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Best wellness escapes in NSW to recharge your energy

A health retreat in Thailand might be off the cards for a while, but, if you live in NSW, some of the most beautiful and relaxing hotels and retreats can be found right on your doorstep.

Merely a couple of hours from Sydney you can find yourself a little oasis that will allow you to put your feet up, clear your mind and recharge those batteries.

From Australia’s oldest spa hotel to Olivia Newton-John’s Gaia retreat, here are the NSW hot spots to add to your must-see list.

Circa 1928 Spa, Albury

Known as Australia’s first ‘spa hotel’, Circa 1928 is a luxurious boutique hotel and spa set in a restored former bank building in Albury, which was built in 1928. Boasting five spacious day spa treatment rooms, the spa menu includes manicures, reflexology, massages, body exfoliations as well as waxing and eyebrow shaping. Special call out to the huge hand-beaten copper tubs and the “V” spa, where traditional Indonesian “ratus” treatments are provided exclusively for ladies either single or in groups of up to six people. With wellness at its core, all hotel guests enjoy health oriented breakfast, and food and beverage refreshments in the Lounge between 5pm and 7pm. They also special rates on day spa treatments, instructed yoga and pilates.

You can also checkout sister spas Circa 1936 in Corowa and Circa 1929 in Wagga Wagga

Prices start at: $400 a night for an Albury Junior Suite

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Promised Land Retreat, Bellinger

Recharge and re-balance at one of the three impressive chalets that sit on 100 acres of land in the Bellinger Valley near the Coffs Coast. Operating for over 20 years, it is the stunning views, pristine swimming holes and pure privacy that sets this destination apart. Once you have spent your time unwinding in your chalet, the beautiful town of Bellingen is only a short drive away for you to pick up the best local produce or treat yourself at one of the day spas. If you prefer not to leave the lush countryside surrounds, there is plenty to do including bike riding, hiking and tennis.

Prices start at $340 a night

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Billabong Retreat, Hawkesbury

Reconnect to nature, increase your energy levels and rebalance your body with a stay at Billabong Retreat. This popular eco retreat – just 45 minutes from the Sydney CBD – will help you find peace of mind and discover inner wellness. Enjoy daily mindfulness, stress relief, cleansing and yoga workshops, buffet-style vegetarian meals and treehouse accommodation overlooking the billabong. Bliss.

Prices start at $300 for one night

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Gaia Retreat and Spa, Byron Bay

Here is the spot to refocus, rebalance and restore your mind and body. Sheltered on a subtropical property in the Byron Bay hinterland and founded in 2005 by Olivia Newton-John, Gaia immerses guests with on-trend treatments and inventive plant-to-plate food. Be sure to visit the spectacular Samira Yoga Lookout – the highest point in the Ballina Shire – offering breathtaking views from the Pacific Ocean to the Nightcap Ranges.

Prices start atfrom $1,500 for a single for two nights.

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Heart and Soul Retreats, Otford

Nestled into the hills bordering the Royal National Park just an hour drive south of Sydney, Heart and Soul Retreats is perfectly located for those wishing to take a step back from their busy lives and reconnect with themselves. Explore the surrounding pristine forests, hike across the steep sea cliffs and swim at local beaches. As a long-established yoga retreat centre, Heart and Soul operates on the practice of yoga-seva – or voluntary service – to create a nurturing yogic community. Each retreat includes three yoga classes per day, as well as daily meditation, and health workshops – all of which are optional.

Prices start at $249 per night for one person

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Nulla Nulla Blacksmiths Farm Cabin, Bellbrook

Located an hour and a half from Port Macquarie, Nulla Nulla Blacksmith Farm will take you completely off the grid. The stylishly and comfortably furnished exclusive cabin is nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in the Great Dividing Range in the hinterland of the Macleay River Valley. A total mind and body cleanse. While you digitally detox, you can enjoy a mineral salts bath overlooking the creek and enjoy all of the chemical-free produce picked by the team on the morning of your arrival. They offer restorative yoga and meditation and massages, all outdoors in this natural haven.

