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Sparkly Getaways: Wellness & Yoga Retreats in Australia 

Maintaining a healthy and happy mindset, beautiful skin and radiance starts from the inside out. Unwind, rejuvenate and catch up with your best girlfriends at these sensational wellness and yoga retreats. Here’s our 

Hot List of Best Girlfriend Getaways of 2017

Billabong Retreat, Central Coast, Australia

The Billabong Retreat offers the ideal vacation for anyone who loves yoga, but also wants to strengthen their mind and is concerned about wellness. You’ll stay in cabins nestled amongst tree canopies in the woods that create such a peaceful atmosphere you’ll forget you’re only 45 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney. Due to their array of lodging choices, this retreat caters to multiple different price ranges. They offer an array of retreat types: Yoga Essentials, Meditation Essentials, Deeper Yoga, Mindful Intelligence, Stress Management, amongst others. It’s truly a mind, body and spirit retreat. Going along with the retreat’s customization opportunities, their organic and nutritious food can be tailored to several diets including vegan, sugar free and gluten free. If you’re a busy bee and can’t away for multiple days, then check-in for any of their day retreats! It’s the perfect way to hit the reset button!

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Escape Haven, Byron Bay, Australia

Escape Haven in Byron Bay was given the prestigious award of #1 Women’s Retreat by Harper’s Bazaar so you know you’ll achieve a state of pure bliss after spending time here. Their original location is in Bali, but they recently began a 4 day Refresher Mini Escape in Byron Bay. They partner with the Byron at Byron Resort & Spa, which is Byron’s top property. To give you a quick rundown of the Refresher Mini Escape, it includes: 4 yoga and meditation sessions, 1 hour complimentary massage, 2 wellbeing activities (such as tarot reading, healing massage, ocean kayaking with dolphins), nutritious meals, beach hikes, cycling through the rainforest and optional energy healing. While you certainly deserve to treat yourself, the packages are priced differently based upon the room type you choose. Byron Bay is a beautiful location on its own so the opportunity to spend time there coupled with this retreat is unparallelled!

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Gold Coast, Australia

The Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat caters to those who want to make a lifestyle change and need a little guidance and tranquility to do it. How about some help from Hugh Jackman? Not only is the retreat well-renowned worldwide for transforming guests’ lifestyles, but it’s also co-owned by Jackman. It’s ecotourism certified and because of it’s purpose, it doesn’t allow guests to bring cigarettes, food, drugs caffeinated beverages or alcohol onto the property. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, it’s the optimal setting to detox! All-inclusive packages are available with durations ranging from 2 to 7 days. The retreat takes a balanced approach combining Yin activities (yoga, pilates, dance) with Yang activities (boxing, indoor cycling, hiking). The focus is on relaxation, organic living and the movement toward living a low-tech life. You can detox during the day and spend the night in beautiful villas, each with their own aesthetic!

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Sangsura Retreat, Byron Bay, Australia

The Sangsura Retreat has multiple locations including Bali, Spain and the nearby Byron Bay. In Byron Bay, they offer a Yoga Cleanse Walk & Restore Retreat that can relax you simply by reading about it. The gamut of activities includes yoga classes, beach walks, massage therapy, healthy meals and juices, yoga nidra and others. So, there are an endless number of ways to give yourself some extra TLC here! And you don’t need to be an experienced Yogi to enjoy it, either. It’s also the perfect opportunity to start a new year off right and organise a best girlfriend getaway with your gals. They have a 6-night New Year’s Eve Yoga Cleanse Retreat for 2018 already available for reservation!

Honorable Mention: One & Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Unfortunately, in April of 2017, the One & Only Hayman Island was forced to temporarily close due to the effects of Cyclone Debbie. However, they’re taking reservations for 2018 so still check out their retreat options!

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