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To Carolyn Lock­hart, Lord Howe Is­land is one of the most serene places on earth. This tiny dot in the cobalt-blue ocean off the coast of New South Wales has mist-shrouded peaks, swathes of na­tive palms, white sands and a la­goon where huge tur­tles swim.

I was ea­ger to ex­pe­ri­ence Ara­jilla Re­treat, one of the few lux­ury op­er­a­tions on the is­land, famed for both its gourmet food and Ayurvedic spa. An un­pre­ten­tious drive­way opens up to the main house with wel­com­ing wide ve­ran­dahs. From here wooden walk­ways me­an­der through gar­dens of shady banyan trees to the 12 airy, pri­vate suites fur­nished with nat­u­ral fab­rics by Syd­ney de­signer Julie Paterson.

I’m wel­comed to the spa by Ayurvedic health con­sul­tant Scott Al­lan who is part of the fam­ily that owns Ara­jilla. With more time avail­able it would be re­ward­ing to ac­cess the tai­lored treat­ment and yoga pro­gramme. How­ever, all it takes is the hour-long mas­sage and I’m to­tally re­laxed, lulled by a back­ground of bird­song and gen­tle waves upon the beach be­low. www.ara­ | www.ox­ley­

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