WOW! It’s been a really busy year. From writing to studying, selling lip balms and so much more. I was WAY overdue for a holiday and needed a break stat.
So, with my bestie’s birthday approaching the two of us decided to escape Sydney over the long weekend and stay a few night at The Golden Door in the scenic Hunter Valley Region only two hours and 30 minutes north from Sydney.
But, I have already blogged about The Golden Door a few times already on my blog (and then some HAHA).. So, instead writing on and on about my experience here (which is amazing by the way). I will share some photos with you instead.
If you don’t know anything about The Golden Door, it’s a health retreat designed to help people discover a better version of themselves through clean eating, yoga, meditation (or high energy exercising if required) and obtain a better understanding of wellness and well-being.
It’s not for everyone of course, but even those who are just seeking some time out of Sydney to recharge and relax, it’s a pretty great setting to take much needed moments to help you re-centre yourself and take a break from the city.
I have stayed at The Golden Door several times now and each time has been a different experience; some good and some bad. A word of advice, if you decide to try out this amazing resort and aren’t one for mingling with others, do ensure you request to have a breakfast, lunch and dinner table to yourself. Why? Because they love communal style eating arrangements; which is definitely not for everyone (like me).
Never stayed at a health retreat before. Here’s a short list of what to expect if you ever book yourself into one:
- No coffee, chocolate or wine. This is dependent on the health retreat however, as some do serve up good organic coffee and wine with breakfast and dinner.
- Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, normally sourced from local markets and farmers.
- A lot of time to reflect. Health retreats are designed to help you reflect on your current life circumstances and focus on what changes you need to make for the future.
- Plenty of exercise opportunities. Depending on the health retreat you stay at, some are either hard core boot camps and others are more about finding a spiritual connection with your health through yoga and mediation. Some even cater for both. Make sure you chose one which has a program to help guide you on your journey.
- Save up before you book. Most health retreats, due to their programming are pretty pricey. So make sure you mentally prepare yourself for what you may be up for, for a two or three night stay. But remember, this money is being spent on your health. And well, you can’t put a price on that really can you?