The best health retreats to recover in and arounf the Gold Coast. Partied too hard? Retreat!

Somewhere out there, deep in the Gold Coast hinterland, there’s a whole lot of healing going on…

Is it coincidence that the Gold Coast has so many bars and nightclubs in which you can waste yourself, and so many health camps and day spas at which you can recover? After all, these two parallel universes create a perfect business synergy.

There’s a booming industry in healing the ills of the modern world flourishing in the calming environs of the Gold Coast hinterland. At last count there were at least four health retreats and numerous other day spas, with more springing up all the time. At the upper end of the market they typically offer week-long programs, including all meals and accommodation and a range of activities, for a bit over $2000. A combination of a healthy diet, exercise, rest and a range of healing and pampering therapies are designed to cater for individual needs. Inevitably, there are numerous optional extras to choose from, and all carry glowing testimonials from their rested and repaired clientele – who include busy executives, high profile entertainers and elite athletes.

Camp Eden in Currumbin Valley is billed as Australia’s longest-running holistic health retreat, with everything from the ubiquitous yoga and massage therapies to high rope courses, the famous forum sessions, laughing yoga and mud baths with mud imported from NZ. (What? Our mud’s not good enough?)

The Golden Door, in Willow Vale, also offers belly dancing, tribal dance and drumming workshops, as well as the full range of healing therapies, but don’t be fooled – this isn’t for hippies (who probably couldn’t afford it anyway) and there are plenty of corporate high-flyers among the clientele. Golden Door also runs a day spa and health club at Marina Mirage.

Gwinganna, in Tallebudgera Valley, is the latest addition to the market, offering weekend packages from $499, with abseiling, high ropes, yoga, wildlife walks, and special weekends organised around women’s health, organic cooking and other special interests.

Hippocrates in Mudgeeraba is perhaps the most “hard core” of the health retreats, based on a philosophy of a total raw food diet, wheatgrass juice and inner knowledge – a package designed to tackle a staggering array of ailments. Their healing claims include “anti-aging, reduce stress, lose weight, stop smoking, increase energy, de-toxify.”

Meanwhile, at the Stress Buster Retreat in Mudgeeraba you can enjoy “cellular memory release treatment”, although you might have thought that was what you were doing back in the nightclubs in the first place. In a way, the health retreats provide yet another themed reality among the dizzying array of alternative universes on the Gold Coast. Which is probably just as well because once you’ve survived Dreamworld, Movieworld, Seaworld and Waterworld, it might just be time for Healingworld.

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