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Gaia Retreat & Spa

A Royal Pampering


I’d just come back from another hectic trip to India testing the new menu for Antares season 3. To beat the exhaustion from the long days of trials, and since my birthday was just around the corner, I flew into Ballina airport to get a transfer to Gaia Retreat & Spa. I know!  As I stepped off the plane I was immediately embraced by the spring sunshine and fresh, clean air.  I was greeted by the driver who took me on a scenic drive through the countryside all the way to Gaia and I must admit that when we arrived I was already feeling relaxed. I was instantly taken aback by the lush green surroundings.  Immersing myself in the serenity and calm I sat down to enjoy a cup of delicious herbal tea and some freshly cut fruit salad.

The plan for day 1 at Gaia was to have lunch, then a 30-minute consultation with the naturopath, followed by meditation at the top of the hill (I mean can you even imagine!).  I was handed an itinerary for each day and I couldn’t wait to begin this much-needed rejuvenation process. I was then ushered into the dining area as we were about to be served lunch.  It was a set menu created by Chef Dan Trewertha !  My first lunch at Gaia was a Mexican bowl full of a myriad of flavours.  Whoever said that healthy eating was boring has not tasted Chef Dan’s Mexican bowl of deliciousness for sure!

After lunch I was eager to check out the room which was stunningly colourful with chic interiors and a very inviting plunge pool! So chilling in the plunge pool was a total must and I got in for a quick dip.  Then it was time to visit my naturopath and, I must say, that all the therapists at Gaia are some of the best in the country. I sat for 30 minutes straight with the naturopath and she had so many answers for me. It was indeed some time well-spent!

The first day at Gaia Retreat ended with the set dinner and a glass of champagne, because the birthday girl (me!) needed some pampering!

I woke up early the next day for a yoga session, and as always, I was left amazed at how much strength is needed for yoga! It was a fantastic session and I felt energized and ready to take on the day.  I then had a 90-minute massage, which was wonderfully rejuvenating, and I could feel my whole body relax.

Later in the day I learned that Gaia Retreat & Spa was prepping for a re-launch of their in-house organic skin care range “Retreatment Organics”.  Some of the native extract/ingredients include Kakadu Plum, Davidson Plum, Finger Lime and they’re known for their skin boosting properties. They’re like the superfoods for the skin! Can’t wait to try some of these organic products by Gaia!

I spent day 3, my last day at Gaia, with Chef Dan as he took me on a tour around the property and we explored the extensive veggie garden where they grow some of their own ingredients!  We talked about his new cookbook, “Gaia Spa Cuisine – Celebrated Recipes” and that evening myself, Chef Dan and Gregg Cave the General Manager even managed to create a dish from the book. It was so much fun! Be sure to check it out and get a copy here

This one easily makes one of the best ways I have spent my birthday! #selflove #goodvibes

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