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  • Wed, 22 Apr 2015

    Summer has gone and along with it the automatic tendency to be outdoors, eat light and healthy meals and have a spring in your step. As we head into the cooler months our tendencies can be swayed towards comfort food and spending more time on the couch. Here are our top tips to keep you feeling great this autumn.

  • Thu, 13 Nov 2014

    With years in research and development Gaia Retreat & Spa is proud to release their own Certified Organic Skincare range – “Retreatment”. This range beautifully complements the ethos of the Gaia Day Spa Packages and Gaia Signature treatments. The Retreatment brand captures the healing spirit of the indigenous Byron Bay hinterland reflecting the true essence and meaning of Gaia… spirit of Mother Earth.

  • Mon, 13 Oct 2014

    Byron Bay, Australia. Gaia Retreat & Spa is extremely delighted to have just recently been awarded ‘Australia's Leading Boutique Hotel’ and ‘Australia's Leading Spa Resort’ at the 2014 World Travel Awards for the second year in a row.

  • Thu, 31 Jul 2014

    We've all heard it before, and deep down we know it, so why don't we use our most powerful and rejuvenative beauty tool properly? Are we too wired from a stressful day? Do we need to take a leaf out of our earliest book of experiences and re-learn how to settle ourselves to sleep?

  • Thu, 10 Jul 2014

    As we age the quality of the connective tissue and cartilage responsible for cushioning the joints in our body decreases. Due to the wearing down of these tissues, many adults become more susceptible to joint pain, stiffness and eventually arthritis. The good news is that there are many ways you can slow the degenerative process and maintain healthy joints

  • Fri, 20 Jun 2014

    Dr Ian Gawler, our guest blogger this week, is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected authorities on Mind-Body Medicine and meditation. He spent some time with us and shares his view about Gaia’s approach to clean food and healing environments.

  • Thu, 29 May 2014

    Kate Little recommends the Bay Dream as a rite of passage treatment. Kate is one of our feature therapists, who has being walking the healing path for over 15 years, leading to her exploration of many healing art forms, from various indigenous cultures around the world.

  • Thu, 15 May 2014

    In this busy world we live in, it can be challenging to find the time to look after ourselves properly. The benefits of self massage go well beyond soft and nourished skin - but who really has the time? We share an efficient and simple way to incorporate it into your daily routine.

  • Thu, 08 May 2014

    Did you know that it is virtually impossible for disease to live in ph above 8.5? You've probably heard the age old adage 'you are what you eat' and now more than ever we know what we eat profoundly affects our health.

  • Wed, 16 Apr 2014

    If you've ever experienced a Sodashi facial at Gaia Day Spa, you'll have enjoyed the beautiful steam incorporated into the treatment. Whilst being relatively simple to do at home, there is a science behind the steam technique.

  • Thu, 27 Mar 2014

    Gaia’s top green tips for your home

    The Gaia philosophy is all about enjoying this life and this planet without leaving a massive footprint. We tread lightly on mother earth at the retreat and we're sharing our top tips on how to minimise waste in your home.

  • Thu, 20 Mar 2014

    Guest blogger, Jeanne Henrique stayed with us recently and featured her experience at Gaia on her enchanting life story and travel rich blog – 'Collage of Life'. Jeanne is an Expat...or better put, a travelling spouse and mother of four who calls America, Australia, New Zealand and England home.

  • Thu, 13 Mar 2014

    Shakshuka is a delicious middle eastern dish that makes for a great brunch. Taken from Gaia's much awaited second cookbook 'Gratitude', it's guaranteed to delight!

  • Wed, 05 Mar 2014

    In an ideal world we'd all have the opportunity to live out our dreams and get paid for doing what we love. We often choose a pragmatic approach to making a living and are left feeling unfulfilled. Rest assured it is possible to bring home the bread and butter and actualise your dreams with passion.

  • Wed, 26 Feb 2014

    True beauty is a quality that each and every one of us holds within from the moment we are conceived. This is so obvious when we see and ‘feel’ babies and very young children before they have begun to be influenced by the ideals and beliefs of the world around them. 

  • Thu, 20 Feb 2014

    Be the master of your mind

    Have you ever felt overwhelmed by an emotion or reacted to a situation so fast that you barely had time to consider the way you responded? Are you certain that all the things you do or say come out the way you intended? Do you forget things easily and have trouble remembering something you’ve learnt? 

  • Fri, 26 Jul 2013

    Bettina is an Interior Stylist, Colour Consultant and Artist living and working on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. She is the founder of Bettina Deda colour design and passionate about colour and interior home decorating.

  • Tue, 23 Apr 2013

    Tea lovers enjoy the many flavours of tea and benefit from the differing properties that each type has to offer for their health and wellbeing. The knowledge of how to best infuse your tea will ensure you reap the most benefit and create the optimal sensory experience. Nobody likes a bitter cup!

