidden in the lush green expanses of the Gold Coast Hinterland’s Currumbin Valley, is the ultimate destination for those seeking a rejuvenating sense of calm with a side of self-improvement, and it’s just a 30-minute drive from the Gold Coast airport.
Eden is located on 300 acres of tropical rainforest, crisscrossed by walking tracks and dotted with first-class facilities. The impressive Mt. Cougal and Boyds Butte flank the retreat to the west, while Tallebudgera Mountain looms in the north. For an escape from city life elsewhere in Australia, Eden certainly offers pristine wilderness, without sacrificing accessibility.
Upon arrival to the retreat, each guest is individually evaluated in order to create a specific program to follow during his or her stay. Whether your task is to relax, manage stress, heal or improve your health, the Eden Program combines activities with education to form a well-rounded day.
Facilities at the retreat are modern and extensive and include a full spa and fitness center, a heated pool, a natural mud bath, a sauna and steam room and tennis courts. The retreat also boasts Australia’s longest flying fox and a labyrinth.
Guests participating in the specially designed Eden Program start each day with invigorating activities including QiGong, yoga, bike riding, bush walking, cardio boxing, cross training, meditation, swimming, tennis, kayaking, Zumba and many more. (See a full list of activities, here.)
Later in the day, the retreat offers classes and presentations that provide education and inspiration to help guests develop a healthier, happier life style.
There’s plenty of time between yoga and nutrition lectures to relax at the spa. The menu at Eden’s Spa and Wellness center goes on for pages. There are over 60 treatments and therapies to choose from to tackle everything from aging skin to bad habits. Stop in for a Signature Facial which features ingredients including organic plants, natural marine botanicals and pure essential oils.
One can also go for the Kahuna Bodywork, a popular treatment that uses an ancient Hawaiian technique to heal the body, mind and spirit with deep tissue massage, joint rotations, stretches and more. Holistic healthcare methods, other unique massages and healing therapies round out the menu.
Eden’s ecologically-sensitive guest lodges offer relaxing rooms to retire to after a long day out and about. The spacious and comfortable rooms feature air-conditioning, Queen sized beds and large luxurious bathrooms.
Valley View Deluxes rooms boast deep baths, perfect for a reflective soak and a picturesque gaze over the valley or to drift away to the sound of a natural babbling brook. No TVs or newspapers can be found on Eden’s grounds however, as Eden’s philosophy is to ‘switch off’ for a week, this is a chance to get back to wellness by connecting with yourself and nature
Come meal time, Eden’s dining options match the retreat’s overall commitment to health while maintaining maximum flavours. The retreat itself is surrounded by rural producers and bio-dynamic farms, so the retreat’s head chef and naturopath is able to constantly source only the best ingredients. Nourishing whole foods are prepared with local, seasonal and mostly organic ingredients for three meals a day, including morning and afternoon tea.
A combination of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and proteins are simultaneously delicious and replenishing. Daily menus are carefully designed to feature a balance of nutrients and one of the retreat’s aims is to demonstrate to guests how to incorporate healthy foods into their lives after leaving. Allergies are catered for and weight loss goals supported.
The retreat aims to teach guests how to incorporate healthy foods into their lives after leaving, and daily menus are carefully designed to feature a balance of nutrients. Any dietary requirements are accommodated, as are guests with weight loss goals.