PERTH: A WELLNESS GUIDE
EAT: Breakfast and coffee at Yelo on the beach in Trigg, overlooking the Indian Ocean, is the highlight of my week after a long walk or run and a refreshing dip. This unassuming spot offers delicious smoothies, the best bircher muesli, free-range egg wraps, vegetarian slices, Mediterranean frittata, thick organic fruit toast and melt-in-the-mouth muffins; yelocornerstore.com.au.
STAY: The Richardson Hotel & Spa offers fantastic five-star boutique accommodation. It is spacious, fresh and elegant, and within walking distance of the gorgeous expanse of Kings Park as well as the CBD and trendy Subiaco. The highlight of staying here is the rejuvenating and pampering spa treatments on offer; therichardson.com.au.
SHOP: Perth abounds in organic health stores, juice bars and free-trade coffee shops. If your time is limited and you wish to grab a fresh pressed juice or artisanal coffee and fill a bag with fresh produce, head for Claremont Quarter shopping centre; also check out designer and department stores as well as many specialty gift and gourmet food stores; claremontquarter. com.au.
TREAT: Tucked behind a 1920s federation-house facade lies the ultimate haven of escape. Museo Salon & Spa is a real urban treat in the northern suburb of Mt Lawley. From the moment you step into the spa, the ambient serenity soothes you. Try a glorious stress-relieving massage, an advanced correctional facial or a champagne pedicure; all are designed to encourage complete restfulness; museo.com.au.
DRINK: The Bodhi Tree wholefood cafe and bookstore has a JYO (juice your own) bar; with a wide range of fresh produce, this is a great spot to get your daily fruit and vegetable intake. The fair-trade organic coffees and teas are fantastic; my favourite is a fragrant pot of chai latte. Comfy couches, relaxing music, a great selection of books and delicious vegetarian food add to the appeal; bodhitree.net.au.
ESCAPE: No trip to Western Australia is complete without an excursion down the coast from Perth and a visit to the wine estates of the Margaret River region. I love hiking at least part of the iconic Cape to Cape Trail; its 135km stretch is one of the world’s biodiversity hot spots. You can also take guided tours or go “glamping’’, where guides drop off your gear, put up tents and cook delicious meals; capetocapetours.com.au.