  • Tue, 09 Apr 2013

    The annual announcement of the World Luxury Spa Awards winners marks the highlight of a year-long search for the very best spas on the global front. Gaia Retreat & Spa is honoured to have won Australia's Best Luxury Destination Spa in the Country category.

  • Tue, 29 Jan 2013

    The internationally renowned and award-winning Gaia Retreat and Spa has been recognized once again by London-based 'The Spa Traveller Awards': winning the prestegious READERS' Choice Ultimate Wellness Spa, Best Wellness Spa: Australasia and South Pacific, and Best Wellness Cuisine.

  • Tue, 22 Jan 2013

    Gaia Retreat & Spa took top honour in TripAdvisor's 2013 Travellers Choice awards for hotels, coming in at #1 in the Top 25 Small Hotels in Australia and ranking in the Top 25 in three other categories.

  • Tue, 11 Dec 2012

    Besides water itself, coconut water is one of the purest liquids on the planet. It is full of electrolytes, calcium, potassium, magnesium; everything that is good for you for only around 60 calories per serve.

  • Tue, 27 Nov 2012

    Easy to make, delicious, loved by all and packed with nutrients. What more could you want from a treat?

  • Tue, 06 Nov 2012

    Mother Nature knows best. This is our philosophy in only using natural & organic beauty products here at Gaia. There are lots of products in your kitchen that have amazing benefits & will keep you looking fresh & beautiful. Here's some of our favourite 'At Home Spa' tips.

  • Tue, 30 Oct 2012

    Inspired by an article in Mindfoods November issue, we're sharing some tips on how to eliminate some of the most damaging habits from our everyday lives.

  • Tue, 18 Sep 2012

    It's that time of year - flowers are in bloom signifying new beginnings, there's an overwhelming urge to spring clean the house and the desire to shift the sluggish feelings in our body increases. Welcome to spring! Here's a simple detox program to kick-start the season of change and accomplishment.

  • Tue, 04 Sep 2012

    Magnesium is an extremely important mineral as it is a critical co-factor in more than 300 enzymatic (biochemical) reactions in the human body. It is also necessary for the assimilation of potassium and the functioning of enzymes such as those that transport, store & utilise energy, and for regulating cell growth, cell reproduction and cell metabolism. If your body is deficient in magnesium, it will be functioning well below its capacity.

  • Tue, 28 Aug 2012

    Deborah Hutton and her 'Balance' team visited Gaia over the weekend. Olivia and some of the Gaia team shared their knowledge on how they achieve and maintain balanced lives. Make sure you have registered at so you can be ready to be inspired by some incredible women as they share their thoughts on living a Balanced Life.

  • Tue, 21 Aug 2012

    Gaia Retreat & Spa is thrilled to be nominated in 8 categories in the International Spa Traveller Awards. We are so grateful to all of our guests who have made this possible & encourage you to vote for us. Please select categories below - Thank you.

  • Tue, 14 Aug 2012

    To many cancer patients, Olivia is an inspiration. One guest shares his poetic recount of a chance encounter with Olivia at Gaia Retreat & Spa.



  • Tue, 07 Aug 2012

    In this day and age we tend to spend a lot of time at a desk or behind a driving wheel and consequently, the greater part of our day is spent sitting and being fairly immobile. Aside from adopting a morning exercise regimen, by incorporating a few 5-10 minute breaks in your day to stretch and breathe, you will optimise your concentration and help to rebalance your body. Following this quick and simple practice will help alleviate fatigue, aches, eye strain, and prevent injuries such as RSI, Kyphosis etc.

  • Tue, 31 Jul 2012

    If you've ever experienced a Gaia signature body polish in our steam room, you'll know just how luscious and smooth the skin feels after! We'd like share a recipe to make your own body polish at home so you can reveal soft and nourished skin!

  • Tue, 17 Jul 2012

    In a world where our responsibilities are ever increasing, looking after our health and wellbeing is fundamental to living a harmonious & happy life. By intergrating a simple meditation practice into our daily routine, it has been scientifically proven that we can increase our productivity & stabilise our moods.

  • Tue, 10 Jul 2012

    A light & healthy winter breakfast or a scrumptious dessert. You decide!

  • Tue, 03 Jul 2012

    This is a delicious, light, gourmet cake... but so easy to make. It is almost impossible to go wrong! The quantitites are equal amounts of orange, egg and almond meal.

  • Tue, 19 Jun 2012

    A warm, delicious entree or snack. You can freeze them and cook them whenever you're after a nutricious, tasty snack.

  • Tue, 12 Jun 2012

    A warm, exotic, delicious dessert that you can whip up in no time flat and enjoy on cold winter nights!

