Make a com­mit­ment to life­long well­ness

Let 2019 be the year you fo­cus on you at Golden Door Health Re­treat, which has been help­ing peo­ple cre­ate long-term healthy be­hav­iours for 25 years.

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At Golden Door, skilled chefs craft healthy, well-por­tioned meals that are de­li­cious and nu­tri­tious. If you’re try­ing to cut back on red meat, al­co­hol, sat­u­rated fat or caf­feine, you can do it here in a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment with­out the tempt­ing snack drawer. Cook­ing demon­stra­tions mean that you leave with tools to keep you on the right path.


This year, I’ll do some­thing to­tally new. I’ll find a new hobby. Join a sports team. At Golden Door, all those things you have long wanted to try – or per­haps have never even thought of – are on your doorstep. Bocce? Tick. Yoga? Of course. Water polo? Go for it. This is Ocea­nia’s Best Well­ness Re­treat, af­ter all. You might find your new pas­sion or just find your­self.


Prac­tis­ing mind­ful­ness can boost men­tal health, re­la­tion­ships, pro­duc­tiv­ity and even phys­i­cal health. A stay in the stun­ning Hunter Val­ley gives you the chance to take a real break. Walk up Med­i­ta­tion Hill in the morn­ing to soak up the beau­ti­ful sun­rise and fill your lungs with fresh air. Have a well­needed Dig­i­tal De­tox with a de­vice-free ex­pe­ri­ence. And learn tech­niques to help you stay present, man­age stress and build re­silience.


The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion rec­om­mends that adults do 150 min­utes of move­ment a week to im­prove car­diores­pi­ra­tory and mus­cu­lar fit­ness, among other ben­e­fits. But of­ten we don’t give our­selves a chance to form that habit. Take time to es­tab­lish a new rou­tine in­cor­po­rat­ing a va­ri­ety of low- (Pi­lates and Tai Chi), medium- (yoga and guided walks) and high(hik­ing, boot­camp or ten­nis) in­ten­sity ex­er­cise while guided by pro­fes­sion­als.


They say you can’t pour from an empty cup but we try, don’t we? We might book our­selves in for a pedi­cure and be done with it. An in­vest­ment in “me time” at Golden Door can look like acupunc­ture, a mud moor bath, a deep­tis­sue mas­sage, a de­tox fa­cial or time with a well­ness coach to dis­cuss goals and set a plan to achieve them.

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