Prices start at $150 a night

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Swami’s Yoga Retreat, Kenthurst

Situated on 60 acres of bushland and only an hour drive from the centre of Sydney, Swami’s Yoga Retreat in Kenthurst offers yoga, Qi Gong and meditation classes, inspired by yoga expert Swami Sarasvati. The yoga classes are suited for all levels and guests can set their own pace with plenty of time to enjoy the retreat’s facilities, including tennis court and pool. Homemade vegetarian meals and herbal tea are provided throughout the day and the retreat is happy to provide recipes for dishes so that guests can continue their wellness journey at home.

Prices start at $175 a night for glamping

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Happy Buddha Retreats, Wentworth Falls

This yoga and mindfulness experience is located in beautiful Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains, just 90 minutes’ drive from Sydney. Enjoy the fresh air, reconnect with nature and join like-minded people on a wellness journey. Each week, there are three retreat experiences that run for two nights. The core retreat program, named ‘Inner Joy’, features yoga and inspiring workshops, designed to nourish the mind and body, and ignite the spirit. The all-inclusive retreat, which serves delicious vegetarian meals, encourages guests to take time out and find their inner joy.

Prices start at $299 for a two night retreat

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Elysia Wellness Retreat, Hunter Valley

Escape the demands and distractions of everyday life and reset in the heart of wine country at Elysia Wellness Retreat – just two hours from Sydney. From afternoon naps in your luxury suite to tai chi on the lavender-lined hill, this retreat offers a range of wellness options. Explore the retreat’s extensive facilities – opt for a hit of tennis in the afternoon, a swim in the heated indoor pool or loosen up your muscles with a yoga class. As the sun sets, nourish yourself in the beautiful restaurant, then find a book to read from the library and relax in front of the fireplace.

Prices start at $1,455 for two night packages

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Emirates One&Only, Wolgan Valley

This remote conservation resort, three hours drive from Sydney, has established its reputation as one of the best retreats in Australia, with luxury villas, stunning valley views and a world-class wellness sanctuary. Leave the stresses of the modern world behind and unwind on the magnificent property, which stretches across 2,800-hectares. Each of the freestanding villas come complete with a private pool, fireplace and expansive veranda. With private in-villa dining and treatments available, including non-touch sound therapy, there’s really no need to leave the comfort of your villa if you don’t want to.

Prices start at $2500

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The Greenhouse Retreat, Central Coast

Offering bespoke wellness stays in contemporary holiday homes on the Central Coast, 1 hour and a half drive from Sydney, guests get the opportunity to create customised wellness stays with yoga, catering, massages and more. Order one of their healthy grazing plates or book the Greenhouse private chef for your stay, plus enjoy personal training sessions or yoga.

Prices start at $650

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Mt Hay Retreat, Shoalhaven

This tranquil haven, which is not far from the quaint town of Berry, is a working farm surrounded by native bushland, lush green pastures and beautiful gardens. A two-hour drive from Sydney perched high on Mt Hay, this adults-only, low-to-no contact retreat features five private, light-filled sanctuaries with breathtaking views. The interiors of each suite are contemporary and have deep freestanding bathtubs where you can take in the majestic natural setting. There’s also an indoor heated 33-metre lap pool for a morning dip.

Prices start at $355 for a night

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Mistere Retreat, Tweed Shire

This secluded sanctuary in the coastal hinterland of Northern NSW, a 30 minute drive from Kingscliff, is a stunning city escape, dense with rainforest, natural waterfalls and wildlife. Soak up the sweeping views, relax in spacious accommodation and unwind at your own pace. The stylish villas have earthy hues, fireplaces and wide windows, helping you to reconnect with the natural world. Explore the beautiful walking trails, sink into a bubble bath or meditate outside with the rolling hinterland as your backdrop.

Prices start at $245 for a night

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