  • Tue, 05 Jun 2012

    This dish is contemporary Japanese in its style It's simple to prepare, looks beautiful on the plate and is a very healthy and delicious meal. In this dish the salmon is cooked through and not left rare in the middle. It is a Gaia favourite....

  • Tue, 22 May 2012

    A warm, hearty breakfast for the winter months that is gluten and dairy free...

  • Tue, 15 May 2012

    A simple, delicious, hearty meal for those cold Autumn and Winter nights.... with a little zest!

  • Tue, 01 May 2012

    This soup is light, warming, nourishing and delicious..... and very quick and easy to prepare!

  • Tue, 24 Apr 2012

    Pesto keeps well in the fridge for days and is healthy and delicious. Here is a different spin on the classic basil pesto with pine nuts. It is a little lighter than usual - using salt instead of Parmesan and less oil. Enjoy on toasted crusty bread or your favourite pasta...

  • Tue, 17 Apr 2012

    A delicious, stress-relieving warm drink for those cold autumnal nights. Almonds are high in magnesium which helps to rebalance the stress nutrient ratios in our body... and saffron is a natural anti-depressant.

  • Tue, 10 Apr 2012

    This nourishing, earthy salad is simple but delicious... with only a few ingredients.

  • Tue, 03 Apr 2012

    This is a great salad that is easy, a little different and absolutely delicious. Perfect for BBQs over Easter! The family will want this one again and again.

  • Tue, 27 Mar 2012

    Buckwheat pancakes are gluten free, easy to prepare and have a delicious, earthy flavour. Buckwheat flour is available at most health food stores. Serve them in your favourite way….

  • Tue, 20 Mar 2012

    This buckwheat noodle salad is nourishing, delicious and versatile! Enjoy it on its own as a lunch or light dinner. Serve it with a piece of pan-fried salmon, or some grilled prawns or tofu to make an easy gourmet meal.

  • Tue, 13 Mar 2012

    This vegetarian version of the classic Spanish Paella can make a delicious meal on its own. It's one pot cooking at its best. Great served directly onto the table with a crisp green side salad.

  • Tue, 06 Mar 2012

    Creating a touch of Thailand at home!

  • Tue, 28 Feb 2012

    Gaia's refreshing, earthy salad - quick, easy and delicious!

  • Tue, 21 Feb 2012

    Anyone who has been to Gaia knows how good the muffins are. Each chef has their own special touch, but we're sharing a basic muffin recipe so you can enjoy them at home.


  • Tue, 29 Nov 2011

    Featured in the 'Top Spa Trends and Tips for Therapists' by Athlegen Professional Treatment Tables.


  • Tue, 15 Nov 2011

    MEDIA RELEASE: Monday 14, November 2011

    Gaia Retreat & Spa is proud to announce today it has received two International Travellers’ Choice Awards from London based magazine SPA Traveller.

  • Wed, 09 Nov 2011

    Gaia Retreat & Spa crowned winners of the Best International Spa Resort
 Award and Readers Choice Awards.

  • Wed, 26 Oct 2011

    Review by Sue Facter, published in 'The Tolucan Times' California.

  • Tue, 27 Sep 2011

    The stress response is the body’s natural way of protecting you from danger. In small doses, stress helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. The problem with modern living is that it places so many demands, deadlines, hassles and frustrations in our day to day lives that our stress response often runs on overdrive.

  • Tue, 20 Sep 2011

    What is the Gaia experience? Take a journey through Gaia Retreat & Spa. . . . . . . .

  • Tue, 16 Aug 2011

    It was a wonderful weekend at the Sydney International Spa & Beauty Expo, Gaia Retreat & Spa was honored to be showcased as the ‘Wellness Spa’ in the Future Spa feature.

  • Tue, 19 Jul 2011

    Gaia's resident Naturopath & herbalist Beth Herlihy explains the benefits of the common garden flower Nasturtiums.

  • Tue, 12 Jul 2011

    Changing the way you eat (and what you eat) to suit seasonal changes can be a great way to ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need to keep you feeling vibrant and healthy.

  • Tue, 14 Jun 2011

    Winter is a time of internal reflection, hibernation and rejuvenation. It can also be a time of grey skies, wet days and cups of hot chocolate with a blanket and a good movie. All of these things are good for us, yet it is important to maintain balance during a time when we tend to over-indulge.

  • Wed, 01 Jun 2011

    Our General Manager Gregg Cave was honoured to accept the prestigious award from Gourmet Traveller last night while Olivia Newton-John and 10 friends celebrated during a dinner in the Kukura house at Gaia Retreat & Spa.

  • Tue, 31 May 2011

    Gaia's Olivia Newton-John, is moving into a new phase of her life – and loving it.

    Read more in her recent interview with the Northern Star.