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Gaia Retreat & Spa
The Kukura House is the main meeting place for
at the Gaia Retreat & Spa.
Retreat & Spa
North of Sydney, Australia, on the New South Wales
on a stunning 20-acre property in the undulating
above the surf paradise of Byron Bay is Gaia Retreat
– a place of sanskrit symbolism, healing vibrations
barefoot elegance. Founded by Olivia Newton John and
Gregg Cave, the retreat is designed to indulge,
pamper and rejuvenate.
The focal point is the all-in-one lobby, lounge and
known as the Kukura House, a spectacular Samoan
cantilevered ceilings draped with silk tapestries,
and lit by
designer fixtures. There is also an expansive deck
seating, to take advantage of Byron's balmy climate.
is Cave's domain, where he connects with guests to
their wineglasses are full at dinner and that all
are met. And the place to get your needs met is
Amala Day Spa.
“Byron Bay is the home of Australia's best mind-body
therapists, and we hire the best in Byron Bay,” says
Gaia's spa manager. The spa offers unique body
and masques – all of which are mixed in-house using
ingredients. Ever have dark chocolate systematically
over your entire body? You can get it here. You can
the Ayurvedic Shirodara treatment, in which warm
is streamed onto your third eye, or simply lay back
in a Cleopatra
milk bath in the private outdoor courtyard. The
are equally enticing. Gaia offers a dozen different
from the fine-tuning of craniosacral, the delicious
shiatsu, the passive yoga of Thai or the Hawaiian
And if you just want a plain-old, deep-tissue
massage, the spa
will find hands that will wring the tension from
And it all takes place in a tranquil, Zen-style
accented with copper tile and designed by Cave.
But the best part of Gaia is its intimacy. With only
bungalows, even when Gaia is fully booked, your
class will never be crowded, and you won't have
making a spa appointment. Most importantly, there's
a patch of sun in which to nap.