Escape from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind and discover your authentic self in this tranquil retreat, perfect for winter and summer alike. Situated in Port Elliot, Authenticity Health and Wellness Retreat, an 1860s manor is just over an hour drive south of Adelaide.
I went recently for two nights to recentre and recharge myself. At first, I thought it would get bored spending indoors for three days but I was pleasantly surprised and would have spent more time there if I could.
As soon as you walk in the house, you are greeted with soft aromatherapy that floated throughout. The rooms are beautifully decorated with an extremely comfortable bed. The bathroom is clean and spacious including double shower heads.
The staff here are exceptional in their knowledge and experience. Greg, a jack of all trades, is the owner, yoga instructor and chef. Lloyd, the young barista makes a mean coffee with friendly and attentive service.
The services here have a holistic philosophy. Ranging from kundalini meditation yoga, massage and beauty spas to naturopathy, reflexology and counselling, you will feel rejuvenated and healed with any of these treatments. Even if you're not into healings, you are never pressured to book anything in and it's a great place to simply relax. They also offer books to read from chemicals affecting food or books to question life and it's existence.
Although the menu offered here is vegetarian only using local and organic sources wherever possible, the food is sensational. I was a bit hesitant to eat vegetarian for three days but there was no difficulty having scrumptious food. I did go out to eat outside of the retreat. However, having mostly vegetarian food for three days made me feel much lighter and healthier. Wine and craft beer are sourced from local wineries and breweries to suit all tastes.
Spaghetti with capers, olives and broccoli in tomato base
You could get up bright and early for morning yoga. Or you could skip and go straight to breakfast, which is served until 10.30am for the late risers. I opted for the continental breakfast which consisted of wholesome cereal topped with fruit and yoghurt accompanied by homebaked sourdough toast.
This manor is just a short stroll or ride with complimentary bike hire to the beach for a swim. I can imagine it would be even more wonderful to stay here in summer. Alternatively, you could swim in their outdoor pool.