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Top holiday destinations for stress relief

By  AAMI

Make sure your next holiday relaxes, rejuvenates and energises – here’s how.


Life is busy! Between work, home and everything in between, it’s no wonder more and more people are taking time out to recharge and relax. Wellness resorts and yoga retreats are becoming more and more popular. Whether it's a long weekend or a longer break that you’ll never want to return home from, there are plenty of destinations designed with the sole purpose of promoting relaxation. 

Within Australia

Gaia Retreat & Spa, NSW

One of the most well-known Australian retreats, Gaia Retreat, offers you the gift of time out. Located in Byron Bay, the mecca of Aussie relaxation and laidback lifestyle, the retreat is nestled on 25 acres of natural bliss. Gaia means mother-earth and the resort embraces its natural surroundings and features majestic vistas and endless pampering activities that will allow you to unwind peacefully.

Top tip: Gaia Retreat doesn’t permit children under the age of 16.

Billabong Retreat, NSW

For Sydney locals, Billabong Retreat is just 45 minutes from the Sydney CBD allowing a quick and easy sanctuary away from the city. The retreat offers programs and daily workshops focused on meditation, yoga and stress management. Billabong is an eco retreat aimed at creating a space for people to reconnect to themselves, to others, and to the nature around them.

Top tip: With a large variety of packages, Billabong Retreat is great value for a range of budgets.

Injidup Spa Retreat, WA

The Injidup Spa Retreat is perfect for a relaxing holiday in the Margaret River region with plenty of wineries right on its doorstep. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, Injidup is a private, luxury retreat with just 10 villas, each with it’s own plunge pool and ocean views. With a variety of spa treatments, in this amazingly tranquil location, you can’t help but leave refreshed and recharged.

Top tip: Prepare your own meals with gourmet hampers provided or enjoy private chef dining in your own villa.

Kangaroo Island Health Retreat, VIC

Sitting on Australia’s third largest Island, this retreat is specifically designed to reset bad habits and help begin a journey of fulfilment, wellness and self-awareness. Kangaroo Island Health Retreat focuses on health rejuvenation with a detox program that is a powerful step in relieving stress. Offering extensive and trusted knowledge in anatomy and nutrition, this health retreat will allow you to reach your full health potential.

Top tip: Take advantage of the ‘Dynamic Detox’ 5-day program that’s sure to put the focus back on your health. 

Miamo Wellness Retreats, QLD

Miamo Wellness Retreat provides an opportunity to enter a stress-free getaway in the pristine Daintree Rainforest. This relaxing retreat is designed to not only de-stress your life, but to also equip you with techniques and skills that you can use well after your holiday is over.

Top tip: Keep up with your wellness goals by taking advantage of the three-month online support, which is provided after your initial stay with them.

Samadhi Retreat and Wellness Centre, VIC

Experience a retreat and wellness centre that is positively life-changing at Samadhi. In addition to a variety of rejuvenating spa treatments and therapies, this destination provides a full travel experience with a focus on meditation, nutrition and nature. This stress-relief retreat adopts a holistic approach to wellness offering you a place to relax, detox and re-energise.

Top tip: Enjoy a walk through the forest and a picnic by the Lodden River to embrace the natural surroundings.

Overseas retreats

Maui Healing Retreat, Hawaii

If you’re looking to escape Australian soil then Maui Healing Retreat is the perfect destination. This healing resort aims to restore, reconnect and strengthen the mind and body, while offering a range of packages to suit your needs. Whether you're in need of a spiritual awakening, cleanse, rejuvenation or just some time out – you’ll find there’s an abundance of opportunities to detox and reboot your system.

Top tip: The three day relationship retreat may be the perfect way to strengthen ties with your loved one.

Yasawa Island Resort, Fiji

Just metres from the ocean’s edge lies Yasawa, a luxurious resort that offers a premium spa experience that makes for a great escape from the daily routine. Mixed with the white, sandy beaches of Fiji, the living spaces are designed to help you relax and escape from the stresses of the modern world.

Top tip: Enjoy an excursion to the Blue Lagoon Caves for a swim in the spectacular underwater passages.

The Sanctuary, Thailand

Nestled in the surroundings of lush vegetation, The Sanctuary is the perfect spot to unwind and it’s just moments from the beach. The perfect place to unwind, reflect and jumpstart a healthy lifestyle, the resort offers detox programs, yoga classes and plenty of delicious, healthy food to enjoy.

Top tip: A variety of accommodation is available, from dormitory style rooms to romantic houses inspired by traditional architecture.

Escape Haven, Bali

Escape Haven is a Bali surf and yoga retreat where guests shift into island mode as soon as they enter the doors. Endless pampering treatments, activities and a private butler service for each guest are just a few of the reasons why this is a premier destination. Designed for stress relief and relaxation, this is the ultimate wellness retreat.

Top tip: This female-only retreat could be the perfect destination for a girls holiday escape!